Council Hears Plans to Improve Downtown

Economic woes plaguing Temple City’s local economy is causing the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, and residents to look for solutions to improve its downtown.

On Tuesday, June 3, the City Council heard two different presentations from the San Gabriel Valley Small Business Development Center and the Cal Poly Department of Landscape Architecture to determine which proposal could potentially help the City.

Daniel Morales, the director of the San Gabriel Valley Small Business Center shared with the Council the Center’s proposed plan, the SBDC. Morales stated the SBDC was funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the federal government to provide advice, training, and financial assistance to small businesses.

Since the 1990s, the San Gabriel Valley Small Business Center has operated throughout the San Gabriel Valley. It partners with the SBA and works with local Chamber of Commerces.

The SBDC plan is partnered with the Mount San Antonio community college and requires a $10,000 contribution from the City.

The second proposal under consideration by the City Council was the Cal Poly Planning Study proposal.

Bryan Matsumoto and Dr. Susan Mulley provided the Council information for an in-depth analysis and economic and planning study. Matsumoto stated the Cal Poly study offered a task list project involving community participation, research, reference, and business workshops which will review City needs. He planned to utilize landscaping in the study to garner businesses and allure redevelopment.

The Cal Poly Pomona proposal requires a $40,000 contribution with graduate students planning the study project.

Professor Mulley noted the deadline for submission of a proposal is in September.

Residents and business owners continued to criticize the moratorium enacted by the City Council in April 2008. During public comments, Ming Lin, a Temple City resident, informed the Council she had been unable to rent her building for the past nine months.

“The moratorium is talk” stated Councilman Dave Capra. Capra reminded the Council that large redevelopment was needed to fix the City’s economic problems.

 

This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on August 20, 2008.

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