What The Hell Happened At The Redistricting Hearing? A Motion To Keep The Existing Map & Not Redistrict At All! What?!

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Well if I die tomorrow, I will feel like at least I’ve seen it all now. My phone, email and text message notifications were going crazy until well after 1AM after the meeting, by residents as shocked and frustrated as I was. What was witnessed during the 1/10/22 council meeting is going to be hard to write about, but I do find the process cathartic. Let me just say right now, this is the most important report of 2022 and possibly the next ten years, hands down. I thank you for caring enough about The City of Upland, to read it.

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Redistricting City Council – Public Hearing Mon, Jan 10th @ 7PM! Should Council Go From 4 to 5 Districts & Have A Rotating Mayor? Yes, No, We Think So, Here’s Why……

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Redistricting is a once in a decade event, under normal circumstances. But most of us know Upland just did this and had its first district elections in 2018. The reason being Upland had never redistricted before and was using an at-large voting scheme and was threatened with legal action, for not complying with the 1964 Voting Rights Act and the California Voting Rights Act. The district map Upland adopted to ward off a costly lawsuit, was used to elect Janice Elliott, Rudy Zuniga, former Councilman Ricky Felix in 2018 and then Bill Velto, Shannan Maust and Carlos Garcia in 2020. However, that map used census data from 2010 and now that we have the 2020 census and a population increase of 5,637 residents living predominately in south Upland, the entire map needs to be redrawn, again. So, find out what this means to you and what the options are for changing the way Upland elects its city council, in this report.

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Amazon Appealing Court’s Decision, Supercar Dealership Lawsuits Piling Up & 34-Year Old Cold Case For Missing Upland Youth, Gets Fresh Look From UPD!

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There’s lots to catch up in today’s report and having attended the December 13th, Upland City Council Meeting, I have so much to say. The meeting started with the council going into closed session to discuss the never ending Amazon / Bridge Development debacle, so residents were up in arms from the jump. Then, the regular meeting opened with 13-minutes of absolutely gut-wrenching public comments from the family of an 11-year old boy that went missing 34-years ago, from the south-west corner of Foothill and Euclid in 1988. The audience and council were moved to the point of tears and now, the case is getting a fresh look from UPD’s finest. This new council is magnificent and there are no words for how much I LOVE this town and its residents. But first, without further ado, let me say MERRY CHRISTMAS UPLAND!!!!

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Amazon Development Agreement Approved By Prior Council, Is Now Toilet Paper After Judge Cohn’s Ruling!

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Upland residents just did the seemingly impossible, which is to kick the Amazon Distribution Center Developers squarely in the teeth, in Superior Court no less. I have nothing but mad love and tremendous respect for every resident that fought so hard against this project for years, with every public hearing so packed to capacity, there was no standing room left to occupy. I have never seen residents so up in arms and ready to do whatever it takes, to defend the city that they love. And what that entailed was the forming of a non-profit called Upland Community First and a very lengthy legal battle, which just ended last week. In my opinion, the ruling is a gut punch and negated the entire development agreement approved by the former Upland City Council. Want to know what happens now and what to expect from the Amazon developers, then continue reading this report, by clicking below.

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