Kovacic Mayor for sixth time

Incoming Mayor Gary Kovacic (l) honors outgoing Mayor John Wuo, standing next to new Mayor Pro Tem Roger Chandler (center) and Council Members Sho Tay and Tom Beck

Gary Kovacic was elected Mayor tonight, April 21, 2015, by his peers on the Arcadia City Council for this sixth time since 1998 (including once in a shared rotation among all five Council Members during the 2003-04 Centenial Year). And three-time former Mayor Roger Chandler since 1989 was elected Mayor Pro Tem tonight, lining him up for a likely fourth term as Mayor in 2016-17. Mayor Kovacic is in the final year of a second consecutive … [Read more...]

Bike Ride, Pancake Breakfast May 2


The Arcadia Recreation & Community Services Department is sponsoring the Annual Community Bike Ride on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 a.m., a leisurely ride through some of Arcadia’s most beautiful neighborhoods. This slow paced, seven-mile excursion is geared toward families and organized in an effort to create a positive tradition and promote healthy living. Meet in the Community Center parking lot (365 Campus Drive) at 7:30 a.m. for … [Read more...]

Lawn watering only 3 days a week


Arcadians may only water their lawns on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between the evening and overnight hours of 6 p.m. - 9 a.m. and not within 48-hours of a rainfall, effective May 1, 2015. Penalties would range from $100 for the first offense to $200 for the second offense and $500 for the third. Property owners are also responsible for the offenses of their gardener who might be caught turning on sprinklers after 9 a.m., although there … [Read more...]

State Treasurer says pay bills


California State Treasurer John Chiang says the lesson learned from the economic recession is to pay bills on time and not allow debt to get too high. Chiang was the featured speaker at the City of Arcadia's annual Mayor's Breakfast Friday morning (March 13, 2015), where he was introduced by Mayor John Wuo. The charismatic Chiang, who said he always aspired to live in Arcadia but could only afford a home in the South Bay, kept the audience … [Read more...]

Arcadia Transit survey


As part of the Arcadia Transit Service Assessment and Restructuring Plan project, The City of Arcadia is conducting a transit needs assessment -- a survey to get input from the community regarding our transit service -- that will be used to define the future of Arcadia Transit. Please help us with this effort by letting us know your thoughts on current transit services and areas for improvement. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by … [Read more...]

Broken China: City trip is off


Update March 3: The City Council voted unanimously March 3 to officially cancel the trip to China and not to accept any of the offered $30,000 in donations. Arcadia city officials confirmed to Arcadia's Best today that the planned trip to China in three weeks has been called off and the $30,000 in donations will be returned. Official word will come during Tuesday's regularly-scheduled City Council meeting. The trip to Taiwan, mainland … [Read more...]

Mayor’s Breakfast March 13


The annual Mayor's Community Breakfast has been officially announced for March 13 at Community Center 365 Campus Drive, with RSVPs due by March 9 (checks payable to the City of Arcadia mailed to 240 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, Ca. 91007) -- see details on invitation below... … [Read more...]

Arcadia officials’ China field trip

Scott Hettrick

Updated Feb. 17, 2015: Arcadia city officials will spend nearly two weeks observing, absorbing, and learning about Chinese and Taiwanese culture and even authentic, original night markets first-hand when they travel to Taiwan, mainland China, and Hong Kong from March 18 - April 1. This isn't just elected City Council Members -- three of the five of them are going -- but also City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto, Fire Chief Kurt Norwood, Public Works … [Read more...]