Outsourcing Our Fire Department

The city is saving money and being fiscally responsible by outsourcing our fire department

San Bernardino County Fire is now the City of Upland’s fire service provider. This was another difficult decision the council made. I truly loved our wonderful men and women that served our city in our local fire department. The city council knew we had to make this difficult decision due to huge rising cost of our unfunded liability facing the city in CALPERS and the city’s financial state.

This was not a sudden decision, as many believe. Several years before I got on the council, the city had a Special Citizens Task Force that had recommended a series of things to be done to pull Upland out of its severe fiscal problems. One by one, when I got on the council we implemented these procedures. One of those was to outsource the Fire Department. At first we tried a partnership with Montclair Fire Department and looked at having a Joint Powers of Authority. In a trial run, we found the City of Upland was not doing as well financially and decided to withdraw from the agreement.

Then, we were given the option to outsource to the County Fire Department. We thought Upland would be alone in this, but the county insisted that the San Antonio Heights be included with us, which was a dilemma since they did not want to be included. The City of Upland had asked that the Heights not be included, but LAFCO insisted.

Despite all of the controversy, this new arrangement not only saved significant dollars for the City of Upland, but continues to save due to no new CALPERS costs, no more fire infrastructure costs or others associated with this costly drain to the General fund. We knew each owner would have to pay a fee of a little over $150.00 a year, but this would save the city from continuing down the path to fiscal ruin. If we had not done the things we did, our city would be in the red and many services would be in jeopardy.

With determination, we moved ahead and found all our fire employees got employment. Truly, the San Bernardino Fire Department has provided better services and had more updated equipment for our fire personnel and citizens.

Having 47 less employees means no new CALPERS costs for the city. The preliminary savings for the last fiscal year was over four million. This means more money in our General Fund. This also means we no longer have to pay for the upkeep on all the fire trucks and buildings. One new fire truck costs close to 1 million dollars and upkeep on the buildings even more. It is estimated this move will save 50 million in 10 years. This money can go to fix roads, sidewalks and trim trees or hire police officers.

The annexation also gave Upland more immediate access to regional services, such as the county’s reserve apparatus, Hazardous Materials Response Team, Urban Search and Rescue Response Team and wild land hand crews. A brush engine and Office of Emergency Services engine also are now stationed in Upland.
The annexation also includes an emergency services coordinator dedicated 90 percent to Upland from the county’s Office of Emergency Services. Through that, the city has offered free emergency preparedness classes to residents and FEMA compliant training for staff, is updating its emergency operations plans and received a grant for equipment to aid dogs in distress on scene at fires.

Follow up: (One year later) The potential for cost-savings was a driving force behind our decision to dissolve our century-old fire department and join the county. But, while a preliminary audit of the 2017-18 budget supports the city’s projections of money Upland has and will save, we face a lawsuit by the San Antonio Heights Association against the City of Upland, the county and LAFCO. Today, October 15, 2018 it was in the Daily Bulletin that the County Supervisors and LAFCO took a vote and are annexing in all the unincorporated areas.
There is never a dull moment in this job…

What are your goals for the city of Upland?

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE CITY OF UPLAND?

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

• Continue to be fiscally responsible by a balanced budget, savings more for CALPERS(which shows a savings of 7.9 million today) to pay down our unfunded liability and working to grow our savings account from 17 ½% to 25%.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
• Continue positive economic development to increase tax base for fixing our infrastructure and safety.
(As Chair of the Economic Development Committee the City has seen a much needed 60% increase in new commercial development since Carol started)

BRING MORE JOBS TO UPLAND

• Continue to bring in more jobs to Upland. So far, with all the commercial development the city is seeing more jobs at the San Antonio Regional Hospital and there will be much more coming to the new City of Hope!
• Downtown there are incentives for businesses to hire for jobs and throughout Upland are many new businesses that are offering new jobs and thriving housing.
• Continue to bring in thriving businesses to our city through working with the renown Economic consultants JLL.

INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

• Grow our budget for fixing our infrastructure for roads, sidewalks, tree trimming, water infrastructure…Investment in our infrastructure is critical in order to create sustainable economic development and boost social progress.
• Currently, most of our monies come from Measure I and Gas Tax monies. If those were not there or adequate for demand, what could we do?
1. Some cities pay for road repairs through public-private partnerships.
2. Others suggest a ½ cent sales tax
3. While other options are spurring infrastructure projects using innovative approaches and collaboration across the public and private sectors.

SAFETY CONTINUES TO BE AN IMPORTANT GOAL FOR OUR CITY
• Growing our police department to higher levels is essential with our growing population.
• I personally worked to bring in the new POLICE SUB STATION IN THE DOWNTOWN to provide interfacing with police, businesses and residents. My goal is to continue neighborhood policing.
• Continue my “SAY NO TO PANHANDLING” Campaign. So far we have over 20 large metal signs and over 400 small signs in businesses encouraging the public not to give to panhandlers, but to non- profits that help the homeless.
• Encourage and promote Business Watch in the city to help businesses cope with rising crime and homelessness.
• Address Homelessness with real solutions. So far our homeless program has permanently housed with wrap around services 139 individuals and families. Seek more state funding to address this issue.

PROMOTE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
• Because we are now in districts, I would like to see each district form a COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP that would reach out to the residents about the city issues. Not everyone is on social media or wants to attend a council meeting. I would like to see this group of volunteers ready to educate the district on things happening and each council member work closely to help reach out to the area about any issues the community has.

How do we deal with our unfunded liability and what about the future?

HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE CITIES UNFUNDED LIABILITY AND WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?

Most Cities in CA are struggling with CALPERS unfunded liability.
These are the things I have approved since I got on the council to reduce unfunded liability:
Currently, CALPERS has allowed the cities to hire new employees under PEPRA in which the employees get no medical benefits in retiring which reduces CALPERS costs
I have supported policies that reduced our employees- we had 47 less employees therefore stopping any new CALPERS cost.
Instead of paying a full time employee CALPERs and retirement we hire consultants that we don’t have to pay this liability.
Our CALPERS liability was lowered with our switching out of CALPERS medical and putting aside 7.2 million dollars to cover our CALPERS and OBEP liability in a trust only for this purpose in a Trust Fund 115 used only for that purpose.
WE are paying the payment for CALPERS in one lump sum which lowers our CALPERS payments.

The Issue is to understand what our liability will be in the future and make a plan to address this by maybe some of the following:
Develop and implement a plan to pay down the city’s Unfunded Actuarial Liability (UAL): Possible methods include shorter amortization periods and pre-payment of cities UAL
We created a Pension Rate Stabilization Program (PRSP):
Establishing and funding a local Section 115 Trust Fund can help offset unanticipated spikes in employer contributions- 7.9 million in our trust fund now- put in yearly. We should add to this account yearly.
Use procedures and transparent bargaining to increase employee pension contributions: Many local agencies and their employee organizations have already entered into such agreements.
Possible methods include shorter amortization periods and pre-payment of cities liability
Budget $500,000 per year for additional payments to CALPERS and annually prepay CALPERS for employee bargaining groups and use the savings from a prepay discount — more than $250,000 per year — to make additional payments.
Increasing Economic Dev. Brings in more General Funds
In addition the council could form a Finance and Pension Advisory Committee to look at options for future reductions in pension cost and liability

Are we selling off a part of Memorial Park and is it legal?

ARE WE SELLING OFF A PART OF MEMORIAL PARK AND IS IT LEGAL?
Memorial Park has had the reputation of being a drug infested, homeless haven in the past five years. Last year the council asked the police to close the park and get it cleaned up for the safety of our children and the neighborhood. And they did.
We worked on restoring the Rose Garden and spent the last year with a citizen/staff committee getting ideas on how to improve the park. Many attended these sessions and gave input. Some of the ideas were to improve and move the tot lot to the front of the park and put up- to- date play equipment and fun fountains for kids, a large pavilion for concerts, more recreation, walking paths and others. On council request, the park was closed for two months and the park cleaned and trimmed and its reputation is much improved.
San Antonio Hospital approached the city and asked to buy 4 acres and put in a parking structure with reciprocal parking for everyone at Memorial Park at the Ball field on San Bernardino Road and give the city $4.2 MILLION DOLLARS. So the committee thought we would never want to loose a ball field and it could be in the main area of the park. Then, we could take out parking spaces and roads and make it open space with trees and plants and wonderful sports, upgraded children’s area and recreational facilities. How often could we get 4.2 million dollars to fix up our park? Many were so excited over the possibility of having our park the best one in town!
The attorney gave the council legitimate law that stated it was not illegal to sell a small portion, especially with reciprocal usage. A few people protested and now it is in court. In November we will be able to see the results of this lawsuit.

Ice Cream Social with Carol Timm

Carol Timm,  Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate
for Upland City Council District 4,
invites you to attend a Meet and Greet
and Ice Cream Social to discuss issues in the city.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 2:00pm
Sycamore Terrace (downstairs)
1301 San Bernardino Road
Upland,CA 91786

Election Nov. 6, 2018

COFFEE WITH CAROL TIMM

Carol Timm,  Mayor Pro Tem and Candidate
for Upland City Council District 4,
invites you to attend a Meet and Greet
for Coffee and to discuss issues in the city.

Saturday, October 6th, at 2:00-3:30
Amistad Christiana Asamblea (basement)
275 East 9th Street
Upland,CA 91786

Election Nov. 6, 2018

INFRASTRUCTURE / ROAD / ALLEY PROJECTS HAPPENING IN DISTRICT 4

I have lived in my home in District 4 and have seen how many of our streets are really in need of a total make over, being the oldest part of our city.

As an advocate to improve our area, and chair of the Public Works committee, I am happy to announce many roads, rock curbs, water infrastructure and alley improvements are happening in District 4 from October 2018-2019. It has taken years to save for the millions being spent in District 4 on these total renovations, especially the streets. Because of the age of the roads, all of the streets listed will be totally redone from the restoration of the historic rock curbs, all new water infrastructure and brand new roads all of which is very costly. Each complete water and road project is running 2 to 3 million each. I wish we could afford to do every street and alley! The 36 alleys listed and the entire bike path will get newly paved. The bike path is currently getting crossing, striping and lights to make it a safer place to cross on Euclid. Downtown will get a brand new parking lot on 1st Avenue behind 2nd Avenue and re-striping on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues. We are working toward positive changes in our neighborhood!

I will continue to look and work on grants and ways to further improve our district and moving Upland Forward!
Click here to download or view a .pdf of all streets and alleys that will be improved.

 

UPLAND’s DISTRICT 4 IS MOVING FORWARD
Bike Trail
• Repave
• Euclid Crossing Signal
• 67 New Trees
Campus Avenue (Foothill Blvd. – 10 Freeway)
• Repave
Vernon Drive (West End to Palm)
• Repave
• Water Main Replacement
1st Avenue and A Street
• Parking Lot Rehabilitation
1st, 2nd, 3rd Avenues
• Downtown Striping

3rd Avenue (A Street to 11th Street)
• Repave and Water Main Replacement (A Street to 11th Street)
9th Street (3rd Avenue to Campus)
• Repave and Water Main Replacement (3rd Avenue to Campus)
13th Street (Euclid to Campus)
• Repave
• Water Main Replacement
Palm Avenue (9th Street to Arrow Hwy)
• Repave
• Water Main Replacement

ALLEYS BEING RESURFACED
1st Avenue
• 2nd Avenue (13th Street to 14th Street)
• 2nd Avenue (8th Street to Arrow Highway)
2nd Avenue
• 3rd Avenue (11th Street to G Street)
3rd Avenue
• 3rd Avenue (G Street to F Street)
• Sultana Street (9th Street to Olive Avenue)
4th Avenue
• 3rd Avenue (F Street to Arrow Highway)
5th Avenue
• 6th Avenue (F Street to 6th Avenue)
• Winston Court (13th Street to N/O West Street)
• Campus Avenue (14th Street to Campus Avenue)
6th Avenue
• Campus Street (F Street to 6th Avenue)
8th Avenue
• 9th Avenue (11th Street to F Street)
8th Street
• 7th Street (Greentree Road to South Laurel)
9th Avenue
• 8th Avenue (Arrow Highway to South of Arrow Highway)
9th Street
• The railroad (Campus to 8th Avenue)
• Washington Blvd. (Campus to 6th Avenue)
10th Street
• A Street to 9th Street
11th Street
• Foothill Boulevard (Palm Avenue to Laurel Avenue)
Berlyn Avenue
• 11th St. 11th Ave. to W. 11th Ave.
Campus Avenue
• Olivedale Park (Raymond Street to 8th Street)
• Olivedale Park (Raymond to Olive Avenue)
• 8th Avenue (Arrow Highway to South of Arrow Highway)
• 9th Avenue (Mesa Court to South of Mesa Court)
• 5th Avenue (13th Street to N/O West Street)

Euclid Avenue
• 1st Avenue (F Street to Arrow Highway)
• Laurel Avenue (11th Street to Arrow Highway)
• Laurel Avenue (11th Street to North End)
Laurel Avenue
• Euclid Avenue (9th Street to A Street)
Mesa Court
• 11th Street (Campus Avenue to 9th Avenue)
Palm Avenue
• Laurel Avenue (11th Street to North End)
Richland Avenue
• 7th Street (Richland Street to Richland Street)
San Antonio Street
• Turquoise Way (9th Street to Diamond Court)
Washington Boulevard (Campus to 6th Avenue)
• Alley Washington/Arrow (Eighth Avenue to 9th Avenue)
West Street
• Foothill Blvd. (West Street to 5th Avenue)
• Foothill Blvd. (5th Avenue to Campus)
• 13th Street (Campus Avenue to 13th Street)

MARK CHRISTOPHER CHEVROLET SPONSORS LUNCHEON FOR CAROL TIMM

MARK CHRISTOPHER CHEVROLET SPONSORS LUNCHEON FOR CAROL TIMM
Nolan and Chris Leggio hosted a luncheon for Councilwoman Carol Timm on Tuesday, August 21 at Eden Garden Restaurant on A Street in Upland, California. Asked to speak on Carol’s behalf was her friend, San Bernardino County Attorney, Jason Anderson. Chris and Nolan invited their special business colleagues to attend and hear Carol speak about the dramatic increases in economic development in Upland and accomplishments and her projected goals for the future of Upland.

CAROL TIMM WORKS TO BRING NEW POLICE SUB-STATION TO HISTORIC DOWNTOWN UPLAND

CAROL TIMM WORKS TO BRING NEW POLICE SUB-STATION TO HISTORIC DOWNTOWN UPLAND

Like so many Upland residents, I have a passion to see our downtown thrive and be the best place to be ! Living in the downtown area on 9th Street for 35 years, I have seen this area ebb and flow throughout the years going from thriving to ghost town to going forward again.  After hearing about various problems with crime in the downtown from merchants and residents, I felt it was vital for the safety of the community to have a police substation there. Working with our chief, city manager and mayor they all agreed this would be a perfect location for a sub station on East 9th Street across from the Gazebo.  Looking back to 1908, Upland had a police station downtown that was manned by Sherriff Jed  Sawyer. So, looking forward ,we saw a need to have the security of knowing our businesses and residents can feel safe and interface daily with the Upland Police. We need to have an environment in which this downtown can thrive. Looking forward to our Upland Police joining the businesses in Historic Downtown Upland August 2018!

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District Voting

ORDINANCE 1909 WAS ENACTED TO HAVE DISTRICT VOTING IN UPLAND IN 2018

The City of Upland will be voting in districts for the first time on November 6, 2018. The district where I have lived for 35 years is called District 4. (Please refer to the map.) This year District 2,3 and 4 will be voting for their individual council members. District 1 and the Mayor position and Treasurer will be voted on in 2020. If you are unsure where you are on the map, you can go to the City of Upland web site or the County of San Bernardino and type in your address and it will give you that information on your district.
Most people ask about representation of their district. All council members elected will represent the WHOLE CITY not just a district. The only difference will be they will be voted in by only their district. All matters, no matter where they are located in the city, will be decided equally by the council as a whole or majority vote.

On December 22, 2015, the City received a letter alleging that the City’s at-large elections are a violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) due to the presence of racially polarized voting (RPV), which impairs the ability of minority citizens to elect the candidate of their choice to the City Council. After review and research of the allegations contained in the letter, as well as consideration of the City’s options, the City entered into an Agreement, pursuant to which it agreed to place a district-based voting ballot measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. The City also agreed to approve and adopt one district map plan from the proposed draft plans no later than August 1, 2016.

According to what was required, the City entered into an agreement with Compass Demographics to direct the process of creating districts. The consultant was David Ely, principal of Compass Demographics. The city staff designed a community participation plan to gather input on council member voting district boundaries. Staff and Mr. Ely conducted community outreach, received input from the public, and prepared maps in accordance with the California There were multiple workshops held so that citizens could give input into where the district maps should be drawn. The City Council adopted the plan during a public hearing on April 11, 2016. . Mr. Ely conducted community outreach and received input from the public. Afterward he prepared maps in accordance with the California laws . Those in attendance learned about the State & Federal requirements for creating districts, had an opportunity to draw district boundaries, and provide input in the process.

During the July 11, 2016 meeting, the City Council received a presentation from Mr. Ely and staff, as well as public input, regarding three draft voting district maps. After the presentation and the public hearing, the City Council discussed the three draft voting district maps and then indicated its preference for Draft Map 3, which provides for division of the City into four (4) council member districts in a manner consistent with the Federal Voting Rights Act (FVRA), the CVRA and the Agreement. The City Council further requested that staff explore the possibility of adopting an ordinance establishing by-district elections rather than placing a measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. On August 8th, 2016, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1909 to establish By-District Election of four council members and establishing the boundaries of each council district.

This first election by districts will take place with the November 2018 election or this year.  In that election three Council Members will be elected by district (District 2,3 and 4).  The remaining Council position will be elected by district in 2020 (District 1) .  Per the settlement agreement, the district(s) with a majority minority representation will be among the first district elections. District 3 and 4 were determined to have the highest minority representation and would be required to be on the ballot first along with District 2 was elected.