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bankruptcy judge Mary F. Walrath to auction off several of its racetracks. Santa Anita racetrack is one of the properties MEC has said it would divest. The action is expected

to draw criticism from banks which hold liens on the racing facilities. Magna announced from the beginning that it would attempt to hold a “stalking horse” auction, in which the first bidder would

take the property. A shareholder, MI Developments has entered a bid of $195 million for several properties. Fra n k St ronach a n nounced that Santa Anita and other properties would

be auctioned off upon entering the bankruptcy petition in March of this year. Critics of the proposal say that it is a give-away price to a company controlled by

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Alice Atkins, deputy City Clerk at the City of Monrovia, collects the final ballots that were counted at City Hall Tuesday. Clarence Shaw retained his victory with 1259 ballots to Becky Shevlin’s 1234. This was one of the closest elections in recent history. -Photo by Terry Miller


When the votes were counted last week in the Monrovia City Council election only four things were certain: Mary Ann Lutz was elected Mayor, Joe Garcia would retain his seat on the City Coun-

cil, and Linda Proctor and Steve Baker (who both ran unopposed) were reelected. But the second council seat was still up in the air, with Clarence Shaw holding onto a slim 23-vote lead over Becky

Shevlin. Unfortunately, that lead was not a sure thing as there were still 201 votes yet to be counted. After reviewing those ballots, 185 were found to have been correctly cast and were

ORANGE COUNTY ACTIVISTS SEEK RECALL OF LOCAL ASSEMBLYMAN HeÊll fight: „IÊll do everything that is necessary,‰ he says •BY BILL PETERS•


P rov i ng once a g a i n that capitalism truly is the most versatile and spontaneous of all t he g reat world economic systems, t he Dow nt ow n a rea of Sierra Madre looks to be com i ng t o g r ips w it h a tough new business environment. Deprived of the highly profitable trade afforded them by the legions of smokers who up until recent ly occupied ever y available sidewalk seat and bench in the neighborhood, our doughty dining establishments have been forced to look elsewhere for business. But with all the smokers now lounging in their signature artistic dishabille over in Monrovia, where oh where will our local restaurateurs turn? Well it now appears that Chef Eric May (formerly of A spen v ia t he Sa n Fra ncisco Culina r y Academy), and currently at Sierra Madre’s most forward thinking fine dining establishment, Charcuterie, has come up with a truly Sierra Madre correct solution. And what is that, you ask? This restaurant has now created a menu for the second largest species

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Santa Anita May Be Headed for the Auction Block The voluntary bankruptcy petition filed by Santa Anita parent company Magna Entertainment Corp is due to see some action today as the company seeks approval from Delaware


counted on Tuesday, April 21 at City Hall. When those ballots were counted, Shaw had not only maintained his lead, but has stretched it to a 25 vote lead over Shevlin.

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“On behalf of the taxpayers of the 59th District, let the games begin,” Michael Schroeder announced as he served recall papers on Assemblyman Anthony Adams, the 59th District Republican representative to the California State Assembly who represents about a half million people in a district made up of 17 cities in two counties. Adams’ District includes Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Bradbury, Claremont, Glendora, La Verne, San Dimas, La Crescenta-Montrose and Claremont in Los Angeles County and Apple Valley, Hesperia, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead communities, Highland, Mentone, Redlands and San Bernardino in San Bernardino County. The Recall Petition was hand-carried by Schroeder, a former California Republican Party Chair, acting on behalf of an Orange County political action committee, Atlas PAC, to a well-attended fund-raising event to benefit the assemblyman held in a private home in Glendora that was attended by Governor Schwarzenegger as a celebrity-guest, California Senator Abel Maldonado and others prominent in local Republican politics. The petition had been signed by 55 of Adams’ constituents— but not by Schroeder himself since the server can not be a signatory by law and he is not from any of the communities served by Adams. The recall effort was started after Adams broke

How the Police Traffic Collision On Orange Grove Kills Mother and 12 year old Daughter Civic Club Benefit Grand Event Officer’s Association •BY PHYLLIS CHAPMAN• Got Business Done “Muchas gracias”, declared Sierra Madre Civic Club as they held a very successful luncheon and auction, planned this year as a Mexican Fiesta. The South of the border themed event took place Saturday, April 18 in the La Salle High School Au-


In what was probably one of the most extreme cases of “Little Miss Sunshine” syndrome I have ever read, the Mountain Views “Observer” on 12/21/07 ran the following giddy headline.

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The supposed headquarters of the Committee to Recall Adams in Glendora is really a mailbox in a UPS Store. A clerk at the store says no one has visited the mailbox in months.

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Dog Food from 1 population in town, dogs. I kid you not. Now when you stop by Charcuterie for your Caprese sa ndw ich w it h the fresh basil pesto, you will also be able to please your hung r y pooch w it h some equally delicious fare. Be it freshly broiled chicken breast, lightly brazed chopped sirloin, or perhaps something amusing made with eggs, hot dogs and grated cheese, you can be assured that your culinary cur will thoroughly enjoy a quality dining experience. And in the process eat better than most of the human residents in Tulare County! A nd apparent ly t his new menu is a resounding success wit h Sierra Madreanos. Outdoor seats, where both dogs and their owners are accommodated, are now nearly impossible to get. Lines of pet owners can be seen in the parking lot, anxiously awaiting t hose rare billet s where Trim, Barky and Foufou can be afforded the opportunity to wolf down a fine veal cutlet smothered in rich gravies and sauces. Credit ca rds a lways accepted. S o where does t h i s leave all the other restaurants, bars and places inbetween who are desperately looking for something approaching that level of trade? Well certainly their very own dog menus cannot be all that far behind. And seeing how this city’s Chamber of Commerce is so creatively challenged these days, that hard working and good-hearted volunteer, Sir Eric, currently living the good life here far above the redevelopment zone of Sierra Madre, will certainly be able to offer some recommendations to those eateries seeking to enter the lucrative canine dining trade. Here are our establishment specific recommendations: The Buccaneer Lounge: Famous for its cheap dr inks, la id back clientele, and most unpretentious vibe, The Buccaneer is obviously no place for pood les or t hose ot her breeds whose genetic lineage is shorter than their snouts. So you won’t be seeing briskly seared capons smot hered in a nyt h i ng sou nd i ng Frenc h there soon. Here we would recommend a menu that would include bone with gristle, Alpo served in the can (think of the freshness factor), and trash barrels of sun baked mystery treats. All washed down with co-

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Letters&Comments John, I just can’t let this go without comment . . . the point size for the caption under the large photo on the front page of the April 16 issue was ridiculous. I literally had to get a magnifying glass out to read it. It’s not the first time. A more appropriate, readable size would be appreciated. Thanks, Marilyn Daleo Arcadia Unified School District RE: Indy Mac Bank Depositors Protest in Pasadena We appreciate this website and keeping the people informed. Indymac Bank was not looking out for their customers. It looks like the OTS made their share of mistakes too. -Bonnie Cayer, via RE: Traveling Shoes How refreshing to read the article about the young students of First Lutheran Church. It shows that young folks banding together for good can truly make a difference in the lives of others-good for you!! -Sally Gist, via RE: No Bail Allowed for Daniel J. Healy, MD Dr. Healy has and is an upstanding Doctor, always did exam’s x-rays ect. His office was robbed several times, why is this his fault? He has helped so many including Cancer patients. God be with him‌ -Angel Bane, via RE: Shaw Ahead in Tight Race for Remaining Seat; Adams Rescinds Resignation Just in case there’s any possibility that Dan Kirby might be re-appointed, I’m asking the members of the new council to read this Orange County Register piece that mentions Dan before making any decision: charity-spends-more-on-overhead-than-on-protecting-judeo-christian-values/ - Chino Blanco, via The majority of us want bold action on Climate and Energy! Despite what the millions being spent by the fossil fuel

industry would have you believe, the majority of us want bold action on Climate and Energy. And, as conservative and venerated a magazine as The Economist has been arguing since 2006 that the risk of INACTION on global warming/ climate change far outweighs the costs. And, they argue that America is best poised to lead the way. (The heat is on, Sep 7th 2006 - From The Economist print edition.) The piece of global economic output that would have to be spent to avert the problems of climate change is likely very little, from zero to 1% by most estimates. And, the risks, catastrophic rises in sea levels, increases in extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding and drought, falling agricultural production and, perhaps, famine and mass refugee populations, are looking more and more likely given the evidence, and are such damaging risks that they argue for immediate action. It is not the technological and economic aspects of the problem that are the problem, either. The real difficulty is political. It is global and it is long term. That makes it difficult to initiate action now. We’d rather have someone else do it, and do it later, at that. However, despite what it looks like on a political map, there are no borders in the real world. We are all here together and if we want our children to live in a world that is worth living in we need to move now, urgently. Even the risk of inaction, and what is now unarguably clear are the coming costs of inaction, are far less than the cost of taking action now. Every day we put off beginning, that cost goes up. Dear Editor, On Jan. 19, 2009, at the L.A. Convention Center, approximately 12,000 individuals proudly became new Naturalized USA Citizens. A few years back, all the major T.V. channels covered a little of this kind of event periodically. However, now the news media could care less about granting worthy coverage. This is poor judgment. So, I ask our Weekly to [report this] for me. Regards, Sopin Daugherty April 15, 2009 Dear Editor: I am writing in reference to the scathing article about the Arcadia’s Mayors Community Breakfast written by Terri [cit, Terry] Miller in the April 9th edition of the Arcadia Weekly. I was very

disappointed to read such a negative article about a positive event. I sat at a table of ten and we were all delighted with the speaker and her message. We thought the event was one of the best yet. Linda Garcia and her staff did an excellent job. Dr. Laura emphasized family, [cit, comma splice] a husband and a wife. That is what America was built on and what we survive on. I have no problem with the gay community—that [cit, ambiguous pronoun] that their [cit, subject-verb disagreement] choice. I personally choose a traditional family of husband, wife and children. I felt the atmosphere of spring in the air as I entered the community center. It was an enjoyable event. I like Terri Miller, [cit, comma splice] however, your [cit, subjectverb disagreement] opinion and mine differ immensely. I am for a family unit. Terri, you disappointed me by writing a very negative article, leaving out the lovely Rose Queen Courtney Lee’s appearance and the fact that part of the profits benefitted [cit, benefited] the Arcadia Coordinating Council Campership program. The news is full of negative articles, [cit, comma splice] let’s zero in on the positive things of life for a change. Mary E. Hansen Arcadia

Santa Anita from 1 Stronach. Stronach stepped down as CEO of Magna last week, but retains the position of chairman in bot h Mag na and MI Developments. S a n t a Anita’s debt is held by Wells Fargo with the L.A. Turf Club, a subsidiary of Santa Anita Co., as guarantor. The loan is secured by track property and stock of Santa Anita Co. and L.A. Turf Club. Santa Anita has borrowed $67.5 million and has a revolving loan of up to $7.5 million under the terms of the loan. When the bankruptcy filing was made, the loan was in violation of its agreements. The loan matures in 2012. A second mortgage on the property is held by the Bank of Montreal secured by the same guarantors. Although other uses of the property are envisioned through Magna’s arrangement with Caruso Affiliates in their quest to develop 51 acres plus room for 4,000 parking spaces at the southwest corner of the track property as The Shops at Santa Anita, the City of Arcadia has long held the position that track property can only be used for racing. It believes that a new owner will turn up and that track activities will continue as usual.

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South PasadenaÊs Mission West Spring Art Festival This Weekend


Craft shows, fairs and festivals brighten the landscape in tough economic times. Last Spring, community festivals benefited local economies bringing in an estimated $4.1 billion to United States neighborhoods, according to the Craft Organization Directors Association (CODA). Such events not only bring much needed dollars, they also rekindle the foundation that supported societies for decades: local arts and crafts. The 12th Annual Mission West Spring Art Festival is a one-stop, boutique-type outdoor mall adventure that offers browsing and buying advantages to save money in this tight economy and the best way to help stimulate the arts community. The featured juried artworks for sale are all handmade and many are one-of-akind collectibles encompassing a mix of medias and styles, from whimsical to contemporary conversation pieces intermixed with traditional art festival favorites — fine art and photography, clothing and accessories, jewelry, sculptures, stained glass, hand-blown glass, porcelain and ceramics, paper and textile art, potpourri, soaps, candles, flowers and bonsai trees, children’s toys, furniture, and more. Great for a family outing, the festivities also include live musical entertainment, a fun zone for children of all ages and an international food court. The two-day street festival is set for April 25 and 26 (Saturday and Sunday), from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. along Mission Street, starting at the Gold Line’s Mission Station (905 Meridian Avenue) and running 3 blocks east to Fremont Avenue, in South Pasadena. Admission to the event is FREE and ample convenient parking is available. For more information visit the South Pasadena Mission West Association’s website: www. or call the del Mano Productions’ Hotline, (626) 797-6803. A few of this year’s juried artisans include: Photography – Bart Everett (Bart Everett Fine Art Photography), Los Angeles Hand-Blown Glass– David Tate (Hand-blown by Davis Tate), Romoland Sterling Silver Spoon Jewelry

– Jennifer Northrup (Sterling Silver Spoon Jewelry, Inc.), Signal Hill Painting (Acrylic Canvas on Wood) – Siun McGahan, Glendale Lathe Turned Wood – Art Majerus, (Sawdust Man), Hemet Soaps – Carol Lightwood (Pasadena Soaps), Pasadena Jewelry – Gina Davis (Bejeweled by Gina), Pasadena Sandy Taylor, owner of South Pasadena’s Tah Gallery and coordinator for the Mission West Spring Art Festival explains, “South Pasadena is the perfect community to present this kind of event. It’s friendly,

conveniently located, and offers an eclectic group of artists and performers to compliment this small town’s charm and welcoming atmosphere.” “We have officially canceled the recession in South Pasadena for the weekend,” smiles Tah. “Enough doom and gloom. People love art shows! Art is both passionate and positive, and we all need to see it and embrace it – it’s uplifting and refreshing. Sure, people are being more cautious with their money, but art lovers buy art and one-of-a-kind collectibles no matter what.” Mission West Spring Art Festival producer Ray Leier agrees. “People often look at fine art and crafts pieces as a treat or release, and in tough times they may feel an even stronger need to buy something meaningful, something lasting that adds a sense of value and worth to their life experience. And the artists are hurting too. Community support is essential to the continuation of local arts and craft events. I encourage everyone to support the artist entrepreneurs, the talented musicians, and the local retail-

ers in the area. I have taken the pledge to support hand-made, hopefully you will too!” “Every year I work very hard to make all of our events successful for each participant and the surrounding retail and residential community. For the enjoyment of our visitors we bring the best-of-the-best, rejecting hundreds of applications because the work doesn’t meet our high standards. We continue to look for artists that create the most unique and interesting handmade items, and selecting the artists for the biannual event is one of the best parts of my job!” The annual Festival is supported by the South Pasadena Mission West Association, a non-profit organization of member businesses in the district with the sole purpose of promoting, preserving, revitalizing, and enhancing the historic and culturally significant uniqueness of the business district. The Association strives to promote its member’s business activities, arts and tourism within the district. Ray Leier, CEO of Altadena-based del Mano Productions, has produced art shows and festivals throughout Southern California. A longtime supporter of local nonprofit and community-based organizations, the company has donated over $150,000 to programs that provide arts enrichment, education, mentoring, and scholarships. Leier is also co-owner of Brentwood’s award-winning del Mano Gallery. According to the New York Times and Fodor’s, the gallery is “considered one of the best sources for wood turnings, this store also carries fiber arts, ceramics, jewelry, and hand-blown glass by top contemporary American and international artisans.” The Gallery has earned a world-class distinction of exhibiting museum quality work by representing artists from 14 nations around the world, and regularly exhibits artist’s work around the country, including the world-famous SOFA New York: The International Expositions of Sculptural Objects and Functional Art. Co-author of several books on wood, baskets and glass, Leier was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in the field of wood art by the Collectors of Wood Art organization.

Shooting Raises Questions of Pasadena Police Procedures

Adding yet another trophy to his already crowded mantle, Beacon Media photographer Terence Miller last week won the prestigious Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles news media photography contest. Selected from among thousands of entries from newspapers across Southern California, Miller bested entries from the LA Times, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Ventura County Star, to name but a few. Miller’s

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

PASADENA ART & DESIGN OPEN MARKET TO SHOWCASE WORLD-CLASS TALENT Over 100 Emerging Artists, Faculty and Alumni from Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College to Sell Works of Art

Since its launch in 2003, the Open Market has provided visibility for more than 500 artists, and has served as a destination for thousands of art collectors and appreciators. Participating institutions include Pasadena City College, which focuses on painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography and illustration, and Art Center College of Design, which has a long legacy of graduating artists and designers who have significantly influenced our culture. Art Center’s participating students, faculty and alumni stem from a variety of the College’s art and design disciplines including fine art, illustration, photography, transportation design, graphics, product design, film and entertainment design. The Open Market provides a rare opportunity for the public to interact with emerging and established

artists from Pasadena’s leading cultural institutions. It is especially unique in that all proceeds go directly to participating artists, thereby supporting individual careers and artistic expression. In addition, participating artists are on hand to interact with the public and discuss the creative process behind their works. The Open Market is presented in part by Pasadena Magazine and KPCC 89.3 FM. Spea k ing about A r t Center’s participation, Jeff Hoffman, Dean of Students and Director of Student Life at Art Center, remarked, “Pasadena resident s are known for their keen interest and support for the arts. The Open Market provides the Art Center community an opportunity to engage directly with those who support art and design, allowing for a rich exchange and insight into the artistic pro-

cess. It allows students to see the immediate value of their work and understand the impact they have in our community. “ Rochelle Branch, Pasadena’s Cultural Affairs Manager, commented “The Art & Design Open Market is a perfect example of why Pasadena is such a strong draw for creativity in our region. We embrace opportunities for our own artists to be recognized and contribute to the economic vitality of the City.” One Colorado’s bi-annual Art + Design Open Market will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2009, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The one day event will host over 100 artists in the central Courtyard and pedestrian alleys, which is larger than any previous year. For further information, please visit www. or call 626564-1066.


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The 2008-2009 season for the Pasadena Symphony is over. After a series of difficult moves that occurred throughout the October to May concerts that included staff lay-offs, cancelled concerts and pleas for money, there is perhaps a glimmer of hope for the future of the financially stressed orchestra. With Executive Director Tom O’Connor moving over to the California Philharmonic Orchestra and Paul Ian Zdunek appointed as CEO and close to a dozen staff members let go in a move to downsize, followed by a name change from the flabbergasting Orchestras of Pasadena (or Oops!) to its venerable name, the Pasadena Symphony Association, the organization has embarked on the creation of a new world, no less. That was the given theme of the orchestra’s final season concert last Saturday at the Pasadena Civic, “A New World”. Like all creations, things got off to a slightly rocky start in a version of Darius Milhaud’s “La Creation du Monde” (The Creation of the World) that was at once chaotic and finally, beautiful. The 86 year-old piece is still seen by many as an example of outlandish new music. Byron Adams, who provides many of the pre-concert lectures in the series called “Insights” for the Symphony Association, privately admitted that anything by Milhaud is not to his liking, although he was impressed with the playing and the balance the small orchestra (as called for in the score) was able to achieve under Pasadena Symphony’s long-time conductor, Jorge Mester. Adams is a composer-educator with some 30 years experience, so I am on shaky ground in criticizing the version I heard. I thought it under-rehearsed and far too delicate, or maybe overly diffident, given the jazzy thematic music and sections of the music named by Milhaud with such names as “The Chaos before Creation”. That is not to say that the quieter passages in the sixpart 20-minute ballet music were not awesome. They were, and oboist David Weiss was sensational. The centerpiece of the concert was the impressive playing of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E-minor played by guest-artist Linda Wang. Ms. Wang has top credentials having studied under Julliard School’s Dorothy DeLay and locally with Alice Schoenfeld. Her own career is dappled with a host of successful appearances with orchestras around the world and as a teacher at University of

Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Her training and her experience was in full force as she maneuvered skillfully between the difficult passages and landing squarely in full tone in the second movement “Andante”. As to the new world, this violin masterpiece is considered by many to be the composition that established the Romantic period. Wang seemed driven to convey that content with her interpretation which was neither dated nor syrupy. Mester led the orchestra with mellow strings (with Assistant Concertmaster Amy Hershberger capably at the helm for this concert) unusually strong bass playing, and beautiful brass and woodwinds—most notably Joel Timm’s English horn. There were minor infractions in phrasing between Mester and Wang, but they were just that, minor. The audience exploded in applause and shouts at the conclusion. Loyal concert attendee and music aficionado, Gloria Koeppel, of Arcadia, remarked that her playing “actually sings”, she said, also noting the beautiful tone Wang achieved from her 1767 J. B. Guadagnini violin. The concluding number in the concert, Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”) also related to THE new world as seen by the Czechoslovakian composer. Although it was his paean to America, it is clearly a musical postcard “From” the new world as seen through his European eyes. Mester used his considerable conducting talent to offer a swift, upbeat and fresh interpretation to this well-known composition. An auction followed the concert in the Civic Auditorium’s Gold Room. Concert patrons filled the room and Youth Orchestra conductor Jack Taylor’s jazz team entertained, as they had before the concert outside in the plaza, as a promo for their Spring concert to be held May 5 at Pasadena High School. Auctioned off were two vacation opportunities and a painting. The painting, “The Pools Above Sturtevant Falls” by Peter Adams, brought a winning bid of $13,000. A Tuscany vacation villa went for $1,500 and a New Zealand visit for $2,100. Several bidders expressed interest in securing additional vacation packages at the winning bid price, making the event successful for the Pasadena Symphony Association. Under Zdunek the Association is, indeed, creating a new world for classical music in the San Gabriel Valley.


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Pasadena Showcase House Tours Support Music •By Bill Peters•

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened Sunday, April 20 for tours and will remain open through Sunday, May 17. This year’s Design House is a 10,000 sq. ft estate in San Marino built in 1917 under the direction of G. Lawrence Stimson, the architect responsible for the Wrigley Mansion on Orange Grove Blvd., now the headquarters of the Tournament of Roses. The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the sponsoring group, is a non-profit organization of about 70 women all of whom volunteer. Formed in 1948 as the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee, these active volunteers have been presenting Pasadena and other local estates as tours decorated by local interior designers and landscapers since 1965. While the springtime function is always an enjoyable outing, its purpose is real, dramatic and significant. More than $16 million in gifts and grants has been given to support the Los Angeles Philharmonic, local symphonic, cultural and educational programs. Among

its youth music programs are the Pasadena Showcase House Music Mobile, the annual youth-oriented concert and the Instrumental Competition. The Instrumental Competition has awarded almost $400,000 to youths between the ages of 16-24 whose woodwind, brass and string talent has been encouraged. Ten cash prizes are given each year and include a $6,000 Grand Prize, three $4,000, three $2,500, two $1,000 and a special $1,500 Jack Smith Memorial Award for the most promising talent. This year’s Grand Prize winner (not always awarded) went to Jose Gonzales. Each of the rooms in the vast mansion is superbly decorated this year by 25 designers and nine landscapers. The outdoors has received unusual attention this year with a large outdoor pool area and lower gardens by Design Details and FormLA landscaping—that are mentioned here because they are so integrated into the overall scene, they are easy to miss. The Showcase House is open Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to

7:45 p.m. through May 17. No tours are given on Mondays. Ticket prices vary according to time visited. Weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and all weekend times are considered “prime time� with tickets at $35 for phone, online or mail requests and $40 at the door. “Matinee� tickets are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Fridays from 2:00 to 7:45 p.m. “Matinee� tickets are $30 for phone,

online or mail requests and $35 at the door. Service charges are not included in ticket prices. Tickets can be ordered at or by calling (714) 442-3872. Complimentary shuttle service is available at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, Lot I with parking on April 25 (only) at Pasadena City College Lot 10 and 11 (located at the corner of Green St., and Holliston Ave.

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These are hectic times. On average, we eat more, work longer hours, and sleep less than most European countries. We “thrive” on stress, fast food, stimulants and little sleep. It is no coincidence, then, that we also have the highest death rate from heart disease and obesity. I n fa ct , more sleep would lessen the need for stimulants (caffeine, prescription medication), would increase the levels of the leptin hormone, and give the body more time to relax from stress. So, how much sleep do we need? I asked ten of my clients how many hours of sleep they needed to feel good throughout the day. The average answer was 7 hours. Then, I asked them, in reality, how much sleep did they get? The average answer was 5.5 hours. A study in Quebec, Canada, showed that of the 740 men and women who were inter viewed, those who reported getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night were leaner than those who reported 5 or 6 hours of sleep. This is due, in part, to the production of leptin. Leptin is a hormone that is made predominately in the fat cells. The amount of leptin in the blood is directly proportional to the amount of body fat and is thought to decrease appetite. However, most obesity is characterized by resistance to leptin and its appetite-suppressing effect. The participants who were getting less than 6

hours of sleep were thought to not be using leptin efficiently, therefore, their body fat percentage was higher. In another study documented on www.shuteye. com, it reported that middle-aged women who slept an average of five hours or less nightly were more likely to have heart disease than women who slept eight hours. This was stated to be because “sleep loss may increase hunger and affect the body’s metabolism, which may make it more difficult to maintain or lose weight.” So, in answer to all of those who say “How am I supposed to fit in 7-8 hours of sleep a night?” I give you the standard answer to the same question about exercise: “Schedule it”. SOU RC E S: Nor t h American Association for the Study of Obesity’s annual scientific meeting, Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 15-18, 2005. WebMD Personal Repor t er: “A nswer s About Adult Sleep Problems/ Insomnia.” WebMD Feature: “How Much Sleep Do Children Need?” 7. Rubin S. Eight hours of sleep is optimum for women’s heart health. USA Today. January 28, 2003:8D. 8. Van Cauter E, Leproult R, Plat L. Age-related changes in slow wave sleep and REM sleep and relationship with growth hormone and cortisol levels in healthy men. JAMA. 2000;284:861868. 9. Spiegel K, Leproult R, Van Cauter E. Impact of sleep debt on metabolic and endocrine function. Lancet. 1999;354:1435-1439.

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

California Cuisine Picasso’s Café, Bakery & Catering Co. Try our upscale fast casual gourmet Restaurant and Bakery, conduct business in Picasso’s Private Dining Rooms, or explore other fresh food choices with our Corporate Catering division. Celebrating 20 Years of Business, and Awarded San Gabriel Valley’s Small Business of the Year 2008, we are focused on providing quality food products and events, consistent service, and competitive prices. Experience our ever-growing selection of menus, services, presentation styles, and creativity; at Picasso’s, Great Food is a true “work of art!” Catering Available 24/7 at or (626) 969-6100. 6070 N. Irwindale Ave., Suite A-D Irwindale, CA

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


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


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


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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TATTERED COOKBOOKS My husband and several business partners were invited to go on a fishing trip down the Rogue River. I would say they certainly had fun though many stories have remained secret for quite a while now. Did they catch any fish?? I do not even know the answer to that question, but I know I got a treasured souvenir from this acclaimed fishing trip. My husband bought me The Rogue River Rendezvous cookbook published by the Junior Service League of Jackson County. This is one of those cookbooks that look so tattered from use that I hide it after I prepare a dish for company. I have tried almost every recipe and each is a new favorite though I know the smell and taste of fresh salmon grilled over a bed of coals would be beyond perfection. To begin with a savory and easy appetizer mix together the following ingredients as much as three days in advance:

õ cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded õ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Menu for the Perfect Patio Dinner Cheesy Artichoke Rounds Garlic Tomato and Croutons Grilled Lime-Sesame Salmon Steaks Frozen Blueberry Pie ó cup mayo 1 can artichokes, finely chopped 1 can chopped green chilies, drained When you are ready to serve spread this mixture on slices of French bread and place under broiler until the cheese is melted. Your salad is as easy to prepare as the appetizer. You will need the following:

the salad when you are ready to serve and add homemade croutons. Cube some of your French bread used earlier and toss in a bit of olive oil and butter over medium heat until toasty. The marinade for the salmon is equally as simple and flavorful. Combine the following ingredients and marinade the salmon for about 6 hours. Grill over medium coals for 5 to 7 minutes on each side.

1 ó lbs. ripe Roma tomatoes cut in large cubes 1 cup red onion, cut wafer thin ó cup fresh basil, chopped 2 T fresh chives, minced

ó cup fresh lime juice ó cup corn oil 2 T soy sauce 2 T sesame oil 2 T honey

Stir together one third cup extra virgin olive oil with 1 ½ teaspoons red wine vinegar and pepper to taste. Pour over

You may need to spray your grill with a non-stick coating. Be sure to apply before turning on the heat.

If all of these recipes are tempting you please try the pie!! You will need the following and again this recipe can and really should be made in advance:

1 pound frozen blueberries 2 egg whites 1 cup sugar 1 T lemon juice ó pint heavy cream 1 9-inch pie crust, cooked and cooled Take two large chilled bowls, and in the first one combine berries, egg whites, sugar, and lemon juice. Beat on high speed until firm. This will take about 10 minutes. In the other bowl whip the cream until peaks form and fold it into the berry mixture. Spoon it into your crust and freeze at least eight hours. This complete menu is one you will use over and over for friends and family. I can do it without even getting out the tattered and worn cookbook since I have served it so many times. Try it and let me know what you think!

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Summer Ventures


In a time when good news is hard to come by, especially on the subjects of business and education, Monrovia’s own youth theatrical education company, DiscoveryOnstage, reports growing success in both! What started out as a simple three week long summer acting camp has, over the course of three years, grown into a thriving business offering the community something both positive and unique. Their journey thus far has included two years of work with the Monrovia Unified School District’s Village after school program, a ten-month studio class series at Monrovia’s Centre Stage Dance Academy and annual educational programs in Los Angeles, Burbank and Pasadena. DiscoveryOnstage is now poised to celebrate their third anniversary in July with the launch of Monrovia’s Own Third Annual Summer Acting Camp!

“Now is an exciting time for us,” DiscoveryOnstage Co Creator/Artistic Director Dominic Catrambone said. “Scary as it may be to be running a business in such tumultuous times, we’re finding that parents and communities are becoming more aware than ever of just how important it is to engage young people in the creative process. Arts education provides lessons in life that go way beyond the arts themselves.” Though Mr. Catrambone and Jeremy Kent Jackson, DiscoveryOnstage’s other Co Creator/Artistic Director, are both working professional actors, they make it clear that their emphasis is not on creating stars rather helping students to develop as confident human beings. ”The times we’re in demand creative thinking, collaboration and a participatory spirit,” Jackson adds, “and the sooner we can connect our

young people to these concepts the better. If one or two of our students go on to have some success in the business of acting that’s great. It’s a lot of fun. But what we’re really after is to see our students grow as people and apply the lessons they learn in the theatre to their daily lives. That’s what we’re all about.” “And when your core value includes kids and creativity,” Catrambone continues, “the economy rightly steps aside. One thing most of us can agree on, especially parents, is that young people and their positive development must be our number one priority as a community. That is our priority at DiscoveryOnstage.” DiscoveryOnstage was founded in 2006 with the hopes of providing Southern California with a different kind of theatrical education. One that guides students, no matter their age or experi-

ence, to create, develop, write, compose, choreograph and perform all of their own original material. Since their inception, DiscoveryOnstage has produced more than a dozen such shows with children of all ages through their myriad of in-school and after-school programs, summer camps and charitable events. They’ve even launched a corporate program utilizing the same creative techniques to help business executives and employees find more imaginative solutions in trying times. You and your kids can become a part of the excitement as DiscoveryOnstage prepares to celebrate their third anniversary July 13 through July 31 with their 2009 Summer Acting Camp. The camp is available to students ages six to fifteen and will expose young people to the worlds of Acting, Movement, Music, Song Writing, Stage Combat/ Swordplay, Dance, Filmmaking and Improvisation. As always the camp will culminate with a fun-filled, studentcreated production presented for free to the public once again on a custom built stage in Monrovia’s Recreation Park. And in the spirit of a struggling economy, DiscoveryOnstage is offering an Early Registration Bonus of $125 off your tuition if you sign up before May 1st. Other discounts and scholarships are available. For more information about DiscoveryOnstage or to register for their Summer Acting Camp 2009, call 626.736.9179, visit www., or contact the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce.


Yes, this is the school that is the likely inspiration the Jack Black movie, and yes, it really IS just like the movie ă blistering practice, team work and a rockinÊ great time!

School of Rock Hollywood will be hosting 3 programs for summer ’09: Performance Boot Camp for beginners to advanced, Songwriting and Recording intensive workshop for more experienced students, and a WOODSTOCK 40th A N N I V E R SA RY show. The kids will learn to play songs in a band situation and play a concert at a bigname LA club! At camp, they discover that how hard they work leads directly to applause, the most beautiful music of all. Dates:Performance Boot Camps - 1 week each June 15 - 19 June 22 - 26 July 13 - 17 S o n g w r i t ing and Recordin Wo rk sh o p - 2 week s July 20 - 24 & 27 - 31 40th Anniversary of Woodstock camp - 2 weeks August 3 - 7 & 10 - 14 Cost: $750 per week

*A l l C a m p s a r e Co-Ed and run M-F 9:30 A M - 3:30 P M About The Paul Green School of Rock: The Paul Green SCHOOL OF ROCK is the original and premier performance-based rock music school in the country for kids 7-18. Each year, the 45 SCHOOL OF ROCK branches around the country give more than 1,000 concerts at established venues including The Whisky, BB King’s and Carnegie Hall and at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Zappanale. The School’s All-Stars have performed with Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder and Perry Farrell, among others, and have toured with Jon Anderson of Yes as his featured back-up band. www.schoolofrock. com/ hollywood 323 962-1570 – Hollywood@


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Spring into Alaska for a Memorable Cruise Experience

To some, spring means wildflowers and mountain hikes. But to others, it is time for glaciers, rugged coastlines, wildlife viewing, boat planes and all-you-can-eat midnight buffets. To these people, spring is the start of the Alaskan cruise ship season. From now through early September, roughly one million travelers will board nearly 30 ships and begin their annual northern migration to the country’s last frontier. They go for sights no other cruise destination can offer. What is common in Alaska is foreign to most travelers. Where else can one see humpback whales breach beneath a stateroom balcony or glaciers drift past the window at dinner? Where can one sit by the pool and watch float planes and eagles soar above, or bears frolic on the shores of virgin forest? So if a cruise to the Great Outdoors and Yukon sounds interesting, now is the time to act because ships are filling fast and deals are ready to be had. Four of my favorite lines sailing around Alaska include Holland America, Cruise West, Norwegian, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Ports of call include Ketchikan, Sitka,

Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Haines, Seward and more. All cruises offer shore excursions that can include float plane and helicopter rides over glaciers and rivers, fishing for salmon, dog sledding, train trips, shopping and history, and much more. Extensive land tours into Denali National Park are also available. Cruise prices can vary from less than $500 for an inside cabin to well over $5,000 for pure luxury at sea. With a f leet of ships stationed in Alaska’s chilly waters, Holland America is probably the most recognizable line in the area. The line features a more adult atmosphere than a Carnival ship, with more passenger space, less crowds, and onboard lectures by expert naturalists and scientists. They also offer the popular “Club Hal” for kids, numerous land excursions and land tour add-ons. Departure ports include Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit www. For an intimate setting, Cruise West is offering eight Alaskan itineraries. These include 3- and 4-night getaways to Glacier Bay or Prince William Sound, Inside Passage

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trips, and epic 25-day cruises into the Bering Sea. Cruise West ships carry 78 to 138 passengers, which means guests can get a closer to nature than big ships. The vessels can sail up narrow channels, into secluded waterways and nearly touch the face of glaciers. Visit Norwegian Cruise Lines, with the “youngest fleet on the planet,” is sailing three ships through Alaska, with stops in Sawyer Bay, Glacier Bay, and Alaska North and Southbound. The ships, which carry more than 2,300 passengers, are the Sun, Pearl and Star. Cruises begin in Seattle, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Visit: For those who want to mix luxury with untamed nature, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the way to go. The company’s four intimate ships are all-suite, all-ocean view masterpieces and carry between 330 and 700 passengers. For Alaska this year, Regent is offering 32 unique cruises, with prices starting at around $3,200. Visit: www.

Terence from 4 Pasadena and its position that dent in the weeks following the shot, featured on the front page of the February 26th issues of the Pasadena Independent, Monrovia, Arcadia and Sierra Madre Weeklies, shows a distraught Ameka Edwards being consoled by a friend following the shooting of Leroy Barnes by Pasadena Police following a routine traffic stop. Edwards had been the driver of the car when Barnes was shot 11 times by police officers. At a hearing last week, the Los Angeles Civil Court ruled against the City of

the release of officers’ names in critical incidents should be left to the discretion of the department. The announcement followed much ongoing controversy over whether or not the shooting was justified and a refusal by the police to release dashboard video tape of the incident. According to the city, lawsuits are forthcoming against the city. Miller, known among colleagues as “The Photoman”, has continued to cover the inci-

shooting, gathering still more breathtaking photographs and holding the city and police department’s collective feet to the fire. This win gives Miller 30 points in the PPAGLA standings, trailing Star-News photographer Keith Birmingham by a paltry 20 points. The monthly contest is open to PPAGLA members only. More information on Terence Miller is available at www.

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Bargain Book Table Sale at Sierra Madre Public Library The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will have a Bargain Book Table Sale inside the Library, Monday, April 20 through Saturday, April 25, during the Library’s public open hours. This month’s features will include: Art, Biographies, Fic-

tion, Mysteries, Children’s and Specialty books, all in good condition. All books will be sold at the bargain price of $1.00 each. These every-other-month book sales provide funding for Library resources and programs. The Sierra Madre Public Library,

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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.

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

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



1946 Alta Oaks, Arcadia


(“Lemons”, “Apples” 08’) she is more of a shooting star than a rising one. However there is more than singing and song writing in her galactic realm, she owns the rights to her own publishing company (Three Penguin Publishing) and just

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.

Offered at $1,050,000.

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!

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

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

1912 S. 7th Place, Arcadia 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.

1745 La Cresta, Pasadena Offered at $848,000.

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

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


If “up and coming” weren’t a way to capture your yearning for the latest independent artist then I would say Michelle Armstrong is anything but....with over 90 songs written and two released albums

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finished completing a score she wrote for a remarkable Off -Broadway play (“The Things I Wish I My Mother Would Have Told Me”). Above all she intrigues us with her riveting and soulful performances. Her voice coos you with folk and pop overtones along with a magnetic guitar that fuses together the separation in music genre. Its no wonder the girl who left her small Southern California town to experience different cities across the country, has musical roots from different stems. Michelle’s story is the one you love to hear of the girl that grabbed her guitar and move out of suburbia on a journey across the country to follow her dreams, playing at some of the most legendary venues within the U.S. along the way… Whether its folk, or rock, in New York or Savannah, Los Angeles or North Carolina, Michelle has a way of bringing to life her art in a way that is her own. Now residing in the only cities that can match her energy, Michelle performs throughout New York and Los Angeles. Her music is her story…and, her story is nothing short of inspiring.

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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!

285 Sturtevant Drive, Sierra Madre Offered at $719,500.

Tucked away at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Sierra Madre you’ll find a relaxing hide-away to come home to! The interior of this home has been freshly painted. The living room features a fireplace, is filled with natural light and is open to the kitchen.The floor plan offers 2 bedrooms and 1 ½ baths downstairs and situated upstairs is a grand master suite that features a mountain view, a fireplace, vaulted ceiling, spacious closet, and a large bath complete with soaking tub, separate shower and double sinks. The house is 2,038 s.f. and the lot is 7,029 s.f. Here is your opportunity to live in Sierra Madre!

180 Santa Anita Court, Sierra Madre New Price: $598,000

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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City News Accident from 1

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A traffic accident shortly before 8 a.m. in which six cars were invloved claimed the lives of a mother and her 12-yearold daughter as they made


their way to a local school on Wednesday morning near the corner of Orange Grove Boulevard and Martello Avenue in Pasadena.

Civic Club from 1 There were early reports that the woman’s Toyota Sequoia apparently swerved and was driving recklessly as she hit 5 vehicles as she was traveling eastbound on Orange Grove. The suv struck several cars before finally meeting a Cadillac Escalade. There was some speculation by officials that text messaging or a medical illness may have caused the erratic driving that ultimately took two lives. Personnel also discovered two small children in the backseat, secured in car safety seats. Both children has sustained traumatic injuries and were transported to a local hospital, where one is in serious condition and the other is listed as in critical condition, Derderian said. Upon performing a secondary search of the Sequoia, fire personnel discovered the body a girl approximately 12 years of age. Derderian reports there were two other trauma patients in some of the other vehicles who were transported to a local hospitals. Three others who were injured were treated at the scene but refused further medical attention. The investigation continues. Follow our website for updated information. www.

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ditorium, which was brightly decorated for the occasion. President Jane Zamenzadeh warmly greeted the capacity crowd. She gave mucho praise to Co-Chairs Suzanne Decker, Nancy Fox and Vickie Vernon and the team of Civic Club members for their hard work in producing the gala event, which they had been planning since November of last year. Club members Darlene Crook and Marlene Enmark and their crew served up a delicious salad lunch. The

auction followed. Taking center stage were a variety of 100 items. With Auctioneer Anita Thompson in charge of the action, lucky winners took home quality items won with very small wagers. Outstanding, too, were silent auction items which included timeshares, a beautiful guitar donated and signed by Lionel Ritchie and a wonderful backyard fountain pedestal. Also, the money hat, a sombrero of course, had a generous $200 tucked away in

its floral decoration for a very lucky winner. Throughout the day several teenage girls, related members, helped out in several ways. This event is the Civic Club’s main annual fundraiser. The club year will be brought to a close in May. All money earned during the year and this event will be given away to 22 philanthropies voted by members and five education awards to qualifying high school seniors.

Woman's Club & Library Present Mother's Day Tea •By Phyllis Chapman•

The Sierra Madre Woman’s Club and The Sierra Madre Public Library will co-host a Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. This will be held at “Essick House,” the Woman’s Club historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre. You are invited to attend and enjoy this special event. For your pleasure a “liv-

ing history” portrayal of Louisa May Alcott will be presented by Valerie Weich. Weich has brought this beloved author to life numerous times for both adult groups and students. She is a past director of development for Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre and presently is founder of “Literary Lives,” an educational performing arts outreach for local students. The Tea follows her per-

formance. Also featured will be American Traditional Period Music performed on the hammered dulcimer and harp by Senara. Tickets are adults, $20.00, those under 17, $8.00. For reservations please call or Polly Bonnett (626) 355-7186, or Rosemary Morabito, (818) 415-6189. Proceeds benefit Sierra Madre Woman’s Club charities.

World Class Artists Journey to Sierra Madre Artists creating everything beautiful from ceramics to watercolors, jewelry to woodcarvings, are lining up to amaze and delight us at the 47th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair. Note Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, 2009, on your calendars. The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will again transform Sierra Madre’s Memorial Park into a cornucopia of color and beauty. Jewelry, Oil Paintings, Watercolors, Woodcarvings, Mixed Media, Glass, Photography, Pottery, Ceramics, Gourd Art and Lighting will

all be on display and available to be purchased, treasured and passed on to generations. Musicians Jane Fuller, String Planet, Cow Bop, The Tom Corbett Band, Vin Fizz Flyer, the Joel Penner Trio, and Ann Luke will provide a delightful musical backdrop to this weekend of sensational sensory sightings. The “Under the Sea Seed and Bead Mosaic” project for the kids will be sponsored by Sierra Madre’s Creative Arts Group. David Darbyshire and Myra Epstein are two local artists showing their art at the upcoming Fair. David works

in oils, watercolors and pencil. His objects of choice are airplanes. Visit his website at Myra prefers to work in watercolors and that is evident in the vibrant colors of her paintings. Visit her website at www. Be sure to mark Saturday, May 16, 2009, 9:30 – 6:00pm, and Sunday, May 17, 2009, 9:30 – 5:00pm on our calendars as a Must See Event Weekend. Memorial Park is located in Sierra Madre at 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd. 1 long block west of Baldwin Avenue.


On Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Sierra Madre City Hall, Don and Janet Heins will present “Two Tickets of Kuala Lumpur—Adventures in Borneo,” an armchair excursion to

the bustling political, economic and cultural capital of Malaysia. This is the last program in this season’s Traveler’s and Collectors series, which will resume in October. This event is free and

open to the public. For more information, call (626) 355-7186, or visit the Library’s website, Sponsored by The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library.

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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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Activist from 1 ranks with his fellow Sacramento Republicans in the assembly to vote for the budget deal that Schwartzenegger had crafted with Democrats. Three other Republicans joined in the vote on t he budget a nd t hey have faced the ire of party officials in actions that have included dumping the Minority Leader, threatening more recalls and removing Adams from San Bernardino County party leadership status which importantly includes financial backing for election campaigns. Recall proponents say that Adams gave his solemn word that he would not vote to raise taxes. The vote that passed both the Assembly and Senate in February after months of wrangling resulted in not only approval of the budget but an increase of 1% in the State sales tax, a quarter-percent raise in income taxes, and the nearly doubling of the vehicle registration fee. Adams defends his actions as a responsible step to get California out of its financial mess. At the time of the vote, the state faced a $42 billion budget deficit. The budget agreement set up the ballot measures, now known as 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 1F,

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59th District Assemblyman Anthony Adams is seen at the April 11 Glendora fundraiser during which he was served with a recall petition. Those seeking the recall must find about 36,000 registered voters in the District to agree to the action.

to close the deficit. These measures will be voted on in a special election on May 19. A state agency recently projected that the deficit may increase another $8 billion. It is this difficult budget outlook that brought Adams and two other Republicans to join the Republican Governor and the Democrats in an effort to control state spending and close the revenue gap. But, Schroeder and his partner in the effort, co-chair of Atlas PAC, Lee Lowrey, are

using political skills to show that Republicans stand firm behind a policy of not raising taxes and representatives who break with that position will be punished. The State Republican Party has meted punishment not only to Adams but to Roger Niello and Mike Villines in the Assembly and Roy Ashburn, Dave Cogdill and Abel Maldonado in the Senate by removing access to campaign funding. Adams’ response to the recall effort is fierce.

“We have two Orange County activists telling us how to spend our money in Los Angeles County,” Adams complained in a telephone interview. Adams is more than a little peeved that if the required 36,000 or so valid signatures of registered voters in the 59th District are found within 160 days, and the Governor calls for a special election, State law provides that the cost of the election will be borne

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Activist from 16 only by taxpayers within the District only, a cost that is estimated to come close to $1 million. Adams is angry that everyone in the District will be unfairly asked to pay for this action by outsiders. He allowed as how the 59th District has plenty of better ways to spend that money. “I will work diligently to make sure their efforts are not successful. I will do everything that is necessary. At the same time, I will not be derelict in my duties in Sacramento,” he asserted. Among other assignments, he serves as ViceChair of the Assembly Redistricting Committee, an important job given that a new Census will be taken in 2010 and population shifts are likely to change the political landscape. Also, new rules on shaping Districts will be implemented as a result of changes called for by voters in the November election. Although no campaign offices have been opened by Adams, plans are under way. “We have received calls and offers of support for the antirecall campaign. People want to do phone banks, post signs, and walk precincts,” he said. Interest in the recall has been unusual in that it has become part of KFI’s John and Ken show, the conservative talk-show hosts who steam at issues like this: what they see as a tax-invoking political traitor. Also, the out-of-town

nature of the Orange Countybased Atlas PAC, the organization behind the Adams recall, is seen as unique. The leading spokesman for the Atlas PAC, Mike Schroeder, has served Republicans in fund-raising efforts. He is a former chair of the California Republican Party, served as political aide to Orange County Sheriff, Mike Corona, and most recently was Political Director in Steve Poizner’s campaign for Insurance Commissioner. Locally, Monrovia resident and retired State Senator, Dick Mountjoy, who served the 59th District as Assemblyman from 1978 to 1994, appears to be making himself available as a candidate should the recall be successful. An internet site, Flash Report, said that Mountjoy’s name appeared first on the Recall Petition that was handed to Adams at the fund-raiser. Adams mused, “Mountjoy has indicated he would be a willing candidate should be recall succeed. But it won’t.” Although reports of financial support for the Atlas PAC have been reported, the local Committee to Recall Adams, listed at 417 B W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora #421 is in fact a UPS Store and #421 is a mail-box. A clerk at the store said that no one had been to the box, to her knowledge, “in a couple of months”.

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91006 USA. John Vostenak’s Real Estate Website is at http://www. , or can be reached directly at tel:1-626-6741330. John is also a member and an active contributor to the most popular Social Networks, like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, and many more. The Transnational Referral Certification was developed to help real estate professionals better serve clients and customers who are looking to buy or sell real property outside their own country and who will benefit from working with a real estate professional in that foreign market. TRC certified real estate professionals are trained not only in the mechanics of cross-border client referrals, but also in how to work in the client’s best interests in the same manner they would a domestic client. All TRCs

adhere to a national professional code of conduct. “In today complex market, where people are increasingly buying and selling internationally, whether for a resort or retirement home or as an investment, it’s important to work with someone who understands the local market and laws—particularly those that apply to foreign ownership,” said Vostenak. “The TRC helps me to ensure that my clients receive the same level of service and professionalism abroad that I provide them here at home.” In United states, only members of the National Association Realtors can earn the Transnational Referral Certification. Through ICREA, TRC certified professionals have access to a network of 2 million real estate professionals in more than 25 countries, 3 million list-

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Singles, Lawn Bowing Style Monrovia Relay for life Raises Awareness

The top four winners of the Santa Anita Bowling Green Club Singles Tournament are: Left to right: 4th place Margi Rambo, 3rd Gene Plunkett, 2nd Houdini Ho and 1st place Shuman Chan. Bowled at the Arcadia County Park Greens in Arcadia on the 2nd of April. - Photo Gayle Plunkett

Thursday the 2nd of April was the Santa Anita Bowling Green Club¹s Singles Tournament. It was held at their greens in the Arcadia County Park in Arcadia. The day started cloudy but the sun finally shown around noontime, as the bowlers were finishing up for the day. The usual format for the Floy Torvid Tournament is to play one game starting at 9 AM and then have lunch and finishing up the event by rolling another game. With singles, the games move quickly enough so that the first game ended before 10:30. The bowlers took a fifteen minute break and then played the second game, saving lunch for when the games were completed, shortly after noon. There were twelve bowlers participating. In a two game match, Plus points determine the winners. There were four individuals with two wins each, so the difference between your score and your opponent¹s score determines the number of Plus Points you receive and your placing in the event. Taking first place prize money was

Shuman Chan with two wins and 18 plus points. Second place was Houdini Ho with two wins and 11 plus points. Third place went to Gene Plunkett with two wins and 9 plus points and rounding out the top four was Margi Rambo proudly sporting two wins and eight plus points. Other bowlers were Dewey Tse, Jim and Mattie Miller, Doralyn Clauson, Steve Dowd, Dick Ashmore, Bill MacFarland, John Gonzales and Marinko Tudor. Yes that¹s thirteen total, but Bill MacFarland was a fill in bowler. The Santa Anita Bowlers hold tournaments each month, September through June. The game for May will be mixed doubles. One man and one lady on each team. Lawn bowling is an equal opportunity sport. The rules are the same for the ladies and gentlemen. There are events just for men and just for the ladies and co-ed events. Lawn bowling is a low impact aerobic type exercise. Great for those that have had to slow down their athletic activity due to age or injury. A game last about two hours. You walk just over one-quarter mile and lift a total of 125 pounds if you play fourteen ends and pick up your three pound bowls each end. The Santa Anita Bowling Green Club has two instructors that are just standing around waiting form someone to come and want to learn to bowl. If you would like to try this sport, give Pat Chiechi 626-287-8144 or Gene Plunkett 626-351-5327 a call and make arrangement for your free lessons. We will provide the equipment, and all you need is flat sole shoes (no heels) a cap or visor and the desire to learn the best kept secret in the sporting world. If you have a computer, visit our web site: www. lawn Lots of information for you there. . See you on the greens.

and Money For Cancer Research Ishika Muchhal ( 8 years old) has been the Global Cancer Fighters team captain the past four years. The young captain along with her friend and fellow dancer, Harika Kalidhindi ( 10) were part of the entertainment at the Relay for Life event Saturday in the park. Team Global Cancer fighters , one of many inspired teams who raised money over the weekend managed to clock up over $5,400 thus far. During the 24 hour event they raised an additional $650 selling food, facials , massage, threading and henna. Each year Relay for Life helps raise millions of dollars nationwide for cancer research. Since Relay For Life’s inception in 1985, countless individuals, teams, and communities have worked together to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those lost while raising awareness and much-needed funds for the fight against cancer. Relay volunteers are recognized in communities nationwide for their dedication to the mission of the American Cancer Society. The Society offers the Relay For Life Nationwide Awards and Recognition Program as a tribute to some of the nation’s most outstanding participants. The awards highlight the success of individuals, teams, and events that define the hallmarks of Relay For Life, while inspiring others across the nation. Those recognized as nationwide

Harika Kalidhindi

Photos by Terry Miller

Relay For Life award winners represent the very essence of what it means to be a Relay For Life volunteer. Winners will be announced in October.

The Mother’s Day Vintage Home Tour

Ishika Muchhal

•By Susan Motander•

The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group has announced its 29th Annual Mother’s Day Tour will feature the newly designated Wildrose Historic District. Seven of the Craftsman Homes in the district will be open to tour participants along with the Monrovia Historical Museum which features many redesigned exhibits. The organization is describing the tour as a chance to “relive the intimate lifestyle of a bungalow neighborhood street, walking from house to house... where front porches and sweeping lawns have been in-

viting neighborly exchange since the early 1900s. Advance ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+), and $6 for Teens. Children under age twelve are admitted free. Tickets are available at Monrovia Bakery, Paint n Play, the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, Crown City Hardware in Pasadena, and on Friday nights at the old Town Family Festival. They can also be purchased on line at Tickets purchased on the day of the tours on

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LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL’S 10TH ANNUAL CRYSTAL BALL La Salle High School will hold its 10th Annual Crystal Ball entitled Denim & Diamonds, on May 1st at the Langham Hotel and Spa in Pasadena. The 2009 honorees are LeAnn and Michael Healy of Altadena. The Crystal Ball is La Salle’s most important fund-raising event and provides tremendous support for its academic, art, athletic, and financial aid programs. Most significantly, La Salle enrolls five percent of

each entering freshman class into the San Miguel Scholarship Program, a need-based program for very low-income families. A gigantic silent and live auction will run throughout the evening, and a Hawaiian vacation will be raffled. A12-piece band will provide musical entertainment. For reservations or more information please call La Salle High School at 626.696.4312.


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Arcadia Firefighters’ Association



By Dorothy Denne

Our Annual

Day Trippin’

One of the fun things I use to enjoy doing was jumping in the car early in the morning and taking off for a day trip, sometimes with a destination in mind, sometimes not. It might have been with my husband or it might have been with a friend, or two, or three. Occasionally I would go alone and thoroughly enjoy the solitude. Not so much fun anymore. Too much traffic. No frequent gas stations where one can stop for help or for directions. Open countryside is getting further and further away as close-up gets filled by look-alike housing developments, hotels, and shopping malls. At the urban spots, it is now hard to find places to park--pull into a pay space

and the fee is likely to be as much as I paid for my first car. (I stretched that one a little, but you get the idea.) So, I’m now sometimes joining the group that I just yesteryear said I wasn’t ready for. I’m beginning to take bus tours. Remember the old Greyhound ads, “Leave the driving to us.?” I’m becoming more willing to do that. Willing and needy. I took one not long ago with some friends. It was fun but exhausting. The tour company wanted to give us our money’s worth, so we did a lot. We headed for L.A. and toured the Lady of the Angels Cathedral, toured the Kodak Theater, had a de-

licious late lunch at Farmers Market then walked, gawked, and shopped the Grove area. (I bought my husband a litltle $2.00 bag of candy and myself a $15.00 hat. Sounded fair to me since I was the one doing the walking. He stayed home.) We ended our tour with a ride on the $17billion subway to historic Union Station where our bus driver met us to bring us home. I can tell you, we were a different group crawling on that bus at 4:00 from the one we had been at 8:30 in the morning. On the way to the station I told my traveling partner, “I think I remember four steps getting into the bus. If there are five, I’ve had it. They will have to leave me in Los Angeles.” I wasn’t alone. Luckily, I remembered correctly. There were only four. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Day trippin’ on a tour is fun, but you know the main thing I learned from that tour? I’m too young to be this old.

TheGoodLife By Wally Hage


My environmentally sensitive “Green Queen” partner is eagerly supporting Environmental concerns. She is known throughout our neighborhood as the “Green Lady”. She proudly wears her Green Parka, with embroidered slogan “Save the Planet” along with her g reen slacks and matching green shoes and g loves. I f she wasn’t so short she could easily be mistaken for the “Jolly Green Giant. Her da i ly exercise wa l k s t h roughout ou r neighborhood pulling a travel bag like devise on wheels is a common occurrence. Now, she is not a dumpster jumper or beverage can and

bottle scavenger but she is a clean freak. In keeping our neighborhood tidy she picks up careless debris along her daily walking route and places it in her rolling garbage can. Lately our weekly supermarket trips have become increasingly more difficult and embarrassing for me. I can no longer greet the grocery checker, as my “Green Gal”, is always lecturing the checkout person for continuing to use plastic bags. She enthusiastically believes that we must lessen our dependence upon plastic grocery sacks and other plastic wraps that are clogging our landfills. However trying to carry all of our shopping items in “grandma’s old knit bag” is near impossible. But my spouse was not without another creative idea. She began to tell me about a new bag concept called “Rent-a-Bag”. She began to explain that celebrities should not be the only ones with designer bags. She indicated that there is a company known as Bag, Borrow or Steal that offers only the latest in designer bags. You can borrow a designer bag from them for as little as six dollars a week and you can exchange your Rent-a-Bag weekly or monthly. Once again, my “Green Queen claims that now she can be both environmentally sensitive and still make a fashion statement at the same time. She said, “Oh Honey I’m so excited, now I can have as many reusable rental bags as I need.” I thought to myself, a rental bag large or small she has them all … and for all reason! Oh Yeah, she will now have a “Bag for All Seasons.”

Pancake Breakfast May 2, 2009 7:00am - 12:00pm Fire Station No.106 630 S. Baldwin Ave.

$5.00 *** Bounce Houses, Jr. Firefighter Obstacle Course, Child ID Booths, Arts and Crafts, Raffle, Music, Community Educational Information And MUCH MORE!

All proceeds will benefit Arcadia Firefighters’ Association and its Charities. Tickets are available for purchase at the door on the day of the event or prior to the event at Arcadia City Hall and all Arcadia Fire Stations



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This Week in History

Historical Marker Dedication:

The Woman’s Club

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A new Historical Marker showcasing vintage photographs and descriptions of The Woman’s Club in Arcadia -- marking 95 years of service (78 years in the same building) -- will be unveiled during a formal dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at 324 S. First Ave. (across the street from First Avenue Middle School). The Arcadia Historical Society, in conjunction with the City of Arcadia, would like to invite the public and the media to join local dignitaries and residents in this short presentation of the fourth in a series of Markers being created by the Society under the slogan, “History Lives Here.” Immediately following the dedication, attendees are invited to a reception inside with sandwiches and refreshments hosted by The Woman’s Club. The new series of Historical Markers are part of the non-profit Society’s mission to create broader public awareness of noteworthy historical events, people, and landmarks in Arcadia. The ceremony will mark nearly 78 years since the May 4, 1931 groundbreaking for the building that was opened on July 30 of that year. Among the many services and events provided over the decades by The

Woman’s Club, the building served as a casualty center and as a venue for USO social events for servicemen during World War II. The Marker features an archive photograph of the building in 1936, as well as vintage pictures of a Club luncheon in 1922 and a garden part y in 1949. The Society’s first Historical Marker was presented during the Centennial Celebration of First Avenue Middle School in October 2007. That Marker will be permanently and prominently displayed near the sidewalk in front of the building when ongoing renovations at the property are complete. The second Marker was

-Photo by Terry Miller

dedicated last May near the peacock fountain at Los Angeles County’s Arcadia Park, and the third was dedicated last July at the location of the City’s original City Hall building on the northwest corner of Huntington Drive and First Avenue. The fifth Marker will be dedicated at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 16, as part of multiple activities that day to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, 3 8 8 W. Hu nt i ng ton Dr. Ruth Dunlop is president of the Arcadia Historical Society. The Historical Marker Committee is chaired by Scott Hettrick with members Ca rol L ibby, Ga r y Kovacic, Gene Glasco, Don Swenson, and former founding Committee member Jack McCrea, who co-produced the Woman’s Club Marker with Carol Libby. Contact the Arcadia Historical Society at 626.446.8512 for more information.


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Dog Food from 2 that can only mean, fill ‘er yet you just have not expepious quantities of freshly piped Sierra Madre foothill water straight from the john. Lid up, of course. Lucky Baldwins: Now Sir Eric has not frequented this place in quite some time. And sharing his canine culinary expertise with this establishment will not come easy to him. However, there is little Sir Eric won’t do to help save our downtown business district. Here we recall our carefree college days, and one of the things we enjoyed most during our academic years was drinking beer until we passed out. Only to wake up later in places we did not quite recognize. So here is my challenge to Lucky Baldwins. How many six dollar beers more must you serve a night to make up for the loss of your smoking trade? Fifty? One hundred? Why not do so by serving your fine handcrafted Belgian beers to dogs? When I was in college our pups were a lways inv ited to dr ink with us, and many was the time we laughed heartily as our canine pals staggered to a nearby grassy patch and passed out, their four little legs sticking straight up into the air. So why deprive Sierra Madre’s dogs of a similar yeasty joy? We recommend the purchasing of steel drinking bowls from Wal*Mart and placing them discreetly next to your outdoor dining tables. It won’t be long before some happy little guy looks up into your eyes in a way

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up again, please!

Cafe 322: Obviously most dogs do not get to hear enough jazz. I know I don’t, and I’m not a dog! So why not enrich your pal’s Great American Artistic Tradition with a full dinner at Cafe 322? Obviously this place would profit greatly by establishing the world’s first open air Dog Lounge. I would recommend they be served a hearty beef steak with baked potato and a nice saucer of watered red chianti. Or maybe a full bowl of t hose del icious oversized meatballs. This Friday The Bennett Brandies Trio is playing, and if you haven’t heard them

rienced what we call living, daddy-o. Bring the mutt, ma n. He’l l be howl i ng and yowling like he’s been taken on the first Coltrane to dog jazz heaven. KFC: You know, I hate to have to admit this, but out of all the places where the mong rel trade might be welcomed soon, I suspect a dog’s choice would be K FC. T he f i rst pr ior it y for our four legged friends is comfort food. Nothing fancy, or particularly overimagined, what dogs want the most is a quick gulp, a nice nap, and then a nature walk. And where else have human and canine dietary needs come together more perfectly than with KFC’s Famous Bowls? People and dogs, bot h gett ing t heir daily nutrition from a plastic bowl. Side by side. Just order two, one for you, and one for your buddy. Then sit out on the sidewalk and gobble ‘em down together. You g ive ‘em what t hey want, and they’ll just keep coming back for more. Well, I hope this has helped. I also do consulting on the topic, so if you need more information, please send a note to The Tattler e-mail address. Be sure to include your name, e-mail address, and a day time phone number. Sir Eric Maundry is the Editor of the Sierra Madre Taller, online at sierramad ret at t The web will always f it more than we can print, so be sure to pay the site a visit for daily updates on Sierra Madre’s latest secrets and scandals.

tour are in the 300 block of Wildrose which is one block south of Foothill Blvd., between Canyon and California Avenues. The museum is located in Park on Lemon Avenue, between Shamrock and Mountain. In additions to the tours

noted above, there will be docents in period costume, a nt ique “horseless” ca rriages, and al fresco dining opportunities. The tours provide a great family activity for Mother’s Day and a nice gift for “Mom” on her special day.

The Four Seasons Tea Room: Obv i ou s l y t he dog trade is going to be problematic here, so we would r e c om me nd t h a t t ho s e bringing their canines to this fine establishment only do so i f t hey a re ca re fully diapered. The dogs, I mean. But that said, there a re some rea l possibilities for increased business here. Many dogs in town suffer the kinds of obesity problems brought on from too rich a diet. So how about treating man’s best friend to tea sandwiches, egg salad with a tart olive spread, or even trimmed finger scones with cucumbers? Remember, if you love your friend, treat him to a healthy diet. The increased longevity your pal will enjoy can only bring years of happiness to you as well.

Mothers from 18 will increase by $3 per ticket and will be available only at the 300 block of Wildrose in Monrovia. Mother’s Day this year falls on May 10 and the homes and museum will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM. All the homes on the

Viva Monrovia Reads •By Susan Motander•

Monrovia Reads, the city’s nonprofit literacy foundation is celebrating Cinco de Mayo and working to raise funds at the same time. The event will take place at the Doubletree Hotel, 924 W. Huntington Dr., Monrovia on Monday, May 4th from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a Mexican Appetizer Buffet for $25 per person. There will also be No-Host Margaritas and Beer available. There will also be a chance to win a Four Course Wine Pairing Dinner for Eight at the Doubletree Hotel valued at $1,500 and assorted other

great prizes in the Opportunity Drawing. Tickets are just $10 each. For event or drawing tickets, contact Diane Delmatoff at (626)303-6600 or at Monrovia Reads can also be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 1033, Monrovia, CA 91017. The goal of Monrovia Reads is dedicating to making Monrovia a 100% literate community. It is also committed to creating and supporting an environment where reading is valued and resources are provided. It organizes and supports several literacy proj-

ects in Monrovia and the surrounding area. Among these events are: •Read Across Monrovia” - a read-in event in March and October at which community members read aloud to classes at the local schools. •The Pro-Active Tutorial (PAT) Program at the elementary, middle and high schools - supports struggling students in after school programs and assists others in college preparatory programs. •Monrovia Reads & Plays (MRP) - a mobile library and recreation vehicle which takes

Shaw from 1

-Photo by Terry Miller Monrovia election officials examine the ballots as Chapman Company Election Officials count the remaining ballots that confirmed Clarence Shaw was the winner over Becky Shevlin for a seat on the City Council

Coming 4th was incumbent Dan Kirby followed by Paul Larsen, John Wayne Carlson, Sandra Costello and Stephen Bray. But after the votes were counted, and ma ny ques tions were answered, some were still left wondering: Why did this Take So Long? There were 44 provisional ballots (people who went to the wrong precinct, people who lost their absentee ballots, and people who never received sample ballots and still wanted to vote). All these votes were placed in individual envelopes and sealed until the ability/identity of the person voting could be verified, i.e. that the person had not sent in an absentee ballot or was registered properly at some precinct in Monrovia and had already voted there. The same procedure was followed with the 157 absentee ballots which were turned in at the precincts. The precinct workers have no way of verifying these ballots (by signature) at the polls. These too are sealed until the signatures can be verified and the voting status validated (i.e. that they had not voted provisionally elsewhere). Complex enough yet? These sealed envelopes are kept secure in the city safe, by the city clerk, while the verification process is followed. After all the signatures and status were verified, 39 provisional ballots were certified. 146 signatures were verified for the absentee ballots. The

total of additional votes which were counted was 185. The reason for the one week delay is that it takes a while to check signatures with the County Clerk according to City Clerk Linda Proctor. Some can be verified by computer, others require the presence of one or more of the election officials going to the Clerk’s office and comparing signatures. This takes time. According to Assistant City Clerk Alice Adkins the last signature was not verified until after noon on Tuesday, April 21. Also an appointment had to be made with the consultants who actually run the machine which does the counting. They are Martin and Chapman, one of only three such firms in California. The counting was done in City Council Chambers starting at 3:00 p.m. The results were announced live on KGEM. Prior to the opening of the sealed envelopes, which was started at 2:00 p.m. today, the ballots are kept secure by the City Clerk. It is one of her jobs. No one but the clerk or other election officials have access to the ballots and no one has sole access. The results were announced and Joe Garcia was reelected (but that was clear on election night) and Clarence Shaw maintained his lead over Becky Shevlin and increased it by 2 so that he won election to the council by 25 votes. The counting of the additional ballots did not change

the final decisions in the matter of Mayor, City Clerk or City Treasurer, although all increased their vote totals. Regarding the Sharpie, Chad issue: Those ballots which did not have fully filled in bubbles had their bubbles filled with blue by the election officials, to make those marks clear. This allows the machine to count the votes and yet you can tell what was original and what was added. All workers must agree to this. And it was watched by everyone there. Shaw had people there and Shevlin’s husband was present as well. The results have been announced and will be certified and the new council members and mayor will be sworn in on May 5. The old council will start the meeting, Rob and Dan will step down. Mary Ann will be sworn in as mayor. And Joe and Clarence will also be sworn in. The new council, i.e. Mary Ann, Joe, Clarence and Tom, who rescinded his resignation, will then decide how Mary Ann’s now vacant council seat will be filled. They can hold a special election. They can appoint anyone for the balance of 2 years on that term (and this can be anyone, not just the next highest vote recipient). Or the seat can be left vacant. Mary Ann has already said that she feels that the office should go “to someone who showed enough interest to run for office.”

books, games and sports to the community, providing literacy and recreational services to children, youth and adults. •Book Grant Program - provides middle and high school classes with teacherselected literature when lack of school funding prevents purchase, helping students complete reading assignments and then allowing them to keep the new books for their own

personal libraries. •New Book Distributions - gives new books to community’s children. These are held in conjunction with the Foothill Unity Center’s Christmas and Back-to-School distributions, the City of Monrovia’s Community Services Department’s Spring Egg Hunt and the Police Department’s Parenting Classes (distributing new books to families with children in

poverty or low economic status where many households have little or no reading material) For more information on any of these programs or to volunteer or donate to the organization or any of its programs, please contact Diane Delmatoff (626)303-6600; ddelmatoff@”, or Monrovia Reads, P.O. Box 1033, Monrovia, CA 91017.

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You can find by vote totals for each office, by precinct, online at www.

PET OF THE WEEK Nike from last time is still available.

Sammy, a fantastic, three year old cat is in need of a home. He loves people and is even more beautiful in person. Sammy is a “Manx” and therefore has an untraditional knotted tail. He would prefer to be the only cat in the home and has a heart murmur that will need to be monitored with regular check ups with a veterinarian. This handsome boy is neutered and can go home with you today! 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 A246379 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 www.

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Sunday, April 5: 1. Shortly before 9:00 a.m., units responded to Santa Anita Inn, 130 West Huntington, regarding a female suspect cursing and yelling at hotel guests. A 61-year-old African-American was contacted and a record check revealed that she had a $30,000 outstanding misdemeanor warrant, so she was taken into custody. During the booking process, the suspect kicked a police employee while a search of her person was conducted. The suspect was also charged with assault on a custodial officer. 2.Officers were dispatched to a local hospital around 4:12 p.m. in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon incident that occurred in Arcadia. The victim advised that he was walking to First Avenue Middle School to play basketball when several male suspects approached and beat him with hard objects, possibly baseball bats. He was struck in the head, back, and hands. The suspects then fled the scene, and a friend took the victim to the hospital. The 17-year-old victim sustained a laceration to the back of his head, swelling and redness to his head and back, broken fingers, and possibly a broken or fractured arm.

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3.Around 11:52 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at Tokyo Japanese Lifestyle located at Westfield Mall. Investigation revealed that an unknown male suspect entered the store via the back door by unknown means and stole money and a cash register. The theft was captured by security cameras. 4.Units responded to the 00 block of West Palm regarding a sexual battery incident that occurred on April 5, between noon and 12:30 p.m. The victim advised that the residential complex handyman came to her unit to check on a microwave. The male Hispanic, 40-50 years of age, grabbed the victim and hugged her for several minutes. When she was able to break free, he then began to massage her shoulders and pulled her back towards him so he could thrust himself against her.

Tuesday, April 7: 5.At 1:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Peacock parking structure located at Westfield Mall in reference to a battery and vandalism incident. The male victims advised that they were walking to their car when they saw about 10 male Asians. Once they entered their vehicle, the suspects surrounded the car and began hitting and kicking the vehicle, causing dents and scratches. One suspect opened the passenger door and punched one of the victims in the face. 6.A bank robbery occurred at Bank of the West, 1155 West Huntington, around 2:18 p.m. A male African-American suspect, approximately 35 years of age, 5’11”, presented a demand note to a bank teller. The note also indicated that he had a bomb and would detonate the bomb if the teller should activate the alarm. Fearing for everyone’s safety, the teller handed money to the suspect. An area check was conducted, but the suspect was not found.

Wednesday, April 8: 7.Shortly before 1:00 a.m., a traffic collision occurred at Baldwin and the 210 Freeway. A 29-year-old female Asian driver lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a City sign and

two trees. Officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from her person, so a field sobriety test was conducted. It was determined that she was operating the vehicle while under the influence and was taken into custody. 8.Between 10:00 p.m. on April 7 and 1:00 p.m. on April 8, an auto burglary occurred in the 00 block of Duarte. Unknown suspect(s) smashed a car window and removed a GPS system.

Thursday, April 9: 9.A victim came to the station around 2:59 p.m. in reference to an identity theft report. Unknown suspect(s) used the victim’s personal information to open a Kohl’s credit card account and made over $300 in purchases. 10.Around 9:22 p.m., a driver was seen skidding into the intersection at Baldwin and Gate 8, while facing a solid red light. A traffic stop was initiated and a 24-year-old male Hispanic driver was contacted. Officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person, and a field sobriety test revealed that he was operating the vehicle while intoxicated. An open bottle and an unopened bottle of beer were found in his truck, and a record check also indicated that he was in violation of driving restrictions set on his license. He was only allowed to drive to and from work, and to and from DUI program activities. The driver became aggressive and belligerent towards officers, and when he was finally subdued and placed in the patrol unit, he leaned back and kicked violently at the rear passenger door. The man was charged with DUI and resisting/ obstructing.

Friday, April 10: 11.A residential burglary occurred between 5:30 p.m. on April 9 and 7:15 a.m. on April 10. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home that is under construction and stole a stove and construction tools for a total loss of about $2,500. 12.Between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., a grand theft from vehicle occurred at El Monte and Duarte. Unknown suspect(s) entered the car via an unlocked door and removed an iPod, GPS system, Bluetooth, two designer handbags, and four pairs of sunglasses. The total reported loss was around $2,500.

Saturday, April 11: 13.Units responded to South Baldwin and Woodruff around 6:45 a.m. in reference to a non-injury vehicle collision. A 52-year-old intoxicated male Hispanic driver rear-ended a tractor trailer. A record check revealed that the driver was operating the vehicle with a suspended license, and a cup of beer and an open bottle of whiskey were found in the car. The man was arrested at the scene without incident. 14.Four businesses were vandalized between 6:00 p.m. on April 10 and 3:30 p.m. on April 11. Unknown suspect(s) smashed glass doors and windows at Jade Orient Express, 200 block of East Live Oak; Mays Department Store, 100 block of East Live Oak; B-S Thrift Store, 00 block of East Live Oak; and Carmines Pizza, 300 block of East Live Oak.

SIERRA MADRE Monday, April 6th:

BLOTTERS 5:55 AM – Arrest, Grand Theft Auto, 100 block Esperanza Ave. A Los Angeles Times newspaper deliveryman reported his pickup truck was stolen when he left his keys inside his truck as he got out to deliver a newspaper. LA Sheriff’s deputies later arrested two suspects in El Monte on Tuesday after a witness saw the men driving the stolen truck. The truck was recovered. One man was on parole. Sierra Madre officers took custody of the men and booked them for auto theft. 7:06 AM – Auto Burglary, 400 block N. Baldwin Ave. A suspect entered a locked car parked in a carport by smashing the window and rummaging the vehicle. Nothing was taken.

Tuesday, April 7th: 11:55 AM – Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License, 3800 block Greenhill Rd, Pasadena. An officer stopped a motorist for an equipment violation and learned that his driver’s license was suspended/revoked. The driver was cited and released on a written promise to appear. 1:51 PM – Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License, Mariposa Ave. and Hermosa Ave. An officer stopped a motorist for a traffic violation and learned that the motorist’s driver’s license was suspended/revoked. The driver was cited and released on a written promise to appear.

Wednesday, April 8th: 3:49 AM – Petty Theft, 200 block S. Mountain Trail Ave. The victim reported the theft of his in-dash stereo/CD player and other items from his unlocked car. The victim discovered the theft as he was walking out to his car and saw a dark colored sedan leave the area with its headlight turned off. The victim tried to follow the sedan but lost sight of it. The loss was valued at $180.00. 1:51 PM – Arrest, Bench Warrant & Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License, 400 block N. Mountain Trail Ave. An officer stopped a motorist because he had a $30,000.00 bench warrant for his arrest. The motorist’s driver’s license was suspended/revoked. The driver was arrested for the warrant 7:07 PM - Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License, 400 block W. Sierra Madre Blvd. An officer stopped a motorist was stopped for a traffic violation and learned that the motorist’s license was suspended/revoked. The driver was cited and released on a written promise to appear.

9:30 PM – Grand Theft Auto, 300 block Toyon Rd. The victim’s locked 2009 Ford F350 white pickup truck with a diesel engine, was taken from the street in front of the residence. The suspects used a credit card from the victim’s wallet to buy food and other items at gas stations and Wal-Mart in Baldwin Park and Glendora. The victim had left the wallet inside the center console.

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Police from 1 were even those cynics who zation. And if you recognized without association members on most calls.” In other words, with their own variations on Sierra Madre And Police Reach ‘Historic Agreement’ - “It ends years of discord between the city and POA” Mayor Joffe Discord that resumed a few short months later after the passage of the Utility User Tax hike with a Police Officers A ssociat ion initiated lawsuit against the City of Sierra Madre. Apparently this short love match was only a onesided affair, with this caddish Police Officers Association quickly leaving (by then former) Mayor Joffe at the altar. Oh, and the taxpayers of Sierra Madre holding the very large bill both parties left behind. The MVO article continued with this little bit of unmedicated delirium: “Ever yone clapped, cheered and shook hands as the City Council approved during a special meeting Tuesday night, the first police pay raise in years. The increase is subject, however, to Sierra Madre voters approving an increased Utility Users Tax on April 8, 2008.” Of course, not everyone was quite that chipper. Many who read the agreement worked out by Mayor Joffe and the POA realized that this, along with a much higher UUT rate, was going to be a large new financial burden on the City’s taxpayers. And there

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took this to actually be a fairly serious defeat for the City of Sierra Madre, with the joy offensive by the paper merely an attempt to put a pretty face on it all. All something that could very well have hurt the re-election chances of MVO darlings Enid Joffe and John Buchanan if not properly spun. So who is this Police Officers Association that so completely took City Hall to the cleaners? Turns out that its leadership isn’t quite as local as you might have assumed. Here’s a passage from a March 21, 2009 article in the Union Tribune dealing with an acrimonious Police labor dispute in Escondido. “The association should be like a quiet giant in the position of, ‘Do as I ask and don’t p--- me off,’ the law firm advises ... As the fight between the City and the Escondido Police Officers Association unfolds, the association appears to be taking some of its cues from the hardball battle plan devised by Lackie, Dammeier & McGill of Upland, which is representing the association in negotiations ... The law firm was founded by a former deputy sheriff, Michael Lackie, and a former police officer, Dieter Dammeier, and represents more than 120 public safety unions in California.” Among those 120 “public safety unions” represented by these gentlemen is the Sierra Madre Police Officers Organi-

the names of Lackie and Dammeier you get extra points because those are the two gentlemen that won for their clients this stunning victory at the expense of Sierra Madre. How they did it really shouldn’t be all that big a secret to anyone. Because if you go to the Lackie, Dammeier &

publicly chastising council members for their lack of concern for public safety. * Billboards: Nothing seems to get more attention than a billboard entering the city limits which reads that crime is up and the City could care less about your safety. The message being City councils

perform the job in malingering slo-mo, thus inflating the need for more officers and better pay and benefits. * Focus on an individual: “Avoid spreading your energy. Focus on a city manager, council person, mayor or police chief and keep pressure on until that person assures you of his loyalty

McGill website, you will actually be able to read all about the kinds of hardball tactics that have made them the leaders in their field. Some of which you might recognize from what happened here in Sierra Madre. In a March 23, 2009 piece called “Caring for union cops, not their bully tactics,” syndicated columnist Logan Jenkins highlighted a few of them for us: * Storm City Council: No meeting should take place

love crime and hate safety. (Remember all those Arcadia billboards last year?) * Job Fair: Encourage cops to sign up at job fairs, sending an alarming, but false, signal of imminent flight from the department, leaving virtually no one to protect the public from gangs, parolees and sex offenders. * Work Slowdown: Drive the speed limit, make investigations as time-consuming as possible, while “asking for back-up

and then move on to the next victim.” Victim? You heard it right. * Press Conferences: “Every high-profile crime that takes place should result in the association’s uproar at the governing body for not having enough officers on the street, which could have avoided the incident.” Read: Exploit suffering, fear and anger. * In its summation, Lackie, Dammeier & McGill acknowledges that cops often come up

the theme of beating public officials into submission. “Just keep in mind, the idea is to annoy your opponents into giving in to your position and almost equally as important, to let them know that next time they should agree with you much sooner.” In the same issue of the MVO cited at the beginning of this article, then Mayor Enid Joffe, in her “Coffee with Joffe” column for that week (grandly entitled “Peace In Our Time?”), had this to say: “The entire MOU (Memo Of Understanding) is conditioned on the passage of the proposed Utility User Tax (UUT) ballot initiative approved by the City Council on December 18th. Without approval of the Measure, the POA agreement is null and void, and we will all go back to our previous adversarial positions.” I can only assume that by “adversarial positions” the mayor was referring to a possible return by the POA to the kinds of hardball tactics described on the Lackie, Dammeier &McGill website. The ones that drove City Hall to cry uncle and get their MOU on. Which, judging how the UUT vote turned out, worked quite well for our Police Department. Visit Sir Eric Maundry at


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BUYING ½ Cent 1793 ................................................... $1,000 and up ½ Cent (other) ................................................ $5 and up Large Cent 1793 ............................................. 1,000 and up 2¢ Pieces ........................................................ $3 and up 3¢ Pieces ........................................................ $3 and up ½ Dimes 1794-1805 ....................................... $500 and up ½ Dimes 1829-1873 ....................................... $5 and up U.S. 5¢ 1866-1882 ........................................ $3 and up U.S. 5¢ 1883-1912 ........................................ 25¢ and up U.S. 5¢ Buff .................................................. 15¢ and up U.S. 10¢ Before 1808.................................... $100 and up U.S. 10¢ 1809-1837 ...................................... $8 and up U.S. 10¢ 1838-1891 ...................................... $5 and up U.S. 20¢ 1875-1878 ...................................... $25 and up U.S. 20¢ 1796 ............................................... $5,000 and up U.S. 25¢ 1804-1807 ...................................... $100 and up U.S. 25¢ 1815-1837 ...................................... $15 and up U.S. 25¢ 1838-1891 ...................................... $5 and up U.S. 50¢ 1796-1797 ...................................... $15,000 and up U.S. 50¢ 1794-1806 ...................................... $75 and up U.S. 50¢ 1807-1837 ...................................... $25 and up U.S. 50¢ 1838-1891 ...................................... $10 and up U.S. $1.00 1794 ............................................ $25,000 and up U.S. $1.00 1795-1805 ................................... $500 and up U.S. $1.00 1836-1839 ................................... $150 and up U.S. $1.00 1840-1877 ................................... $20 and up Trade Dollars.................................................. $50 and up 1906-S and 1931-S......................................... $20 and up 1909-S VBD................................................... $400 and up 1914-D ........................................................... $75 and up 1910-S, 1911-S, 1912-S, 1913-S, 1914-S, 1915-S, 1922-D, 1926-S and 1931-D............................. $5.00 1924-D ........................................................... $15 All other before 1934 2¢ each Foreign Coins (exc. Canada cents) ................ 3¢ each and up Proof Sets Confederate Currency (before 1928) U.S. Paper Currency (before 1928) AVERAGE PRICES - COMMON DATE - 1964 AND BEFORE Silver Dollars (before 1935) .. $9 to $25,000 Half Dollars.................................................... $4 to $5 Quarters .......................................................... $2 to $3 Dimes ............................................................. 80¢ to $1.50


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