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Defending Champion Wins Amgen Tour of California for Third Consecutive Year

half hour event. Adding to the colorful scene were floral tributes donated by five local florists, a jazz guitarist and a magician. Community members and friends strolled through the downstairs rooms of the estate attracted to tables set up by food providers serving small samples of items that

are found on their menus. Though small portions were served, by the time nibblers found the last table pretty close to a full meal could be consumed in an array of types and styles of food ranging from barbeque ribs to ziti. Likewise, the winery tables offered both red and white wine allowing attendees a chance to taste a variety of wines.

An anteroom was designated for silent auction items, all donated by 49 local businesses and citizens. The bidding was active with, in many cases, friends taunting each other by slyly over-bidding. Wide choices were available that included art works, event tickets, dining opportunities and health items. Jazz guitarist Eric Byak

found a comfortable corner in the main room to provide lively background music. Will Chandler, a Magic Castle Magician who resides in Sunnyvale, Ca., spread cards out on a table covered in black velvet inviting guests to “pick a card”, then teased them with his sparkling patter and sleight of hand talents. Library on 12

Shooting Raises Questions of Pasadena Police Procedures

Two Million Fans Across California Turned Out to Watch After nine challenging and epic days of cycling through more than 750-miles of scenic California roads, and a thrilling fight to the finish, Levi Leipheimer (USA) of A st a na wa s crow ned champion of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, solidifying a three-peat for the California resident. With a week-long total time of 31 hours, 28 minutes and 21 seconds, Leipheimer accepted the highly coveted title of race champion in front of massive cheering crowds in Escondido, which brought the race total to 2 million fans along the race route from Sacramento to Escondido. In a nine-day battle against the best field -Photo By Terry Miller

Ameka Edwards is consoled by a friend as tears run down her face outside Pasadena PD Monday. Edwards was the driver of the -Photo By Terry Miller car in which Leroy Barnes was shot 11 times by Pasadena Police last Thursday afternoon.

Residents, ACLU Call for Independent Investigation Citizens March on City Hall Demanding Answers By Terry Miller

On Thursday February 19, at approximately 4:20 p.m., a Pasadena police unit with two officers pulled over a vehicle on Mentone just south of Washington in Northwest

Pasadena. What exactly happened for the duration of that traffic stop and the events that unfolded shortly thereafter remain in question, shrouded in mystery and police silence due

to the ongoing investigation. Initially, eyewitness accounts said Barnes was shot at least 7 times, despite being unarmed. But Pasadena police say otherwise. One witness,

Brandon Gardner, 24, claims he saw the whole thing and was adamant that Barnes did not fire any kind of weapon which the police initially alShooting on 18

Debunking the “Los Angeles Sprawl” Myth By Sir Eric Maundry

Pasadena was the site of Stage Seven where fans witnessed Lance Armstrong,left and Levi Leipheimer race side by side.

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LIBRARY FUNDRAISER A GREAT SUCCESS The Friends of Sierra Madre Library indeed have a lot of friends judging by the large attendance at the 39th annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting event at Alverno Villa Friday night. A crowd approaching the 400 mark dined on food served up by 23 local restaurants, caterers and grocers, and sipped wine served by 24 wineries during the two and a


There is a big old debate going on over at a blog called Freakonomics (The Hidden Side Of Everything), which is run by the New York Times. One of its contributors is Eric A. Morris, who

apparently is a writer who likes to take on some of the bigger shibboleths of these here days. And judging by the vehemence contained in some of the responses to his article debunking the myth of “Los Angeles Sprawl,” it would appear that Mr. Mor-

ris has struck something of a nerve. The myth of Los Angeles as a wasteful low density sprawl that consumes vast tracts of land for little real purpose is pretty much at the heart of any justification for high density development,

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Waiting for that Bloomin’ Wistaria Vine By Fran Syverson

“O Wistaria, Wistaria! wherefore art thou, Wistaria?? [With my apologies to The Bard…] Every year along about now, that’s the question we’re asking about the Wistaria Vine. Will it bloom in time? Will it bloom too soon and its lovely blossoms fade? In time for what? Too soon for what? Why, for the Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival—that’s what! For the day when lo! thousands of people will throng to our Village with one main goal: to view The Vine. So we Sierra Madreans watch to see whether our world-famed Vine will be at its enchanting best on that one day each spring known as Wistaria Day. That’s when owners of two homes over which the more-than-century-old Vine graciously open their gardens to the public. And the date is chosen months in advance so that plans can be made to coordinate details of the Wistaria Festival, which has grown to include a fabulous Street Faire. Hence—every year the questions come: “in time?” “too soon?” “past its prime?” I keep tabs on our Village’s historic wonder by checking out our own wistaria. It, too, is very old (I wish I knew how old) and it spreads its branches over our patio. Looking down on the arbor from my upstairs window, I can see the flower buds. With the rain we’ve had this winter, and the chilly nights, it is not surprising that the buds are scarcely the size of my little finger. A week ago they were thumb-sized, so they have grown a bit. But I fret, because Wistaria Day is March 15 this year—less than three weeks away. Every few days I go up the hill to check out The Vine. I drive slowly down past the sites, craning my neck to sneak a peek at her. Her blossoms seem to be at about the same stage as ours—fingerlings. So I fret some more. Perhaps we will get a few warm days, and the sap surging upward in the long, trailing branches will encourage the blossoms to burst forth. They Wistaria on 12

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Take Two and Hurry Some of my readers who have attended one of my speaking engagements may have heard me relate this story. I apologize for repeating myself and hope you have short memories as I retell it in print. I've mentioned before that I like cartoons. I saw one the other day that really appealed to me. It was a picture of a little baby with a very distressed expression. The caption said, “Sometimes I get so frustrated that I don't know whether to cry, scream or wet my pants!” I could relate to that. I had a headache. Not a smasher, just sort of a dull, all over the head type. You know what I mean. The kind that just sort of takes the edge off life. In addition, the muscles in my back were fighting each other and my left knee was complaining a little. No one thing was horrendous but putting them all together along with a few human contacts I was gong to have to make, I decided it was time to “take two” of the “take two aspirin and call back tomorrow” line. We were out of aspirin. I went to the store to buy a bottle. There were three shelves of pain killers. I won't list the brand names ‘cause I don't want to be sued. Besides, my column space is limited. I looked over the shelves for my favorite brand. Found it. Then I looked for the just plain old 325mg pain relief type. They weren't there. There was extra strength arthritis for-

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I’m grateful to our Congressman, David Dreier, for standing up to the runaway spending train that left Washington last week. He was right to focus his efforts on more direct relief for working families and less government spending. He was right to propose specific alternatives to the Democrat’s bailout bill. We here in California know that huge increases in government spending aren’t exactly good at solving problems. I can’t understand why the Democrats in Congress thought more government is the answer to what’s ailing our economy. Congressman Dreier cast a tough vote, but the right one. I’m glad he’s standing up for us in this debate. Edwin Hupp and Deanna Hupp Glendora, CA



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costly and slow to complete lightrail expansion, and redevelopment (a term that basically means ripping down existing homes in favor of mult i-dwelling buildings). And as such it is a myth that is vigorously defended whenever it is challenged. After all, isn’t this the core argument presented by SCAG and their ilk, that the only way to somehow save Los Angeles is to disembowel small suburban cities like Sierra Madre and replace them with acres of generic parti-colored condos and yuppified boutique shops? That this might be seen for what it is, “big lie” propaganda designed to enable the development lobbies to deliver for their greedy and land hungry patrons, makes the wannabe bureaucrats staffing these organizations quite chapped. So here’s how Morris debunks this myth and puts it all into a refreshingly frank perspective. And while there are other questions that will be dealt with later, here he discusses the old bugaboo of “Los Angeles Sprawl.”

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Samuel L. Francis (1923–1994), Free Floating Clouds, 1980, oil on canvas, 125 in. x 254 in., installed in The Huntington’s new Virginia Steele Scott Galleries, which open May 30, 2009. Credit: Tim Street-Porter

Huntington Receives Masterwork By Abstract Expressionist Painter Sam Francis The monumental Free Floating Clouds will dramatically enrich the display of 20th-century works in the expanded American art galleries when they open in May The Huntington Library, Art first of a new gifting program initiated objects spanning the late 17th century F. Erburu Gallery adjoining the existCollections, and Botanical Gardens by the Sam Francis Foundation this to the middle of the 20th century. “The ing Scott Gallery. Jessica Todd Smith, announced today the gift of an impor- year. “We are interested in placing paintings at the core of the collection The Huntington’s Virginia Steele tant painting by California abstract specific works in the most meaningful given to us by the Scott Foundation 30 Scott Curator of American Art, who is expressionist Samuel L. (“Sam”) Fran- contexts possible,” explained Debra years ago are based on the tradition of overseeing the reinstallation of the colcis (1923–1994). Free Floating Clouds Burchett-Lere, director of the founda- representation in art,” explains John lection, notes, “The visually stunning (1980), a work of overlapping layers of tion and editor of a forthcoming cata- Murdoch, Hannah and Russel Kully Free Floating Clouds will be a radiant shimmering colors that measures more logue raisonné on Francis. “In the case Director of the Art Collections at The focal point of the new installation while than 10 feet tall and 21 feet wide is a of Free Floating Clouds, we considered Huntington. “A more recent goal of the furthering our aim to incorporate art of gift from the Sam Francis Foundation. carefully, and determined that The collection has been to acquire works of California and the West into a narrative A favorite of the artist that has been Huntington would be the ideal setting. art that reflect other artistic ambitions, about American art that has tended to featured in major museum emphasize art produced on retrospective, Free Floating the East Coast.” Clouds bridges two facets of The painting will hang Francis’ career—his earlier inin a gallery of works by New terest in grid like structure and York artists such as Robert his later looser and more ges- MAKE GREAT STRIDES TOWARD EXPANDING Motherwell (1915–1991) and tural style. It will be presented Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) among other works of the midas well as California masters to-late 20th century in The including Richard DiebenHuntington’s expanded and korn (1922–1993) and Ed EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL OF OUR redesigned Virginia Steele Ruscha (b. 1937). Scott Galleries of American A highlight of a major Art when they open on May international traveling ret30, 2009. rospective, “Sam Francis: “With impeccable timPaintings 1947–1990,” that ing and uncanny sensitivity originated at the Museum to The Huntington’s curatorial ambi- Among its examples of 19th–century such as the development of abstrac- of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, tions, the Sam Francis Foundation has American landscape painting and tion in the 20th century. Free Floating in 1999, Free Floating Clouds was a made a monumental gift,” said Steven surrounded by acres of gardens, this Clouds is as magnificent an example as favorite of the artist and hung in his S. Koblik, president of The Huntington abstract landscape will inspire countless we could have hoped for.” studios whenever it was not on loan for Library, Art Collections, and Botanical comparisons.” The expansion and redesign of exhibitions. Gardens. “With this work, we make Begun in 1979, with a major gift The Huntington’s Virginia Steele Scott great strides toward expanding the from the Virginia Steele Scott Founda- Galleries will double the exhibition Artist’s Biography meaning and educational potential of tion that included 50 paintings, The space available for American art—an Born in San Mateo, Calif., Franour American art collection.” Huntington’s American art collection increase made possible in 2005 by the cis studied botany, medicine, and The gift to The Huntington is the since has grown to include about 9,400 construction of the Lois and Robert Francis on 6



When Music Director at St. Rita Catholic Church in Sierra Madre, Steve Gunther, realized that Nashville singer, Sarah Hart, was going to be in town, he immediately began working his network to find funding to bring the singer, composer, touring performer, and recording artist to the church. His pursuit has landed a playdate for Hart set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at St. Rita’s. Gunther, whose wife, Jennifer, faced a very serious cancer threat, found strength and support through Hart’s music. Jennifer has recovered and Gunther believes the consoling nature of Sarah Hart’s music helped. “Her words brought us comfort and helped us draw on our reserves to face the road ahead,” Gunther recalled. Sarah Hart has combined her artistry and her passion for her Catholic faith and now brings her message to audiences all over the country. She is also reaching many through her CDs which are released by Spirit and Song Records and Centricity Records. Her latest CD, on Centricity, contains a song with a new direction. “Road to Ohio” is her first bluegrass/roots song. “I am extremely grateful to God for Jennifer’s health and for the gift of Sarah and her music,” Gunther said. Sarah Hart will be in concert at St. Rita’s at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Admission is free, but donations are requested. St. Rita Catholic Church is located at the corner of Baldwin and Grandview, Sierra Madre. Information: (626) 355-1292.

New Recipe for Dwarf Galaxies: Start With Leftover Gas There is more than one way to make a dwarf galaxy, and NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer has found a new recipe. The spacecraft has, for the first time, identified dwarf galaxies forming out of nothing more than pristine gas likely leftover from the early universe. Dwarf galaxies are relatively small collections of stars that often orbit around larger galaxies like our Milky Way. The findings surprised astronomers because most galaxies form in association with a mysterious substance called dark matter or out of gas containing metals. The infant galaxies spotted by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer are springing up out of gas that lacks both dark matter and metals. Though never seen before, this new type of dwarf galaxy may be common throughout the more distant and early universe, when pristine gas was more pervasive. Astronomers spotted the unexpected new galaxies forming inside


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the Leo Ring, a huge cloud of hydrogen and helium that traces a ragged path around two massive galaxies in the constellation Leo. The cloud is thought likely to be a primordial object, an ancient remnant of material that has remained relatively unchanged since the very earliest days of the universe. Identified about 25 years ago by radio waves, the ring cannot be seen in visible light. “This intriguing object has been studied for decades with world-class telescopes operating at radio and optical wavelengths,” said David Thilker of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. “Despite such effort, nothing except the gas was detected. No stars at all, young or old, were found. But when we looked at the ring with the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, which is remarkably sensitive to ultraviolet light, we saw telltale evidence of recent massive star formation. It was really unexpected. We are witnessing galaxies forming out of a cloud of primordial gas.” In a recent study, Thilker and his colleagues found the ultraviolet signature of young stars emanating from several clumps of gas within the Leo Ring. “We speculate that these young stellar complexes are dwarf galaxies, although, as previously shown by radio astronomers, the gaseous clumps forming these galaxies lack dark matter,” he said. “Almost all other galaxies we know are dominated by dark matter, which acted as a seed for the collection of their luminous components--stars, gas and dust. What we see occurring in the Leo Ring is a new mode for the formation of dwarf galaxies in material remaining from the much earlier assembly of this galaxy group.” Our local universe contains two large galaxies, the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy, each with hundreds of billions of stars, and the Triangulum galaxy, with several tens of billions of stars. It also holds more than 40 much smaller dwarf galaxies, which have only a few billion stars. Invisible dark matter, detected by its gravitational influence, is a major component of both giant and dwarf galaxies with one exceptiontidal dwarf galaxies. Tidal dwarf galaxies condense out of gas recycled from other galaxies and have been separated from most of the dark matter with which they were originally associated. They are produced when galaxies collide and their gravitational masses interact. In the violence of the encounter, streamers of galactic material are pulled out away from the parent galaxies and the halos of dark matter that surround them. Galaxies on 6

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galaxies yet to be discovered. The results of the new study reporting star formation in the Leo Ring appear in the February 19, 2009, issue of the journal Nature. Caltech leads the Galaxy Evolution Explorer mission and is responsible for science operations and data analysis. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages the mission and built the science instrument. The mission was developed under NASA’s Explorers Program managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. South Korea and France are the international partners in the mission. For images and information about the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, visit http://www.galex. . For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit .

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The unique ultraviolet vision of NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer reveals, for the first time, dwarf galaxies forming out of nothing more than pristine gas likely leftover from the early universe. Dwarf galaxies are relatively small collections of stars that often orbit around larger galaxies like our Milky Way.The forming dwarf galaxies shine in the far ultraviolet spectrum, rendered as blue in the call-out on the right hand side of this image. Near ultraviolet light, also obtained by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, is displayed in green, and visible light from the blue part of the spectrum here is represented by red. The clumps (in circles) are distinctively blue, indicating they are primarily detected in far ultraviolet light. The faint blue overlay traces the outline of the Leo Ring, a huge cloud of hydrogen and helium that orbits around two massive galaxies in the constellation Leo (left panel). The cloud is thought likely to be a primordial object, an ancient remnant of material that has remained relatively unchanged since the very earliest days of the universe. Identified about 25 years ago by radio waves, the ring cannot be seen in visible light.

Observatory from 5 this month at the launch of the observatory’s International Year of Astronomy, a 12-month celebration of astronomy and the 400th anniversary of the telescope. The event corresponds with other current celebrations in 135 different countries. The festivities at Griffith Observatory are highlighted by a new show in the 300-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Entitled “First Light: The Telescope Changed Everything,” the show transports audiences to the town of Padua, Italy, circa 1609, where they get glimpse of the night sky as seen by Galileo through one of his early telescopes. The “sky” is created by an amazing multi-million dollar machine called the Zeiss Universarium star projector, which rises from the floor of the planetarium to project thousands of stars, planets, meteors and other celestial objects on the dome. Before watching the show on Galileo I began my getaway to the observatory at the Gunther Depths of Space, a 32,000-sq.-ft. multi-level exhibit gallery buried beneath the observatory’s front lawn. Teeming with giant hanging globes and colorful displays, Depths of Space is highlighted by a 20-ft. x 150-ft. photographic mural of space. Known as the “Big Picture,” the $1million wall features a baked-on, high-resolution photographic image of the distant night sky magnified hundreds of times. Taken by California astronomer George Francis from 4 psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, but began painting in 1945 during a long period of hospitalization following injuries sustained in a plane crash and subsequent illness. After his recovery, he returned to Berkeley to continue his artistic studies. He spent most of the 1950s in Paris and had his first exhibition there in 1952. Returning to California in the 1960s, he made Los Angeles his permanent base. He later spent time in Japan, and some have seen an influence from Zen Buddhism in his work. Unlike many of his fellow abstract expressionists, who considered painting a vehicle for their emotional states, Francis was influenced by the natural world around him: light, space, color, movement, and growth. Visitor information The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., and is open to the public

Djorgovsky, the picture took one year to complete and consists of more than 100, 4-ft.-by8-ft. porcelain panels. From here I navigated through a 50-ft.-long tunnel called the “Wormhole,” to an exhibit area where I discovered a 385-pound iron meteorite that hit Arizona about 50,000 years ago, and then found an interactive display, where I created a scenario in which a giant meteor hits the earth, creating a crater 10 kilometers wide. Next I examined an exact replica of Galileo’s first telescope and watched giant bolts of electricity shoot from a Tesla Coil. Moving on I passed through the Gottlieb Transit Corridor, a monumental 150-ft.-long, 10-ft.-wide glasswalled passageway, which immerses visitors in the motions of the Sun, Moon, and stars across the sky and demonstrates how these motions are linked with time and the calendar. I concluded my visit outside near the beautiful lawn area and the iconic James Dean “Rebel Wit hout a Cause” statue. Here I took part in the observatory’s free nightly sky viewing programs and was able to look through a telescope pointed at the same objects Galileo observed 400 years ago. For more information on visiting Griffith Observatory, call (213) 473-0800 or visit Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+), $10 students (ages 12–18 or with fulltime student I.D.), $6 youth (ages 5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends and Monday holidays: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $6 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 626-405-2100 or For more information visit the Press Room at www.


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The happy fellow pictured with me this week is none other than Jet Trego, whose latest hippie jam band Jetstream has brought live music back to the Rancho Bar in Altadena. And instead of cramming the musicians into the already crowded bar area, they’re setting up in the pool room these days. Not sure how the pool players feel about that, but I’m going to find out this Saturday night, Feb. 28th. Hope to see you there too!

Thursday, 2/26 Thelonious Dub @ Cafe 322 in Sierra Madre 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626836-5414. Full bar & great Italian food. No cover charge. “A complete misunderstanding of both jazz and reggae.”

Friday, 2/27 Happy Birthday Screamin’ Jean!!! aaaaaagh! The Mellow D’z (Dave Osti And Deanna Cogan) @ The Mayan Bar (inside the Aztec Hotel) in Monrovia 6 - 9pm Happy Hour. 311 W. Foothill Blvd. 626-358-3231. NO COVER. Full bar, food, coldest beer in town! Acoustic Guitar, vocals. “Hot Chick, Cool Dude & Music to suit your mood!” themellowdeees “Swing Dance Party” With Flat Top Tom @ Cafe 322 in Sierra Madre 8pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-8365414. Full bar and great Italian food. www. Horses On Astroturf @ The Buccaneer Lounge in Sierra Madre 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-3559045. Full bar, no cover, free parking, cheap drinks! Hillbilly Hippie Rock.

Saturday, 2/28 Barry “Big B” Brenner @ Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. Saturday BLUES Brunch under a big breezy tent. The Mission St. Gold Line station is just a short walk away, and makes for a nice outing. Cliff Wagner & The Old #7 @ The Fret House in Covina 8pm. 309 N. Citrus Ave. 626-339-7020. $15. Americana, Country. No Superstitions Gig @ 322 This Month. They’ll be back in March...

Jetstream @ The Rancho Bar in Altadena 9pm. 2485 N. Lake Ave. 626-798-7634. Full bar, no cover. Jet’s jammin’ hippie rock band. Groovy Lemon Pie @ Leo’s All-Star Sports Bar& Grill in La Crescenta 9pm. 2941 Honolulu Ave. 818-249-5858. Full bar, food. Not your average Classic Rock from Jorge Mena, Gary Putman, Woody Smith, Greg Tortell. www.

Sunday, 3/1 Barry “Big B” Brenner @ Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443 . All ages. Blues Brunch under a big breezy tent. Grant Park Softball All are welcome! Not a league - just for fun & the love of the game! Corner of Cordova & Michigan in Pasadena, 3 blocks west of PCC. Batting practice 12:30, game time ASAP. Bring your glove, bat, chair, ice chest, guitar, ukulele, etc. We had a great opening day game despite the soggy field! The Mercy Powell Quartet @ Cafe 322 in Sierra Madre 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter Burke doin’ some standards & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure! Lightnin’ Willie & The Poorboys @ The Big Fish in Glendale 4:30pm. 5230 San Fernando Rd. 818-2446442. FREE Blues festival, starts at noon.

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•Add 3 ounces of your cream cheese, 1 envelope of Italian salad dressing mix, 1 can of tiny shrimp, chopped, and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. YUM! •Open a package of French onion soup mix and blend! Now that is a taste from the past and yet still so good. Now let’s empty those refr ige rato rs and pantries and see what we can make! Log onto and click on Food to post your inventions! Losin’ End @ The Buccaneer Lounge in Sierra Madre 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, free parking in back. 21 and over. Honkytonk Country/Blues. Always enjoyable! Wreck ‘N’ Sow @ The Press in Claremont 9:30pm. 129 Harvard Ave. 909-625-4808. Full bar and kitchen. Bluegrass with the Dupuy Brothers & friends. Martini Diar ies featuring Jeff Stetson & friends @ Colombo’s Italian Steak House in Eagle Music News on 10

American Fare Cameron’s Seafood With porthole shaped mirrors and wallmounted fish (sorry, no singing ones) giving this place the classic feel of a seaside fish camp, you’re sure to forget your an hour from the coast. Dine in or take home cuts from the seafood market. 1978 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 793-FISH Shrimp House Casual, comfortable, simple, and family operated for over 48 years. If you’re tired of the typical chain dining experience, give the little guy a try! Daily hand-breaded, huge Jumbo Shrimp, will haunt your taste buds for the rest of your days. Soon you will join generations of Shrimp House fanatics. It’s seafood you will crave. Shrimp, fish filets, steaks, chicken, salads, and food to go. 4488 E. Live Oak Ave, Arcadia (626) 445-6369, (626) 448-8742, www.

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Living in an abundant country makes most of us cringe at the thought of wasting food. We try and make sure we eat everything on our plate, make sure our children do, and feel satisfied both nutritionally and with a clear conscience. However, this practice has led to over eating and weight gain because we are usually unable to accurately gauge how big a serving size should be, especially if we are eating from a larger plate. In the 1950s, the average dinner plate diameter was about 10 inches, whereas, today’s dinner plates are about 12 inches. Consequently, the obesity rate has only climbed since 1950, now topping the scales at 1/3 of all Americans weighing in at more than 50 lbs over their ideal weight. This being said, weight related health issues were already becoming a problem. The

economist John Kenneth Galbraith wrote in the 1958 edition of The Affluent Society that “More people die in the United States of too much food than of too little”. ( The plate size difference was illustrated when I moved into a house that had an original 1950s kitchen. As I unpacked the china, I found that the cupboard doors would not close because the plates were too large. Based largely upon this discovery, I now tend to use the side plates as dinner plates to avoid accidental over eating. Weight Watchers has also used this concept for years. If you fill a smaller plate with food and allow yourself to eat everything, there is less of a feeling of deprivation which is one of the major pitfalls of calorie restriction. There is another psy-

Music News from 8 Rock 10pm - 1am. 1833 Colorado Blvd. 323-2549138. Full kitchen & bar. Jeff sez: first set will be Jazz & then evolve into “Acid-Lounge-JazzRock!” 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month.

Sunday, 3/8 Have Lunch with New Astroturf @ Cafe 322 in Sierra Madre 1:30 - 4:30pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food in a comfy setting. Bring the family! Acoustic Folk/Rock, Classic Country.

Restaurants have long used color to attract customers, often using darker colors on the exterior and brighter colors inside to entice walk-ins and stimulate appetite. Take some time to look around your favorite restaurant and see if you can detect the use of color. In a society that uses eating as the mainstay of social events, there are many ways that we can be subconsciously drawn to gorge. Being more aware of how our eating environments can manipulate us to consume, can help us to avoid stimulated over eating. Lynda Linforth is a certified personal trainer, licensed nutritionist and owner of Train Inc., a private personal training studio in Arcadia specializing in weight loss, post-rehab exercise, post-cancer exercise and nutrition. She can be reached at (626) 4471049 or lyndalinforth@gmail. com. Train Inc. also offers selfdefense classes for men only and women only.

“Opera to Broadway” Vocal Performances @ Cafe 322 In Sierra Madre 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-8365414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. Get there early - they pack ‘em in! Please remember to call and verify all info before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all. And from the Advance Notice Dept: Sierra Madre’s Wistaria Festival - Sunday, March 15th. Put it on your calendar now... more info to come. Hope to see you out & about!


FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 4, 2009

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145 E. Grandview Ave., Sierra Madre 3+ Units offered at $1,475,000.

Huge 20,500 sf lot with many large trees create a unique, tranquil, quiet & private compound. Perfect for extended families or as a Single Family Residence with great rental income potential. 5 buildings with wood interior/exterior, vaulted ceilings, 3 fireplaces. Extensive remodel in 2007 - new kitchen, baths, utilities updated, low-maintenance landscaping, low-voltage lighting. Very unusual, must see to appreciate the possibilities.


110 Coburn, Sierra Madre Offered at $1,448,000.

This “Better-Than-New” well-appointed home is 5 years new. It sits on a 10,498 sq. ft. lot and is steps from Sierra Vista Park. This home is 3,513 sq. ft. with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Three of the 5 bathrooms are Master Suites. There is a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel, high-end appliances, granite counter tops, large center island and walk-in pantry. It also offers: 9-ft ceilings, crown molding, plantation shutters, custom window treatments, recessed lighting, dual-paned windows, security system. Truly Lovely!

838 Wick Lane, Glendora Offered at $1,295,000.

Country living just 30 miles from Los Angeles! Build your dream home on this wonderfully private and secluded property which is zoned for horses and consists of about 8 acres with approximately 2.2 of them being on a gentle slope. There is a possible development opportunity to build 2 to 3 homes. Buyer to verify with the City of Glendora.


321 E. Grandview, Sierra Madre Offered at 1,075,000.

Offering stunning mountain views from the master bedroom, balconies & back yard, this home boasts a rustic design while offering extreme comfort. This 2,621 sq. ft. home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and is on a 12,297 sq. ft. lot. There is a salt-water pool and spa in a newly landscaped backyard. There is central air and heat, numerous fruit trees, sound-proofed music studio, new tankless water heater, copper plumbing, updated electrical panel, and has been seismically engineered. A very unique home!

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2075 Santa Anita Avenue

Santa Anita Inn Donates Furniture to Foothill Unity Center

2025 Carolwood, Arcadia, Ca Offered at $1,048,000.

Situated in Highland Oaks with awarding winning Arcadia Schools, this home offers: : 2,985 sq.ft. (which includes the 664 sq.ft. of basement) with a 22,440 sf lot., 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, family room, 2 fireplaces, 2-car attached garage & a 664 sf finished basement currently being used as a media room and 5th bedroom.

Foothill Unity Center and also to a Sorority at Cal State Northridge, Delta Zeta. We caught up with the sorority and Foothill Unity collecting the furniture on Saturday morning in Arcadia, between storms. Jorge Salazar and Ray Luna load up the truck with the merchandise as did manager Robert Koehler.

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Offered at $848,000.

Owner remembers the architect as being a Frank Lloyd Wright understudy. This home offers wonderful tranquil views of the mountains and Brookside Golf Course. For those who love to golf, this property is conveniently located just one mile from the Brookside Country Club. The floor plan is open and spacious and offers pleasant views from almost every room of the home. There are modern touches, walls of windows, new carpeting and new interior paint. 2,238 sq. ft. home, 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 2250 sq.ft.lot

50 W. Dayton, Pasadena Offered at $798,000 or lease $3,200/mo. Old Town Pasadena – truly urban living at its finest! This dramatic loft-style, single level condo located on the top floor is just steps from fine dining, shops, theaters and the Gold Line. The complex epitomizes today’s trend of a live/ work lifestyle – ideal for the sophisticated buyer looking for an ultra modern living environment complete with industrial design elements. Features: soaring 14-foot ceilings, fireplace, stainless steel accents, GE Monogram stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, separate laundry room, 1379 Sq. Ft., 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Balconies, 2 parking spaces.


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Offered at $848,000.

Situated on a large 11,134 sf lot, this property is for those who love to entertain. Spacious living room w/vaulted ceiling and fireplace. Large kitchen opens to Family Room. Kitchen has wood flooring, Sub-Zero refrigerator,water purifier, self-cleaning double ovens, built-in desk. Sliding doors from Family Room to deck w/large lattice covered patio and private rear yard. Master Suite w/his & hers closets. Home is 2,222 sf, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Updated Baths, 3-Car Garage w/storage & work bench.



324 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

Offered at $2,550 per month

This charming Mediterranean home is in great condition and offers spacious rooms; coved ceiling in living room and in formal dining room. The living room offers a fireplace, there is beautiful wood flooring throughout, French doors/windows; an updated kitchen with granite counter, stove & tile flooring. There is also a charming breakfast room with built-in hutch. Both bathrooms have been updated, CA & heat & 2-car detached garage. 1,781 sf, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, $4,125 security deposit.



470 Auburn, Sierra Madre

By Thom


The Santa Anita Inn across the street from the world famous race track of the same name is undergoing a major room renovation to the tune of $200,000 plus according to the Sales and Marketing Manager, Robert Koehler.The popular Inn has donated all of the old furniture which is excellent shape to the

Offered at $1,275,000.

Located in the award winning Arcadia School district this lovely traditional home is situated on a spacious 15,000 sq. ft. lot. Wood floors grace the elegant and sun filled living room and formal dining room. The family room is conveniently located off the newly remodeled kitchen featuring Mission Style cabinetry, polished lime stone counter tops with onyx backsplashes and much much more. The assessed square footage is 2069, but the measured square footage is 3150 (verified by a licensed appraiser), 5 bd., 3 baths.Owner will finance 2nd T.D.

Offered at $2,500 per month

Lovely traditional home in North Sierra Madre and in very good condition. There is a wonderful new kitchen, bright breakfast room, fireplace, large rear yard, spa and 2 car attached garage. 1083 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Owner request 1 year lease. Available January 18, 2009. 1083 sq. ft. home, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 8600 sq.ft. lot. Owner requests 1 year lease. $2,500 per month with a $3,800 security deposit. Available January 18, 2009.

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12 FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 4, 2009

Sierra Madre

City News Wistaria from 1

are so lovely, their delicate lavender clusters hanging like fluttery bunches of grapes. People gaze in wonder, heads tilted upward under the fragrant canopy. Why do I care so much about all this? It’s pride of place, I guess. The Vine is known far and wide, and is even in the Guinness Book of World Records. So when people arrive to see what we’ve come to affectionately call the “Lavender Lady,” we want them to see her garbed in her finest regalia! Too, we want our visitors, before and after they’ve taken the shuttle bus up the long hill between downtown and The Vine, to stroll the Street Faire….want them to visit the 100-plus crafters and artisans displaying their wares…to sample the cuisine in our varied eateries…or grab a quick bite at Memorial Park’s Food Court…to linger by one of the music venues… and to browse through our shops and boutiques, vowing to themselves that they’ll return another day to spend more time in Sierra Madre. It’s because of all these attractions that the Wistaria Festival date must be set months ahead, never knowing what the weather will be like on that special day, nor at what stage the Lavender Lady’s blossoms—the main attraction—will be. And that’s why, along about now, we begin to ask: Will it bloom in time? Too soon? Yes, once again

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Library brary from 1 Behind one of the wine tasting tables was Dan Lucero, his wife Marian and one of his four daughters serving their family wines from the Lucero Winery. The Luceros had come down from Dobbins, Ca, located in the Sierra foothills, to participate in the Library’s annual fund-raiser. Dan Lucero, who holds a doctorate in education, taught at Arcadia High School from about 1969 to 1990 heading up video production and overseeing the Apache newsletter. In fact, Dan and Marian grew up in Alhambra. Following the death of Marian’s father, the family needed to settle his estate which included a cattle ranch in Dobbins. After selling of the cattle, the Luceros

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embarked b k d on planting l grapes. Th The family attended viticulture classes at University of California, Davis. So now, with a daughter who holds a degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry from Cal Poly Pomona, his wife who acts as vineyard manager, and himself and the family, Lucero has introduced a line of wines. While Lucero’s story is more homebred than most, still, the same cheery hometown flavor could be found at just about all the tables of both food and wine. The Wine and Cuisine Tasting event has raised significant funds for the Sierra Madre Library for close to four decades. Proceeds allow the library to offer such programs as a pre-school story hour, a teen book and summer reading club, computer

classes l ffor adults d l (and ( d the h computers to go with them for public use), videos, CDs and books-on-tape, large print books for the vision impaired, and to add to the traveler and collectors series. Kellie Strubinski served as chair of the Wine and Cuisine Tasting committee. Board members of the Friends of Sierra Madre Library include Meegan Tosh, President; Margaret Quigley, Vice-President; Alan Leahy, treasurer; Beth SmithKellock, corresponding secretary; and Directors Pat Woods, Kellie Strubinsky, Sharon Murphy, Antoinette Navarrro, Clem Bartolai, Nina Bartolai, Fran Garbaccio, Pam Kelly, Rich Johnson, Darlene Traxler, Julia Gottesman, Patricia Hall, Mary Tumilty and Wendy Stockly.

we paraphrase the Bard: “O Wistaria, Wistaria! wherefore art thou, Wistaria?” Get Your Wisteria Postmark The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Postal Service announce a special post mark cancellation to celebrate the Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival. This special postmark will be available at the Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival, Sunday March 15, 2009 at the Wistaria Festival Postal Station located at Kersting Court in Sierra at Sierra Madre Boulevard and Baldwin Avenue. This special Wistaria Festival Station will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring postcards or letters and mail them from this special event post office and your friends will be surprised when they receive mail with this extraordinary postmark. This postal cancellation has been announced and printed in the U. S. Postal Bulletin which is distributed worldwide. To accommodate collectors from out of the area the Sierra Madre Post Office will cancel postcards and letters upon request with the Wistaria Cancellation for 30 days after the event. To postmark a letter after the event go to Sierra Madre Post Office and request the Wistaria postmark on your mail. For more information contact the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce at 626-355-5111 or Email


Paramedic of the Year - Susan Sasaki Susan has been a Paramedic for Sierra Madre Fire Department (SMFD) for two years now and has helped in establishing the SMFD EMS/Fire Explorer Program.

Firefighter of the Year - Ryan Souder Ryan is an Engineer for SMFD and has been in the department now for almost four years. In that time he helped establish the position of Wildland Coordinator and was instrumental in the implemented of the Incident Command System (ICS) Red Card System

Huck Finn will be held on the weekend of March 27-29, 2009. The campout portion of Huck Finn takes place on Friday, March 27. The City is currently accepting registration for the campout at the Community Services Office. Each campsite costs $45, which includes the fishing derby for youths. Preregistration for the campout is

required. The fishing derby portion of Huck Finn takes place on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 am. The cost of the fishing derby is $6 for Youth ages 3-15 years. Family fishing starts at 12:30 pm on March 28, and is all day Sunday, March 29 from 7:00am - 4:00pm. Family fishing is $10.00 per day and covers up to four people.

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This beautiful 4bdrm 2bth home has mountain views, sparkling pool, 2 fountains, covered patio, topiary and sego palms located on a quiet cul-de-sac. Two master suites, large foyer, formal dining room, FP, kitchen w/modern appliances & eating area ceramic tile counters, 2 first floor bdrms and upstairs family room w/balcony. (File #A8815)

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Large 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, Temple City home on R-2 flat lot (50 x 210) with Temple City schools. Lot nearly 10,000 Sq. Ft. Owner has relocated….anxious to sell. Also for lease at $2,500/ month. Negotiable. (A9072)




3692 Grayburn Rd. Pasadena Large original Chapman Woods Home for a Small Price! New copper plumbing and central air. Needs some cosmetic work. This home is located on an 8,450 sq.ft., corner lot and features 1,920 sq. ft. living space. This one won’t last!!! (GRA)

This wonderful 3bdrm 3bth town home was built in 1987, 1580 sqft , separate dining area, downstairs den could be 4th bdrm, small patio, very clean walking distance to Arcadia Schools. (C406)

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This 2bdrm 1bth has hardwood under carpet, newer paint, gated, big kitchen w/eating area & ceramic tile counters, laundry room w/sink, large bedrooms, fruit trees, close to schools, markets, park and well maintained. (H219)



Located in Pasadena this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home on a 9380 sq.ft. h u g e f l a t l o t . Z o n e d f o r m u l t i - f a m i l y. To n s o f p o t e n t i a l . ( C 11 6 )





This executive style condo shows like a model home. Located in a beautiful, well maintained gated complex. Kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances. Nice patio for outdoor dining. (ORA)

633 W. Olive, Monrovia Two bedrooms, one bath, living room with lots of windows, indoor’laundry room, update plumbing & electrical, newer roof, detached garage, close to park, Old Town, shopping and transportation.(O633)

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This beautiful home features 2 bedrooms and 1 remodeled bath. Newly installed bamboo hardwood flooring throughout, new paint inside and out, newer roof, FA/ CA and much more! Close to City of Hope. (BRO)

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Great 2 bedroom unit in terrific neighborhood. Master Bedroom with large closet and 3/4 bath. Full bathroom in hallway. Living room with large windows, dining area and kitchen with lots of storage space. Two underground garage parking spaces with storage compartments. Near shopping and La Salle High School. (MIC)


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Not a Short Sale! Not Bank Owned! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath is North of Route 66 end unit, located on second floor, one level, newer floors and carpeting, one car garage. (C1027)


This multi-tenant single level office/ retail building is offering 3 units for lease ranging from 640 SF to 1333 SF with Huntington Drive visibility & sign exposure with ample parking. Signage available. 3-5 year lease term available. (H1230)

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Home&Garden Home Garden

Century 21 Village Inc’s Nazee Rix Top Producer for 2008

crow has closed and the dust has settled.” Bencosme said that he is very confident with the potential real estate market in 2009 and that Nazee

and the office should have an even better year. Nazee Rix can be reached at 38 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. or by calling 626-355-1451.

C21 Village Realty’s Gary Hawthorne Congratulated

Andy Bencosme, Managing Broker of Century 21 Village Inc. in Sierra Madre recently congratulated Nazee Rix for her sales production through 2008. With home sales just over 13.5 million dollars, Rix qualified for the prestigious Centurion Award, which she has received for many years. She was recently presented with a beautiful plaque for her hard work at the annual awards break-

fast, held this year in the banquet room at the “Only Place in Town” restaurant in Sierra Madre. This marks Rix sixth straight year as the Village office’s top sales associate and Bencosme credits her success to having “the utmost dedication to her clients and working real estate around the clock if need be.” “It’s not just a sale to me” says Rix “you’ve got to make sure that the clients will be happy with their decision once the es-

Andy Bencosme, managing broker of Century 21 Village Inc. in Sierra Madre recently congratulated Gary Hawt horne for his sales production through the second week of February with sales just under a million dollars. Hawthorne, was born and raised in Arcadia and came to the real estate profession from previous experience as a fire fighter with t he U.S. Forest Ser v ice. Hawthorne represents clients in residential, investment and commercial real estate properties and one of his specialties is working with homeowners with financial needs and helps them either obtain a new loan or sell their property for a profit.

When time permits, Hawthorne loves to go camping in the national forests with his wife and their two children. Gary Hawthorne can be reached at 38 West Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre or by telephone (626) 355- 1451.


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This great 3 bedroom features family room wired for surround sound, second floor has large, loft type room that could be a nice guest room with its own entrance from outside. Two car garage with attached workshop. Large lot with pool, RV parking, nice curb appeal and so much more! (LIM)

Spacious 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, remodeled living room, dining room, Kitchen. New wood flooring, new carpeting, scrapped ceilings. Master bathroom is in the middle of updating, needs shower, sink and flooring, backyard with RV parking, patio and pool that needs resurfacing, double detached garage. (E1951)

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Custom built 4bdrm 3bth home w/2792 sq ft, great/family room, FP, living room, beautiful kitchen w/island & granite counters, master w/sitting area, walk-in closets & double FP. Finished inside triple garage. Extremely quite area with a city lights view. (L15185)

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By Lou Perlin

Doors Have Been Opened For More Fraud Dear John, My first article appeared in your newspapers in December 2006, it has really been a joy. Letters and calls received from your readers made it even more exciting, and the „thank you‰ letters made me feel very proud of what I have written. But, I think that it is time that I make that extra effort to market my book (Just Ask Lou) and the new book (Just Ask Lou - Some More) of questions and answers. I will continue to answer any calls and letters received. CanÊt thank you enough for the opportunity of having the articles printed.

Best, -Lou Perlin

Lou, IÊm awfully sad to hear that you wonÊt be writing for us anymore. Yours have been some of the most informative, well-researched articles that IÊve had the pleasure to print in my tenure at these papers. I wish you luck, and will tell you now that you are welcome to continue writing at anytime you decide to do so. HereÊs hoping all is well with you and your family. John Stephens, Editor


ATCH OUT FOR FRAUD: It has been a couple of years since I had suggested those having problems with keeping their homes that they seek help from the Modification or Mitigation Department of their lender. That department should be your first call, but it appears that due to the enormous number of homeowners that are in financial trouble, the Modification

Department’s have not been returning calls. Help became available from firms and attorneys that were properly trained on helping the homeowners mitigate their loans. There is a great deal of work required to complete the application for a modification, and naturally there is a fee. With so many people seeking help, a number of so-called “Mitigation Service Companies” have popped up, and in many cases are getting the homeowner to prepay them for their services. From the very beginning, I had advised against paying




This “better than new” well-appointed, 5-year new, home sits on a large Lot and is steps from Sierra Vista Park. 3513 Sq. Ft. Home w/5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms on a 10,498 sq. ft. lot. A lovely family home. (COB)

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Charming home in the lovely Hillside Terrace section of Los Angeles. Walking distance to schools and busses. New paint, hardwood floors, and copper plumbing. 2 bd/1 ba on large 27,225 square ft. lot. Perfect for first time buyer! (IND)

any monies up front. It became obvious that something must be done to protect the homeowner, and that answer was having Mitigation Companies licensed by the State. If you are receiving calls, seeing television or newspaper advertising offering you this service, and decide to use one of these company services, make certain that they are licensed. If you have received a Notice of Default from your lender, and you still want to attempt to save your property, there should be NO FEE from any of these companies until after the modification has

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been completed. There are attorney’s advertising to help homeowners with loan modifications, but there are conditions and restrictions of lawyers doing this service. Ask questions, read everything before signing anything, negotiate what the attorney or modification company as to the amount to be paid, and be certain that whoever you are considering working with, that they are licensed. ANOTHER SCAM is coming from various companies that are sending mailings to property owners saying that they can help the property owner reduce their property taxes. There is no limit to what they can charge, but most are offering this service for a hundred dollars. Some could even be charging a late fee if the application is received after an arbitrary deadline. These firms are supposed to clearly disclose that they are NOT a government agency and that their services are NOT approved or even endorsed by any government agency. If this disclosure is not included in their notice, it is a violation of California law. Proposition 8 was passed in 1978, and allows a temporary reduction of the assessed value of a property when the property has decline-in-value. If you are experiencing such a decline, then you can file an application to initiate a review of the property’s value by the Assessor. You can do it yourself and do not need to pay a company hundreds of dollars to do it for you. It is important to understand that the “decline-in-value” means



that your property must be worth less than what you had purchased it for. You can obtain complete information from your local tax assessor’s office. POOL & SPA SAFETY ACT: Recently I received a question about a Homeowners Association that had made an assessment to all unit owners to alter the pools & spas within the association to comply with this new law. Pools & spas are to be equipped with antientrapment drain covers that comply with ASME/ANSIK A112.19.8-2207 performance standards. This new Virginia Graeme Baker Act does not affect residential pools, but it is already creating a great number of problems for apartment owners and homeowner associations. Since this Act was tagged on to another bill, only recently have management companies become aware of the Act, with few (if any) setting aside funds to make the corrections. It has been reported that pools have to be drained and major construction is needed to make the repair, and that is another problem to look out for, as the cost is not as first reported. Correction, for many of the pools can be made for as little as $2,500. If your HOA is seeking to assess the unit owners for much more than the average cost, the assessment should be questioned. Many Counties in California are taking no action to enforce the law unless the California State law is amended. Some insurance companies say that should there be a claim, and the pool or spa has not been modified, that

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they will not hold the HOA responsible. Even so, those are questions that you need to ask your local Department of Environmental Health Agency and from your HOA insurance company. LAST MINUTE ADDON … HOME INSURANCE. Some lenders are requiring that a borrower insure that property, you just purchased, with Hazard insurance that is for as much or more than what you paid for the property, and that is in violation of civil code 2955.5. There are damages that a borrower can receive if a lender insists on this overinsurance. If purchasing a condo, understand that the Homeowners insurance only covers the exterior and may not include replacement of damaged cabinets, fixtures, etc. in the property. Find a good insurance agent, and ask questions. MY FINAL ARTICLE: After considerable thought, and many sleepless nights, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to take some time off and to recharge my energies. I loved writing these articles, and hope that I have been of help to some of you. Even so, I will still answer any questions that you may wish to ask. Thank you for your kind calls and letters.



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ever assembled to compete in the United States, which included Tour de France winners, Olympic medalists and World Champions, Frank Schleck (LUX) of Saxo Bank claimed the Stage 8 win. “I’ve been trying to think about how to articulate this and it’s tough,” said Leipheimer. “To win it once, that was huge. To win it twice, that was almost a little bit of a surprise and almost felt like luck. But now, to have won the Amgen Tour of California three times, it’s the sweetest victory of all. I think we proved that we were the best team in the race. There is no question about that.” In one of the most difficult stages of the 2009 race, the 96.8 -mile route from Rancho Bernardo to Escondido included one sprint and four King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs, including the ‘above categorization’ ascent of Palomar Mountain, the highest point ever reached in the Amgen Tour of California at 5,123 feet. The ascent unfolded over 11.7 miles and included 21 switchbacks at an average gradient of seven percent. “We are enormously satisfied with the race,” said Andrew Messick, president, AEG Sports, presenter of the race. “We’ve had some epic racing, beautiful terrain and enormous crowds. The ratings for our television broadcast were up about 70 percent, we were broadcasting for twice as many hours and we were broadcast live all over the world. I think

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people have gotten a much closer and better perspective of the race and we hope they will return as fans next year.” San Diego cancer survivor Gary Miller was honored and celebrated today at the final Breakaway Mile, a one-mile honorary bicycle ride that crossed the finish line prior to the professional race conclusion. During the event, Miller was joined by his support team of family members and close friends, as well as Joe Miletich, Amgen’s senior vice president of Research & Development, who plays a crucial role in developing innovate medicines to treat cancer and other serious illnesses. “Breakaway from Cancer is an initiative that captures the essence of every cancer patient’s commitment as they face their fears and race to conquer cancer,” said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, founder and CEO, Patient Advocate Foundation. “We are so very honored to be a partner in this event with our fellow nonprofit colleagues and to join the survivors and their caregivers in celebrating with professional cyclists the thrill of victory as their ride calls out the importance of cancer research and survivorship for all patients and their loved ones in the United States.” The Breakaway from Cancer initiative is designed to increase awareness of the important resources available to cancer patients from prevention to education, and patient care to advocacy and financial support. For the latest information on Breakaway from Cancer and ways to support those living with the illness, visit “Amgen is proud of our

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sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California, a spectacular race that again this year saw the world’s best cyclists battle it out along California’s beautiful landscape,” said Miletich. In addition to riding in today’s Breakaway Mile, Miletich also presented the final Amgen Leader Jersey to 2009 Amgen Tour of California winner Leipheimer. T he la rgest c ycl i ng event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling

road race that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course. Building on last year’s thirdannual stage race, which attracted 1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California was expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22. For full results, archived footage, team information and more, click over to the official race web site at

T he hospit a l broke ground on its new patient care tower Sunday. Already in the final stages of approval, the new tower will house 120 medical/surgical beds, 20 critical care beds, a new emergency department with 28 beds plus an 18-bed observation unit, and a new pharmacy. Met hod i st Hospit a l embarked on a serious and thoughtful planning process in 2002 to determine what the growing local community would need in terms of health care well into this century. The effort included a bed needs analysis based on estimated population growth, physicianto-population projections, demographic realities such as an aging society and much more. And just as important was the overarching goal of enhancing patient experiences and the quality of the environment in the delivery of medical care at Methodist.

What emerged from that effort was a multi-phase master plan for campus expansion that would enable the hospital to continue its mission of serving the health care needs of our community for many years to come. The first phase of that plan began in August 2006 with the site utility project. The effort includes putting into place the most basic infrastructure for phases to follow: underground piping for utilities such as water and electricity. Another infrastructure enhancement-although not glamorous-is essential. The addition of a new parking structure, for which ground was broken in September 2006, will add 348 additional parking spaces for employees and physicians. This project will free up more convenient parking for patients and visitors, and is slated for completion this year.


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y introduction to a “Bag of Bots” was during the Christmas Vacation school break when once again I was blessed with the opportunity to spend time with my f ive -yea r old preschool g randson Sean.

Sean’s authoritative greeting upon his arrival, “W hat’s happening Grandpa” was an indication that I was in for another learning adventure as

the WALL-E movie. He precisely began with … “Once upon a time a very brave robot named WALL-E, who was designated to clean up a polluted Earth, falls in love with another robot named Eve.” “ Well then Grandpa … you know all that boring “Love Stuff” so WALL-E follows Eve into outer space.” At this point, Sean closed his movie replay with a gracious comment, “Gosh, Grandpa you’ll just have to go see the movie for yourself, it just gets too involved … for me to explain to you!” Needless to say it was a very entertaining and wonderful time that I spent with my precious five-yearold grandson Sean. The exciting “Show and Tell time that we spent together, reminded me of that famous quote so often repeated. “The apple does not fall far from the tree.” It was apparent to me from that visit that my grandson Sean has inherited many of his Grandmother’s genes. You see…. she too is always giving me a learning adventure. Whenever she returns from her latest sale-shopping spree she shares with me in full detail about each of her … “Bag of Boughts” that she so cleverly purchased.

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Shooting from 1 leged prompted return fire from the officers. An official media release from the Pasadena PD came on Friday. “The events that unfolded yesterday are tragic,” said Police Chief Bernard Melekian. “Our department takes great pride in programs designed to prevent gang and criminal involvement.” The release went on to identify the victim and his past criminal history. Further complicating matters on Saturday was the annual Black History Parade, placed in jeopardy in the wake of the shooting and the community outrage that followed. Nevertheless, the parade went on as scheduled, though the festival slated for post parade was postponed, according to the city, “for safety concerns” and has been rescheduled for May. A few police officers in riot gear were seen in the Jackie Robinson Center in preparation for anticipated trouble. There were some angry remarks at the police but the event was otherwise peaceful. A wake of sorts was held at the scene of the shooting on Saturday night, following which the Pasadena police posted no parking signs along Mentone in an effort to control traffic in the area. On Monday afternoon a small group of family a friends marched from the scene of the shooting to the Pasadena Police Department demanding answers. City Councilwoman Jacque Robinson who represents the district in which Barnes was killed, visited the memorial site and spoke with protestors. Handwritten signs, placed on trees and telephone poles by friends of the family, were inscribed with such phrases as “Pasadena Police = Ku Klux Klan”, “Nigga Down. Finish him Off”, and “Stop Killing Our Black Men”. The signs were placed over some of the No Parking signs the City had placed after the Saturday gathering honoring Barnes. The group of protestors walked the route from the scene of the shooting to city hall shouting “No justice, no peace. We want answers. Stop police brutality!” Amika Edwards, 32, who was in the car with Barnes when he was shot, showed up at the Police station in a tearful moment with her boyfriend. There were cheers and applause as she arrived, trying hard to keep her emotions at bay. She has been advised by her attorney not to speak with reporters. One of the family friends said this young woman is so traumatized by the situation that she will most likely require psychiatric care. A handful of local media outlets, includ-

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ing the Pasadena Independent, were allowed in to speak with Police Chief Bernard Melekian Monday afternoon. According to Melekian, Barnes had a long criminal record that included felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, and he served seven years in prison for previously firing a gun at officers in Brookside Park, Melekian said. There were also spousal abuse charges.

were not ready to release the videotape until the investigation is complete. Melekian said the names of the officers will not be released due to death threats that have already been received by the deparment. “There have been a significant number of death threats that have been received by the department,” Melekian said. “I’m not going to release the names immediately out of concern

A local man, Clarence Nelson, who led the march earlier in the day, also spoke during the public comment phase and said

„YouÊre not just killing trees in Pasadena, youÊre killing people.‰ Melekian said Barnes returned to prison in February 1991 on a 3-year sentence for commercial robbery. He later got a seven-year sentence for assault with a firearm. He was released in April according to the Pasadena Chief of Police. Bernard Melekian said Monday that Barnes was armed with a gun, but he never fired it during the altercation with officers. An initial statement from the Police Department said Barnes got out of the car and opened fire on officers, who fired back, killing him. The department is now saying that in fact was not the case but Barnes did, in fact, point a weapon at an officer. The police then released a photograph of the gun Barnes allegedly pointed at an officer last Thursday. Melekian said reports of officers firing a gunshot into the air the night of the shooting were “completely false.” “A struggle ensued in the back seat of that car and Mr. Barnes displayed a handgun and pointed it at one of the officers as they fought,” the chief said. “(An) officer fired one gunshot. The other officer believed that Mr. Barnes had in fact shot his partner.” The second officer then began firing, Melekian said. Melekian said a total 11 shots were fired, investigators said they won’t know how many times Barnes was hit until the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office issues a final autopsy report which expected Tuesday. A video camera on the dash of the patrol car documented the shooting but was not a very clear indicator of what happened in the backseat of the car that was pulled over. He said police

for the officers’ safety.” The police officers are on administrative leave. One of those officers is thought to be a rookie according to some residents of the area where the shooting took place, though this has not been confirmed by the department. Emotions were high as the 25 people outside the police department attempted to get some official word of what had transpired last Thursday. Having no official speak to them for several hours, the group decided to attend the regular Monday night city council meeting. Chief Melekian did make a brief statement at the city council Monday night saying his department and outside agencies are investigating the shooting death of Barnes. He said he was deeply sorry for the family’s loss but that he was glad none of his officers were injured during the altercation. The Chief then left the meeting immediately after his statement. After hearing the Chief’s word there was a collective, irritated moan in the audience and those present were visibly appalled at the chief’s brief statement. One woman said it was the most insensitive thing anyone has said thus far in the death of Leroy Barnes and it [Melekian’s statement] did little but anger the crowd even more. “He didn’t even have the guts to stay to hear our comments.” said one woman who preferred not to give her name. Many of the people with whom we spoke at the protest rally on Monday said they firmly believe the traffic stop and subsequent shooting was racially motivated. There were more requests to speak than time permitted during the first stage of public comment but Mayor Bogaard was respectful

to the large number of people who wanted to speak regarding the shooting and asked those with other issues to keep their comments brief to allow everyone time to speak. Still, only three people were able to speak before Mayor Bogaard closed the first portion of public comment. He advised those wishing to address council that they would be able to do so later in the evening, though most opted to leave at that point noting the already late hour. Nicholas Whitaker, the victim’s brother, was one speaker who did have the opportunity to speak. Barnes spoke eloquently at the meeting and was deeply concerned that no one from the city had contacted the family since the incident Thursday that has garnered such intense attention. The city had planned on meeting with the family Wednesday, according to mayor Bogaard. A local man, Clarence Nelson, who led the march earlier in the day, also spoke during the public comment phase and said “You’re not just killing trees in Pasadena, you’re killing people.” He went on to say that Northwest Pasadena is “here to stay” and that residents there deserve the same respect as those who live in the “fine homes” elsewhere in Pasadena. “We’re not going away,” Nelson again repeated. Barnes’ shooting was the third shooting this year involving Pasadena officers. Earlier in the year an officer fired at a suspect in a burglary, but no one was injured. Another robbery suspect was shot in February, sustaining minor injuries.

Handwritten signs dotted the Mentone trees and telephone poles where police had posted no parking signs after the shooting.

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Clarence Nelson voices his deep concern and outrage outside the Pasadena following the peaceful march from the site of the shooting to police headquarters. The group was unsuccessful in getting any specific answers so they went to city hall later that day and a few had the opportunity to speak during public comment.

Jacque Robinson, Pasadena City Councilwoman, District 1, visited with friends of shooting victim Leroy Barnes on Monday afternoon at the memorial site that was just removed, inexplicably by city crews. Tuesday morning.


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5:53 p.m. – Identity Theft, 00 block of W. Mira Monte Ave. The crime occurred on Friday, 1/23/2009 and the loss was $1,844.


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1:21 a.m. – Arrest, Outstanding Warrant and Suspended/ Revoked driver’s license, 600 block Ramona Dr. A motorist was stopped for a traffic violation. A records check revealed the driver had an outstanding traffic warrant and his driver’s license was suspended/revoked. The driver was arrested and transported to the Pasadena jail for remand. 5:14 p.m. – Arrest, Possession of a Concealed Weapon, 600 block Oak Crest Drive. Officers responded to a disturbance call, as two people were heard yelling and screaming in the street. Officers arrived and detained a man that was walking away from the area. During the investigation, officers found the man to be in possession of a concealed pocket knife. The man was arrested and transported to Sierra Madre Police Department for booking.




Between 11 p.m. on February 7 and 11:45 a.m. on February 8, an auto burglary occurred in the 600 block of West Huntington. Unknown suspect(s) entered a locked vehicle by unknown means and stole a set of golf clubs, a GPS unit, and cash. The total reported loss was around $6,850. Loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft around 6:55 p.m. The woman took merchandise into a fitting room, removed the tags, placed them in bags, and left the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 41-yearold Vietnamese was taken into custody. About $795 in miscellaneous clothing items were recovered.


A 1993 red Honda Civic was stolen between midnight and 2:30 a.m. from the 1000 block of West Duarte. Between 1 a.m. and 4 p.m., a 1996 silver Honda Accord was stolen from the 800 block of La Cadena. A victim came to the station around 5:28 p.m. in reference to an identity theft report. She advised that unknown suspect(s) had used her personal information to open two credit accounts. Both accounts are in collection for almost $1,500.

9:31 a.m. – Identity Theft in the Los Angeles area. The reporting party discovered being a victim of identity theft after someone opened three wireless cellular telephone accounts in his name. No loss was reported at this time, as the phone accounts were closed before they were used. 1:53 p.m. – Grand Theft, 800 block East Grandview Ave. Tools were taken from the bed of a parked pick-up truck. The truck owner arrived home before the suspects left. The suspects dropped the tools and fled, which resulted in the recovery of all the tools. The suspects, a male and female Hispanic, fled the area in a gold or tan colored Ford pick-up truck with a stripe on the side. This case is currently under investigation.

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10:01 p.m. – Battery, West Sierra Madre Blvd and Kersting Ct. Officers initially responded to a call of a traffic accident involving a car versus a pedestrian. Further investigation revealed no traffic accident, but a battery between two men after they argued over a parking space. There were no reported injuries. One person left the area before police arrived. This case is currently under investigation.


9:14 p.m. – Traffic accident, 00 block of W. Sierra Madre Blvd. A 70-year-old male pedestrian was struck by a car while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. The 70-year-old man was transported to the hospital. The 22-year-old female driver was uninjured and remained at the scene. The accident is currently under investigation.



Shortly after 8 p.m., Pasadena Police Department Airship advised that a hit-andrun suspect vehicle was possibly en route to Arcadia. The vehicle was registered to an owner who resided in the 1900 block of Alta Oaks. Units responded to the location and found the vehicle. A 60-year-old male Hispanic driver was arrested for driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and for driving on a suspended license.

BLOTTERS Around 9:50 p.m., an anonymous caller reported a vehicle seen striking a curb and nearly colliding with other vehicles in the roadway. Officers located the vehicle and a traffic stop was conducted at Duarte and Holly. The 28-year-old male Caucasian driver admitted to taking medication and alcohol, and he also failed the field sobriety test. The man was arrested for operating the vehicle while under the influence of a prescription medication and driving on a suspended/revoked license.


A commercial burglary occurred between 10 p.m. on February 10 and 3 a.m. on February 11 at Ralphs, 211 East Foothill. Unknown suspect(s) gained access to the warehouse storage area and stole a $5,000 floor buffer. Around 7:56 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Nordstrom advised that they had detained a woman for purchasing merchandise by using the victim’s account information without the victim’s permission. The suspect also had account information belonging to other individuals. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 27-yearold Asian was taken into custody for commercial burglary, fraudulent use of credit card, and felony parole violation.


Units responded to CVS Pharmacy, 1401 South Baldwin, around 9:37 a.m. in reference to a commercial burglary. Unknown suspect(s) gained access to a storage room and stole almost $2,500 in liquor. Shortly before 5 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 00 block of Alta regarding a grand theft. The realtor advised that the former tenant was served with an eviction notice in early January. While he was performing the lockout at the location, he discovered that the condominium had been stripped bare. Lighting fixtures, stairway railings, piping, electrical wiring, and doors were all removed. The total estimated loss was $40,000.


Between noon and 2 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 400 block of West Palm. Unknown suspect(s) entered the residence by breaking a kitchen window. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked rooms and stole cash and a large amount of jewelry. A victim came to the station around 2:24 p.m. to file a fraud report. The victim advised that unknown suspect(s) modified his $55 check to $655 and then cashed it.


A residential burglary occurred in the 100 block of West LeRoy between 12:30 p.m. on February 10 and noon on February 14. The house is under renovation and unknown suspect(s) made forced entry into a detached garage and stole a brand new refrigerator/freeze and a chainsaw.


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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9: 12:56 a.m. - Grand theft automobile 100 block W. Cypress Ave. 11:21 a.m. - Petty theft 1000 block W. Foothill Blvd. 12:26 p.m. Residential robbery 700 block W. Foothill Blvd. 5:45 p.m. - Forgery report 400 block E. Cypress Ave. 8:53 p.m. - Threatening 100 block W. Central Ave.


7:54 a.m. - Vehicle burglary 700 block S. Magnolia Ave. 2:30 p.m. - Petty theft 400 block W. Maple Ave. 5:23 p.m. - Fight in progress 800 block S. Mayflower Ave. 6:55 p.m. - Shots heard 700 block Mountain View Ave. 9:57 p.m. - Assault report 600 block E. Royal Oaks Dr.


9:05 a.m. - Grand theft automobile 100 block E. Fig Ave. 10:15 a.m. - Shoplifting 600 block W. Huntington Dr. 1:32 p.m. Miscellaneous theft 500 block S. Myrtle Ave. 3:29 p.m. - Tobacco problem on W. Olive Ave. 7:30 p.m. - Grand theft 200 block W. Colorado Blvd.


8:56 a.m. - Violation of court order 100 block W. Pomona Ave. 1:38 p.m. - Petty theft 700 block W. Huntington Dr. 3:26 p.m. - Civil problem 800 block S. Magnolia Ave. 5:06 p.m. - Drug activity 500 block S. Mountain Ave. 8:06 p.m. - Soliciting 700 block Crescent Dr.


8:15 a.m. - Drug activity 600 block Vaquero Rd. 2:49 p.m. - Threatening 1000 block S. Mayflower Ave. 3:40 p.m. - Petty theft 600 block E. Lime Ave. 5:57 p.m. Vehicle burglary 1000 block S. Mayflower Ave. 7:46 p.m. - Grand theft automobile 500 block E. Olive Ave.


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10:41 a.m. - Welfare check 500 block S. Mountain Ave. 4:22 p.m. - Vandalism in progress 2000 block California Ave. 6:35 p.m. - Alcohol offense on California Ave. 10:33 p.m. - Family disturbance 1000 block S. Mayflower Ave. 11:37 p.m. - Brush fire on Highway Esplanade


1:25 a.m. - Intoxication 300 block S. Myrtle Ave. 10:32 a.m. - Grand theft automobile 700 block Monterey Ave. 1:17 p.m. - Attempted theft 700 block E. Huntington Dr. 3:01 p.m. - Medical assist 800 block Bonita St. 10:30 p.m. - Peace disturbance 300 block W. Foothill Blvd.

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NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 3, Division 9 of the Elections Code of the State of California, the legislative body of the City, or any member or members thereof authorized by the body, or any individual voter or bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of voters and associations, may file a written argument, not to exceed 300 words in length, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument, for or against the City measure(s). NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, based upon the time reasonably necessary to prepare and print the arguments and sample ballots for the election, the City Clerk has fixed Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 5:00 p.m. during normal office hours as the date and time after which no arguments for or against the City measure may be submitted to the City Clerk for printing and distribution to the voters as provided in Article 4. Arguments shall be submitted to

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