Have you ever wondered why there are so many salons in San Dimas? Do you wish downtown San Dimas offered more diverse businesses? Do you feel like you are always leaving San Dimas to dine and shop in nearby cities? You are not alone!
This week, I interview Jaymes Dunsmore, an AICP-certified planner and urban designer. Jaymes talks with me about why businesses such as salons might thrive in a place like San Dimas. Also, given the historic nature of downtown San Dimas, Jaymes explains some of the challenges and potential solutions for transforming ours into a more vibrant and revitalized downtown.
Jaymes mentions a “ballot measure that would change how commercial property taxes are allocated”, that’s the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020. One out of many anti-Prop 13 propositions to weaken those protections of working families and small businesses. If you see one of those petition gatherers with a sign that says, “Protects Prop 13” don’t sign it. It’s a ruse.
What is Split Roll:
What Prop 13 is:
To comment on revitalization, change can be frightening to some but we do have the wherewithal to craft any project in our image. Standards high, buildings low, and Western heritage preserved!
Btw, I don’t know if you would be interested in having Wendy Gish on your podcast (probably seen her at the Council meetings), she knows a lot about Sustainability (hyper density) and Proposition 13 & Split Roll. I think it would be an interesting discussion to have with her. She seems interested in coming on, would you like her contact info for a future podcast with her?
thanks for your informative podcasts isabel. can we hire this guy to head our city planning dept or consult & do mkt studies for our city? we went to fullerton’s historic district once & enjoyed a live performance there (either james taylor or neil diamond at the theater in the round – i think the theater is gone now. sad. sigh. i think there are so many salons here because the city of san dimas has no overall plan for what should be where other than in whatever type of zoning they have assigned to various lots. other than that it is whatever someone wants to do as long as it meets the zoning code. i hate to say this but our council & supporting departments seem to be way behind the times & uninformed. cal poly had done a market study on the vacant lot at via verde & san dimas ave that is now the via verde corporate park & said there was a big market here for a restaurant, shops & music there. guess the council didn’t get that info because it never happened. too bad, i was looking forward to it. they never asked me or any residents i know of about their preferences for development on that lot. no surveys, no asking for resident’s input. again another heavy sigh!
Isabel in San Dimas
Thanks for listening to the show and for your thoughtful feedback, BJ. A big dream I have for this podcast is to keep residents (like yourself) updated about what’s going on so we can share our thoughts with the City and maybe contribute to a positive change. I hope you continue to listen and find ways to engage with the City. You have a lot of great ideas. Best, Isabel