A vote of confidence in downtown Pomona as business district is renewed

 Larry Egan, executive director of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association, helped win its renewal for another decade. (Photo by David Allen)

Larry Egan, executive director of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association, helped win its renewal for another decade. (Photo by David Allen)

 David Allen July 19, 2018, 8:00 pm

Downtown Pomona’s business improvement district will stick around through 2028 after property owners voted overwhelmingly to keep paying for extra security, cleanup, marketing and events like the Christmas Parade and Second Saturday Art Walk.

Nearly 100 property owners agreed to continue assessing themselves a collective $1 million per year. The vote was 78 percent in favor, up from 74 percent when the Downtown Pomona Owners Association last came up for certification in 2009.

While City Hall is the largest property owner in the district, the affirmative vote of private property owners — including Western University of Health Sciences, the Tessier family and the Tower office building — added up to 67 percent, according to DPOA executive director Larry Egan.

The new boundaries are Garey and Monterey avenues and Main and First streets, a modest expansion, plus the old YMCA at its new owner’s request over to Gibbs Street.

There were dissenters, including a glass shop owner near Gibbs who’ll have to pay $5,000 a year for what she considers scant benefit. One attorney who owns multiple properties on Mission Boulevard got two ballots and split his vote, telling Egan he saw the district’s benefit for one but not the other.

Overall, though, there was little overt opposition compared to 2009, the first renewal after the district’s 2004 formation. The City Council accepted the results Monday.

What’s ahead in the next 10 years? “We want to stay on the same path we’re on now — safe and clean, and make downtown conducive to development,” Egan, executive director since 2007, told me Wednesday. “The goal is to be out of business, ‘We don’t need you anymore.’ Then we’ll have done our job.”

Egan, by the way, had planned to retire June 30, but while recuperating from a health scare earlier this year, he got restless. “I don’t want to resign. I need a purpose,” Egan, 75, recalled thinking. “What am I going to do, clip coupons?”

The board of directors hired him back. Apparently, they still need him. The coupons can wait.

2nd Saturday Artwalk July 2018

July may be the hottest month of the year (hence the name Dog Days of Summer), but there’s plenty of awesome weaved in there, too. Not only is it National Blueberry Month (break out the granola and/or pie crusts), it’s also National Cell Phone Courtesy Month -- which sounds like blissful, wishful thinking. The second week of July is Nude Recreation Week (because who doesn’t want to roast all of their delicate bits), but most importantly, it’s National Anti-Boredom month. That means it’s basically illegal to be bored in July (“only boring people get bored!” mother used to wail) and the galleries in Downtown Pomona can ensure you don’t get cited for displaying ennui if you trek on down to the Art walk to give your brains a bump. 

Metro Gallery opens “Detour,” a solo show by Charisse Abellana, an American-Filipino artist whose paintings are inspired by the values and cultures of both sides of her heritage, and 57 Underground presents the work of ART LAB GROUP in “HARMONY + ART = PEOPLE.” Curated by Oscar Leal, the project features paintings created by differently-abled artists as they listened to a variety of music styles, including classical, country and hip hop, and painted what they felt. The result is a fascinating exploration of how music influences creativity and produces unique understandings.

 Charisse Abellana, Western Wilderness3. 24 x 30 Oil on Canvas. Metro Gallery

Charisse Abellana, Western Wilderness3. 24 x 30 Oil on Canvas. Metro Gallery

 Charisse Abellana, Western Wilderness1. 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas. Metro Gallery

Charisse Abellana, Western Wilderness1. 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas. Metro Gallery

 57 Underground

57 Underground

The Latino Art Museum presents the group show “Independence vs Independent,” featuring the work of Mati Russo, Eduardo Medrano. Charisse Abellana, Rigo Rivas, Lina Garcia, Carolina Garino-Tabit, Celeste Illazki, Juan Carlos Boxler, and David Cruz in their Main Salon East, as well as a Fundraising exhibition from their permanent collection of “Art on Paper,” in the Main Salon South.

 Angie Culosso,  Untitled . Acrylic on Paper. Latino Art Museum

Angie Culosso, Untitled. Acrylic on Paper. Latino Art Museum

 Graciela Horne Nardi,  Are not guilty,  d o not do more harm . Latino Art Museum

Graciela Horne Nardi, Are not guilty, do not do more harm. Latino Art Museum

 Rigo Rivas.  Inside, Looking Out . Latino Art Museum

Rigo Rivas. Inside, Looking Out. Latino Art Museum

 Elisa Armendariz  La Infanta-La Menina . Latino Art Museum

Elisa Armendariz La Infanta-La Menina. Latino Art Museum

 Charisse Abellana.  Blue Perfume Bottle.  Latino Art Museum

Charisse Abellana. Blue Perfume Bottle. Latino Art Museum

Progress Gallery opens “InBetween,” a group show from Azusa Pacific University MFA graduate students Daniel Hall (installation), Norris Archer Harrington (photography), Diana Isho (narrative illustration), Brianne Witt (narrative drawing), John David Yanke (mattress spring sculptures), and Molly Zakrajsek (fine art pattern and design). Focusing on the spaces in-between art and understanding, the exhibit offers up images and objects for viewers to reconsider, and reflect upon the way connections are made between multifarious worlds.

 Progress Gallery

Progress Gallery

 Progress Gallery

Progress Gallery

 Progress Gallery

Progress Gallery

The Alley Gallery dips into the spicy side of life and art with “Bondage Art Exhibition,” focusing on the exotic, erotic, and fetish worlds that create their own kind of artistic expression. Guests must be 18+ to attend.

Last but not least, the dA Center for the Arts continues last month’s group show “Sanctuary,” which explores the current climate of fear and isolation thrust upon vulnerable populations in our own country and across the world, offering love, hope and solidarity with those seeking refuge in the light. 
                                                                                -Stacy Davies

 Celine Jacques,  I'll be a Living Sanctuary for you . dA Center for the Arts

Celine Jacques, I'll be a Living Sanctuary for you. dA Center for the Arts

 Eric Almanza,  In Search for a New Home . dA Center for the Arts

Eric Almanza, In Search for a New Home. dA Center for the Arts

The Kings of 88 come to Downtown Pomona August 11

 The Kings of 88

The Kings of 88

LA County Arts Commission's Free Summer Concerts

Since its inception in 1947, the Arts Commission has administered funding for free concerts at venues throughout LA County as part of the Free Concerts in Public Sites Program. From June to October, concerts are held in parks, outdoor amphitheaters, community centers, libraries, museums and more, and feature LA County artists representing a broad range of genres including Americana, blues, Caribbean, cumbia, mariachi, jazz, klezmer, pop, rock and R&B.

The program provides support to organizations presenting accessible, quality music programming that represents the diversity of the region. Artists who perform as part of the Free Concerts in Public Sites program are chosen by the concert presenters from the Arts Commission’s Musicians Roster, a vetted list of over 100 LA County-based groups representing a range of musical styles.
The Kings of 88 will be performing in Shaun Diamond Plaza during the 2nd Saturday Artwalk, Saturday August 11, 7pm-10pm

2nd Saturday Artwalk June 2018

Summer’s just over the horizon, but before you sizzle and sweat your soul away, check out the hottest offerings from Downtown Pomona in June!

The Latino Art Museum offers up their signature style group show, featuring works from artists hailing from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Chile, El Salvador and Columbia. Curated by Graciela Horne Nardi, this series of acrylic, oil, watercolor, mix media, ink and rock installation expressions come from artists Silvia Garcia, Rosa Elena Osicka, Iris Vodopivec, Eduardo Medrano, Carolina Garino-Tabit, Maria de los Angeles Espinosa, Claudia Cogo

Carla Chavez-Keller, Rebecca Nabarrete, Angie Culasso, Su Horne, Juan Carlos Boxler, Rigo Rivas, Mati Russo, Yolanda Londoño, and Luis Molina – and promise to ignite passions and perceptions galore!

57 Underground celebrates longtime Pomona artist and Cal State Fullerton MFA alum Mervyn Seldon with a retrospective of her early work in “The First 20 Years: Mervyn Seldon’s Favorite Paintings, 1998-2018.” Filled with unique expressions of color and design taken from myriad experiences in her life, the artist’s development can be traced over the years – from her beginnings in still life fruits plucked from her husband’s garden to modern abstractions that reflect the conflicts of our modern time.

Likewise, encaustic artist Karen Ruth Karlsson is a much-heralded creator in the downtown scene, and opens her solo show “Something Just Like This” at the Metro Gallery, featuring printmaking monotypes, collagraphs and etchings. 

The Alley Gallery attempts to cash-in on the current Deadpool love with “Daddy Needs To Express Some ART,” an exhibition themed around the iconic character that also includes an evening of vendors, live art, prizes, raffles and cosplay – which is both welcomed and encouraged!

And last but definitely not least, the School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) spotlights three of its most impressive AP art students – Jenneyda Rojas, Andrew Carter, and J. Sayer – in “Futures,” featuring everything from the sassy to the surreal
                                                                                                   -Stacy Davies

2nd Saturday Artwalk May 2018

The world is a heap of crazy these days, and with information overload— and most of it not ideal—art swoops in like a warrior to take your pain away! Unlike a hilarious female comedian who brilliantly speaks truth to power at fancy journalist dinners, art won’t give you the same ratatat – but it can provide a refuge where your head and heart reconnect and your optimism flourishes.

The Latino Art Museum is high on the list of positivity, especially this month as they unveil their “Immigrant Mural” by Yolanda Londoño and Luis Fernando Molina, a 6x12 vision of humanity and hope. Londoño and Molina also take over the Main Salon East for a duo show, and in Main Salons South and West, the group show “Immigrants in Pomona” features the lush works of Charisse Abellana, Nurit Avisar, Juan Carlos Boxler, Arthur Carrillo, Ayumi Dickson, Marcela El-Ayoubi, Steven Felix-Jagger, Sergio Hernandez, Eduardo Medrano, Moises Mendoza, Rosa Elena Osicka, Eva Perez, Rigo Rivas, Mati Russo, Iris Vodopivec, Gabriela Zapata, Guillermo Lefranc, Rebecca Nabarrete and Beatriz Hidalgo de la Garza. 

 Gabriela Zapata- Latino Art Museum

Gabriela Zapata- Latino Art Museum

 Marcela El-Ayoubi- Latino Art Museum

Marcela El-Ayoubi- Latino Art Museum

 Steven Felix-Jagger- Latino Art Museum

Steven Felix-Jagger- Latino Art Museum

 Luis Fernando Molina- Latino Art Museum

Luis Fernando Molina- Latino Art Museum

 Yolanda Londono- Latino Art Museum

Yolanda Londono- Latino Art Museum

The Progress Gallery presents “Intuitive Paintings of Inspiration,” a collection of positive-agenda works by Shellise Berry, who was once a law enforcement professional (including a 911 operator, a jailor, and a crime analyst). Berry uses her experiences of intuition to inform her lush and vibrant work, this time showcasing the talents of her right-side brain.

 "Temperance" Shellise Berry- The Progress Gallery

"Temperance" Shellise Berry- The Progress Gallery

 " Mercies" Shellise Berry- The Progress Gallery

"
Mercies" Shellise Berry- The Progress Gallery

Metro Gallery explores the use of medium and format film in “Obsolete Perspectives,” a collection of work produced by the students of Chaffey College’s intermediate photography class. The prominence of digital photography has usurped celluloid photography, causing film to become an obsolete craft facing termination from curriculums at many schools and colleges. This exhibition serves as a reminder that old-tech is not necessarily old-art, and showcases a group of artists who forge onward in the analogue realm to produce photography in its rawest form. 

 Vanessa Aguilar, Mark Caballero, Raylene De La Torre, Alexys Garcia, Connie Gutierrez, Amber Hazlett, Trent Liendo, Jason Miller, Jessica Murray, Lazaro Reyes, Mary Bernadette Sanchez, Alexandra Uribe, German Valdes, Alyssa Vasquez, Joshua Vega. -The Metro Gallery

Vanessa Aguilar, Mark Caballero, Raylene De La Torre, Alexys Garcia, Connie Gutierrez, Amber Hazlett, Trent Liendo, Jason Miller, Jessica Murray, Lazaro Reyes, Mary Bernadette Sanchez, Alexandra Uribe, German Valdes, Alyssa Vasquez, Joshua Vega. -The Metro Gallery

The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) presents the “Second Annual SAE Arts Festival,” featuring performances and work from students in the 6-12 grade who share with the public the skills they’ve acquired while attending The SAE. 
The entire Art Walk day is filled with workshops and demonstrations, including a Symphonic Band Performance and Sight Reading Demo, a Jazz Combo Performance and Improvisation clinic, a Pop/Rock Ensemble Performance featuring Original Protest Songs, an Acting Technique Showcase, Street Pop Up Monologues, a Chance to Dance open class catered to dancers with special needs, the Family Grooves open level hip hop class for dancers to enjoy with their families, a Documentary Filming Booth, and the Exhibition of Student Work and Assorted Art Activities at the Downtown Center. See the SAE site for times, locations and additional events.  
                                                                                                     -Stacy Davies
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                   

2nd Saturday Artwalk April 2018


Art is in bloom as the Downtown bursts forth with a host of new exhibitions from a diverse group of visionary creators. 
Kicking off on Art Walk night, Metro Gallery welcomes Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen, who’ll be reading from his two books, Pomona A to Z and Getting Started, sharing experiences and anecdotes and answering questions from the audience. Allen will also be signing books, and light refreshments will be served. 

 Christian Thompson, "Untitled", Lofton2nd

Christian Thompson, "Untitled", Lofton2nd

LOFTon2nd presents “LOTUS Creative Experience,” curated by Disney design artist Christian Thompson and featuring work from Thompson and his colleagues that experiment with digital design, color, and photography that invites onlookers into the life of a not-so-glamorous creative world.

The Latino Art Museum opens two shows. The Main Salon presents the solo work of muralist and digital photographic artist Guillermo Bejarano, whose paintings are influenced by American Post-Expressionism and the Mexican School of Art (mural tradition) in Mexico City. Diving deep into abstraction, Bejarano’s paintings center on the transformation, transfiguring, and transporting of energy and beauty throughout the universe, a creation aspect that directly feeds into the Mayan philosophical concept about one’s own creativity or existence as manifested through art.

 Guillermo Bejarano,  "Cinco Mandos", Latino Art Museum

Guillermo Bejarano,  "Cinco Mandos", Latino Art Museum

 Guillermo Bejarano, "Earth Maiden III", Latino Art Museum

Guillermo Bejarano, "Earth Maiden III", Latino Art Museum

The Grand Salon West and Main Salon South feature exhibitions from Spain, as well as the “International Collection,” curated by Diana Moya and Gorgonio Sanjuan that presents the work of 50 artists from all over Europe.

 Alicia Rubio, Latino Art Museum 

Alicia Rubio, Latino Art Museum 

 Emilio Romero, Latino Art Museum

Emilio Romero, Latino Art Museum

 Fran Berrago, Latino Art Museum

Fran Berrago, Latino Art Museum

 Francana, Latino Art Museum

Francana, Latino Art Museum

57 Underground offers you a “Bail Out!!” – a group show featuring works from Jeanne Anderson, Karen Duckles, Georgia Garside,  Susan Ilsey, Ken Johnson, Mervyn Seldon, Chris Toovey, DA Ward, Yi-li Chin Ward, and Peter Zou who use everything from found objects to Confucianism to re-imagined classic movie collages to tell the stories of primal nature, industrialized societies, and humanity. 

 Karen Duckles, "Inside the Box", 57 Underground

Karen Duckles, "Inside the Box", 57 Underground

 DA Ward, "Dorothy's Choice", 57 Underground

DA Ward, "Dorothy's Choice", 57 Underground

 Peter Zhou, "China Town Ball Out", 57 Underground

Peter Zhou, "China Town Ball Out", 57 Underground

Progress Gallery welcomes Joe Ded (Joe Walsh) for the solo show “Transmission 57,” a series of works that explore the concept that human bodies are the transmitters of signals from unknown dimensions. According to Ded, the number five symbolizes man and the number seven is the divine number of completeness. Ded’s work is a blend of street art, abstract expressionism and art deco styles, and keep the subject matter playful and filled with hints of pop culture references. 

 Joe Ded, "Dance of Death Alphabet", 10 x 10

Joe Ded, "Dance of Death Alphabet", 10 x 10

 Joe Ded, "Fire Ants Walk With Me" 36 x 36, Progress Gallery

Joe Ded, "Fire Ants Walk With Me" 36 x 36, Progress Gallery

Also on display, the School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) presents their annual AP Visual and Digital Arts Exhibition, featuring works from 22 advanced-placement art students who have all been accepted into four-year colleges or private universities – half of them on scholarship.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             -Stacy Davies

 
 

Here's How Pomona's Downtown will get a little safer

 

By LISET MARQUEZ | lmarquez@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
PUBLISHED: March 24, 2018 at 10:00 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2018 at 11:21 am

Pomona leaders have signed off on a pact which will allow the addition of 15 cameras to be installed onto city street light poles in the downtown area.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pomona will not charge the area’s business improvement district, Downtown Pomona Owners Association, to use the poles. The association taxes itself to raise money for improvements in the downtown area.

“It is (the association’s) goal to make sure the security they are providing is adequate for the patrolling of the downtown and the services they provide,” said Councilwoman Adriana Robledo, who sits on the DPOA board along with Councilman Rubio Gonzalez.

The agreement, which was unanimously approved at the March 19 City Council meeting, is part of the association’s ongoing effort to deter crime downtown.

The association first installed security cameras 10 years ago and has 56 cameras in the city’s core, said Carolyn Hemming, president of the Downtown Pomona Owners Association Board of Directors. The association spends $50,000 a year operating and maintaining the equipment, she said.

The DPOA’s existing security cameras are installed on Garey Avenue, Main Street and Second Street, according to a staff report to the council. Most of those cameras have been hardwired, while the new cameras will be wireless.

“This will help us have the height and line of sight that we need covered,” she said.

In June 2016, the City Council set aside $26,000 from the Vehicle Parking District budget to the DPOA for the installation of security surveillance cameras. The association can tap into those funds if the equipment is located in lots within the parking district of the downtown.

As is the case with the existing cameras, Pomona police will have unfettered access to the feeds, Hemming said. Officers who patrol the area access the feeds from mobile apps, and the department’s watch commander can also monitor the feeds, she said.

“For the officers, it helps them out if they’re in on area of downtown, but they are still able to keep an eye on another of the downtown,” Hemming said.

The association has the ability to download and save any of the feeds, she said.

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Services for Fallen Officer Greggory Casillas

Officer Greggory Casillas.jpg

Funeral Services
Services for Pomona Police Officer Greggory Casillas will be on Thursday, March 22nd at 9:30am at Purpose Church- 601 N. Garey Ave. Pomona. Church doors will open to the public at 8:30am.
 
Procession Route
Immediately following the service will be an emergency vehicle procession. The route of the procession will go as follows, southbound Garey Ave. to Mission Blvd., westbound Mission Blvd. to White Ave., northbound White Ave. to IS-10, westbound I-10 to Via Verde, exit Via Verde southbound into Forest Lawn Covina Hills.
 
Street Closures
Street closures beginning at 6:00am on March 22nd will be:

  • Garey Ave. in both directions from Holt Ave. (near Purpose Church) to Alvarado St. This street closure could extend as high as Orange Grove Ave.
  • Main St. from Holt Ave. to Pearl St.
  • Pearl St. from east on Main St. to Garey Ave.  

** Please consider alternate routes around this area.**
 
Guest Entrance
ALL arriving vehicles should enter southbound on Garey Ave. at Orange Grove Ave.
 
General Parking
General parking will be available in the parking lot located on the northwest corner of Garey Ave. and Pearl St.
 
Outside Agency/Emergency Vehicle Parking
Outside police agencies/emergency vehicles who plan on participating in the procession should park their vehicle on Garey Ave. facing south in the northbound #1 and northbound #2 lanes.  
 
Emergency vehicles not participating in the procession are to park in the general parking lot.
 
Chiefs of Police and Dignitary Parking
 Chiefs of Police and Dignitaries will be directed to the church parking lot south of Pearl St.  
 
Live Streaming
Live streaming of the funeral service will be available on these social media platforms:

  • Pomona PD Facebook- @Pomona Police Department
  • Purpose Church Facebook- @Purpose Church Pomona
  • ABC7 Facebook- @ABC7

Police agencies from across LA County will assist with police services within the City of Pomona. These agencies are part of the established LA County Area-D Mutual Aid structure and their assistance will allow for Pomona police employees to attend the funeral. During this deployment, there will not be any interruption in emergency service delivery to the community. The front desk of the police station will be closed throughout the day.