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City Introduces Standards, Locations For Future Pawn Shops

With concerns of possible increased crime, the city puts standards on all future pawn shops in the city.

Up to seven locations in the city will be available for future pawn shops and gold and silver dealers under a new ordinance presented to the Glendora City Council Tuesday.

“Secondhand dealers cover a wide variety of business types,” said Planning Manager Dianne Walter. “Our goal was to provide clarification for businesses that are considered benign routine retail commercial enterprises such as thrift stores, furniture stores and antique stores, versus businesses that are occasionally associated with criminal activity such as pawn shops and gold buyers.”

City documents point to research that suggest that certain secondhand dealers that buy and sell property attract criminal activity in areas where they are located.

on all secondhand dealers since April of last year to allow time to draft an ordinance that would designate pawn shops and cash for gold-type businesses in certain areas of the city.

The ordinance will put pawn shops in the city’s Commercial Manufacturing Zone. Along with other requirements, including operation hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and a minimum distance of 59 feet from residential zones, the city identified up to seven locations within the Commercial Manufacturing Zone where pawn shops may exist.

These included parcels on Arrow Highway, Fleetwood Place near Grand Avenue and on Foothill Boulevard and Valencia Avenue.

Pawn shops would be still required to follow state law, which requires secondhand dealers and pawn shops to obtain licenses from the local police department and report any purchase of personal property to the police chief on a daily basis.

The only businesses in Glendora currently reporting to Glendora Police are and .

However, there are no pawn shops or gold and silver buyers currently in Glendora, according to city officials.

Under the city ordinance, pawn shops are required to supply a security plan to Glendora Police and the Planning Department. 

The council unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance with a second reading scheduled at a future date.

Ken June 15, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Maybe the city should concentrate more on bringing quality businesses to the old town district of Glendora Avenue rather than worrying about pawn shops in industrial areas. In the village there are 13 real estate offices along this short stretch. Seriously, only 34 homes were sold in Glendora last month, and we need 13 real estate offices on one street? That doesn't even count all of the real estate office spread out across the city. There are some great places to eat along this stretch of Glendora Avenue, but after a good meal who is saying to themselves, "let's walk around town and check out all of these great real estate offices" or "Oh look, 3 jewelers, 12 hair/nail salons, and a pet store that smells like raw sewage, let's check it out!" ? Did the city ever stop and think that maybe there should have been a moratorium on real estate offices or other identical services within a confined area? Don't get me wrong, in regards to this article I certainly don't want to see a bunch of pawn shops popping up, but it is impossible for that area to thrive if half the businesses provide no incentive for residence to visit or shop. I love the old town charm of areas like Glendora or Monrovia (who got it right) but we need to do more to make Glendora worth visiting, at least to support the businesses and restaurants already there. California already tops the list of unfriendly places for a business to survive, so we should be encouraging small businesses to open here.
Terry June 15, 2012 at 05:27 PM
How I see Glendora: -Salons/Spas -Real estate offices -Used car dealerships -Auto repair shops -Donut Man
Ian June 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Mmmmm..... Donut Man. I'm not too sure what people think that the city council can do about businesses in the Village. Look at the recent closure of that bookstore. People were clamoring about how the city should have done this or that. People overlooked that fact that the bookstore had the most asinine business hours imaginable. Also, if those real estate offices and salons were not there, then we'd have even more empty storefronts.... which would give people even more to whine about.
Terry June 16, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I wonder if a "Glendora Salon District" would be a viable model. Just two blocks full of hair salons, nail parlors, and day spas--since the whole Glendora Village thing isn't working anyway.
Ken June 16, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Salon district, hmmm, similar to how Las Tunas running through Temple City became a bridal shop district? There has to be other ways of making that area attractive. Perhaps a real farmers market on the weekends (not the quilt and soap craft fair type, actual fruits and vegetables). Make it year round, not just a summer event.
cece bean June 16, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Oh how i miss the good old Days,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finkbiners market,Bocks store ,Newberry's,Thrifty 10 cent icecream 0~:
Ian June 16, 2012 at 04:37 PM
While I agree that it was nice having Finkbiners, Bocks and Newberry's, the fault is our own that those are gone. More Glendorans shopped at Vons, Albertsons and Stater Bros than Finkbiners. When I'd go into Bocks, there might be one other person shopping there. I don't think I ever crossed the threshold of Newberrys, and since it's gone, I doubt that too many other Glendorans did, either. Those places are gone because we were either unable (due to crazy hours of operation) or we were unwilling to shop at those places.
Ian June 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
.....oh, and Christine, the candy store in the Village that's been under new ownership for quite some time has Thrifty-brand ice cream. How many times a week are you there supporting that small business in the Village? How many times have you shopped there since it opened?
Glendora Resident June 16, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I agree with you. Another issue to go along with that, though, is the parking situation. You can't have shops & restaurants downtown and only allow 20 MINUTES to park. It's ridiculous! You should be able to park and shop and eat and take your time. Instead of the city trying to generate revenue by limiting the parking time, they should be more concerned with getting people to stay and spend money. When we drive downtown and find no parking available (except 20 min. parking), we move on.
Jon Kasper June 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
In response to "Glendora resident". How is the city trying to generate revenue by limiting parking time to 20 mins. Your comment makes no sense. I've lived and Glendora and shopped in the village for over 20 years now and never have had a difficult time parking. There is plenty of parking when you consider the lots by classic coffee, village vault, and b of a. Just like Monrovia or San dimas or lavern if you want to park right in front of the store you are going to then yes you might nothing a parking space, but there is plenty of parking available if you just walk a few feet. Also the 20 min parking space take up less then 10% of the parking on the street. Go count them.
Jon Kasper June 16, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I don't understand why we have all of these negative comments here about our village. According to the poll taken by the San Gabriel valley tribune, our village was voted the best in the valley, for 2012. http://www.readersresults.com/sg I think we should e congratulating the city and the village businesses instead of complaining. I too would like to see fewer nail salons and more diversity in stores and restaurants,but I,ve lived here a long time and this is the most vibrant I have seen our downtown area. Don't forget, all the ladies (and men) that frequent those salons also shop and eat in the village. I too would like to see less nail salons
Ian June 16, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I must agree with Jon that the "lack of parking in the Village" complaint is a joke. Granted, if you just HAVE to park in front of a certain business, then your chances of finding parking are slim. However, if you are willing to walk an extra 50-yards or so (remember the story in Patch about how over 25% of Glendora's kids are obese... I'd bet thier parents are too), then there is a decent amount of parking. North of BofA. Behind Ed's Diner. North of Ellsworths. Behind Neufelds. Behind Classic Coffee. North of Nelson's Drug Store. Behind T. Philips. If you're honestly complaining about a lack of parking in the Village, then you're just lazy.
cece bean June 17, 2012 at 02:38 AM
REPLY TO LAN (TROLL) Let me tell you something i have lived in Glendora all my life and shopped the Majority of the shoppes in the Village and surrounding stores my children also shop throughout Glendora.and support the community.
Ian June 18, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Cece, you are so silly. This is Glendora Patch, not John Harrold's old website. No need for name calling here. Hope you had a good weekend.

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