Pomona Beautification Day

Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval packs up cleaning supplies in a trash-filled truck at the 12th annual Pomona Beautification Day Saturday. Hundreds of residents and volunteers from the community worked together at 33 project sites from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers picked up trash, planted trees, helped start community gardens and created what is soon to be Pomona’s first wilderness trail.

Firefighters Fight Gas Leak

Firefighters work to contain a gas leak that caused an emergency evacuation of the Oaks dorms, Barkley Building, Leo Hall and the Arts and Communication building Monday afternoon. The gas line was hit during construction on a fire hydrant on the north side of Oaks A building. Students were asked to stay out of their dorms for three hours and cars in the surrounding parking lots were also inaccessible as starting the ignition could trigger an explosion.

Students Evacuate

Students in the Oaks dorm were evacuated after a gas leak was detected on the east side of the Oaks A Building Monday afternoon. The smell of the gas wafted down E Street. Housing staff entered each room to evacuate students and open windows to air out the building. Students were not permitted to re-enter their rooms for three hours.

CicLAvia: Heart of the Foothills

The University’s Chief Financial Officer Avo Kechichian bikes down Bonita Avenue Sunday for CicLAvia: Heart of the Foothills. Thousands of cyclists and pedestrians took over the streets of San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont for the annual event.

Annual Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage

Ganesha High School senior Omar Mendez, Pomona High School senior Brenda Gomez and Garey High School seniors Melanie Andreo and Josue Garcia – recipients of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys’ social justice scholarship – lead the 16th annual Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage Saturday morning. Demonstrators marched down Garey Avenue, from the Pomona Unified School District Center to Garey High School, carrying posters of American labor leaders Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Members of the Danza Azteca Toyaacan troupe and more than 100 community members attended.

Period Party

Roxanna Pena of Upland, Alexia Madigan of Temple City and Ehmandah Ramsey of San Dimas put together bags of feminine products March 17 at the She Stories headquarters in Claremont. Ramsey, owner of women’s empowerment organization She Stories, hosts monthly “Period Parties” where volunteers pack bags of pads, tampons and cleansing wipes with a hand-written, encouraging note for women in local homeless shelters. Items were donated by the 16 women who packed the items, their respective churches and Target.

DUI Awareness

Alumni Nicholas Franco and James Cockrell watch as Baldwin Park Police Officer Andy Velebil, a La Verne alumnus, and La Verne Police Department drug recognition expert David Weaver speak to a full house about the dangers of driving under the influence Monday in the Campus Center Ballroom. Phi Delta Theta’s DUI Awareness Night was created by Cockrell, who graduated in 2017, in memory of his uncle, who was killed in 2016 by a drunk driver.