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THURSDAY, MARCH 26 - APRIL 1, 2009 VOLUME 14, NO. 25

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Monrovia’s Mayor and City Manager will fly to Washington D.C. early next week to lobby for a portion of Monrovia’s share in the federal economic stimulus package. Mayor Rob Hammond and City Manager Scott Ochoa will be meeting Monday and Tuesday with local Congressional representatives and their staffs in hopes of securing the funding in an upcoming appropriations bill. At stake is $260,000 in additional funding designated for Station Square at the Gold Line’s future light rail depot. Already, $4.5 million in federal funding has been earmarked for the project. If secured, the additional $260,000 will bring the total federal assistance for the project to $4.76 million.

in the air from area fires, Marathon organizers were going to run this second try no matter what happened. The day started off with a sea of cyclists splashing their way through the course in Pasadena, some at speeds above and beyond the call of duty. There was one unique cyclist who literally was above all others as his bicycle was a custom frame welded upon another bike frame …how he ever mounted the cycle for the race is

Some banking customers who lost a great deal of money during the failure of IndyMac Bank last year have a new name to lambaste as late Thursday the sale of the thrift was finalized under the new name OneWest Bank. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said late Thursday it had completed the sale of IndyMac Federal Bank, one of the largest casualties of the housing disaster and rash of bank closures last year. Local officials including Adam Schiff have called for an investigation into the Office of Thrift Supervision for failed oversight of the bank. Despite or perhaps in addition to the culpability of Washington regulators, many in the banking and financial services industry have long seen IndyMac’s heavy investment in an inf lated and unpredictable Southern California real estate market as unwise and unwieldy. The new brand OneWest was formed by an investor group and is to be managed by Terry Laughlin, former Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch Bank and Trust is a division of Merrill Lynch, Inc., a brokerage bought by Bank of America at the first of the year after BofA had received some $45 billion in TARP bailout dollars. In a story reminiscent of that currently involving black hole insurance monster AIG, though with considerably less media bombast, a judge Wednesday ordered the release of materials related to bonuses paid by bailed-out BofA to Merrill executives just before the January takeover. BofA had been sparring with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as they sought to keep the documents private. The OneWest group agreed last December to purchase the failed California lender for $13.9 billion after the FDIC had to take over the bank and issue partial refunds of depositors’

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LAST DAY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION IN MONROVIA Beatles Pillow Fight @Harry Benson 1964 . This photo by Harry Benson was shot in a hotel room in Paris circa 1964

Renowned Scottish Photojournalist Harry Benson Visits Pasadena Benson Came to America with the Beatles in 1964 ĆBy Terry MillerĆ I wanted to meet Harry Benson for many years. My

father used to speak of Harry when they were both covering some of the most appalling news stories of the day in the mid to late 1960’s. Harry Ben-

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son is a photojournalist and my late father was a writer, a Foreign Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph of London. I was familiar with Har-

ry’s photography from many years ago when I first started in the newspaper business as a young photographer. And

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Monrovia Officials Headed to Washington

Monrovia residents who are not yet registered to vote must do so by March 30 in order to eligible to vote in next month’s elections. Election day is set for April 14 for two council seats, the mayor’s position and those of City Clerk and City Treasurer. Eight candidates have filed for the city council seats and three for mayor. City Clerk Linda Proctor and City Treasurer Steve Baker are running unopposed. The candidate forums sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Chats with the candidates sponsored by this newspaper are currently running on Monrovia’s community access station, KGEM.


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Despite a rather maddening male Marathon announcer who said it might

be a good time for a wet-tshirt contest, Sunday morning’s Inaugural Marathon

in Pasadena went off like clockwork in the face of the heavy downpour. Just in case you were outside in it, and hadn’t noticed the wet stuff coming down like cats and dogs, that same grating announcer also advised us that “…They’re Running in the Rain, They are running in the Rain…….” He repeated this FOX-like news flash on the minute every minute as the main event began. On the heels of a race that was doomed last year due to the excessive smoke

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I’ve discovered it must run in the family. I received a letter from an 87 year-old cousin. She is recovering from an accident. She was run down by a motorized wheel chair. This very socially active cousin was standing talking with a friend at a club luncheon. In the same room was an agitated lady trying to manipulate her motorized wheelchair into position at one of the luncheon tables. In her frustration, the agitated lady pushed her reverse button too hard, careened across the floor and flattened my cousin. She says, “My bruises have cleared but the nasty gash on my leg is still very obvious and my dignity may never return.” However, the return of her dignity was helped along by two events. She has been named the big winner in all three of her Canasta groups, and she just got her driver’s license renewed. At 87, that ain’t bad! I have another cousin, a male, who is a member of the All American Amateur Baseball Association’s Hall of Fame. He is very proud of that fact. I think he should be but I think he should be just as proud of the fact that recently, when I flew back to Ohio for a high school reunion, he decided, at 89, to drive up alone from his home near Miami, Florida. He said, “It was no trouble. I just got on the highway, put ‘er in cruise control and relaxed ‘til I got to Zanesville.” His trip went so well that, on his return from Ohio to Florida, he took a side trip through Pennsylvania to attend the AAABA convention. This time he did hit a truck that got in his way. His only comment, “That’s why I would never drive a little car.” At 89, that ain’t bad either. I hope it does run in the family!

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Benson from 1 though the Fleet Street days are long gone, they are most certainly not forgotten, thanks to the timeless work of people like Harry Benson. The soft spoken, whitehaired Benson spoke Sunday as part of the Professional Photographers’ of California fourday conference at the Pasadena Civic Center. Benson uses Canon camera equipment now and was sponsored by Canon USA for this particular trip to Pasadena. Canon Mark IID and Mark IIID digital cameras are Benson’s choice of weapons these days, but for some of the more historic images, long before digital was even a blink in anyone’s eye, a Rolliflex camera was one of Harry’s favorites. Benson was no stranger to the big story. He was in Los Angeles at the Ambassador Hotel the night Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. Harry was there, on the plane when the Beatles arrived in New York in 1964. Indeed, it seemed he covered everything in the 1960’s, and his images have graced hundreds of magazine covers with iconic moments such as the time the Beatles were having a pillow fight in a Paris Hotel moments after they discovered they had a number 1 hit in the USA. Benson said this was his favorite photograph. That iconic image, a moment frozen in our collective memories, was featured among other rare images of the Beatles in a book published on the lads from Liverpool available through his website, Benson told a crowd Sunday of the time he wanted to photograph the Beatles with Mohamed Ali ( Ali was then know to the world as Cassias Clay), but John Lennon wanted to meet Sonny Liston instead. Benson said he arranged to take them to see Ali a ny way after hearing t hat Liston wasn’t a big fan of t he Fab Four. The images Benson made that day, again, are etched in my memory forever - even more so now that I have heard, from the man himself, the story behind those images. There is another classic image of silver screen legend Greta Garbo that Harry shot while he was aboard a yacht on assignment. When asked how he got that particular shot, Harry said “I’m on this yacht, and there she was… just floating by.” After the slide show of extraordinary iconic images spanning 5 decades, Benson opened up for some questions. One of the first questions from the audience was what advice might he give to a young photographer starting out. He quipped “sell your camera and

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buy a guitar.” After the laughter died down a bit, Benson proceeded to discuss some of the more serious details of the work and how he approached heads of state and celebrities alike with grace, professionalism and kindness - all without getting too close. Benson was as at ease with Richard Nixon as he was with Paul McCa r t ney and John Lennon. It became quickly apparent to me that his demeanor was also part of his success as a photojournalist. A truly kind and gentle nature comes across well in times of trouble and a sense of calm and charm helps garner trust in those you wish to photograph as well as the gatekeepers who try and protect them from the dreaded press. I had the opportunity to ask Benson what he thought about newspapers and how the new media touts the demise of the printed page. He said he loved newspapers and thinks that they’ll never go away completely, as some have predicted. He did note however, that the larger dailies are obviously having difficulties with some even folding under the weight of rising expenses and declining ad revenue. But he also noted the irony of such troubles often helping smaller markets like local weekly newspapers. (Ahem..) The big papers just don’t cover any local news any more, according to Benson. So perhaps I needn’t dust off the old guitar just yet. A recent book Harry Benson: Fifty Years in Pictures (Abrams) is a fantastic chronicle of our turbulent times that Harry was there to see and chronicle. He has covered every president since Eisenhower, the first U.S. casualty in Bosnia, firefights in Kosovo, and September 11. Photographer Bill Eppridge remembers, in a passage from John Loengard’s “What They Saw”, a history of the exploits of LIFE magazine’s staff photographers: “I [was in the press pool] at J.F.K. [airport, and] introduced myself to the photographer next to me. He was Eddie Adams from the Associated Press. I said, ‘If you had your choice,

what position would you like to have?’ We both agreed we would want to be right behind the Beatles as they came out of the plane, looking down, across them, over this whole huge mob. “ T h e pla ne pulls up to t he ra mp,” Ep pridge continues, “and the door opens. A Pan Am stewardess comes off, and out come the four Beatles. Then this character comes out right behind them, and he -Photo By Terry Miller starts posing them. Eddie and I looked at each other and said, ‘Who is that?’ We had no idea. It was Harry Benson’s

first trip to the United States. It’s been going on like that for years. Every time you’d know what the best spot is, who shows up in that spot? Harry Benson.” Working for LIFE and Vanity Fair, as well as countless other magazines and newspapers, Benson has photographed cultural luminaries (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Bill Clinton), scoundrels (CIA double-agent Aldrich Ames, terror-cleric Omar Abdul Rahman) and embattled patriots (TWA hostage Peter Hill, Irancontra pin-up Oliver North), not to mention Michael Jackson’s Neverland, drug dens in Brooklyn and the Milwaukee Brewers’ dressing room. And Benson shows no signs of slowing down. As he moved seamlessly from question to question in Pasadena on Sunday, Harry

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EARTH HOUR When The Lights Go Off Again •By Fran Syverson•

“Oh, golly, we’re seven minutes late! Quick, turn off the lights!” And so we began running around the house, shutting off lights. It was Earth Hour! And here we were—late! One day last March, I’d read about Earth Hour, just a small notice in the newspaper. On a whim, I decided my husband and I should join in this symbolic gesture for saving the Earth from global warming. Now that the moment was here (or indeed had already been here for seven minutes) we felt singularly unprepared. It was easy enough to hit “off” on the light switches. But if we were going to be serious about it, should we be shutting off appliances with their little red winking lights? The coffee maker, for example…or the microwave…or our computers? We decided that was carrying the symbology too far, and settled for simply becoming an unlit house. Then what? We sort of felt our way along to the davenport, sat down, and let our eyes become accustomed to looking at—blackness! The fireplace was a few feet away, but totally invisible. We were side by side, but could tell it only by our voices. If we had been prepared…if we had thought this thing through…we’d have scrounged up our emergency flashlights to have at hand, lest we trip over furniture. And we’d have put a couple of candles on our coffee table. And some matches. And some wine. Then we at least could have created a romantic ambience while we did our part to save the Earth. It was eerie, sitting there together with nothing to do. An unaccustomed quiet softly surrounded us like a fog resting on our shoulders. As we settled slowly into the davenport—and also into this hiatus in our harried lives—we became more comfortable with the dark and the quiet. We pondered why people all over the world were so touched with the idea of joining together that they, like us, would do this simple act to further the cause of fighting global warming. That morning I’d been startled when I sat down to my computer and went to Google. Its homepage was a solid black background. Google as one of the sponsors worldwide of Earth Hour had gone dark from the stroke of midnight until Earth Hour ended at 9 o’clock that evening. What a definitive gesture! I later learned that their tagline was “We’ve turned out the lights. Now it’s your turn—Earth Hour.” And turn them out they/we did, all around the globe. In 2007, its first year, the main focus was in Australia and New Zealand. Word spread, and last year more than 400 cities and 50 million people became involved. Just think—we were two of those people! Lights went out in such iconic U.S. landmarks as the Empire State Building, Sears Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, and Seattle’s Space Needle. Elsewhere, Stockholm’s Royal Castle, Rome’s Colosseum, Sydney’s Opera House, London’s City Hall, and Bangkok’s Wat Arun Buddhist Temple went dark for the appointed hour. As did our little home! Where did Earth Hour come from, and what does it accomplish? World Wildlife Fund created it to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change by asking households and businesses to turn off non-essential electricity for one hour on the last Saturday of March. One goal this year is to influence international agreements on climate change that will be negotiated in Copenhagen in December. Does it help? Is our Earth less threatened by climate changes because we turn off our lights for an hour a year? Some statistics show decreases in consumption of electricity. Claims are made that the effort equals thousands of cars taken off the road. But these statistics are neither conclusive nor uncontested. Perhaps awareness is the main thing Earth Hour accomplishes. It makes us think: of what we use, what we take for granted, and how we—the individual and collective “we”—can reduce our usage of coal-generated electrical power.

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S. Robert & Denise Zeilstra will present the Freedom Concert at the new Pasadena Convention Center, in collaboration with Pasadena-based redwhite+bluezz, LA’s premier Jazz Club, and Pasadena Entertainment. The Zeilstra’s are sponsoring this concert as an opportunity to thank the men and women of the armed services, as well as those who serve in our police and fire forces for their commitment and dedication in protecting our country and local communities. The invite-only concert will feature some of the world’s most renowned musical artists across all genres and will be the inaugural event in the new Grand Ballroom

at the recently renovated Pasadena Convention Center. The concert will be free for any veteran or active service person and guests will be treated to a light dinner served with a variety of wine and champagne. A s t he of f icia l lau nch of t he redwhite+bluezz CD The Experience, the first half of the concert will feature redwhite+bluezz artists showcasing their songs from the album. The second half of the program brings to the stage an all-star line-up of some of today’s most talented artists of all musical genres, with musical accompaniment from the redwhite+bluezz orchestra. Performers and celebrities will include Sheila E, Montell Jordan, Molly Ringwald, and the USC Marching Band! The redwhite+bluezz orchestra will feature Byron Miller on electric bass, Ryan Cross on stand-up bass, Brandon Coleman on piano, Kenneth Crouch on keyboards, Darrell Crooks on guitar and Greg Porée on lead guitar, Munjungo Jackson on percussion and Gerry Brown on drums. Additional redwhite+bluezz artists performing this evening include: Robert Kyle on saxophone, Jacques Lesure on Guitar and Bryan Pezzone on piano. “We are honored to put on this concert for the men and women who protect and serve our country,” says Robert and Denise Zeilstra. “The sole purpose of this concert is to thank them.” Dates: Saturday, April 4th, 2009 Daytime Hours: Doors open at 7pm; Concert begins at 8pm. Venue: Pasadena Convention Center Address: 300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101

Angling for Control in the Sea of Social Networks: The Future of Venturing in the Community Internet


ike remoras around whales such as MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn, hundreds of thousands of smaller social networks flourish or struggle, based on diverse affinities of politics, hobbies, tastes, professions, and, of course, shared dislikes! “Socnet” proliferation

amplifies issues that increasingly worry users—“What access do friends of friends have? Is my content still mine? What about advertisers?” Along the way they become weary of repeated data entry, leery of ever-proliferating and incomprehensible “Terms of Service,” and angry when a site overreaches. Mea nwh i le, sma l ler socnet sites want to exploit the behemoths’ reach while hoping for standards, the big guys seek to define the standard, and most all want maximal use if not control of user data. Combining these concerns with blogs, Twitter,

social shopping, and wikis yields today’s rich but uncertain techno-brew. Against this background of interaction and tension, today’s keynote, entrepreneurs and panelists will explore where we are going, including issues such as whether OpenSocial, data portability and other initiatives will succeed, how individual socnet sites survive and flourish, and the nature of infrastructural and other opportunities for entrepreneurs. Saturday morning, April 18, 2009. Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00

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beyond imagination. Motorists around Pasadena were getting a little irate at Allen and Orange Grove as police from La Verne and other cities stopped traffic to allow participants to cross without delay. Some started blowing their horns while they waited for officers to allow the south and northbound traffic to pass. Meanwhile back at the beginning of the race, there was a house fire on Del Mar a block away from the start line. This time another outof-town police officer, this time from Burbank, rushed into the burning home to save the elderly resident. Two cats died in the early morning fire and one was resuscitated by a paramedic at the scene.

Rogers of South Pasadena, and third place went to Blue Benadum of Malibu. For full race results see:

The race went on otherwise without a hitch and even though the climate was less than conducive, the majority of the participants seemed happy with the overall event. The rains and cool temperature didn’t deter Jacques Sallberg of Pasadena, coming in first as overall winner 2:25:49 Number 2 was Joss

Benson from 3 Benson continued showing some of his favorite images, and with each image he offered a comment: “I liked Nixon, he liked photographers,” or “He was a nice guy, “referring to Ronald Reagan. “I wanted Hillary to win”, he said when an image of the Clintons appeared, the couple about to kiss as Bill was lying on a hammock.” I wanted her to win ‘cause this photo would have been worth a lot of money,” he joked.

This humble and modest photojournalist was also a friend and colleague of my late father who was known as just “Harry” back on Fleet Street (his real name was Henry Miller). Benson and my father were on many assignments together in the Americas in the mid sixties through the 80’s and shared a drink from time to time after the deadline was met. One can only imagine the great stories these two veterans could tell. Asked when he plans on retiring, he said “I’m lucky enough to do what I want now.

I’m now doing what some people hope to do when they retire. Why should I stop doing what I love?” When asked what his next assignment was. Benson sheepishly said in soft Glaswegian accent “It’s a secret, I can’t tell you!” “I can, however, tell you that it’s something about art theft.” I got a good glimpse of Benson’s work ethic Sunday, and that was truly invaluable. I wish I could tell my Dad that I finally met his old friend Harry Benson. Perhaps I already have.

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In your recent front page story about the Ficus trees in Sierra Madre and Pasadena, I think you really missed the big picture, or maybe you have a short memory. How easy it is to forget the day-after-day, week-after-week of the county sanitation district trucks being parked on Sierra Madre Blvd. and Baldwin Ave. trying to keep the main-line sewer drains open. More than once, stores on the south side of Sierra Made Blvd. had to close to be sanitized as a result of mainline back-ups. The sanitation


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engineers reported that the Ficus’ roots had an uncanny ability to penetrate the sewer lines and completely block them.It seemed at one time the trucks were almost a permanent fixture. It amazed me that the district did not propose a special emergency tax on our city to recover the costs of the extra needed service. I think if we had not removed the trees that would not have been long in coming.. Look around, several cities have taken the same approach to minimize sidewalk and sewer damage. George A. Maurer Former Sierra Madre Mayor

and which has, because of the delay, deteriorated to a point where it will be much more expensive to repave than it would have. I am sure that everyone in town can point to comparable examples in streets and less visible things. Before anyone makes any decisions to, in effect, “give away� any such funds, we should perform the work that should have been done years ago before matters get even worse.

Eric Olson Sierra Madre

Dear Editor, Re:The“Extra� 1,000,000 To: Mayor and City Council of Sierra Madre Cc: City Manager, Finance Director I am not entirely clear whether the recent audit as reported means we have an “extra� $1,000,000 or not. If we do, however, I want to remind everyone where it came from, which is to say “savings� from not performing over-deferred maintenance of our infrastructure. One example is my street which was scheduled to be repaved years ago

I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see your Weekly on the newsstands in Sierra Madre with Sir Eric Maundry’s columns. At least half a dozen friends called and told me they picked up the paper! Some people don’t have computers to go online and while they have heard of Sir Eric’s columns, they don’t really get much chance to read them. Now they can! Thanks so much, I will patronize your advertisers and spread the word!

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SAT. 3/28

- OLD CALIFORNIO @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. No cover, full bar, cheap drinks. I can’t wait to see this show! I’ve been listening to their soon-to-bereleased CD, “Westering Again” for the past several days (thank you Kim!) and loving it. Great original songs with true California heart and soul, “that combine the very best in folk and rock and country.”

SAT. 3/28

Shakespeare Style!

- WRECK ‘N’ SOW @ THE PIKE IN LONG BEACH, 9pm - 1am. 1836 E. 4th St. 562-4374453. Fun Bluegrass stuff w/great harmonies & snazzy overalls! The Dupuy brothers, etc. http://www.

SUN. 3/29

That’s my 12-year old nephew MAX BEHRENS, who will be starring in the title role of MACBETH at ST. RITA’S SCHOOL this weekend. Seeing as how I never read any Shakespeare, I will be there to fi nd out if Maxbeth succeeds in taking the throne from the king or not. I did catch a bit of their dress rehearsal last Friday, and if Lady Macbeth has anything to say about it, they will be royalty one way or another! Two performances of class and culture (or should I say murder and mayhem?) for a mere $3, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. See complete details below...


PARTY” with FLAT TOP TOM @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. www.fl

FRI. 3/27

- 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

- 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.

SUN. 3/29

- THE MERCY POWELL QUARTET @ SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK FOR THEIR 2nd ANNUAL “UNCORKED” EVENT, 12 - 4:30pm. A grand culinary festival featuring fine wines, cuisine sampling from popular local restaurants, the Paddock Art Show and a full day of races. Tickets are $60 and include parking, clubhouse admission, official race program, wine tasting, cuisine sampling, art exhibit, souvenir wine glass and an excellent seat for live racing. Tickets can be purchased from: Arcadia Rotary 626-447-0236 or Wine of the Month Club 626-303-1690 or Santa Anita on-site ticket office. Call 626-574-RACE or 800-574-6401. Visit for more information. Mercy, Josh, Marc & Peter Burke doin’ some standards & jazzy stuff for your dining & listening pleasure!

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FRI. 3/27


- RICK SHEA @ THE FULLERTON MUSEUM, 7pm. 301 N. Pomona Ave. 714-738-6545. “Fullerton Unplugged Spring Concert Series” acoustic show. $12 general admission/$10 members. Beer & wine available for purchase. Americana/Country.

- I think there’s a Gospel thing goin’ on @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE. Call to confi rm: 626-836-5414. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Full bar and great Italian food. No cover, all ages. (Mercy is at the races today! see above.)

FRI. 3/27

- HELLO FROM RENO @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table. Power Pop originals, and no - they’re not from Reno! Mario & Larry from Cafe 322’s band FATSO JETSON goes on late - 11:30ish.

SAT. 3/28

- BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626 - 441-2443 . A ll 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.

SAT. 3/28

- 7pm AND SUN. 3/29 - 2pm - ST. RITA’S DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS “MACBETH”, starring my 12-year old nephew MAX BEHRENS in the title role! 322 N. Baldwin Ave. - in O’Malley Hall, downstairs from the Church. $3 admission, or FREE if you’re wearing a kilt (no kidding!) Bob Matheson is a likely candidate for that!

SAT. 3/28

- THE SUPERSTITIONS @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 8:30 - 11:30pm. 322 W. Sierra

SUN. 3/29

SUN. 3/29

- THE DRIVE @ CHRONIC CANTINA IN UPLAND, 3 - 6pm. 220 N. Central Ave. 909-9314410. Keith Neal on Guitar & vocals, Javany Martinez on Bass & vocals, Buggs Manocchi on Drums & vocals. Classic Rock Music. Starting a weekly gig.

SUN. 3/29

- “OPERA TO BROADWAY” VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-8365414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. Get there early - they pack ‘em in!


- “TAPAS TUESDAY” @ MARY’S MARKET & CANYON CAFE IN SIERRA MADRE CANYON with SHIVAL REDWINE, 6 - 7pm (Reggae) and STEVE VARGAS on acoustic folk/rock guitar & vocals, 7 - 9pm. 561 Woodland Ave. 626-3554534. Cozy venue, YUMMY FOOD!

FRI. 4/3

- 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 &

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I received d a new bag b from a friend who works at the Merchandise Mart in Atlanta and I love the saying on the front of the bag. “Why limit happy to an hour?” I just smile every time I look at the bag and I packed this bag full of ingredients for a fun happy evening at the lake with a group of friends. We all went to the same college

and started getting together again when our kids arrived at our alma mater. This group of friends grew from a bunch of fraternity brothers and then included wives and then included our children as we attended Parent Weekends and reconnected with our own old friends. Old is not a good word to use but it is fairly accurate. As we gathered at the lake this weekend, our arthritis may be flaring up but our minds felt like we were twenty one again. Conversations were divided into two groups as the “girls” hung around the kitchen table and the “boys” watched the many basketball games of the night. There was lots

of laughter and of course there was lots of eating!! Finally I had to get pen and paper to gather the new recipes for appetizers as we stuffed our faces. We were venturing from our usual glass of merlot and trying new martini recipes. The laughter increased and our diets were all but forgotten!! We passed around recipes as the martinis were stirred and I want to share one of my favorites that I admit I have taken to the last four or five occasions. These cheesy cups are a hit with all ages and even the guys hovered around the platter until the last bite. Source: Rachel Ray magazine

Cups n r o C y s e e h C , softened e s e e h c m a e r 1 (8 ounce) c cheese with k c a J y e r e t n d Mo 1 cup shredde jalapenos corn w o ll e y t e e w s ó cup frozen 1 egg lapenos 1 jar sliced ja Scoops s o t i t s o T g a b 1 6070 N. Irwindale Ave., Suites A-D · Irwindale, CA 626.969.6100

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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

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

Mix together your cheeses and the egg until well blended. Now add the cup of frozen corn. Blend well. Cover your largest cookie sheet with aluminum foil and begin placing your Scoops on the pan. Choose Scoops that are not broken and place a jalapeno slice in the bottom of each. Take a teaspoon and drop a serving of your cheese mixture on top of each

Scoop with jalapeno pepper. Now cook these treasures in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 23 minutes. You will have people lined up at the oven waiting for the next batch to come out. I always make twice the recipe because the mixture can be stored for a week in your refrigerator. If you have a few sissies in your crowd then you can leave out the jalapeno pepper and the corn cup is still delicious! I like to

have a plate of each kind if I do not know my crowd well. Oh! These delights go well with martinis and wine and beer for your next party. It is great to get together with “old” friends and I recommend it as a powerful antidote for a long week of watching our retirement funds or what is left of them anyway. Good friends and food always raise your spirits.

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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


Pad Thai You can’t go wrong with the namesake dish at this colorful place with pink booths, bright blue table cloths and red napkins. The garlic pepper mushroom entrée is a favorite among vegetarians. 3500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 568-9288 President Thai Spacious, elegantly attired where hospitality reigns and classic cuisine rules. Wide range of selections from apps to entrees and unique specials. 498 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 578-9814



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Music to suit your mood!” http://www.myspace. com/themellowdeees

This year when I Google Earth Hour, I find that more than 1800 cities in 80 countries to date are actively supporting Earth Hour. Even more fun, I find loads of nuggets on their web site of what to do to celebrate Earth Hour… gaze up at the stars in a much darker sky…fondue your dinner (no electricity needed)…organize a party for your school or club…play charades by candlelight…or just settle down on your davenport and quietly chat and cuddle! There is, however, an ironic twist to all this. How well I recall a popular sentimental song from World War II, born of blackouts in many cities. Exuding hope for peace, it went, “When the lights go on again all over the world….” Well, the lights went on, but now, because there are so many of us and we all use so much light, and because we’ve learned that everything we do creates an effect, often unintended, millions of us are joining hearts and hands to take part in Earth Hour. So, come the last Saturday night in March at 8:30, we’ll be in on the effort, prepared this time with our flashlight, candles, matches and wine, to join others “…when the lights go off again all over the world…” for just one hour. Will you?

FRI. 4/3

- the SUNDOWNERS & JETSTREAM @ THE BUCCANEER LOUNGE IN SIERRA MADRE, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. Full bar, no cover, pool table. Both bands from Altadena. Rock, Blues, Psychedelic Jams. Cool hippie stuff!

SAT. 4/4

- BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro. 626 - 441-2443 . A ll 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.

SAT. 4/4

- Open Mic Night @ the FRETHOUSE in Covina. 309 N. Citrus Ave. (626) 339-7020. Always on the fi rst Saturday of the month, and just one dollar for performers or audience. Signup 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 fi rst. The show starts at 8:00. They’ll have desserts and coffee ready. Bring your friends and family and join the show!

SAT. 4/4

- 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.

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SAT. 4/4

- MERCY & THE MERKETTES @ THE BUCC A N EER LOU NGE IN SIER R A M A DR E , 9:30pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Full bar, no cover, pool table, free parking. 21 & over. Packed house. R&B, Funk, Disco, Motown, Rock.

SAT. 4/4

- 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: fi rst set will be Jazz & then evolve into “Acid-Lounge-Jazz-Rock!” 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month.

SUN. 4/5

- 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.

SUN. 4/5

- 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.

SUN. 4/5

- THE DRIVE @ CHRONIC CANTINA IN UPLAND, 3 - 6pm. 220 N. Central Ave. 909-9314410. Keith Neal on Guitar & vocals, Javany Martinez on Bass & vocals, Buggs Manocchi on Drums & vocals. Classic Rock Music. Starting a weekly gig.

SUN. 4/5

- OLD CALIFORNIO, I SEE HAWKS IN L.A., and WHISPERING PINES @ THE GRAND OLE ECHO IN ECHO PA R K , 5pm. 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A. First show of the season. Free admission, all ages. BBQ on the patio. Americana, Alt-Country. OLD CALIFORNIO’s CD release party.

SUN. 4/5

- “OPERA TO BROADWAY” VOCAL PERFORMANCES @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-8365414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday evening. Get there early - they pack ‘em in! Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all... Hope to see you out & about, SierraMadreSue

accounts up to what was then a $100,000 limit. Just weeks later in October of last year the FDIC announced an increase in its insurance limit on depositor accounts to $250,000, a move befuddling to many local Indymac depositors who have called for retroactive enforcement of the new limit or, in many cases, complete refurbishment of their former balances. The group,, blames failed government oversight as well as lack of full disclosure about insurance limits by Indymac workers when issuing new accounts to depositors. OneWest will assume all deposits of IndyMac’s 33 branches, which will reopen as branches of OneWest on Friday, with deposits continuing to be insured by the FDIC. Following the Wednesday announcement of the sale’s finalization, an FDIC statement announced that it would issue no more capital repayments to Indymac depositors. Until then, it had been issuing payments of up to 50 cents on the dollar for every one above the insurance limit. As of Jan. 31, IndyMac had total assets of $23.5 billion and total deposits of $6.4 billion, about half the company’s total at the time of its failure. OneWest has agreed to purchase all deposits and about $20.7 billion in assets at a discount of $4.7 billion.

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For those who have dreamed of flying in a fishbowl or bowling with a ball in one hand a barbecued rib in the other, I think I’ve found what you are looking for. It is Universal CityWalk Hollywood, a 3-block-long pedestrian promenade full of restaurants, theatres, shops, street performers, virtual reality rides, arcade games, neon signs, dancing water fountains, a bowling alley, an indoor skydiving adventure and much more. A friend and I recently spent the day at CityWalk, where we experienced the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFly Hollywood, bowled a few frames with dinner at Jillian’s, and strolled in and out of numerous fun stores. Our getaway began Thursday afternoon when we arrived at iFly 40 minutes before our scheduled flight time to prepare for the adventure. The place was easy to find because it was surrounded by scores of curious spectators watching in amazement as average people of all ages were flying atop powerful jets of air inside a large wind tunnel. The fishbowl-like tunnel is made of clear plexiglass so everybody can get a good look at the action and take pictures. To get ready for the flight, we watched a short film and learned from our instructor about the different body positions and hand signals used inside the tunnel. We learned that the key to a good, level flight is watching your instructor, following his hand signals, and keeping your chin up, your arms out in front of you and your legs slightly bent. After the orientation, we put on a jumpsuit, helmet, earplugs and goggles, and then made our

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way to the vertical wind tunnel. Our group was made up of first- By Greg Aragon timers, ranging from little kids to older adults. At the tunnel we took a seat and then one by one entered through an open door, where our instructor guided us in. When it was my turn, I folded my arms and fell forward at which point the multiple fan-powered wind instantly lifted me. With the instructor’s guiding hand steadying me, I got into flying position and experienced the unforgettable magic of body flight. I “flew” twice, with each experience lasting about one minute, which is about how long the freefall lasts during actual skydiving. If you want the fun of skydiving without the terror of jumping from a plane, I recommend iFly. After our flights, we browsed around Citywalk for about an hour and then headed to Jillian’s, a two-story restaurant with a bar, arcade games, pool tables and bowling alley. We began our visit downstairs at the open-air bar, where we enjoyed cold beer while watching crowds of Citywalk visitors pass by. We then headed upstairs for bowling and dinner at Jullian’s hip, retro bowling alley. With beer, barbecued ribs, shrimp and steak by our side, we bowled on bright neon lanes topped by giant screen TV’s. For more info on visiting Universal Citywalk or dining at Jillian’s, visit www. For more info on iFly, visit or call (818) 985-4359. Baxter from last time is still available. Selina, a beautiful, eight month old kitten is not only pretty but very loving. She is social and will purr and rub against your hand for attention. Selina will be spayed before going to a new home but she is available for adoption now! The regular cat adoption fee is $70 which includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations, and a free follow-up health check at a participating vet. Please call 626-792-7151 and ask about A246822 or come to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, 361 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA, 91105. Our adoption hours are 11-3 Sunday, 9-4 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 9-3 Saturday. Directions and photos of all pets updated hourly may be found at


MARCH 26 - APRIL 1, 2009

Reni Rose (626) 355-8400 110 Coburn, Sierra Madre N PR EW IC E

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Offered at $1,365,000.

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.


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.

2075 Santa Anita Avenue 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.

The Ojai Foundation Council House is as Earth-conscious as it is lovely. Solar-heated water circulating beneath the “green” wood floor heat its main room, and a “living roof ” of tiny plants protect it from Ojai’s 100-degree summer days. The Council House will be kept cool by thoughtful design and partnership with nature, rather than mechanical air conditioning.


1946 Alta Oaks, Arcadia

Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer at the Arboretum

Trees for Urban Gardens with Tim Lindsay - April 9 This illustrated lecture offers a variety of ornamental trees that thrive in our Mediterranean-climate. Enticing choices for large and small gardens will be included. Tim is superintendent of the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills.

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.

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

A Sense of Place and a Passion for Plants with Judy Horton - April 23 To make a garden is to make a unique place. Discover one celebrated designer’s process as she discusses gardens she has created, gardens she has admired and how plants she loves can be used to create spaces that speak to the local climate and landscape. Judy is a lifelong gardener who has been designing gardens in Southern California for over 15 years. Her work has been featured in numerous local and national publications.

Creating Eco-friendly Water Gardens with Steve Sandalis - May 7

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 LI NE ST W IN G

Irises are among the world’s most beautiful, useful and beloved flowers. A diverse array of amazing irises, many in bloom, will be described and sold this morning. John is the owner of Greenwood Daylily Gardens (, a world-renowned grower of daylilies, irises, geraniums and more. He also holds a degree in landscape architecture and has more than 25 years experience in landscape construction and management.

321 E. Grandview, 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

Field Trip: Australian Native Plants, Ventura, and Ojai FoundationÊs Council House Green Roof - April 16 - 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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.

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

The first stop on this botanical adventure is Jo O’Connell’s Australian Native Plants, a gem of a nursery specializing in fabulous flora from Down Under. Carpooling is encouraged, but do save room for plant purchases! Next, we’ll visit the Ojai Foundation’s Council House to see its new green roof, and learn all about it from the designer Christopher Bysshe. Don’t miss this stimulating and fun spring session!

Offered at: $848,000

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


Irises for Southern California with John Schoustra - April 2

Offered at $1,150,000.

Offering Arcadia Schools, this home is located is the highly desirable “Highlands” community of North Arcadia. It has been lovingly maintained for the past 44 years and was updated in 1997. The rooms are spacious and light filled. The 12,781 sf lot offers a spacious back yard with sparkling pool, mountain view, lanai and patio. The home is 2,217 sf with a family room, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces and CA & heat. This one won’t last!

Arboretum on 15

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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12 MARCH 26 - APRIL 1, 2009

Montecito from 1 experience as a Polio Survivor and speak on this good news are highly participative parents Montecito High School Students Facilitate in the Success of Saturday Family Day at Pacific Asia Museum The students of Montecito High School of Art, Science and Design in Monrovia, CA, are participating in a community service project at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. This community service opportunity is part of the after school program at Montecito High School. Earlier this month, students helped with preparation for the Saturday family art day that included arts and crafts activities for children at Pacific Asia Museum. Rochelle Lether, Director of the After School Program at Montecito High School stated, “Students find it very rewarding to be able to reach out to the community by volunteering. They feel a sense of accomplishment and self-worth when they can contribute to society in a positive way.” The school encourages students to devote time to community services as one of its courses and students can receive a community service certificate after completing 20 hours of volunteer service in the course of a semester.


The Monrovia Rotary Club is sponsoring a presentation on Polio throughout the world today on April 18, from 12:30 to 2:30. It is free of charge, with the goal of informing people, especially seniors, of the newest polio problems. After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions. Shirley Pozzuoli will share her

the current Post Polio Syndrome. Greg Jones will share his heartfelt experiences during his participation with inoculation programs in polio-affected countries. This program is not just for those who have had polio, but also those whose parents may have suffered from this before the vaccine was developed. Saturday, April 18, 2009 Monrovia Community Center 119 W. Palm Ave 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free Call (626) 256-8246 for additional information


Three candidates are facing off to win two seats available on the Arcadia Unified School District’s Board of Education. The election is slated for Tuesday, April 21. Three candidates have filed for the two open seats— one, an incumbent, one, an appointee who now faces her first election, and a man who is a first-time campaigner. The candidates are Joann Steinmeier, who is running for her sixth consecutive term, Janet Chew, a board appointee who filled out the term of Annie Yuen upon Yuen’s resignation in 2006, and John Davis, a newcomer who has no previous campaign experience. So far, the race has been without a great deal of rancor, the candidates say, because Arcadia schools are deemed to be well-run and the data to back up student achievement that sends a majority of graduates from the high school off to the nation’s most prestigious colleges. Behind all

who care deeply for their kids and are dedicated to seeing that they get a good education. In fact, all three candidates for the board said they moved to Arcadia to avail their children of the fine education available here. The candidates themselves are college graduates, mirroring the high education level in the community. An average of 90% of the parents of enrolled students either attended or graduated from college, a number that is close to double that of either Los Angeles County or the state. Among those running, Steinmeier is a businesswoman who holds a B.S. in Social Science from Cal Poly University, Pomona; Chew is a pharmacist with Pharm D. degree from University of California, San Francisco; Davis received a degree in Finance from State University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. Yet although the Arcadia schools are in great shape, cutbacks from various sources of revenue for the District are proving problematic and frustrating for just about everyone. The District faces the potential threat of money that was either promised or hinted at never arriving from the state, even with the highly touted federal promises. As Steinmeier observed, “It’s a moving target.” The District has prepared a power-point presentation—available at the District website—outlining the fiscal issues and laying out actions that must be taken should various forms of revenue be curtailed or lost. The District has presented the board with a very conservative and perhaps severe view that all board candidates agree with. The recommendations include some cost cutting measurers, use of reserves, restricting categorical programs and allowing staff layoffs to balance the budget which District notably believes may leave a $3 million deficit on top of cuts last year and the threat of additional cuts ahead. The board passed Resolution No. 1190 at its February 25th meeting that put into motion the Reduction in Force notices to classroom teachers, setting the number to be notified of the potential layoff at 55-60 but agreeing to a cap of 41 classroom teachers should action become necessary. Final notices would be issued before May 15. Because each candidate believes that Arcadia schools are virtually flawless, the question the candidates must answer remains, “How would I go about raising the estimated $3 million in revenue shortage?” Steinmeier puts it squarely on the line by saying her experience on the board will allow her to make the hard decisions that may become necessary. Chew says that everything is on the table but that she would look for savings in administrative staffing and supplies. Davis favors a business-style look across the board with an eye to savings throughout the operation and looking for consolidation opportunities with, perhaps the city, for beneficial savings in things like payroll services and a thorough review of the number of administrators, especially at the Vice-Principal level. Seeking other funding avenues, all candidates think they can rely on the Arcadia Education Foundation, a non-profit group that has raised millions for Arcadia schools since its founding in 1981, to mount a successful fund-raising campaign to reduce the reliance on what may turn out to be illusory state money. In the midst of these worries, a major building program is about to get underway; the money is funded from the Measure I bond which was successfully passed by voters in November, 2006. The $218 million “Neighborhood Schools, Health, Safety and Repair Measure” is now in progress at several schools, but visible portions of work will be seen in the coming months at Arcadia High School. The school’s improvements include a two-story 50,000 square foot student services building, a two-story 42,566 square foot science building and a 38,360 square foot performing arts building and some ground improvements. A ground-breaking ceremony for that portion of the project has been set for April 2.

Other issues facing the board include various state and federal curriculum requirements and standardized testing. With such weighty issues burdening the city, choosing suitable candidates is no walk in the park, to be certain. Here is a brief look at both the histories and qualifications of all three candidates: Joann Steinmeier, currently serving as President of the Board of Education was born in Alhambra, graduated from Temple City High School. Her interest in schools began when volunteer help was requested to assist teachers following a reduction in the use of teacher’s aids. She volunteered as a room mother for seven years at Longley Way Elementary, became involved with the school’s Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) and was active as the legislative chair. When her children moved on to 1st Ave. Middle School, she founded the Music Club, served on the PTA council, and then ran successfully for School Board. She feels that her past leadership experiences and background qualify her to continue serving. Janet Chew, appointed to the board in 2006, is running her first campaign to be installed as a “regular” board member. She was born and raised in the Central Valley city of Madera, Calif., an agricultural-based town the size of Arcadia. Her interest in school matters came about as she became involved with the PTA and as her children grew. She is also involved in a variety of local organizations. As a pharmacist, she is pleased that Arcadia High School will upgrade its already excellent science program with laboratory facilities. In her words, “We need to give our kids top quality education if we can afford it.” She hopes to be elected to a full four-year term to continue her work of improving and clarifying various processes that are available to parents to constantly improve and upgrade evaluations of all programs and systems. John Davis has been a resident of Arcadia since 1992, but shortly after arriving, joined the Holly Ave. Elementary School PTA, using his background in finance to serve as treasurer. He has served youth as well. He shepherded his son through Boy Scouts of America programs and was selected to serve the Boy Scout Council as chair of the Lucky Baldwin District. He is currently a board member of Arcadia Rotary. Davis says his academic background and years of financial training can aid both the board and the community to make good business-style decisions when cutting expenses, as now seems imperative. He says he would find savings in supplies, but feels a closer and perhaps tougher look at the size of administration can yield, over time, significant savings. He also believes programs should be instigated as soon as possible to avoid getting into the kind of financial crisis the district is facing. Davis is now Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Mt. Sierra College, Monrovia. He is a founder and board-member of the college and has seen it grow and prosper over the years. Regarding district finances, he says, “From a business standpoint things could be made clearer [for the general public].” Davis also puts faith in the ability of the AEF to raise funds for Arcadia schools. Two candidate forums have been held with scant turn out according to the candidates; no more are scheduled. But, the issues facing the district will have long-term impact on Arcadia schools. This board will have to make tough decisions. In a move to better communicate with Arcadia residents, a blog has been set up on the internet by District Superintendent, Dr. Joel Shawn. Dr. Shawn is inviting locals to ask questions specifically related to the school budget process. To date, the community has responded, many with tough questions. It is sure to be one of our more popular area blogs. Following the election on April 21 the two candidates that voters select will join Cun Nguyen, Lori Phillipi and Maryann Gibson on the five-member board. Candidate statements will appear in a future edition of these newspapers.

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1250 Canedo Place. This wonderful family home with 3bdrm 2bth is located in the San Rafael Hill Area. This home offers privacy & seclusion. Charming updated interior, warm, sunny, extra large windows and French doors, lush green views, remodeled gourmet kitchen, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, hardwood floors, formal dining room, patio w/BBQ, direct access garage and so much more. Must See!!! (C1250)

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540 Trayer Ave. Beautiful 3bdrm 2bth home remodeled w/marble counters, dual sinks, ceramic floor, high quality appliances, solid maple cabinets, granite countertops, breakfast area, dining room w/ FP, living room w/double entry doors, separate laundry room, 3 car garage, Mountain Views, Turnkey home ready to move-in. (T540)

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

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T h i s 3 b d r m 2 b t h To w n H o m e i s a n e n d u n i t c l o s e to restaurants and transportation. Very well maintained, hardwood floors in the entry & dining area, large master suite, south facing unit and low HOA fees. (M320)







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

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

966 SWISS TRAILS ROAD, DUARTE. Turn the key and movein to beautiful 4 BR, 3 BA townhouse. Cathedral ceilings, beautiful floors, updated kitchen with granite counters, spacious yard & all appliances included. Won’t last! (S966)

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2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, condominium in the heart of Pasadena. Close proximity to Old Town Pasadena and the South Lake street, park your car and walk to all the restaurants, shopping and coffee shops. Open floor plan. Renovated complex with pool, spa, gum and recreation room. Low association. Great price. (M355)

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This home is move-in ready. Property is NOT an REO or short sale. Features two large bedrooms, 2baths one with huge master bath, very large kitchen with breakfast nook, bar counter, and a eating area for the dining room table, perfect for entertaining, large service/laundry room that can be used as a third bedroom if converted and laundry put in garage. (E142)

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

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

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This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath is in good condition and features large family room with fireplace, covered patio and 2 car attached garage. Large yard located on a cul-de-sac with nice curb appeal. (MAS)

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


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611 W. Camino Real. 4bdrm 2bth Mid Century Ranch Style located in Baldwin Stocker area, 2200 sq ft, almost 19,000 sq ft lot, spacious grass covered back yard, orange, lemon, & peach trees, perfect for the kids and other growing things. The Possibilities’ are unlimited! (C611)

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Located in Sierra Madre front home has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, dining room, laundry/utility room, central air & heat, bamboo and hardwood floors, dog run, yard and basement. Rear home has 1 bedroom,1 bath, tile floors, newer kitchen and detached laundry/storage room. Charming cottage style 1246 sq.ft. on 6615 sq.ft. lot. (G241)

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Pre-foreclosure! Horse Ranch, working Equestrian Dressage Farm located near PGA Golf Course. Five acres with Craftsman style home, 4bdrms 3bths, FP, dining room, recreation room, professional Dressage training and instruction. USDF qualified training facilities, 17 boarding stalls, a circular arena. Lots of income potential. (C38834)

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4-Plex by golf course. Rental income $3,700 month. 4-Plex – 2 studios + 2 1 bedrooms. Each unit has garage. (B3212)

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

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INVESTORS OR FIRST TIME BUYERS! $203,900 Great duplex in the city of Pomona. Investors or first time buyers here’s your chance to purchase income property at way below the market! Front unit has 2BR, 1BA. Two rear units are 1BR, 1BA. Close to Civic Center and downtown Pomona area. (L639)

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This Bank Owned home has it all. Vaulted ceilings, spacious living room, a dream kitchen with granite counter tops, built-in cook top/chef’s island, opens up to the family room, fireplace and built-in aquarium. Upstairs laundry room, 4 spacious bedrooms with master suite including private bath, walk in closets and balcony. Relaxing backyard, covered patio, fountain and built-in BBQ. Attached double garage, close to schools & shopping. (C30511)





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Arboretum from 11 The class covers basic design and construction of water gardens, ponds and lakes – correctly constructed water features that can be very low maintenance. The key: create a water feature that works with Mother Nature, not against her. Steve is the engaging owner of Mystic Water Gardens (www. His work has been featured on TV and in print, and he was awarded “Best Water Feature in the State of California” by the California Landscape Contractors Association in 2006.

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DIVERSE GENERATIONS AND CULTURES MEET ACROSS THE TABLE TENNIS NET On Tuesday, March 17, a group of Pasadena middle school youth brought their Table Tennis paddles and balls to the Pasadena Senior Center and the Pasadena Table Tennis Club for a chance to perfect their technique and show off their skills with experienced senior citizen players. Part of a pilot program created by one of this year’s Leadership Pasadena teams, the clinic is the last in a series of three clinics designed to introduce youth from underserved communities to a nontraditional sport. Inspired by the cross-cultural, cross-generational and cross-ability play at the Pasadena Table Tennis Club, which meets

at the Pasadena Senior Center introduced the youth to the idea of seniors as athletes and to people of diverse backgrounds and cultures who share a love of the sport. Invited youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pasadena and Washington Middle School were each given their own paddle and balls to keep, and began the program with a visit to the California Institute of Technology and the chance to study with Caltech Table Tennis Instructor and Coach Wei Wang by attending her beginning table tennis class along with her undergraduate students. Ms. Wang is a former US National Champion and member of the US Olympic

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Diego Schaaf teaches a student the finer points of table tennis, while above Fidel Vargas works out with another young middle school student

table tennis team. Prior to the table tennis class, as part of their Caltech experience, the students toured the Spitzer Science Center, and interacted with the infrared camera. “Because in the infrared, we appear to have a whole other set of distinguishing characteristics, the infrared camera experience was a great fit with the goals of our project, which is to challenge perceptions of age and culture,” explained Project team member James Maloney, who coordinates science in the classroom outreach for Caltech. “Table tennis is played all over the world, although it is more prominent in other countries. Many of the seniors that play at the Senior Center and the Table Tennis Club come from all over the world, and many have played table tennis since their youth,” explained Maloney. The March 17 clinic was the second of two clinics at the Pasadena Senior Center, in which seniors from the Center’s table tennis program, the Pasadena Table Tennis

Club which meets there, and from the Senior Olympics and area retirement communities, volunteered to coach the youth. At the final clinic, Pasadena Table Tennis Club President Diego Schaaf, in addition to coaching the youth, met with them in small groups to talk about his work as a consultant, along with his wife Wei Wang, on Hollywood films such as the recent comedy, “Balls of Fury,” in which they also appeared. He also shared footage from a recent “Battle of the Sexes” table tennis tournament in which a Chinese woman player bested a highly ranked male player. The youth also had the chance to interview some of the senior players on their experiences with table tennis, including how and when they first started learning the sport. The project will conclude with an invitational tournament on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Boys and Girls Club Slavik Branch on E. Del Mar Blvd, will give the youth the chance to

use their skills in a competitive format. The senior volunteers, along with representatives from various community organizations, such as the Pasadena Fire Department and JPL have also been invited to field players for an adult bracket with the senior participants, and to cheer on the youth for the final rounds. “Inviting the community also gives the youth a sense of the diversity of table tennis players, from firefighters and police to scientists,” explained Project team member and Tournament Chair Brett Gibson, a Pasadena Fire Department Battalion Chief. “It’s our hope that the seeds planted and relationships established with this pilot program will inspire our community partners, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the City of Pasadena Department of Human Services and Recreation, the Pasadena Senior Center, the Pasadena Table Tennis Club, Caltech, the City of Pasadena Fire Department, Washington Middle School, to continue and expand the program in the future,” observed Project team member Kim Kenne. “And with the senior coaches, and even the receptionist at the Senior Center, asking ‘When are the kids coming back?’ we are confident that it will.”


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April Fools Day This is one of those special holidays that most everyone looks forward to and enjoys the pranks! It always takes very special planning in order to effectively pull off an April Fools Day Joke. Last year a major strip mall was planning a summer opening. The major tenant, a large sports chain, had already opened but the promoter was keeping silent on who would be occupying the various other retail stores. The somewhat hostile residents of the area were constantly pressing the promoter to find out what type stores were being planned for their community. Rumors were flying about every conceivable type of tenant from a pawn shops to adult book store that the promoter was planning to open in the mall. This was the talk of the town and complaints were inundating the city planning commission with objections. Now this set the stage for one of the funniest April Fools Day pranks that I have ever heard about. Some very ingenious and imaginative prankster had a giant Grand Opening sign strategically placed in the mall area for all to see. It read: Coming Soon “Hooters Restaurant”. Needless to say the indignant residents pounced upon everyone who was even slightly involved with the opening of this major strip mall. Well, it was weeks before the storm settled and everyone was able to snicker about the unknown prankster’s clever April Fool Joke played upon the concerned residents. Now this brings to mind the most outrageous things that my quiet, demure, insensitive life partner could have ever conceived to play upon me on April

Fools Day, last year. Since I had carried out a rather simple April Fools Day prank the previous year in which I had hid her coveted crossword puzzle section of the morning newspaper, she spent the year planning revenge. Her premeditated prank involved secretly stitching closed the flap of my under shorts. Obviously my visitation to the busy men’s restroom at work, was quite a surprise and rather unnerving. Now, that act of revenge was not all that I was in store for. She knew that I was taking my secretary to a birthday lunch that day so she purposely removed all of the money in my wallet and left a note saying, sorry honey I took your money as I forgot I had to pay the neighbor boy for mowing the lawn last month. Now that seems rather simple to cope with as you are going to pay the luncheon check. But surprise, surprise ... my “Cunning Cutie” had replacing the credit card in my wallet with an outdated card. The results of having to ask your secretary to pay for her special birthday luncheon was somewhat annoying. But the problem did not stop there. You see my secretary does not carry a credit card and only had enough money to pay the bill and therefore had to borrow money from other office personnel so that she could get home that evening. The rumors abounding around the office of the incident were indescribably uncomfortable for the boss and ... Oh Yes, that April Fools Prankster will also remember, that April Fools Day too! E-mail comm ent s to wal lythegoodlife @ at&

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New Year from 17 Nations in New York. Cyrus (580-529 BC) was the first Achaemenid Emperor. He founded Persia by uniting the two original Iranian Tribes- the Medes and the Persians. Although he was known to be a great conqueror, who at one point controlled one of the greatest Empires ever seen, he is best remembered for his unprecedented tolerance and magnanimous attitude towards those he defeated. Upon his victory over the Medes, he founded a government for his new kingdom, incorporating both Median and Persian nobles as civilian officials. The conquest of Asia Minor completed, he led his armies to the eastern frontiers. Hyrcania and Parthia were already part of the Median Kingdom. Further east, he conquered Drangiana, Arachosia, Margiana and Bactria. After crossing the Oxus, he reached the Jaxartes, where he built fortified towns with the object of defending the farthest frontier of his kingdom against nomadic tribes of Central Asia. As people mingled before the official program, a woman dressed in traditional Iranian robes served tea as she sat in the middle of a table elaborated decorated with sterling silver tea service and plates of traditional

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cooks and sweets. As she served tea to visiting dignitaries such as Carol Lui and Anthony Portantino, guests grazed on a selection of Persian foods . After the guest speakers, Narooz vistors were treated to a dance and music performance by Robyn Friend accompanied by Neil Siegel and Rowan Storm.

The concept behind this celebration is to bring closer the diverse cultures of the United States and Iran and ultimately promote peace with all mankind by better understanding each other. Dr. Nazee Rofagha has been organizing this celebration three years now in Pasadena and hopes to expand on the celebration every spring.

Business leaders from the Duarte Chamber of Commerce toured the Santa Anita Family YMCA’s new weight room and celebrated the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Duarte Chamber president Debbie Gewertz of the Old Town Sign Co is flanked by SAFYMCA board members Julie Roybal (left) and Pat Barnes and Steve Baker (right). Standing behind Gewertz is SAFYMCA CEO Damon Colaluca. In addition to a roomful of new ergonomically designed weight equipment, the nonprofit SAFYMCA offers a variety of classes and activities for all ages and abilities. And no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay full fee. Classes include Yoga, Pilates, Water Exercise, Arthritis Exercise, MS Exercise, Silver Sneakers, Parkinson’s Exercise, and Youth Fitness. The Santa Anita Family YMCA is located at 501 S. Mountain Ave. in Monrovia. For more information, call (626) 359-9244 or visit the website at

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following for their support of the 2009 Wistaria Festival Owners Bob and Nell Solt Dan and Dana Dorrance For opening your property and your vine to us, (and others) not just the day of the event, but for all the preparations leading up to it. Sponsors Host Hotel - DoubleTree Monrovia, Luis Plascencia Stage Sponsor - Athens Services, Chris Carlos Stage Sponsor - Sharp Seating Company, Syndee Riboli Bronze Sponsor, Arcadia Gardens Retirement Hotel, Bronze Sponsor - Café 322, Mario Lalli Bronze Sponsor - Gail Franconi, Coldwell Banker, Arcadia Bronze Sponsor - Jan's Towing, Annette Osterhaus Bronze Sponsor - SCE, David Ford Bronze Sponsor - The Gas Company, Helen Romero Shaw For being good partners Wistaria Committee Halcyon Koerber Lisa Spigai -Perez Sue Levoe Carol Canterbury Mario Lalli Susan Henderson Rosemary Morabito Janette Ledea Bill Peters Janet Peters Sue Lamb Chuck Kamchamnan Ron Brandley Susan Clifton For sitting through months of meetings Vine Docents Co-Chair Lisa Spigai -Perez Co-Chair Halcyon Koerber Phyllis Chapman - Historian Glenn Putnam Amy Putnam Beverly Clifton Anita Thompson Colleen McKernon Georgette Dunlay Shirley McGillicuddy Pat Karamitro Bill Thompson Judy Kendall Margaret Switzer MaryLou Caldwell

Vine Docents (Cont.) David Hartman aurora Varela Jan Reed Pat Alcorn Kelly Hartman Jean Colema n Gretchen Kelly Ellen Munoz Heidi Hartman Sue Lamb Paige Terry Karlene Englert De Alcorn Bill Peters Ward Calaway Judy Skiff Enid Joffe Janet Peters Gail Gutierrez (SMRFA Princess) Linda Saurenman Hilda Pittman Laura Cipolla (SMRFA Princess) Ann Palmer Terri Cummings Joan Glasford Emmett McGuire Steve Prefontaine Steve Paszek Mary Bickel Rosemary Burnett Sheila Woehlner Joy Barry Melinda Monachino Betsy Abbe Vickie Ann Barwick Marie Paszek Nina Bartoli Madison Hopkins Jeanne Peterson Bob Burnett Joe Mosca For teaching, coordinating, guiding, and directing Bus Docents/Bus Line Co-Chair Carol Canterbury Co-Chair Sue Levoe Jeanette Feeney Fallon Garcia Sebastian Garcia Bob Schulman Sue Stapp Cherie Coakes Judy Webb-Martin Roya Miller Sandy Schulman Jennifer Howes

Bus Docents/Bus Line (Cont.) Ryan Howes Joel Ingram For remaining patient despite long lines City Folks Mayor Kurt Zimmerman Mayor Pro Tem Maryann MacGillivray Council Member John Buchanan Council Member Joe Mosca Council Member Don Watts City Manager Elaine Aguilar Director of Comm. And Personnel Services Elisa Weaver City/Festival Liaison Susan Clifton James Carlson - delivery of two port-apotties mid-event, how'd you do that? Susan McConnell Chief Marilyn Diaz Chief Steve Heydorff SMPD SMVFD Dept. of Public Works For your help with permitting, approvals, operations and logistics Ticket Booth George Maurer Elaine Aguilar Katie Coburn Marie Senese Sue Lamb Jay Senese Bill Peters Janet Peters For ably selling tickets and handling will call Information Booths Sue Lamb Snookie Greger Mama Pete Jan O'Day Gerri Frasier Sheila Pierce Bonnie Garner Leo Brodovsky Tunde Law Amber Bilow Joohee Lee Nina Huang Christine Lenches Hinkel For helping people to find what they were looking for Park Volunteers Chair Sus an Henderson Fred Thomas Jim Moran For keeping it all under control…

Set-up Volunteers Ron Brandley David Brandley For taking charge and preventing chaos in the early morning rain. Music/Entertainment Volunteers Chair Mario Lalli Steve Vargas Dave Culwell Tim Tutweiler Midge Matheson SierraMadreSue Behrens Ron Longo Michael Zubia Sean McCue Michelle Beauchesne Murphy’s Flaw Len Michael Too Many Guitars Mellow D’s Horses on Astroturf Snotty Scotty and the Hankies The Sheds Ron & Veronica Ota The Aluminum Marshmallow DC3 Jazz Duo Kay Martin Thee Superstitions Mercy Powell Jazz Quartet Tim Tutweiler, Acoustic Rock Reno Jones Crown City Blues Band Adam Wood Deerheart Jessica Felman Scott Hildebrandt Jenni Alpert Big Joe Hurt Banna Beag Mall Les Amis Vin Fizz Flyers Charcuterie Lunch Salon Colbert Salon Murphy Architecture For keeping things properly tuned SM Emergency Communication s Team Harry Brumer Mary Carney Dave Felt John Gollihugh Dave Gross Tim Li Marca Robert Ross Susan Ross Sharon Spinnler

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At about 6am Wednesday, three divisions of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department along with Pasadena, Burbank, and Glendale Police Departments as well as other law enforcement agencies , conducted a county wide probation compliance check. The sweep was in relation to gang, vandalism and graffiti. A total of 164 locations were targeted in over 88 cities conducted by 12 units totaling over 300 personnel involved. 42 suspects were arrested, 30 of them had felony counts and 12

with misdemeanors. 23 were in violation of probation terms and 1 in state parole violation. 15 weapons were recovered, including several different types of rifles, knives, hand guns, mace, an assault rifle and a couple single ball battle bace. There were also narcotic seizures mainly methamphetamine and marijuana. 4 investigations were initiated by the Department of Children and Family services from the sweep. The highlight of the morning was in the arrest of Richard Perez also known as “Asko” or “Sloter” who was vandalized over 88 MTA buses with damages totaling over $7,000. Sheriff Lee Baca had this message to convey to those who graffiti, “…For those who like to tag with their logo. If you don’t think for one minute that we’re not going to be able to find out who you are…we will eventually find out who you are… Stop destroying people’s property”

Units responded to Foothill and Dexter around 4:26 a.m. in reference to a solo traffic collision. The vehicle had collided into a tree but no one was located at the scene. An area search was made and the 23-yearold male Hispanic driver was found walking down the street. A field sobriety test was conducted, and it was determined that he was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. The man was arrested for DUI without incident. Around 6:26 a.m., officers saw a possible stolen vehicle leave the Motel 6 parking lot and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The male Caucasian or Hispanic driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The suspect driver ran several red lights and traveled between 70-75 mph on city streets. He later drove onto the eastbound 210 Freeway traveling between 90-125 mph and was weaving in and out of traffic lanes. The pursuit was subsequently terminated by the 57 Freeway.

Monday, March 9: A commercial burglary occurred at the County golf course maintenance yard located at 210 West Huntington between 8:00 a.m. on March 8 and 5:00 a.m. on March 9. Unknown suspect(s) broke into the facility and removed power tools and mechanical equipment totaling almost $7,500. Around 6:00 p.m., a commercial burglary occurred at Victoria’s Secret located at Westfield Mall. Four male Caucasian or Hispanic suspects entered the store; two acted as lookouts while the other two concealed over 70 bras into bags. The suspects then all left the store together with about $3,000 in merchandise.

Tuesday, March 10: Units responded to Longden and Eighth around 12:45 p.m. in reference to an assault and robbery that occurred around midnight on March 3. The victim advised that he was on the horse trail when a male African-American transient confronted him and tried to start an altercation. The victim wanted to avoid a fight so he walked away. The suspect then struck him with a blunt object in the abdomen, punched him several times in the face, and stole his bicycle. The victim went to the hospital and was treated for broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Between 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., an auto burglary occurred at El Dorado and First. Unknown suspect(s) broke a window and stole a GPS unit that was attached to the windshield.

Wednesday, March 11: A victim came to the station around 3:48 p.m. to file an identity theft report. He advised that he had filed a tax return but it was rejected by the IRS. When he contacted the IRS, he was told that a tax return had already been filed with the same personal information, but with a different address. Unknown suspect had obtained the victim’s personal information by unknown means and used it to file a tax return. A strong-arm robbery occurred at 556 Las Tunas around 8:30 p.m. The victim was waiting to enter the locked building when a male suspect approached from behind and grabbed her purse. He then ran to a waiting dark blue or dark green, four-door vehicle driven by another suspect. Officers conducted an area search, but the suspect vehicle was not found.

smashed a rear window to enter the location and stole a flatscreen television. A residential burglary occurred in the 1700 block of Rodeo between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) made forced entry via the front door and ransacked rooms. The victims will provide a list of stolen items at a later date.

Friday, March 13: A known female subject with an outstanding warrant was seen exiting a vehicle at Santa Anita Inn, 130 West Huntington, around 1:50 p.m. The 46-year-old Caucasian was contacted and a search subject to arrest was made. White crystalline substance, resembling methamphetamine, and syringes were found on her person and inside her vehicle. She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and outstanding misdemeanor warrant. A commercial burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Canyon Road between 4:00 p.m. on March 12 and 6:30 a.m. on March 13. The house is under construction and unknown suspect(s) may have used a key to enter the location in order to steal a $2,400 paint sprayer.

Saturday, March 14: Shortly before 2:00 a.m., units were dispatched to Baldwin and Woodruff in reference to a traffic collision. A 22-year-old female Asian driver struck two parked vehicles and a brick and wrought iron fence. Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, and a field sobriety test revealed that she was operating the vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. During the booking process at City jail, a baggie containing a white powdery substance resembling cocaine was found in her pocket. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in prison, DUI, driving with a suspended license, and traffic accident. Shortly after 11:00 a.m., officers responded to Wells Fargo Bank, 1038 South Baldwin, regarding an identity theft report. The bank manager indicated that the victim wanted him to file a report on his behalf since he was out of the country. The victim had discovered over $31,250 in unauthorized purchases were made using his account. The bank manager advised that an unknown suspect had added his/her name onto the victim’s accounts by using his personal information.

MONROVIA Vehicle Burglary. On March 12 at 8:08 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of East Palm regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone broke the rear window of her black Hondo Pilot during the night. The suspect gained entry and stole an expensive piece of medical equipment. Investigation continuing.

Grand Theft Auto. On March 12 at 8:30 a.m., an officer went to the 600 block of East Palm regarding the report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told the officer he parked his vehicle in front of his residence at about 7 p.m. When he went out the next morning, his truck was gone. It is unknown how the suspects gained entry. Investigation continuing.

Thursday, March 12:

Domestic Battery Arrest.

Between 9:30 p.m. on March 11 and 6:30 a.m. on March 12, a commercial burglary occurred at Merrill Lynch, 801 West Huntington. Unknown suspect(s)

On March 12 at 8:09 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Genoa regarding a female subject screaming for help. Bystanders pointed out a male

BLOTTERS subject in the pool area of an apartment complex and the officers detained the suspect. It was determined the subjects had been arguing, and the suspect grabbed his girlfriend by the hair and neck and would not let go of her. The girlfriend scratched the suspect’s face and was screaming in an attempt to get away. The suspect was arrested and held for the likelihood of reoccurrence. A report was prepared for filing and the suspect was taken to court the next morning.

Mental Evaluation. On March 12 at 9:44 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Fowler Drive on the report of a despondent minor who stated he wanted to kill himself. The officer handling the incident met with significant delays trying to place the juvenile, but eventually found a local mental health facility to accept the subject. The juvenile will be held for mental evaluation.

Grand Theft Auto. On March 13 at 9:14 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of Los Angeles regarding a vehicle theft. The victim parked and locked her vehicle on the street in front of her home on March 12 at about 11:00 p.m. She discovered her vehicle missing the next morning. The vehicle taken was a 1994 Acura Integra. Investigation continuing.

Credit Card Fraud Arrest. On March 14 at 1:25 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 600 block of West Huntington regarding a fraud in progress. They arrived and detained a female suspect who was visiting from New York. The suspect tried to purchase two IPod systems with fraudulent credit cards. The suspect was arrested without incident.

Burglary / Conspiracy to Commit Burglary / Two Suspects Arrested. On March 14 at 7:50 p.m., loss prevention officers at a business in the 100 block of West Foothill detained a female suspect who was attempting to steal high-priced alcoholic beverages. A male suspect was also detained in the parking lot as he was attempting to put stolen alcohol into a vehicle, but could not because the female suspect had the keys. The investigation revealed the male and female suspects were working together. Stolen alcohol bottles were located outside the suspect’s vehicle, and a search of the vehicle revealed more stolen alcohol inside. The male subject admitted to stealing alcohol from several stores. He told officers they steal alcohol from 10 to 20 stores each week. Both suspects were arrested and booked for the above listed charges. The male suspect also had a warrant for his arrest.

Criminal Threats Warrant Arrest. On March 14 at 10:12 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance call in the 1100 block of Starlit Lane. Partygoers at a small gathering pointed to a male subject standing out front who they claimed was causing the problem. A computer check of the subject revealed he had a warrant out of Pomona for criminal threats. He was booked, housed and picked up by Pomona Police Department.

Critical Missing Person Found. On March 16 at 3:54 p.m., a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s walked away from her husband at a business in the 1500 block of South Mountain in

Duarte. Her husband reported her missing to the Monrovia Police Department because he wanted something done right away and they live in Monrovia. The Sheriff’s Department was dealing with the containment of a suspect and had no units available to help search. Monrovia officers made an extensive area search which resulted in finding the missing woman at Ivy and Los Angeles. She was found unharmed and was returned to her home in Monrovia. The husband was given information on “Project Life Saver,” which is a program Monrovia Police Department offers to help find loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia related illnesses who walk away from family members.

Grand Theft Auto. On March 17 at 5:10 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of East Evergreen reported her vehicle had been stolen. She was wakened by the sound of a tow truck operating outside. When she looked out, she saw a tow truck driving away with her vehicle. She has only had the car for a few months and insists she is current on her payments. The initial investigation could not verify repossession, so a stolen vehicle report was taken.

SIERRA MADRE Tuesday, March 10th: 3:03 PM – Arrest, Disorderly Conduct/Drunk in Public, 87 West Sierra Madre Blvd. An intoxicated man was reported walking down the middle of West Sierra Madre Blvd. Officers stopped the man in front of the playhouse. During the investigation, he was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for public intoxication and transported to the Pasadena Jail for remand. 7:03 PM – Petty Theft, 100 block North Baldwin Ave. A white cast iron umbrella stand was taken from the front patio of an apartment. The crime occurred Tuesday, 3/10/09 between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. The umbrella stand was valued at $120.00.

Thursday, March 12h: 7:57 AM – Auto Burglary, 500 block West Sierra Madre Blvd. The owner of a black Toyota discovered the passenger side window shattered and a personal planner was taken. The crime occurred between 6:30 pm Wednesday, 3/11/09 and 7:30 am Thursday, 3/12/09. The planner was valued at $10.00 and the cost of the broken window was estimated at about $150.00. 8:23 PM – Arrest, Possession of a Switch Blade Knife, Santa Anita Canyon Road. Three men were detained at the entrance of Chantry Road. The road is closed for traffic after 8:00 pm. During the investigation one of the men was found to be concealing a butterfly knife with a blade over 2 inches in length. The man was arrested and transported to the police station, booked and released on a written promise to appear.


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