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THURSDAY, MARCH 5 - MARCH 11, 2009 VOLUME 14, NO. 10

Give Me My Money Back, Indymac Depositors Protest Outside IndyMac Bank Headquarters in Pasadena Alleging Fraud on Behalf of Bank, FDIC


This is how it is supposed to work. The Planning Commission reviews applications for building projects, and then either approves, recommends changes, or rejects them outright. And on rare occasions a change to the General Plan is required as well. This occurs when a proposed building is not in line with the zoning regulations of an area in question. And General Plan changes are not lightly given. Think of it as trying to get a new Amendment added to the United States Constitution. It’s just about that hard. And the only people who can authorize a change to the General Plan in Sierra Madre (and almost everywhere else) are those brave individuals that we elect to serve on our City Council. Why is this the case? Without zoning regulations bad things might happen, stuff that really isn’t in the best interests of the people living here. Like, let’s say, a insecticide factory being built beside a nursery school. Or a sewage processing plant constructed next to a restaurant dedicated to fine dining. You get the picture. And zoning regulations help maintain a community’s value as well. A well-ordered and maintained community being a much more enjoyable and safe place to live. But apparently our friends at the Congregational Church somehow missed out on this very basic lesson in polite civic behavior. Or, if they actually knew about this stuff, did they deliberately ignore the zoning laws of Sierra Madre in order to illegally construct a building? One that might not be where it currently stands this time next year? In case you have yet to behold the structure in question, it is located just north of Sierra Madre Boulevard and to the east side of Hermosa. It is a two level expansion of this


The $30,000 Poop Scoop How Cleaning Up Dog Waste Landed a Sierra Madre Businessman in Jail - Bail for Offense: $30K BY TERRY MILLER

Once upon a time…. …the Sierra Madre chapter of the American Red Cross sponsored the first Wistaria Fete, a fundraiser in 1918

It was business as usual, or so it seemed for the tall, athletic Tom Smock, 67, on January 31, 2009. It was 10:30 a.m. or thereabouts when Tom noticed someone did not have the common courtesy to clean up after his or her dog had defecated directly outside his Four Seasons Tea Room in Sierra Madre. Naturally, Smock wanted to clean up the mess before his mid-morning rush, which is usually around 11 a.m., and especially heavy on Saturdays. What transpired over the next couple of hours and days can, at best, be described as a bad Hollywood screenplay which was a real nightmare for the protagonist or at worst, a serious lack of judgment by someone in authority in Sierra Madre Police Dept. In fairness to the city, Smock has been issued watering warnings, and there is standing city ordinance prohibiting watering sidewalks. But this time was different. According to Smock, the doggie deposit was a health risk and needed to be taken care of immediately, and scrubbing and cleaning with water was the only way he saw fit. Someone alerted Sierra Madre code enforcement officer, Lisa Vople, of a possible violation at the Four Seasons Tea Room. Soon thereafter, officer Volpe arrived on scene and proceeded to photograph Smock’s every move

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Protestors who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars at IndyMac bank’s failure stand in Pasadena at the corner of Lake and Walnut. -Photos By Terry Miller


It was a picture perfect California morning, warm temperatures and clear blue skies Saturday

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Hundreds of California Police Chiefs Visit Pasadena for Symposium

Jerry Brown, State Attorney General, points out that although the state and federal governments are having a tough time and crime is still rampant, particularly in Baja, CA – he asserted that the fight will go on and police departments need to be working together to battle crimes -Photos by Terry Miller

Honoring nine California police officers who lost their lives in the line of

duty in 2008, the California Police Chiefs’ Association welcomed the nearly 300 inv ited chiefs from municipalities around the state Tuesday morning. Those in attendance and who spoke included State Attorney General Jerry Brown and District Attorney Steve Cooley. Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian, who will be the new association president said he was proud to be the host city for this special three day event.

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held placards and hand w r it ten sig ns protest ing IndyMac and the FDIC alleging fraud. An estimated

10,000 depositors lost $270 million in deposits when IndyMac collapsed.

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Once Upon a Time… A tale of a Vine entwined in our history and enshrined in our hearts By Fran Syverson

Once upon a time…. …a small wistaria vine was planted in Sierra Madre. As in most enchanting fairytales, the vine grew and grew like Topsy, eventually engulfing the house near which Alice Brugman had planted it in 1894. As its branches spread, so did its fame. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fennell, who then purchased the property in the early 1900s, invited friends to enjoy the vine during its blooming

weeks in early spring. Later the garden was opened to the public, and people came by the hundreds to walk under the arbor where its clusters of pale lavender blossoms hung, and to savor its delicate aroma.

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“I think of shape, value, color and edges . . . in that order,” artist Robert Sherrill explains his process, “regardless of the medium.” Graduating from Art Center College of Design in the early 1990s where he had studied oil painting, Sherrill embarked on a career in fine art painting and teaching. Along the way he taught himself the techniques unique to watercolor. “I learned in oil, but then I just started flowing into watercolor.” Sherrill says he was “pulled into commercial art,” working on animation backgrounds and murals. “It was a good career for about eight years. I even had my own company for awhile.” But with the advent of computer technology and programs such as Photoshop, most of that work dissipated and he returned to his roots. “This was good in a poetic way.” Currently he balances teaching at Art Center and Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre with painting portraits, landscapes, still life and architecture. Many of these works are commissioned. “I am comfortable with both the oil and watercolor mediums. I love the thickness of oil—like butter or icing. It is a very opaque experience,” Sherrill explains. “What I love about watercolor is it is so organic . . . in keeping with who we are. I like to see paint that can be loose and yet controlled. I can be specific and then let the paint do its thing. “Teaching and painting are so harmonious. I like that vibe. I’m always learning. It is a good cycle. Through trial and error I’ve learned a lot and I feel can pass that on to my students.” Some of Sherrill’s ability is genetic. His grandfather was a successful artist in Bruges, Belgium who studied at Beaux Arts in Paris and the Royal Academy. “Then he decided to come to America where he met my grandmother.”

Despite a difficult childhood, growing up in different foster homes until he was placed at 10 years old in his cousins’ home (“they are wonderful people”), Sherrill “lost [himself] in nature, art and science,” which helped him “get through everything.” This early-born love of nature is beautifully reflected in his art. “My Merino Valley High School art teacher, Mrs. Lesser, was my greatest influence. She spent her own money for supplies. She was big on fundamentals, but she also encouraged experimentation,” he recalls. “She took us on field trips which is how I found out about Art Center.”

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This still life watercolor is the centerpiece of Robert Sherrill’s work currently exhibited at the Creative Arts Group Jameson Gallery.

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I live in Pittsbugrh, a very cold climate. I planted collard and kale greens, and cabbage for my fall/winter harvest. I got really sick and had surgery in November and was not able to pull up and prepare my garden for spring. The plants are still in the ground. How do I prepare my garden for spring planting.? Will this hurt my growth for this year?

Thanks so much for your coverage. Debbie Schroyer

To: Lisa Volpe, Code Enforcement Officer From: Eric Olson March 1, 2009 Re: Water Conservation Ordinance; Implied Exceptions According to an account in the Mountain Views – Observer February 28, 2009, the water ordinance prevents business owners from washing down their sidewalks with water. It is reported that you advised a local restaurant owner that even if it is necessary to remove dog feces from the entrance to his eatery and sanitize the area, there is no implied exception to the water ordinance and he is subject to penalties if he uses water for this purpose. Since other property owners are certain in the future to confront the issue of removing unsanitary objects from in front of their properties and sanitizing the areas, could you provide your official position on the following questions. Is the above a correct statement of your interpretation of the ordinance? I think most people, including restaurant owners, assume that the health ordinances would require a restaurant owner to remove unsanitary objects (such as dog feces) from the entrance and sanitize the area. Is it correct that the ordinances so provide? If property owners are not permitted to use water to sanitize the area, what is your recommendation as to what they should do? According to the article, you refused the opportunity to inspect proffered evidence of the circumstances (the shovel used to remove and dispose of the feces). In light of the fact that the restaurant owner was arrested, apparently on your complaint, if a person accused by you has evidence of exculpatory or mitigating circumstances, should he or she not offer to permit you to see it? It is my intention to provide your answers to the press as your answers are obviously of general public interest. Eric Olson Sierra Madre cc: Sierra Madre Police Department City Manager Newspapers

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Re: Does Monrovia Have Its Own Mini-Madoff I find it hard to believe what this guy DiPietro is saying about Mark….who takes over a business and starts talking trash about the previous owner??? His entire staff had some gossip to spread. He should try reading the Bible and learn a better way to deal with things. He is just making the current Tax Doctor into a mockery. Mark has done my taxes for over 10 years and has been nothing but professional in my financial situations. There were plenty of times that he had control of my money and has never claimed any of it

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as his own. It sounds to me like people invested, lost their money due to the economy and are now in need of a scapegoat. As far as the person who claims they worked for Mark….shame on him if this is true, and shame on you if you are just a disgruntled EX-employee. -Betty, Monrovia

We were customers of Mark for a long time. Our family trusted him and we had no reason to question him. However, some people told me he was not on the up an up. They were right. Look what has happened. My parents were taken. He moved their retirement money without their knowledge into his Dynasty Plaza. It turns out he wrote up the contract where he has full control of their funds. They were not the only ones he did this to. He owes the IRS at least $150,000. He sold his business without telling anyone. He sold his house. He tells people they will get their money in 6 months. He was robbing Peter to pay Paul. He has filed for bankruptcy before. The truth is coming out about him. I hope I’m wrong but I doubt it. -David,

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Laugh Out-loud Funny Show Recalls Groucho Marx Frank Ferrante as Groucho Marx.

Frank Ferrante, Sierra Madre native and now a Monrovian, is on-stage at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Sunday, March 8. By Bill Peters

Monrovia resident Frank Ferrante relaxes in Old Town Monrovia as he prepares for his show. -Photo By Terry Miller

For 25 years, Frank Ferrante has been putting on a fake moustache, walking in a bent-over sort of duck-walk, and growling at audiences saying things like, “I didn’t like the play. But I saw it under unfavorable circumstances—the curtains were open!” You see, Ferrante has taken lines from Groucho Marx’ plays, films and books, and by using the comic’s take on the absurd has put it into context for an afternoon of hilarious fun. His presentation, “An Afternoon with Groucho” will be at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Ferrante is a producer, director, actor with a long and varied theatrical history. But, now, at age 45, he is returning to the Groucho that he

started to emulate as a teenager. Ferrante is on a 20 city tour and expects to continue getting laughs as he recites lines associated with Marx. Frank Ferrante grew up in Sierra Madre, attending St. Rita (Elementary) School, Sierra Madre, and La Salle High School in Pasadena. As a kid, he was attracted to the special humor of the Marx Brothers and took to imitating Groucho. A talent show presented at the elementary school gave Frank the chance to dress as Groucho, if you can imagine a 13 year-old with a cigar in his mouth making the brutal comedic remarks Groucho was famous for, and for the first time enjoying the adrenaline high from hearing the audience respond to his antics. His parents, Dominic and Theresa Ferrante, of Sierra Madre, encouraged Frank. His Dad took him to meet a very elderly Groucho when Frank was 13. That pretty much cemented the future for him. The initial professional break came as a result of his senior graduate project at the University of Southern California where he majored in Theater Arts. He had put together some of Groucho’s best lines. The performance was seen by Arthur Marx, Groucho Marx’ son. That developed into the show, “A Life in Revue” written by Arthur Marx with Ferrante portraying Groucho through his life, from age 15 to 85. Marx, born in 1890, died in 1977. The show, which held initial rehearsals at St. Rita’s, toured internationally. The show receiving awards and accolades that included theater awards in New York and London and a

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Groucho Marx left a legacy of comedic art that is reprised by Frank Ferrante in his show, “An Afternoon with Groucho” with snappy patter and jokes and asides associated with Groucho and his brothers in film and on Broadway. Ferrante performs at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, La Mirada at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8. For ticket information, please call (562) 944-9801.

show Ferrante directed, produced and starred in which appeared on PBS nationally. The show also had a successful run at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1989. Ferrante now presents Groucho Marx as the genius comic he was, emphasizing the craft of Marx’ distinctive movements, and the lines he delivered in the 12 films he made with his brothers. The memorable lines, many written by Morrie Ryskind, come to life in his presentation. Throughout all this, Ferrante

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I grew up in a small town in Vermont. I always thought that BBQ was what people did on the weekends during the summers. So, when I moved to California everyone was talking about his or her favorite BBQ place. I must say that I was a bit confused. Then a dear friend of mine sent me, via FedEx and dry ice, his favorite Ribs from Texas. They came frozen in a vacuumed sealed bag with detailed reheating instructions. That afternoon we popped them in the boiling water and had a feast. Wow, now I know the real BBQ. And then my desire for more began as well as the need to learn a few BBQ etiquette lessons. We headed to South Pasadena to check out the landmark called Gus’s BBQ (sometimes written Barbecue and other times BARBB-Q). I am sure that some have an opinion on how it is supposed to be written but I kind of like the fact that this place isn’t as stringent as most BBQ lovers. Gus’s has been open since 1946 and just recently had a face-lift including new ownership. The brothers Chris and John Bicos (also owners of The Original Tops in Pasadena) pride themselves on exceptional service and everything being cooked from scratch using the freshest ingredients. I was glad that we made a reservation because the place was hopping. They immediately sat us right up front near the windows, which was great for people watching. Occasionally I would catch the hungry expressions on the soon to be diners faces as they caught the smoky and luscious smells wafting from the kitchen. I was going to order a glass of

wine when my expert gave me Lesson #1 in BBQ, one must drink beer. Luckily they had Stella on tap. I had to let my guard down and just accept the fact that I was going to be eating one of the highest calorie dinners of the year. As the special appetizer that evening of Fried Pickles arrived my guard was nowhere to be found. I was expecting spears but was delighted at the round breaded discs with a salty and dilly crunch. Fortunately we had also ordered the shredded onion strings or the appetizer portion of our evening would have been short lived. The delicate onions surrounded by perfectly seasoned breading were outstanding with my beer. Lesson #2: BBQ serves up large portions thus sharing is imperative. My favorite of the meat trio was the Carolina Style Pulled Pork. The meat was super smoky and juicy and melted in my mouth. The Beer Braised Texas Brisket had a nice deep flavor and reminded me of the Pot Roast my mom would cook on Sundays. The Memphis Style Baby Back Ribs had a sweet vinegary sauce and was completely messy. Lesson #3: Ribs are to be eaten with your hands and if there aren’t any bits and pieces on your face then you are doing it wrong. I am all about the sides and was delighted with the variety to choose from. The Garlic Mashed Potatoes were perfect for soaking up all the

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Robert Sherrill’s “Angels” oil painting was chosen to be a part of the prestigious Pasadena Museum of History “Artistic Eden II” exhibition.

Unaware of Pasadena’s rich cultural and artistic heritage prior to his college studies, Sherrill felt an immediate affinity for the area and has remained a resident ever since. He draws inspiration from the splendid historic architecture as well as the mountain refuges such as Eaton Canyon. Last summer Sherrill was among the many artists invited to be a part of the “Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden” exhibition at Pasadena Museum of History, the brainchild of a consortium of fine art galleries in the San Gabriel Valley to bring attention to the area as a fine art destination. His captivating rendering in oil of Angels School Supply was selected to join the work of 46 other artists in “Artistic Eden II” which opened on January 31 and continues through April 11. Chosen as one of three featured artists for Creative Arts Group latest exhibition at the Jameson Gallery this winter, Sherrill was also given an opportunity to display five of his watercolors including a vivid still life, two Sierra Madre scenes and two pieces depicting Eaton Canyon. The exhibition opened on Friday, February 20 and continues through March 24. “Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II: Scenes of Contemporary Life in the San Gabriel Valley” is open for public viewing from 12 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103. Admission is $5 General, $4 Seniors & Students (with I.D.), free to children under 12. Jameson Gallery & Gift Shop, located at 108 N. Baldwin Avenue is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 626-796-1468 for more information about Robert Sherrill and to see more examples of his work visit

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Broadway success and their transfer to film in Hollywood, saw Ferrante’s performance. He commented, “Ferrante is the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines as they were intended�. Ferrante does not physically resemble Groucho, in the main. However, he said that approaching Groucho’s daughter Miriam’s home one day, she opened the door with the greeting, “I thought it was my Dad coming up the driveway!� In fact, he says he it is his intention to bring to audiences today the deep and layered humor that Marx was famous for—both stage and film lines and some of the meatier ad-libs from the very popular radio and TV show, “You Bet Your Life� that ran from 1947 to 1961. Ferrante wants you to meet the fabulous Groucho Marx and through his presentation either recall the laugh outloud time you had watching the Marx brothers or perhaps hear it for the first time. The 12 Marx’ films that stretch from 1929 “Cocoanuts� to “A Night in Casablanca� in 1946 (meaning almost one film a year) include songs, dialogue, ad-libs of the-oneand-only Groucho. Ferrante is accompanied by Jim Furmston, a classically trained pianist who has been with Frank from 1984 when “An Evening (or Afternoon) with Groucho� premiered. Frank Ferrante, “An Afternoon with Groucho� will be presented March 8 at 2 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada (near the intersection of Rosecrans Ave.). Parking is free. Ticket prices range from $30 to $50. For information and tickets please call (562) 944-9801.

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MARXIST MANIFESTO „Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.‰ „Either heÊs dead or my watch has stopped.‰ „Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife.‰ „Room service? Send up a larger room.‰ „I never forget a face, but in your case IÊll be glad to make an exception.‰ „Those are my principles. If you donÊt like them I have others.‰ „A child of five could understand this. Fetch me a child of five.‰ „I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.‰ „No-one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend. „ „I sent the club a wire stating, ÂPlease accept my resignation. I donÊt want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a memberÊ.‰ (Telegram to the FriarÊs Club of Beverly Hills to which he belonged, as recounted in his 1959 book, Groucho and Me) „Quote me as saying I was misquoted.‰ „Die, my dear? Why thatÊs the last thing IÊll do!‰ (Last words)

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Music News early - they pack ‘em in!

Tuesday, 3/10 “TAPAS TUESDAY” @ MARY’S MARKET & CANYON CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON with DAVE OSTI, 6pm, and BURKE & MARK, 7 9pm. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-355-4534. Cozy venue, YUMMY FOOD! Acoustic guitars, vocals. “TUESDAY NIGHT TRIVIA” @ CAFE 322 with QUIZ MASTER MIDGE, 8pm. $2 to play. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414.

I Reckon So! By SierraMadreSue Behrens If you’re into Bluegrass music, you really should check out my friends WRECK ‘N’ SOW, pictured with me this week. They do a couple of live gigs a month, from Long Beach to Claremont to Pasadena, sporting their signature overalls. But if you’d rather listen from the comfort of your own living room or vehicle, you can purchase their CD of mostly original songs, “FIRST HARVEST” from their website: I reckon you’ll like them as much as I do! Please remember to call and verify all info before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all. Hope to see you out & about!

Friday, 3/6 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!” http://www.myspace. com/themellowdeees “THE SUBS” (Better Than Blue’s acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 8pm - Midnight. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic Rock, Soul & Blues. Under new ownership - Happy Hour specials from 10 to 12. TIMMIE DOWN & ERIC NEWTON @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERR A MADRE, 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, friendly service! Eric of New Hotness fame and Tim Tutwiler doin’ their semi-acoustic duo thang.

Saturday, 3/7 Open Mic Night @ the FRETHOUSE in Covina. 309 N. Citrus Ave. (626) 339-7020. Always on the first Saturday of the month, and just one dollar for performers or audience. Sign-up starts at 7:30. If there aren’t enough slots for everybody they’ll make a list for the next month, and call you. Each act gets two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. The show starts at 8:00. They’ll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show! THE LATE BLOOMERS @ THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE IN ALTADENA, 2029 N. Lake Ave. 626-398-7917. Sierra Madre School Principal Gayle Bluemel’s group. Folk/Bluegrass/Country. LISA FINNIE & FRIENDS @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8 - 11pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. Country/Western/Jazz torch singer and guitar player. RICK SHEA & THE 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. See this week’s photo. MARTINI DIARIES featuring JEFF STETSON & friends @ COLOMBO’S ITALIAN STEAK HOUSE IN EAGLE ROCK, 10pm - 1am. 1833 Colorado Blvd. 323-254-9138. Full kitchen & bar. Jeff sez: first set will be Jazz & then evolve into “Acid-Lounge-Jazz-Rock!” 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month.

SUN. 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. “OPERA TO BROADWAY” VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. Get there

Wednesday, 3/11 “WEDNESDAY NIGHT PLATTER PARTY” @ THE BUCCANEER, 10pm. Bring your favorite vinyl records and Dan Besocke will play entire sides on his turntable, commercial free! 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045.

Friday, 3/13 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!” http://www.myspace. com/themellowdeees “THE SUBS” (Better Than Blue’s acoustic alter ego) @ the DOCKSIDE in WEST COVINA, 8pm - Midnight. 3057 E. Garvey Ave. North. 626-915-3474. Joe Velosa, Danny Hesse, Felicia Bright. Acoustic Rock, Soul & Blues. Under new ownership - Happy Hour specials from 10 to 12. PRESTON SMITH & THE CROCODILES @ JAX IN GLENDALE, 9pm. 339 S. Brand Blvd. 818500-1604. Full bar & kitchen. No cover. Jazz, Blues, Standards, a little bit of everything! PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, cheap drinks. Rockin’ Country/Garage band.

Saturday, 3/14 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. TIM TEDROW & TERRY VREELAND @ SIERRA CUP IN MONROVIA, 4pm. 409 S. Myrtle Ave. 626-301-4214. Traditional Folk Music. Gotta love the title of their latest CD: “Songs We Stole From Our Friends”. THE B.O. TRIO, featuring JEFF STETSON, play “A MIXED BAG AND SOME BLUES” @ ZEPHYR COFFEE HOUSE IN PASADENA, 8:30 - 10pm. 2419 E. Colorado Blvd., just E. of Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-7937330. Soups, sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies, etc. SNOTTY SCOTTY & THE HANKIES @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, free parking in back. 21 and over. The debut of the new 5-piece band: Scotty, Bruen, Billy Booger, Drake and Raghead. DAVID SERBY @ THE PRESS IN CLAREMONT, 10pm. 129 Harvard Ave. 909-625-4808. FREE. Americana/Country singer/songwriter & really nice guy!

Sunday, 3/15 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. THE ANNUAL WISTARIA FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN SIERRA MADRE, 9am - 5pm. LIVE MUSIC ALL OVER TOWN, including Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, Horses on Astroturf, Vin Fiz Flyer, The Crown City Band, Aluminum Marshmallow, AND MANY, MANY MORE! Live radio remote in Kersting Court with Brian Casey and KOLA 99.9 from 11am - 1pm. Shuttle tickets to view the famous Vine, $9 in advance from the Chamber of Commerce or $10 at the event. 626-355-5111 or on-line: NOT SURE IF MERCY IS STILL PLAYING AT CAFE 322 TODAY, BECAUSE OF THE WISTARIA FESTIVAL. CALL AHEAD: 626-836-5414. “OPERA TO BROADWAY” VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. Get there early - they pack ‘em in! *

Protest from 1 Honks of support from passing motorists helped fuel the group’s resolve. From sing le pa r ent s w it h t heir children t o s her i f f ’s deputies, the small but well organized dep o s it or s m a r c he d i n f ront of I ndyMac headquarters in Pasadena. The group IndyMacDepositors. com, led by Lisa Marshall, has lost millions of dollars collectively due to the collapse of the bank and the subsequent FDIC takeover last July. The protestors were demanding that the FDIC “stop discriminating” and “make IndyMac depositors whole.” After selling her Orange County home, Cheryl Hodgson who works for the Orange County Sheriff’s dept deposited an escrow check for about $360,000 w it h I ndyMac Ba ncor p. Less than a month later, the Pasadena-based thrift was seized by the federal government – and Hodgson lost $130,000. On Saturday she said she was stunned that no one in her Orange County branch informed her of the potential danger with deposits over $100,000.

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She noted that IndyMac was offering “a really good rate.” “You’d think someone at the bank could have explained to me that I was put t ing in money well above the insurance limit,” said Hodgson. It’s a compla i nt echoed by m a ny ot he r dep o s it or s with whom we spoke Saturday morning, that the bank did an abysmal job of i n for m i ng customers

to show them compassion, the other child’s sign saying her college funds were completely gone. Their mother told the Pasadena Independent that she lost a $92 ,0 0 0 t hat was earmarked for her children’s’ educat ion and fears t he children will have little to no chance now of a higher education. “We’ve not lost everything, we do have a roof

„YouÊd think someone at the bank could have explained to me that I was putting in money well above the insurance limit‰ of their legal rights when they made those large deposits. A no t he r dep o s i t or, Clotilde Baltazar, a single mother, stood on the corner of Lake and Walnut with her two children Jason and Katarina, 10 and 12 respectively. They held ba n ner s , one of wh ic h asked for President Obama

over our heads” she said “But after the divorce, this was the only money I had for the children, per our settlement agreement.” Baltazar’s story is not uncommon. It seems depositors’ average loss at IndyMac loss is well over $100,000. T ho se lo s se s m ig ht

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have noticed more and more children in my classes over the years being tired and lethargic not only during first period but all day long. Sure, they seem to perk up during the lunch period when they are with friends, but still, how can a student learn with no sleep the night before? If truth be known, they are losing nights of sleep and trying to get up early and function. Call me old and out of touch but I do not remember having soccer practice, piano lessons, and foreign language club or drama club every single day after school. Many of my students are on our class blog as late as midnight, so I know they are not getting rest. I think the schedule might not be so much of a disaster if children at least got proper nutrition. This was difficult for me when we were running from football practice to swimming practice after school. I know I could have done a better job but I have really been thinking about this since I have started teaching again after raising my own children. The grocery store grows increasing ominous as prices rise and many of us have lost at least one job in the family. As usual, both problems can be solved with the “Keep It Simple” approach. Raw vegetables and fruits are easy to have ready for any schedule. Cut up raw broccoli and mix with a tiny bit of ranch dressing for a quick, ready-to-go salad. An apple or a banana with a touch of peanut butter makes a handy breakfast and maybe some energy to power through the day. Slice some oranges and have them ready to eat and looking juicy. Watch the specials on any of these fruits and vegetables because prices will vary with the season. Protein is also vital to our growing children, so if you find yourself standing at the market waiting for a dinner idea to jump out at you, look again to the simple and the economical. How about a very large package of ground beef at a markdown price per pound that could feed your family for a week? Grab it!! A basic meatloaf can provide dinner even on nights you have to prepare it and then everyone eats at a different time. Again, keep it simple or the kids will pass it over (or at least under the table to Fido). Mix together and add chopped onions and/or chopped green pepper depending on your family’s preferences. Make a loaf shape or even place in muffin tins for individual servings. I love to add a quick topping of ketchup, brown sugar and mustard before placing it in an oven at 375 degrees for an hour. Adjust cooking time for muffin-size meatloaves. I would make two batches at a time because this recipe will freeze so well. If you still have pounds of your bargain ground beef left, think of all the possibilities you can make ahead and freeze: Taco meat for tacos or taco salads, chili, spaghetti sauce, and even patties for burgers on the grill this weekend! Keep it simple but remember your children cannot be their best on no sleep and junk food. You can help them make good choices.

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Coffee, Sweets & Such La Petite France Bakery Not just cakes and desserts but a plethora of choices even not on the menu! Just ask for Chef Daniel and he will immediately come up with catering ideas from breakfast, lunch to a sumptuous cavalcade of home-cooked Mediterranean cuisine. 411 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia, (626) 445-0392. Patticakes: The dessert Company Located in Altadena and featuring such heavenly and huge dessert delights as: Truffle dark chocolate flourless cake with dark chocolate truffle cream. finished with chocolate curls. Or if that’s not quite your cup of tea, try their old fashion :four layers of Devil’s Food chocolate cake with a white chocolate mousse center. Glazed with dark chocolate ganache. 1900 North Allen, Altadena (626) 794-1128


Corfu Restaurant Family owned Greek and International homestyle cuisine set in a casually comfortable décor. Dishes range from waffles to rack of lamb with everything prepared from scratch. 48 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, (626) 355-5993


Restaurant Lozano A menu peppered with Italian and Mexican dishes like a crispy goat cheese quesadilla with baby spinach accentuate Lozano’s elegant creativity. 44 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, (626) 355-5945


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held as a benefit for World War I relief. A 1933 fundraiser held by the Woman’s Club was so successful that the group was able to pay off their clubhouse mortgage, redecorate the building, and still have a nest egg. More than 30,000 people attended…but that “once upon a time” was when the Wistaria Fetes ran about three weeks during the Vine’s prime blossoming season. Once upon a time…. …Carrie Ida Lawless purchased the Wistaria Vine property in 1936 as a birthday gift to herself. During her reign as the Vine’s mistress, she orchestrated many cultural events— artistic, musical, intellectual—that attracted the hoi polloi of Pasadena’s high society. When the Vine showed signs of aging in the ‘40s, Mrs. Lawless—a true botanic enthusiast—spent thousands of dollars to hire a “plant wizard” who inspired new vigor in the Vine by plying it with dry ice and using a giant hypodermic needle to inject hormones and vitamins. Once upon a time…. …the Wistaria Vine was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest blossoming plant…with estimates of a weight of 250 tons and a crop of a million clusters of flowers. It has also been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Horticultural World. Some of its nicknames are less pretentious—it’s been called a Glorified Bean, Jack’s Beanstalk, and (for its tenacity) The Monster. Once upon a time…. …local maidens were chosen to reign over Wistaria Fete festivities as queens and princesses…women of Japanese heritage donned elegant authentic kimonos and acted as Fete hostesses… teas and luncheons were among the attractions, and a 1931 Wistaria Fete held a barbecue, a rarity for the times. Once upon a time…. …the springtime Wistaria Fete activities were subdued. It was 1943, and no fanfare announced the weekend’s event. Instead of opening-day ceremonies, according to a newspaper clipping, “…various religious observances, choir programs and timely lectures are planned in keeping with the solemnity of the times. Because of gasoline rationing only visitors from the immediate are invited…” Local volunteers who had wartime “gas stamps” were enlisted to drive visitors who arrived at Kersting Court on Pacific Electric Red Cars up to the Vine. Once upon a time…. …the elusive fragrance of the wisteria blossoms was captured in perfumes, lotions, co-

logne and bath salts. Packaged in hand-painted apothecary jars, the toiletries were available for vine-viewers to purchase for $1or $2. That was in the ‘30s and ‘40s. More recently, E. Waldo Ward & Sons—known as “Sierra Madre’s oldest business” and famed for its preserves, jams and jellies—created a Wistaria Jelly, bottling the Vine’s pale lavender essence especially for the Wistaria Festival in the ‘90s. Once upon a time…. …it was de rigueur for ladies to wear their chapeaux when they went out to lunch. So it is that we have vintage photos showing a virtual millinery shop of women awaiting their repast beneath the Wistaria Vine arbor. (Then again, think of our current fashions—especially the ubiquitous jeans and T-shirts—and how they may look “vintage” if, in mid-21st Century, someone then writes a column called “Once upon a time…”.) Once upon a time…. …not so long ago, several hundred people came to the annual one-day viewing. But that was before Huell Houser visited in the ‘90s and featured the Sierra Madre Wistaria Vine on his television show. The following year found well more than 2,000 people waiting in interminable lines to see the Vine, some fainting in the unseasonable heat. By the next season, the Chamber of Commerce had initiated a ticketing system that spreads visitors’ hours throughout the day, making the event much more efficient by eliminating crowds at peak hours. Shuttle buses now carry up to 5,000 passengers from the Village to the Vine and back again. Once upon a time…. …and the time is now! Time to mark Wistaria Day on your March 15 calendar. Time to get your shuttle bus tickets at the Chamber of Commerce office or the Chamber booth Wednesday afternoon at the Farmers’ Market, or online at Time to plan to browse through downtown Sierra Madre, cordoned off and transformed into pedestrian streets for the day…browse lingeringly, that is, as you look at the handcrafted wares of 150 artisans…Time to consider visiting Memorial Park with its kiddies’ entertainment and its Food Court…or time to decide at which of our local eateries you’d like to have lunch or a midafternoon snack…….. It’s “Once-Upon-a-Time” time again, as we add one more year of Wistaria Festival memories!

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Life in the Fast Lane at Jim Hall Kart Racing They say that once kart racing gets in your blood it is hard to get rid of. This must be true because ever since my last race two years ago, I have dreamed about getting back on the track to zip around corners and zoom down straight-aways in a tiny car. So to get the urge out of my system I recently returned to Jim Hall Kart Racing School. My getaway began with a brief orientation class, where I learned the basics of kart racing from one of Jim Hall’s skilled racing coaches. I learned that although the little karts look cute, they are serious, high-powered racing machines. Weighing only about 70 pounds, the vehicles can zip from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds and boast cornering ability 40 percent better than a typical highperformance street car. And with a top speed of about 80 mph, these 17-horsepower rockets can pull about 1.4 G’s around turns. I also learned to recognize race course flags. A blue flag is

used for passing; a yellow flag means slow down; a black flag means return to the pit and the checkered flag means there is one lap to go. After class, I put on a jacket, gloves and a racing helmet and then squeezed into the kart. I felt a little claustrophobic at first, but as soon as I relaxed and breathed through the tiny vent in the helmet, I settled down. When I got the green light, I floored the kart into the first straightaway, reaching 50 mph before tapping the brakes into the first turn. Out of the turn I again floored it and felt the engine reverberate through my entire body. By the third turn, I had forgotten what the instructor said about holding the steering wheel lightly; I was gripping a rope in tug-of-war. But it didn’t matter because I was having too much fun. When I came to the longest straightaway in the 14-turn course, I put the pedal to the metal and felt the true power of the machine. This isn’t hard to do, considering the seats

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are less than an inch off the ground. After a few laps, I began to get the feel of things. I was even making a little ground on the guy in front of me, when the checkered flag was waved. Back at the pit, the instructors checked our on-board computers and read our lap times. My best was one minute six seconds, about 20 seconds off the track record, held by Jim Hall himself. After a rest, we did a track “walk-around” to learn some pointers and then it was back behind the wheel. I can see why Motor Trend Magazine chose Jim Hall as one of the coolest “car things to do before you die.” Jim Hall Kart Racing School is located at 2600 Challenger Place, Oxnard. Prices start from $195 for a half day and $350 for a full day. For more info, call (805) 654 -1329 or visit


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Top 1% of Prudential Realtors Nationwide Reni Rose (626) 355-8400 145 E. Grandview Ave., Sierra Madre 3+ Units offered at $1,475,000.

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


Magnolia Soulangianas For Everyone, Please

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.

A Perfect 10 -- Stunning is the only way to describe it - Built in 2004, this magnificent 3500+ sf home is one of a kind. There are 3 large master suites (one downstairs) including an impressive secluded master with sumptuous bath and tranquil view of the mountains/valley, plus the Jack & Jill bedrooms and 5 baths. Other features include soaring ceilings, expansive windows, large family room, gourmet kitchen & breakfast area with window seating, wood flooring, plantation shutters & more. Call today for more details and for a private showing of the PERFECT 10!

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

By Sandy Gills

Signed, Mad for Tulip Magnolias Dear Mad, I appreciate your frank talk about your feelings for this tree. Unless you’re bringing bouquets of flowers to express your love for your favorite beauty, or hiring mariachis to serenade the blossoms as petals fall your neighbor has no cause for bother. If you, too, plant a Magnolia soulangiana (or soulangeana, depending upon who you talk to), or saucer or tulip magnolia, your neighborhood will be doubly beautiful and fragrant this time of year. Considered small, this deciduous tree will grow to about 25’. Make sure you allow ample room for air to freely circulate around the tree, but don’t plant in a hot, windy dry area. Early flowers are subject to frost, so some years will not see as spectacular a show. You can contain their height at 10’ to 15’ by tipping back after blooming, or you can let them grow tall and have plenty of budding canes to cut and bring indoors for forcing. These branches are great architectural “bones” in a vase with other flowers or all alone. Once their petals drop be sure to rake them up, and dispatch to green waste or compost pile. Those big flowers tend to clump and trap water, which is good for water-borne pests and comedy routines where somebody slips on a cluster of brusied, slimy tulip magnolia petals. Some favored varieties are Magnolia x soulangiana ‘Alba‘ with purple buds changing to pure white flowers, or the 15’ tall ‘Black Tulip’ with deep wine red blooms.


Dear Neophyte, Great question! As we enter a new era of serious water saving this is such a good time to consider plants that have spend eons adapting to our soils and climatic conditions. Many of your established plants probably can be eased off of some of their water but water-loving plants like hydrangea and calla lilies, roses, begonias, violets and most residential turf will still need supplemental water. So, too, will your new natives, which take two years of deep supplemental watering to become established. One of the best books on the market is California Native Plants for the Garden by Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien. Excellent color photos plus alphabetic listing by Latin names cross-referenced by common names make it easy to find old favorites and new-to-you plants. Once you get going, get a copy of Care & Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens, in Spanish and English for easy instruction for helpers or gardeners. This book is available at many garden centers and arboreta, or at the Theodore Payne Foundation n Sun Valley, or Theodore Payne as great native plants for sale and seeds, which are much more economical even though they take longer to grow. Great local resources are the LA County Arboretum which has hunted and forced into captivity native, Mediterranean and desert plants that will do well in your water-wise garden. Check out the Arboretum’s Thursday

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Offered at $1,195,000.

Special Financing creates an awesome opportunity to own this prestigious home in North Sierra Madre and an added bonus of ARCADIA SCHOOLS. Even Julia Childs would love the remodeled kitchen and new appliances. With over 3,000 sf of luxury on a 15,000 sf lot you can enjoy the sounds of the backyard waterfall or simply relax in the spa. Your family and guests will arrive on the circular driveway and enter to enjoy the many amenities including 2 family rooms, wood flooring, plus 5 spacious bedrooms and 3 updated baths. Call for details on the special financing being offered.

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

Extraordinary in Detail – This house has a rich blend of history and craftsmanship. It was built in the 1890’s and its design reflects discriminating taste and art. The master suite is enhanced with a spectacular view from the balcony and steam sauna. You can entertain handsomely in the large country kitchen or around the saltwater pool and spa. Additional features include: family room, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,621 sf home, 12,297 sf lot, tranquil mountain view and detached music room. If character, privacy and warmth are in your plans, this home is just right for you! Call to preview before it is too late.

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.

1912 S. 7th Place, Arcadia Offered at: $868,000

Close your eyes -- and picture your special home. This lovely updated home is really something special. Located in the much sought after Arcadia School District, this open and airy home features 3 fireplaces, a master suite with walk-in closet and luxurious new bath, Jack & Jill bedrooms, an oversized garage with tons of storage and a sparkling pool. Offers: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,355 sf home, a 7,196 sf lot, updated with copper plumbing, electrical, a new roof and is ready for you to just move in! To see this special home call 626-355-8400.

324 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 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.

1745 La Cresta, Pasadena 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.

Dear Garden Gal,

180 Santa Anita Court, Sierra Madre LI NE ST W IN G

I have been hearing native this and native that for several years now. Frankly, I’m not even sure what the big deal is. I mean, what if I want to introduce some native plants to my garden and just cut back on watering all the rest that are already in place? If that won’t do the trick can you recommend a book or a class to get me started?

2075 Santa Anita Avenue

2025 Carolwood, Arcadia, Ca


My neighbor has a gorgeous, gorgeous tulip magnolia tree that is in full bloom now. It is so very fragrant it makes me swoon. Did I mention how drop-dead gorgeous this tree is? I love those blooms! This time of year I always get tree envy. Would I be too much of a copy cat to put in a tree just like hers?

Native Neophyte


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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.

Offered at $608,000

This cottage has loads of curb appeal and is located just a short walk to the quaint village of Sierra Madre & Sierra Vista Park. The inviting and open floor plan will inspire you to entertain or simply have a quiet evening at home. This 1165 sq. ft. home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The lot is 6,318 sq. ft. There is a 400 sq.ft. attic which will be great for storage. The yard has been professionally landscaped and has auto sprinklers.

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Sierra Madre

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with a small digital camera in video mode. Feeling somewhat intimidated by the code enforcement officer’s actions, Smock, shovel in one hand and hose in the other, proceeded to offer Lisa Volpe a smell of the incriminating and less than palatable evidence he was attempting to remove from his Tea Room business right of way. Placing the shovel near Lisa, albeit several feet away, was enough for her to ask Smock if he was trying to assault her. That was when a stunned Smock realized the situation is getting out of hand. Smock categorically denies any threats, though he does admit becoming angry at what appeared to be an escalating situation. After all, he was just trying to clean the sidewalk of some dog poop. A federal case this is not. However, what transpired in the next few hours is not fiction but hard reality of life on the streets of Sierra Madre. The code enforcement officer decided that she needed back up and called for police officers to assist. One senior and one younger officer immediately responded. After a few words with all parties involved, officers asked Smock to come to the police station to make a full report. He said he would be happy to do so after the business day was over. Officers apparently then demanded that he accompany them immediately and forcibly handcuffed the 67 year old man in front of his business as guests were having their afternoon tea. His business partner Rosa Jaime couldn’t

City News believe what she was witnessing. “It was so humiliating,” said Jaime. “Tom was handcuffed right in front of the restaurant and [his arrest] was seen by numerous customers in the Tea Room.” According to Smock, without reading him his Miranda rights, one officer placed the handcuffs “quite forcibly” behind his back and according to Smock, was placed in the black and white cruiser rather roughly. This highly respected Sierra Madre businessman was now under arrest and on his way to the Sierra Madre Police Station. Still not told what he was charged with or read his Miranda rights, Smock was questioned by the officers, one of whom was Officer John Ford, who informed Smock that he was in serious trouble and being charged with felony assault. Smock was then thrown in one of two small holding cells at the Sierra Madre PD, yet again, without being Mirandized. They removed his shoes and placed him in cell number two, this being where he was finally read his rights. From the Tea Room, Rosa called the Police Dept. to find out when her partner would be released, they informed her that 45 minutes probably would be a good estimate. Meanwhile back in jail, Smock was demanding to speak to Chief Marilyn Diaz after the officers informed him that they had probable cause to arrest him for felony assault. “This has gone too far,” asserted Smock. He was being charged, according the records, of “assault with a shovel.” Next stop, Pasadena City Jail. Once Smock arrived at Pasadena PD.

he was formally booked and fingerprinted, along with all the bells and whistles that go with an arrest. He was finally allowed to make phone calls, several in fact, once Pasadena Police realized they weren’t dealing with Al Capone or Bin Laden. Smock said he finally felt that he was getting the respect he felt he had been denied while visiting his own city jailors in Sierra Madre. Smock said the treatment he received once in the hands of Pasadena police officers vastly differed from that of the Sierra Madre police. Nevertheless, the charges were apparently serious enough to warrant a $30,000 bail, and Smock would spend the next two nights in the slammer. After a friend bailed him out Monday morning, the fun was just beginning. Having little or no paperwork, not knowing the disposition of his case, Smock went to the Superior Court in Pasadena seeking some clarification of what exactly was going on and what he was being charged with. There was little, it seemed, in the way of paperwork from the Sierra Madre PD. Having never been in such a predicament, Smock sought legal advice and ultimately hired Arcadia attorney Richard Hutton. After several conversations with the courthouse and the District Attorney, Smock discovered that his charges were suddenly reduced from a felony assault to a misdemeanor. Still in a bit of a daze, Smock was unsure of his court dates and what he should do.

Finally, after a rather long, unexpected ride on the legal merry-go-round, Smock and his lawyer discovered that his pretrial hearing is now slated for April 28. This mild mannered businessman, who has a heretofore virginal police record, is now out on $30,000 bail, for a misdemeanor. Still, without official exact wording of the charges against him. Bearing no ill will for the city of Sierra Madre, its police force or code enforcement officer, Tom Smock asserts that he was unjustly arrested and that there was abuse of power on behalf of the Sierra Madre Police Dept. “There two different issues here:” Says Smock, “misrepresentation and abuse of power” To add insult to an already rather serious injury, the court also issued a restraining order on Smock to stay away from Code Enforcement Officer Lisa Volpe. This could prevent Smock from attending many public meetings in Sierra Madre where the code enforcement officer might likely be in attendance. As a result of Smock’s arrest by the Sierra Madre Police, a doctor was called in to evaluate the bruises and other evidence that Smock says proves the police may have acted inappropriately. For the time being, Smock is happy to be over some of this larger-than-life judicial journey but knows the legal road ahead will be both costly and time consuming. As of press time, officials at the Sierra Madre Police Dept. had failed to respond to repeated requests for comment on the incident.


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Garden Gal from 11 talks with Lili Singer at www. Or take a walk at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, for hours and directions to 1500 N College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711, or by calling (909) 625-8767. RSABG’s Grow Native Nursery is now open Wednesdays through Sundays for purchasing and maintenance advice on garden-worthy natives. RSABG also offers great weekend

holding an all day Native Plant Symposium, titled At Home With Natives: Creating and Maintaining an Authentic California Landscape. Very informative morning speakers include Dan Songster of Golden West College, Bart O’Brien and Barbara Eisenstein of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and Debbie Evans of Tree of Life Nursery, among others. Plus lunch,garden tours, site specific trouble shooting, tried-and-true plants and

classes in propagation, seasonal maintenance, even plant ID to help you identify plants you admire when you’re out and about. Sign up for their March 1 Tree Trek to spy some hardy California natives that might be great foundation plants for your garden. One more thought: On March 28 Golden West College in Huntington Beach is

more are planned for both homeowners and gardening professionals. The $45 price tag ($35 for California Native Plant Society members – oh! I forgot to mention their monthly meetings and fantastic journal Fremontia, plus monthly newsletters available to members) is a real bargain. For registration and more information visit

Camellia & Azalea Program Presented by Tom Nuccio at Garden Club By Phyllis Chapman

Tom Nuccio of Nuccio’s Nursery in Altadena will present “The Wide World of Camellias and Azaleas” at the Sierra Madre Garden Club’s d i n ner meet i ng, March 9, 6:00 p.m. This will be held pt Memorial Park Hart Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra. Madre Blvd .The public is most welcome. Nuccio’s is a family owned business well known as one of the rich sources of Camellias and Azaleas in the U. S. The number of cultivars and species available for sale both wholesale and retail is more than 600. They are one of the most recognized sources for introductions of these popular plants worldwide. Sunset magazine mentioned them in a recent issue. Also, they

spray only as needed and use several beneficial insects to control pests. Family members began the business as a backyard operation in 1935 in Alhambra. Today they are located on six acres in north Altadena at 3555 Chantry Trail. This is a return visit for Tom Nuccio to the garden club as a popular presenter. He will share various varieties of these beautiful plants along with new and unusual introductions. The catered dinner is $9.0 0, wit h reser vat ions needed by calling 625-3550 60 6. T he prog ra m be gins at 6:45 for anyone who wishes to skip dinner and just attend the program with no charge or reservation needed.

Fairbanks Group Tallies 2008 Results The Fairbanks Group’s final tally of sales results for the year just ended placed them, once again, in the top echelon of Coldwell Banker Sales Associates nationwide. For the year

just ended, they sold over $30 million in properties and together with pending sales and an inventory to date of another $25 million, they are “on target” with

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Fairbanks from 13 forecasts and results. “We are faring better than some markets in the Sout hla nd,” noted John Fairbanks, “with abroad cross-section of available housing and prices- -and certainly better than other parts of the country.”

“With government programs firmly in place later this year,” he noted, “we look to a market improvement as the economy picks up again.” “We believe there are still many opportunities for home ownership and look forward to working with

buyers and sellers and our contacts in the mortgage and banking industries.” John noted that one of the Group’s great strengths is t hei r exper ience a nd longevity in the real estate market. “As seasoned professionals, Marion, Kevin and I have weathered other

downturns in the economy and the housing industry over-all.” “We are confident that the lessons learned from the past have helped us to counsel wisely with our clients to create the best possible marketing plans for them,” he stated.

Mt. Sierra Teams with City to Offer Home Finance Workshop Come learn how you can secure your financial future at the Home Finance Workshop. Students of Mt. Sierra College along with the City of Monrovia will be hosting this free event on Saturday March 7th at the Monrovia Community Center (119 W Palm Ave Monrovia, CA 91016) from 1pm - 4pm. Bring your questions and get professional sound

advice from special guest speakers provided by The Arcadia Association of Realtors. Topics of discussion will include Foreclosures, Debt Consolidation, and New Mortgage Lending Laws. Special guest speakers will be attending from The Department of Consumer Affairs, The Arcadia Association of Realtors and Mr. Bob McCormick form CBS 2 Kcal 9

Money 101/KNX NewsRadio 1070am. Andy Bencosme, President of the Arcadia Association of Realtors commented that “lending rules and laws are changing quickly as the government and lenders try to stabilize the financial markets. It is important for consumers to know how these changes impact how they can finance a home.”

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Keller Williams Realty West Foothills Market Center opens in Arcadia Keller Williams Realty Inc., the fastest-growing residential real estate firm in North America, according to Realtor Magazine, announced today it has expanded its growing network to the San Gabriel Valley area by the opening of Keller Williams Realty West Foothills Market Center. The West Foothills Market Center will serve all of the communities along the foothills including Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Temple City and Duarte. Led by Operating Principal Ken Parsons, the newest Keller Williams Realty market center will offer San Gabriel Valley area buyers and sellers exceptional service and over 20 combined years of agent and staff experience. “Keller Williams Realty is excited about opening a new market center in Arcadia,”

said Mark Willis, chief executive officer of Keller Williams Realty International (KWRI). “Our company has a policy of limiting its market presence by selecting only the premier partners in any given area. These individuals are top producers, or have the potential to be so. By maintaining our standards of excellence, we can provide Keller Williams Realty customers with the best real estate experience possible.” Keller Williams Realty keeps its agents performing at the highest level by offering them the most comprehensive educational resource in the real estate industry — Keller Williams University. The company’s level of training, added to its other corporate benefits such as the Agent Leadership Council and profit sharing,


attracts and retains the best in the business. “We are proud of the way we do business and we hope residents will think of us when they think of real estate,” said Operating Principal Ken Parsons. The West Foothills Market Center’s affiliation with

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Pallbearers carry the body of shooting victim Leroy Barnes, 38, in to the church.

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500 Plus Attend Leroy Barnes’ Funeral on what would have been his 38th Birthday BY TERRY MILLER

It was literally standing room only at the Church on Orange Grove Avenue Saturday afternoon. Hundreds had gathered to say a final farewell to their friend who was gunned down by Pasadena Police following what was originally called a routine traffic stop. The open casket ceremony almost closed down a block of Orange Grove during the ceremony as so many people had gathered outside the church and spilled out on to the street. Normally about an hour and half, the ceremony went on from 1pm-until well after 3 :30 to allow mourners time to view the body. One mourner held a sign that read “ Pasadena Police= Paid As-

sasin” for the duration of the ceremony. Many who attended the funeral donned T shirts saying :” Happy Birthday Leroy” and “ We’ll Miss you” along with one of the last photographs taken of the man at the center of a growing controversy regarding the way the Pasadena Police handled not only the stop and shooting but the information they released. As local television stations and Beacon Media waited for the conclusion of the ceremony, a horse and carriage named “ Homeward Bound” approached the church. Pallbearers each wearing a red rose, gently lifted Barnes’

coffin and placed it into the glass carriage. Friends and loved ones gathered around the unique horse and carriage. The horse drawn funeral Carriage took Barnes’ to his final resting place at Mountain View as mourners followed in their vehicles. Fair Oaks was closed during the funeral procession. The investigation into the shooting of Leroy Barnes is on-going and no additional information will be made available to the press for at least three weeks. The coroner’s report and video tape of the incident are still not available and being reviewed by Los Angeles Sheriff and Pasadena Police.

Congregational from 1 unpleasant process of paying for it. Or who was present and spoke at this Church’s storied edifice located just around that corner. Among several other things, the Congregational Church requested an amendment to this city’s General Plan at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. This amendment was one of the conditions the Planning Commission had decreed as being part of the approval process for the Church’s New Life Center building project. Of course, ordinarily when someone wants to build a building here in town, they get their city approvals done first. But apparently what the folks at the Congregational Church did was build the building and then ask for the City Council’s approval. A most irregular way of doing business. Kind of like driving a brand new car without first going through the

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even getting a driver’s license. As was pointed out by a visibly annoyed Mayor Zimmerman, the Planning Commission required the Church to obtain this General Plan amendment before it began the actual construction of the project. That requirement was more than reasonable given that the Church was requesting permission to build an “institutional” project on parcels of land zoned commercial. The Planning Commission’s condition of approval stated that the Church must first “obtain the City’s approval of a General Plan Amendment to designate the subject properties as Institutional.” However, and as we learned Tuesday night, the Church just went ahead and built their project without getting the necessary amendment done first. Just up and did it. According to the Church’s business manager,

meeting, the City told the Church it could build the project without obtaining the amendment if it simply applied for the amendment. Who in the City told the Church this patently absurd information? The Church’s business manager seemed unable to say. Nor did the Church’s business manager care to comment on why the Church would go to all the trouble and expense of constructing such an edifice based on what was obviously erroneous information. Didn’t they realize they were taking just a wee bit of a chance here? And that maybe they’d want to check around a little first? Call a phone friend? Especially when the Planning Commission specifically told them that getting the nod from the City Council on that amendment thing was a key condition for their ap-

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ot long ago I was asked by my resident cu l i n a r y c hef one of her “Honey how to you do” questions. This time it was “Honey, How do you spell appendix?” Normally to most people that word would suggest an urgent situation. But at my house the response was ... ”I’m not sure, dear!!! Why? Do you have a pain in your side”? Her reply, “Nooooooo Silly, I’m putting together a reference book for the kitchen”. Well, you see that should have been the indicator that it truly was an urgent situation in disguise. Well, our neatly organized, simple to find things kitchen, was recently transformed into an indexed library of sorts for her handy kitchen “gadgets”. Now to explain my column title, Gadgeteria! My “Hooked on the Food Channel” companion has replicated in our kitchen every available cooking gadget seen on the food channels. In our kitchen “Gadgeteria, we have dicers, ricers, spice squeezers and peelers. We have juicers, cookers, and basters and tasters. Not to overlook that we have barbecuers, skewers, sandwich toasters and all sizes of roasters. Blenders, ice shavers and many other time savers. But since we eat out most of the time all of these cooking helpers have quietly hidden in the back shelves of our kitchen. This fact was not comforting to my “Biscuit Burner” as she was unsure of the location of each of her seldom or never used favorite gadgets. So she set out to reorganize the locations of this plethora of cooking wares. It all started with a “Planter Bench” installed directly over the kitchen sink, where all of her plants of choice reside, to signal her intentions of having a green kitchen. Located also on this bench is her recently compiled “Handy Dandy Finder Guide Book” sometimes referred to as the HDFGB. Here, much like the confusion that we receive when we dial a business and are told to push from one to ten different options to select the right department called, she has an alphabetized reference guide to indicate where “things” are now to be found in the kitchen. If that sounds all too simple then keep reading. All of the new efficiency shelves and drawers that she had installed in our kitchen

have a library like alphabetical code. All you have to do is look up in the HDFGB reference guide the item name and the location is then shown as “Drawer Ba27” or something similar to the numbers on auto license plates. If the item is not found in the handy dandy guidebook it will make a suggestion. For instance, if you are looking for an extractor the book will suggest every item beginning with an EX. So then the simple guide might suggest Ex-lax and that it might be found in the bathroom drawers, which have also been assigned product or item codes. So lets take one of her simple gadgets for example, the Waffle Remover. Here is a handy device for taking a waffle out of the waffle maker without squeezing or damaging the shape of the waffle. So if you look under “R” for remover you will find a simple index of removers. Perhaps first on the list would be the location of a wine bottle cork screw or stain removers, fingernail polish remover, jar lid openers and like items, including the waffle remover. So now, you can see a great deal of indexing has been done throughout the house to obviously simplify finding things. Now for instance, if you were looking for a spoon to stir your coffee. I think a spoon would be located in the HDFGB under “C” for coffee stirring as you see; her “S” category is full. Well, with the idea of taking her mind off of any further expansion of this finder system, I carelessly told her that I was proud of her simplification concept for finding things. As a reward I gave her several restaurant “Gift Cards”. This I knew would increase the number of times that we could eat out, thus minimizing further home confusion and conflict. Pleased with her reward for introducing kitchen efficiency she immediately volunteered to help organizing my garage workshop. Frightened by this re-organizational offer, I quickly declined her gracious consideration. However, I suggested that with that variety of restaurant gift cards that I had given to her, that she should keep them handy in her purse. She thought that was a splendid idea, but that her purse would now require some serious re-organization so that she could find them easily. So my systematizing homemaker is now totally consumed in the critical process of reorganizing and indexing all of her purses … instead of my garage.


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By Dorothy Denne

Bad Day? Count Your Blessings Some mornings just the effort of getting out of bed bodes a bad day. Finding ants in the kitchen doesn’t help. A person doesn’t feel like laughing, but it is important to look at the brighter side. We need to accentuate the positive, find something to laugh about even in the worst of times. Sometimes the task becomes a bit overwhelming, but it is worth the effort. Some weeks ago, my pastor offered some words for thought. He said, “Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent of course. “Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each night it burns the remains of the day. “If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the tomorrow. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today.” I had to agree with him that the clock is truly running, and fast. Sometimes just the speed of that clock is enough to make us think we’re having a bad day. Sometimes we just don’t feel like a “Ha-Ha.” Now and then, aren’t

we entitled to a bad attitude, which translated to a bad day? Answer a few questions. Today-Did a family member or dear friend die? Did the tests you took last week reveal you have cancer? Did your child get hit by a car? Did your husband (or wife) announce the marriage is over? Did you lose your job? Did you get shot at? Did your teenager run away from home? Did you discover that your best friend and your spouse are having an affair? Did your daughter phone from college to say she’s pregnant? Did your business go bankrupt? Did a tornado, earthquake or flood hit your house? Did you suffer a heart attack or stroke? Did you discover a trusted employee has been stealing? Did somebody break into your home last night? If you answered yes to one of these questions, you had a bad day. You will have to look a little harder for a positive, but it’s there. If you answered no to all, then you don’t have to laugh, but you better count your blessings.

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„Skager and Tavera Wedding June 28, 2008‰ On a beautiful summer late afternoon, Shannon Colleen Skager of Arcadia and Christopher Patrick Tavera of Sierra Madre were married on the steps of the Fenyes Garden Estate at the Pasadena Museum of History. As guests looked on while the couple said their vows, a childhood friend who was also one of the bridesmaids, Katie Sullivan of Arcadia, sang a special song chosen by the bride to be sung as part of her vows to Christopher. The Wedding recept ion followed throughout the lovely gardens, with dinner served on the terraced lawns, and dancing through the night on the sunken dance floor, all lit by beautiful lanterns, candles and flowers. Shannon is the daughter of Paul and Debby Skager of Arcadia. Christopher is the son of Ceci and Peter Pistone of Arcadia and George and Yvonne Tavera of Sierra Madre. Shannon is a teacher at Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua in San Marino; Christopher is a firefighter with the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. The wedding party consisted of family, friends and firemen. Longtime childhood friends of Shannon’s were Ana Marie Efstathiou of Arcadia, Suzanne Evans, formerly of Arcadia, and Katie Sullivan. The girls met in kindergarten at Highland Oaks School and continued their friendships as Assisteens of Arcadia while in high school. Other members of the bride’s wedding party were Melissa Tavera, sister of the groom; Kelly Hollywood, cousin of the bride, and maid of honor Jaclyn Pederson, college roommate of the bride. Victoria Tavera, wearing an ivory lace dress matching the bride’s, was flower girl. Best man was Anthony Tavera, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were longtime friends Drew McInerny of Arcadia, Kollin Cieadlo, formerly of Arcadia, and Carl Weideman of Pasadena. Other members were Adrian Canzoneri, cousin of the groom, and Brandon Terrazas. Carl and Brandon are also firefighters with L.A.F.D. Ring bearers were Christopher’s younger brothers Andrew Tavera of Sierra Madre and Jake Pistone of Arcadia. Guests were awed by the absolutely spectacular flowers and candles that were provided by MD’s Florist in Arcadia, friends of the groom’s family. After a honeymoon in Belize, the couple began their married life in Sierra Madre.

„Flying Doctors of Mercy Pilot Speaker at Arcadia Altrusa Dinner‰ Arcadia resident and pilot with LIGA International, Tim Murphy, was guest speaker at Altrusa of Arcadia’s dinner meeting on February 25th. You may remember that LIGA International, also known as The Flying Doctors of Mercy, brought little seven-year-old Maria to Arcadia Methodist Hospital last year for surgery. Tim was a part of that group and de-

tailed the experience with Altrusa. He also presented a slide show and overview of LIGA’s work in Sinaloa and the Mexican villages where LIGA has established free clinics.

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Skager and Tavera wedding party (l-r) Melissa Tavera, Ana Marie Efstathiou, Suzanne Evans, Kelly Hollywood, Katie Sullivan, Jaclyn Pederson, Shannon (bride), Christopher (groom), Anthony Tavera, Drew McInerny, Carl Weideman, Kollin Cieadlo, Adrian Canzoneri, Brandon Terrazas. In front, Victoria Tavera, flower girl; Andrew Tavera, ring bearer, and Jake Pistone, ring bearer (not in photo).

The turnout for the annual Life Member Meeting and Luncheon was exceptional with over 100 chapter members in attendance. Kudos to Terry Leahy and her membership committee. Guest speaker, award-winning journalist Lisa Gorfain, spoke of her story about the “Lost Boys of Sudan” that she produced for Dateline NBC. Kay Kinsler and her committee served a delicious and elegant lunch.

„The Cookies Are Coming! The Cookies Are Coming!‰

LIGA pilot Tim Murphy with Nan-Fenn Rairdon, president of Altrusa International of Arcadia.

Thousands of area Girl Scouts will be picking up their inventory of the delicious signature confections to deliver to their customers and prepare for the Cookie Boothing Season that kicks off March 6. Girl Scout Cookie Sales are slower than expected this year due to a slow economy. Despite these challenges, Girl Scouts is hopeful that the community will support local girls with a purchase or a donation.

„Arcadia Historical Museum Presents the Art of Walter McNall‰ The Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum announced the opening on Saturday, February 21, of a new exhibit featuring the work of local artist Walter McNall. A resident of Arcadia since 1949 and a Navy veteran of World War II, McNall is a talented artist. Spanning a 50-year art career, highlighted pieces from his masterworks will include naval maritime topics, landscapes and seascapes. Over 60 guests enjoyed a festive wine reception held Saturday, February 21.

Harlene Hamann, chair of the Senior Citizens Commission, and Jim Venegas, supervisor at their February 20 Mardi Gras lunch and party. Other commissioners attending were Gene Glasco, Russ Simsarian, Kathy Valentine, and Jerry Vaught.

„Camellia and Azalea Program at Sierra Madre Garden Club‰ Tom Nuccio of Nuccio’s Nursery in Altadena, will present “The Wide World of Camellias and Azaleas” at Sierra Madre Garden Club’s dinner meeting, March 9, 6 p.m., at Memorial Park Hart Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The public is welcome. Nuccio’s is a family owned business well known as one of the richest sources of camellias and azaleas in the U.S. The number of cultivars and species available for sale is over 600. They are located on six acres in north Altadena at 3555 Chantry Trail. The catered dinner is $9, with reservations needed by calling (626) 355-0606. Program begins at 6:45 for anyone who wishes to skip dinner, just attend the program with no charge or reservation needed.

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Sunday, February 15: A residential burglary occurred between 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Genoa. Victims returned home from shopping and forgot to close the garage door while they were unloading their groceries. The victims later discovered that their purse and wallet were stolen from the vehicle by an unknown suspect. While on routine patrol around 10:05 p.m., officers spotted about 10 subjects loitering in front of Famima, 5 West Live Oak. A 20-year-old male Caucasian was contacted and a consent search revealed a pair of brass knuckles. He was taken into custody for possession of a dangerous weapon.

Monday, February 16: Between 11 p.m. on February 15 and 11 a.m. on February 16, a commercial burglary occurred at Thai Classic Restaurant, 1011 South Baldwin. Unknown suspect(s) entered the business through a restroom window. The suspect(s) ransacked the location and stole a computer and miscellaneous property. A victim came to the station shortly before 1 p.m. to file a fraud report. She lost her credit card in January and when she contacted her credit card company, she was informed that $3,000 was charged on Travelocity.

Tuesday, February 17: While officers were at Drinkers Hall of Fame, 151 East Huntington, around 1 a.m. on an unrelated fight at the bar call, they witnessed a traffic collision in the parking lot. A 45-year-old female Caucasian driver struck a parked vehicle while trying to leave the scene. Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and person. A field sobriety test was conducted, and it was determined that she was operating the vehicle while intoxicated and was arrested. Around 7:18 p.m., officers saw a vehicle with an expired registration tab and the car was swerving between lanes of traffic at Huntington and La Cadena. Officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver failed to yield, even with emergency lights and siren activated. The 31-year-old female Caucasian driver finally stopped the car at Rosemead and Fairview, and it was determined that she was operating the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She was arrested for evading and DUI.

Wednesday, February 18: Units responded to the 1500 block of South Fifth in reference to an identity theft. The victim advised that between February 8 and February 10, unknown suspect(s) obtained his bank account information by unknown means and made unauthorized ATM withdrawals totaling about $2,000. Around 9:49 p.m., officers were dispatched to Lower Azusa and Durfee regarding a solo traffic collision. A 19-year-old intoxicated male Asian driver apparently passed out behind the wheel and struck an electrical pole. The injured driver was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Thursday, February 19: Loss prevention personnel from Nordstrom advised that they had detained a man for credit card theft around 5 p.m. The suspect provided the last four digits of the victim’s social security number and a fake driver’s license to the sales associate in order to purchase two watches totaling $3,700. While the sales associate was processing

the sale, another employee checked the account and discovered that it was flagged for fraudulent activity. The victim was contacted and he advised that he was not at the store and no one else was authorized to use his account. When loss prevention personnel confronted the suspect after the sales transaction, he tried to run away and a struggle ensued. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 32-year-old Caucasian was taken into custody for commercial burglary, robbery, theft/use of access card, forged instrument, and other charges. A consent search of his vehicle revealed personal information belonging to different individuals and fraudulent driver’s licenses. Around 11:40 p.m., while on routine patrol, officers spotted a vehicle in a driveway in the 700 block of North Santa Anita with the hood up. A man was looking under the hood while a female was sitting in the vehicle. A consensual contact was made, and record checks of the individuals were conducted. The 26-year-old male Hispanic had a no bail felony warrant and a $50,000 misdemeanor warrant; the 40-year-old female Hispanic also had a $50,000 misdemeanor warrant. A consent search of the vehicle was initiated, and officers found baggies containing a white crystalline substance resembling methamphetamine and a glass-smoking pipe. Both individuals were arrested at the scene without incident.

Friday, February 20: Shortly after 5:30 a.m., units were dispatched to the 500 block of Las Tunas regarding a family dispute. When officers arrived at the scene, a 36-year-old male Hispanic ran from officers and then challenged officers by taking a fighting stance. The suspect was subdued and was arrested for obstructing/resisting and disorderly conduct. Between 2:45 p.m. on February 17 and 7:20 p.m. on February 20, a residential burglary occurred in the 1900 block of Highland. Unknown suspect(s) made forced entry into the house via the front door. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked rooms and stole jewelry, cash, and a pistol.

Saturday, February 21: A solo traffic collision occurred in the 2000 block of Holly around 1:00 a.m. A 19-year-old intoxicated female Hispanic driver collided into a brick and wrought iron fence. She was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and minor driving while under the influence. Around 2:30 p.m., units responded to Westfield mall regarding a robbery and battery incident. A male Hispanic suspect, 28 years of age, 5’6”, 180 pounds, choked a 14-year-old boy during an argument. When a woman saw the altercation, she tried to call police. However, the suspect pushed her, pinned her against a wall, and took her cell phone.


Monday, February 16: 12:48 a.m. - Vandalism 700 block E. Huntington Dr. 9:56 a.m. - Trash picking 300 block Genoa St. 4:34 p.m. - Fire assist 300 block Linwood Ave. 5:08 p.m. - Soliciting 400 block E. Olive Ave. 8:14 p.m. - Drug activity 100 block E. El Norte St.

Tuesday, February 17: 4:46 a.m. - Commercial burglary 300 block W. Huntington Dr. 8:35 a.m. - Threatening 900 block W. Walnut Ave. 12:04 p.m. - Shopping cart theft 700 block W. Duarte Rd. 12:49 p.m. - Fraud report 500 block S. Myrtle Ave. 8:09 p.m. - Residential burglary 200 block S. Shamrock Ave.


Wednesday, February 18:

7:02 a.m. - Mental evaluation 400 block E. Los Angeles Ave. 12:19 p.m. - Residential burglary 100 block Atara St. 1:58 p.m. - Bear problem 300 block Hill St. 5:02 p.m. - Family disturbance 600 block Parker Ave. 9:25 p.m. - Personal robbery 300 block W. Olive Ave.

1:30 p.m. – Non-Injury, Hit-and-Run Traffic Collision, 600 block Woodland Dr. The rear bumper of a black Nissan Altima was discovered damaged. The crime occurred while the car was parked in the public parking lot sometime between 8 p.m., on Monday, 2/16/2009 and 8:45 a.m., on Tuesday, 2/17/2009. No dollar loss estimate was available.

Thursday, February 19:

Wednesday, February 18:

9:47 a.m. - Trash picking 700 block Bonita St. 12:57 p.m. - Commercial burglary 300 block W. Huntington Dr. 6:39 p.m. - Business dispute 300 block W. Huntington Dr. 8:00 p.m. - Vehicle burglary 300 block S. Magnolia Ave. 9:10 p.m. Soliciting 200 block N. Ivy Ave.

8:07 p.m. – Arrest, Suspended/Revoked driver’s license, 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. A motorist was stopped for a traffic violation. A DMV records check revealed the motorist’s driver’s license was suspended/revoked. The driver was arrested for the misdemeanor violation and released on a written promise to appear.

Friday, February 20: 12:39 a.m. - Attempted burglary 600 block W. Huntington Dr. 5:03 a.m. - Battery report 900 block E. Huntington Dr. 12:56 p.m. - Vehicle burglary 300 block S. Madison Ave. 6:00 p.m. - Petty theft 1000 block S. Primrose Ave. 7:23 p.m. - Family disturbance 1000 block S. Alta Vista Ave.

Saturday, February 21: 12:10 a.m. - Vandalism 300 block S. Myrtle Ave. 9:02 a.m. - Grand theft 2000 block S. Mountain Ave. 12:31 p.m. - Police impound 400 block E. Los Angeles Ave. 3:35 p.m. - Neighborhood dispute on Hidden Valley Rd. 9:32 p.m. - Weapons offense on W. Lemon Ave.

Sunday, February 22: 2:26 a.m. - Warrant arrest on S. Madison Ave. 11:42 a.m. - Medical assist 200 block E. Foothill Blvd. 4:40 p.m. - Fire assist 900 block S. Fifth Ave. 9:29 p.m. - Business dispute 400 block W. Huntington Dr. 9:59 p.m. - Bear problem 1000 block Norumbega Dr.

SIERRA MADRE Sunday, February 15:

2:16 p.m. – Identity Theft, 400 block Mount Wilson Trail Ave. The victim reported that someone attempted to make a purchase using his closed credit card account. Because the credit card account was closed, the purchase was not completed. The crime occurred on Friday, 2/13/2009, allegedly in the state of Florida. No dollar loss reported.

Monday, February 16: 2:14 p.m. - Arrest, Business License Required, 200 block Windwood Ln. Officers responded to the area regarding a door-to-door solicitor. Officers found the solicitor nearby and obtained evidence that he was selling magazines without a Sierra Madre business license. The man was arrested and transported to the police station. The man was booked and later released on a written promise to appear.

Tuesday, February 17: 9:03 a.m. – Petty Theft, 400 block Fairview Ave. A Valentine gift bag, containing oils and supplemental vitamins was stolen from the front porch of the residence. The gift bag was delivered by Fed Ex on Thursday, 2/12/2009, between 12:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. No dollar loss was available. 12:44 p.m. – Vandalism, 20 West Montecito Ave, Inner Harmony. Two outdoor lighting fixtures were broken. The crime occurred between 6 p.m., on Sunday, 2/15/2009, and 10 a.m., on Monday, 2/16/2009. The loss was estimated at $50.

Thursday, February 19: 10:37 a.m. – Vehicle Tampering, 600 block Woodland Dr. The victim reported that someone purposely removed the crankcase drain plug from his car, resulting in a significant loss of motor oil. The crime occurred between 9 a.m., on Wednesday, 2/4/2009 and 7:30 a.m., Thursday, 2/19/2009. No estimated dollar loss was available. 1:56 p.m. – Arrest, Business License Required, 65 N. Baldwin Ave. Officers responded to the area of North Baldwin Ave. in the business district regarding a door-to-door solicitor. Officers found the solicitor as he was leaving the Lunch Salon and obtained evidence that he was selling meat out of a truck without a Sierra Madre business license. The man was arrested and transported to the police station. The man was booked and later released on a written promise to appear.

Friday, February 20: 2:27 a.m. – Arrest, Curfew violation. Officers saw a figure disappear into the shadows as they were responding to a medical call in the 00 block of N. Mountain Trail Ave. Officers stopped to investigate and found a 15-year-old boy hiding behind a wall in the 100 block of E. Montecito Ave. The boy was taken into custody and transported to the police station. The boy was booked for the curfew violation and released to the custody of his mother. 6:18 p.m. – Residential Burglary, 200 block Toyon Rd. Cash, coins and jewelry were stolen from the home. A rear window was opened to gain entry to the residence. The crime occurred between on Friday, 2/20/2009 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. No estimated dollar loss was available.

Saturday, February 21: 9:38 a.m. – Stolen Vehicle, 1200 block Arno Drive. A light blue in color, 2007 Bentley Continental convertible was stolen from the driveway of the residence. The crime occurred between 5:30 p.m., on Friday, 2/20/2009 and 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, 2/21/2009. The owner described the car as having a dark blue convertible top, custom chrome MAYA, MRK 20-inch wheels and RUSNAK dealer paper plates. 6:39 p.m. – Arrest, Business License Required, 600 block of W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Officers responded to the area regarding a door-todoor solicitor. Officers found two men in the area and detained them for questioning. One of men matched the description of the solicitor. Officers obtained evidence that he was selling magazines without a Sierra Madre business license, and also discovered he had an outstanding arrest warrant for theft. The man was arrested and transported to Pasadena Police Department jail facility for booking. He was later released with a written promise to appear.


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know if it is in compliance with 2-30-13? We’re going to need to get out the measuring tape and see what’s up with that one. Should we bring Sandy Levin along, just in case? And some crowbars and saws to help with any compliance issues? Update (7:50AM): I just got a call from Mayor Zimmerman, and he is demanding that the head of the Planning Commission address the City Council at the next meeting. Additionally he has requested that Development Services get over to Hermosa and measure this building for possible 2-3013 violations. Eric Maundry is the Editor of the Sierra Madre Tattler, an online destination made famous for its recent unmasking of Centinel, the mysterious ghost behind the once great Foothill Cities Blog. Read more online and join the conversation at


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