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MONROVIA COUNCIL ADOPTS AUSTERE BUDGET CUTTING EMPLOYEES, PROGRAMS Monrovia’s City Council has adopted a balanced but austere two-year budget that cuts employees and trims programs in the face of continued revenue losses due to the national economic downturn. The Council, in a unanimous vote Tuesday, June 16, closed a potential $2.6 million gap in the budget caused primarily by decreasing sales tax revenues. As many as 22 current City jobs are being eliminated, including a round of layoffs this month that cut four positions on top of the 10 spots that were either eliminated or not filled during the past two years. In addition, 12 current employees are taking an earlyretirement buyout between now and October. Their positions will not be filled. Other cuts will come through attrition, and some currently open spots will not be filled. The City is still negotiating with employee associations, seeking changes in labor contracts that will provide additional savings and com-

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THURSDAY, JUNE 25 - JULY 1, 2009 VOLUME 14, NO. 26

City Manager: Sierra Madre Has No Surplus

Elaine Aguilar, Sierra Madre City Manager, discusses the city budget at Tuesday evening’s regular city council meeting. Photo by Terry Miller

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Pasadena Police and Health Dept. Conduct Illegal Vendor Sweep

Officers go through a street vendor’s cart before confiscating the cart when the man was found cutting fruit. According to city officials, this is health code violation effectively puts this vendor out of business. - Photo by Terry Miller

The Pasadena Police, responding to complaints of illegal street vendors, or those with insufficient permits, executed a sweep Saturday to determine if said street vendors were licensed and had the appropriate health certificates to conduct business within the city limits. Despite the cool, rainy weather Police did manage

to find several street vendors who did not come up to compliance with the laws. When police approached a vendor at Washington Park, they noticed he was cutting fruit and was not permitted to do so. He was therefore in violation of the municipal code and faces a fine of up to $1000 and had his cart con-

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Local Physicians Push for Health Care Reform with Event this Weekend Earlier this month Ellin and Harry Lieberman hosted a full house of OFA activists at their home in South Pasadena to discuss healthcare reform. That June 8th meeting sparked lively discussion on types of healthcare reform, with many attendees sharing personal stories of health care and health insurance nightmares. This Saturday marks the widely publicized the rollout of President Obama’s National Health Care Day of Service, part of his Organizing for America program, in which Mr. Obama has called upon legions of grassroots supporters who helped him win the Whitehouse to help once again by hosting and participating in healthcare reform related events all across the country. The Liebermans, who were instrumental in the local, grassroots campaign last November, are now spearheading this next phase of the movement by hosting another event this Saturday in Pasadena. According to Dr Ellin

Lieberman, this weekend is a chance for Americans to turn the page and move toward meaningful and long overdue health care reform. “The legislation is being crafted in Congress – both houses. The House of Representatives began their Committee deliberations on June 23rd and will continue until all committees finish

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ARCADIA MUNICIPAL WORKERS REDUCE CITY BUDGET DEFICIT In response to the city’s concerning budget shortfall, Arcadia’s police officers, firefighters, and other municipal employees have conceded to reduce their annual salaries and forgo certain health benefits, a move that city officials hope will significantly reduce the deficit. Arcadia is not the first city to implement such a policy. In light of the state’s financial crisis, cities across California have resorted to cutting the salaries of municipal employees in order to close gaping budget gaps, often against the adamant protests of worker unions. In the case of Arcadia, city employees met the salary deferral proposal with amicability, peaceably consenting to assist the council’s efforts in eliminating the gap in the recently passed $48 million budget. City Manager Don Penman approached the four city employee unions—the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association (APOA), the Arcadia Firefighters’ Association (AFA),

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Costly Routine New District Maintenance in Ranger for Angeles National Forest Sierra Madre BY MORGAN CARPENTER

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The Sierra Madre City Council awarded a contract to the Carbon Activated Corporation for the Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Replacement Project as part of Sierra Madre’s water filter system. The system constructed in 2005 to remove traces of ground water contamination. This is the first replacement of the system since its construction. Bruce Inman, the Director of Public Works, called the project “a costly, routine maintenance item”. Despite its heavy cost - weighing in at $153,000 - Sierra Madre has “actually been fortunate”, according to Inman. He says this replacement has been budgeted annually since 2005, but it is the first time that Sierra Madre has had to actually replace the GAC component.

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Bob Blount begins this month as one of three district rangers on the Angeles National Forest. In his new position, Blount will oversee operations on the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger District, which stretches from Interstate 5 between Castaic and Pyramid Lake, east to Wrightwood, CA, on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains. The area encompasses 370,000 acres of public lands, much of it bordering on the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Wrightwood. Blount is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and is a decorated Fire Cont rol, Safety and Weapons Officer in the United States Navy. After nine years of active duty, including tours in Vietnam, Blount spent most of his career in the real estate business. He also obtained a post graduate degree from

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Shopping Skills 101 Shopper Training‌without it shopping could become pocket draining. Not long ago I read a newspaper article advocating that high school students should be required to take consumer-shopping courses. They are capable of calculating the circumference of the Moon and the precise distance to Mars, but they have few skills in managing money, making change and purchasing techniques. Their impulsive desires to have everything now over shadows their judgment and their reasoning to recognize the value of items and the advantages of shopping for bargains. At my house however, shopping knowledge and shopping techniques are certainly not a problem. My big game bargain-hunting spouse has a special intuition for finding where and when the big sales are going on. Be it thrift store, parking lot sale, midnight madness or a close out sale, it doesn’t matter she will be there. When it comes to shopping I won’t say that my Shopping Genius partner has a Master’s Degree, but she truly is a master bargain manipulator. My Coupon Courier carries what she calls her coupon pouch. A secondary purse with index tabs that categorizes her various types of coupons. She has a separate coupon file for Supermarket items, Pharmacy needs, Restaurant Two for One dinning, Theatre Discounts, Resort Hotel Promotions and Las Vegas Casino Buffet Freebie’s. She also carries an electronic daily reminder device that indicates sale dates, locations and coupon expiration dates. She keeps a list of advertising flyers that have coupon offers and keep current information on the days that each flyer is published and distributed. You might say that she is a Professional Coupon Clipper. To perfect her skills, she attends a weekly coupon club meeting where Expert Coupon Clippers meet to exchange coupons and ideas and to receive current information on upcoming Manufacturer Mail-in Offers. Her coupon diligence is just a part of the methodology that she uses in perfecting her daily shopping techniques. Not long ago I foolishly agreed to go supermarket shopping with my Shopaholic Queen. It was an unforgettable experience. As she browsed the meat counter, she continuously quizzed the butcher if specific items were going on sale, if there was a discount if she bought in quantity and could she have a senior citizen discount on her purchases. Finally she coaxed the butcher to open four pre-wrapped packages of pork chops just so that she could select the best four pork chops for our dinner. The butcher’s shoulder shrug and the disgusted look he gave me, made me walk away quickly. Soon she swaggered over toward the fruit and vegetable counter where she began to box her own strawberries. She took all of the big yummy one’s from the tops of all the other boxes. I cringed and

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CITY NEWS

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Budget from 1 plete the budget balancing. The negotiations center on eliminating merit raises and performance bonuses for at least the next year to ward off further personnel cuts. The new f i s c a l pl a n s take effect July 1. Negotiations with employee groups are expected to be completed before that date. Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said that, “We’ve had to make some very hard choices, but the result is that Monrovia remains strong, it’s finances are secure and we can continue to move forward. These are difficult times, but with careful management, we’ll weather them just fine.” She said that, “The budget has been balanced through personnel cuts and cost savings, the freezing maintenance and operations budgets at previous years’ levels, the deferring of capital expenses wherever possible, and few if any new programs.: The new budget, which covers fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, calls for expenditures of about $60 million each year, about half of that involving the General Fund, which is financed through sales taxes, property taxes and charges for services. Cutting back on personnel, explained City Manager Scott Ochoa, will mean some decline in City services – a longer turnaround time on engineering plan checks and longer periods between trimming of parkway trees, for instance. Other anticipated consequences of the cutbacks include a scaling back of community events such as the Fourth of July fireworks show, which has been cancelled this year; a cutback in the number of summer concerts; elimination of the Food, Wine and Jazz Festival; the Canyon Park Haunted Hike and the Halloween Home Decorating Contest. Passport services in the City Clerk’s Office will be affected, as will the turnaround time on public records requests. The Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team will be limited to just two classes. The Library will reduce Children’s Story Times to just one per age group. City Departments are also being reorganized in the face of personnel and funding cuts: (1) Public Works is consolidating its Operations Division into Infrastructure Maintenance and Engineering Divisions. (2)Community Services has consolidated mid-management positions in its Recreation and Library Divisions. (3)Community Devel-

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Duke University. Having spent several yea rs i n t he private sector, Blount is excited about returning to

public service. “I’ve had a wonderful career and now I’d like to give something back,” he said. An avid fisherman, Blount and his wife have been frequent visitors to several national forests and parks. “I love the outdoors and I want my

grandkids to be able to enjoy the same experiences in nature that I have.” Blount a nd his w ife have three daughters, two of whom live in Virginia and one of whom is currently working for the State Department in Pakistan.

New District Ranger Bob Blount will oversee operations in one of three districts of the Angeles National Forest. His area, the Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers District, is shown here in dark green.

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dence and collected all the perishable goods. The vendor who spoke no English was initially unable to provide

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opment will be using consultants and contractors to make up for the loss of personnel. (4)The Administration Department is downsizing Records Management. Although there are some new programs and initiatives called for in the budget, few of the dollars to pay for those will come from the City’s General Fund. Nearly all of those new projects will be funded by grant monies and other restricted dollars already set

Surplus from 1 BY MORGAN CARPENTER Over t he pa st few weeks, some community members have been sent into a frenzy do to the belief that Sierra Madre has a million dollar surplus, and many people are quite dubious as to why the Utility Users Tax (UUT) was even necessary at this point. Yet, contrary to popular belief, Elaine Aguilar, the Sierra Madre City Manager, is firm on saying that “Without the UUT, we would have a budget deficit.” This “$1 million dollar surplus” is only a one-time

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occurrence, and cannot be expected to happen again. But, this surplus is not simple as it sounds. A large portion of the $1 million dollars is being redistributed from the General Fund, because that portion contains interest from other funds dedicated to different departments within the city. T he economy a lso played a huge role in generating the surplus. The 200607 year hit the beginning of the huge real estate boom, which triggered home sales, allowing for property value reassessments and, almost certainly, an increase in the amount of tax collected on t he proper t ies. T hat means more money for the city when the value of the home is raised. Two of the most famous examples of this increased property tax revenue are the One Carter and Stonehouse properties, which caused a significant increase in a single year after they were sold at the top of the real estate bubble. But as we’re all too aware, property values, and the subsequent property tax revenue, have leveled off, to say the very least. That means there will be no increased revenue from property tax in the midst of the nation’s current financial state. Still, the City predicts

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ART OF LIVING

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Proof Can be Found at Pasadena’s Madonnaris Sierra Madre Playhouse Cover Paseo with Pastels BY FRAN SYVERSON

Can’t stand math? Always hated it? Don’t let that scare you away from seeing “Proof,” the prizewinning drama now at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. True, the theme focuses on a mathematical proof sought for centuries by mathematicians, and now perhaps— just perhaps—it may at last have been found. But what we watch unfold is the interplay amongst four people connected to the proof and to each other in complex and fascinating relationships. Onstage we have romance, humor, frustrations, sisterly rivalry, and Robert, a deceased mathematician. (Yes, deceased!) A professor and academic at the University of Chicago, Robert searched his entire life for a proof of an elusive prime number theorem. (Never mind—we don’t need to understand prime numbers to understand the brilliant, sharp dialogue among the actors.) What we see is that Robert’s search for his proof began to veer away from the rational as his mind increasingly led him into madness. To care for him in his illness, his younger daughter Catherine left college, thus sacrificing her goal of studying math—for she inherited his talents for numbers. During her father’s decline she continued studying on her own, often aided by his notes, in which occasional glimpses of lucidity spurred her on. Now, Robert has died and it’s the week of his funeral. Claire, the older daughter, has come home from her career

in New York. Amidst the tensions, Catherine also is at odds with herself. Has she inherited her father’s genes, not only of brilliant math ability, but also tendencies toward imbalance? Claire suspects as much, and sets about to sell the house and take Catherine back to New York “for her own good” and so she can watch over her younger sister. She’s wellmeaning enough, but only on her own terms. Amidst the emotional outbursts between the sisters, along comes Hal. The 28-yearold mathematician was Robert’s protégé at the university. He’s been sent to seek any clues in the professor’s latest meandering scribblings. Claire resents Hal’s delving into her father’s recent works, considering it pointless. Robert had, by his own definition, peaked in his early 20s with insightful contributions to his field. Then came his slow decline, exacerbated by the madness. Catherine also resents Hal’s intrusion; moreover, she fears and distrusts his motives in searching through her father’s 103 notebooks. If he should find something significant, would he present it to the world, claiming the proof as his own? Slowly, however, trust builds between them, and Hal begins to lift Catherine from the despair she feels at losing her father and from the sheer fatigue of having cared for him through years of his vacillating moods. Indeed, after the funeral they find themselves becoming tender

and romantic. “Proof” is rife with argument and confrontation among the foursome, of the cutting things we all say when we’re in a rage. In contrast, there are poignant moments when complete silence speaks more loudly than any words could. Skillful flashbacks provide the background to earlier moments when we see the love and devotion between father and daughter—a bond, however, that was not without its competitive aspects. (The playbook offers helpful notes on Act II’s timelines.) Did you see the movie of “Proof”? The Playhouse doesn’t have Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hope Davis on stage. But the cast of J.P. Bumstead, Alesa B. Gantz, Chris Payne, and Laurie Naughton Okin (Robert, Catherine, Hal and Claire, respectively) can hold their heads high in this production! All are perfect for their roles. And demanding roles they are. Director Barbara Schofield brings out just the right nuances—no easy task when there is so much rapidfire talk and such heightened emotions. So effective is the acting that it was surprising on opening night not to hear enthusiastic applause at every scene-break. Perhaps the audience was simply too engaged themselves in the drama to respond overtly. The endings of both acts are stunners. It’s not often that the conversation at the final curtain ends with an ellipse, but “Proof” dramatically does so…. What a Chicagoan setting depicts Robert’s and Catherine’s home! The red brick walls, the wicker table and chairs on the wooden porch and steps, lace curtains at the window, and, of course, books stacked on the table. It’s complete in every detail, right down to the downspout, a bird house, and several wind chimes—chimes that almost take on a role themselves. Through the kitchen door and an open window, the interior of the house is alluded to. David Calhoun can take credit for this artistry of authenticity. Calhoun’s construction crew comprises Jack Shipston, Karen Young, John Dimitri, Chris Varela, Estelle Campbell (also stage manager), Justin Larsen, Marilyn Coen, and Elaina Present, in addition

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Father’s Day Weekend

Now in its 17th year, artists and over 25,000 sticks of pastel chalks found their way into the hands of hundreds of Madonnaris who come from all across Southern California and points beyond to spend two days on hands and knees creating spectacular murals on concrete areas the size of two city blocks. The first day, Saturday was a bit wet but by late afternoon the skies had cl;eared and In every style imaginable, from classical to contemporary, whimsical and fantastic to socially relevant, the murals were designed and created by independent artists as well as teams representing art schools, museums and cultural centers. The artists are a diverse group, representing many ethnicities and age ranges. Prestigious cultural festivals in Europe, North and South America celebrate this traditional art form and are popular attractions for artists, art lovers and people from all walks of life.. Joining Pasadena Chalk Festival again this year, were popular artists Arlou Somo, Randall Williams, Anne Marie Darrach, Esther Petschar, Henry Colchado, Daniel Ramirez, and animation artist Melody Severns, who

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Cruising the Columbia River aboard an American Safari Yacht, Part 2

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It t ook 15 g r uel i ng months for explorers Lewis and Clark to reach the Pacific Ocean on their epic Corps of Discovery expedition. The journey, which began in St. Louis in 1804, took them up the Missouri River, over the Rocky Mountains, and down the Snake and Columbia Rivers, to the sea. It was here, near Astoria, Oregon, that the team celebrated the first American overland expedition to the Pacific Coast. It was also here that my own journey down the Columbia River began last October. Led by American Safari Cruises, the eight-day sojourn down the river covered much of the same Pacific Northwest territory as Lewis and Clark investigated 150 years earlier. The only major difference between my trip and that of the historic explorers was that I traveled safely aboard a 105-ft luxurious motor yacht while they traversed unknown dangers, slept on the ground, and relied on canoes with paddles for mobility. Last week, in Part 1 of

my story, I left off at the end of my first day aboard the Safari Spirit. Day 2 began with Italian sausage and eggs for breakfast, followed by a tour of the Columbia River Maritime Museum. One of the best museum’s of the sea on the West Coast, the facility is highlighted by interactive exhibits on tug boats; lighthouses; the Coast Guard; and the dangers vessels face when crossing between the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean, a deadly confluence known as the “graveyard of the pacific” because of so many shipwrecks caused by tidal changes. After the museum, the captain parked the yacht in secluded Cathlamet Bay in the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge. Here the crew unloaded kayaks and a skiff from the back of the boat and we went exploring. On the excursion we saw bald eagles, sea caves, tiny deserted islands, and river banks teeming with trees of brown, yellow, orange and green. Back on board the boat,

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crew members Dirk and Rachael were having fun swinging into the water from the third- deck crane, while the chef prepared homemade corn chowder with salad, fresh bread and an Alaskan beer for lunch. After lunch the captain headed toward the Columbia Gorge and the Bonneville Dam, while I explored the ship. Completely rebuilt and redecorated in 2005, the yacht features six staterooms, two being upscale Admiral Staterooms, with sliding glass doors, balcony, Jacuzzi tub and shower, office area, and a comfy armchair. The boat’s most popular spot is the salon on the Main Deck, where guests relax with books, watch movies, mingle, and sightsee. Other ship highlights include an outdoor Jacuzzi; sauna; library; and openbridge, where guests can drop-in anytime for an interesting bridge-view, study sea charts, or chat with the captain or crew member on duty. Next week I continue my journey down the Columbia River, floating through massive locks and dams, exploring Hood River, Palouse Canyon, jet boating, wine tasting, meeting a 65-yearold sturgeon, and more. For more info on sailing with American Safari Cruises, visit www.amsafari.com or call (888) 862-8881.


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Video Production Students Graduate at KGEM Studio There’s a new group of locals in Monrovia, representing all ages and walks of life. Some are in high school and some are in retirement. But most of them are working people just trying to keep up with a difficult economy. But they all have at least one common experience: They are all graduates of Monrovia’s “Film and Video Production” program, a 5-month course of study and hands-on training offered by the Monrovia Adult School and the ROP Career Technology Program. Now, as trained television producers, the first of several shows the graduates plan to air on the local cable channel, KGEM-TV, is “Bear! Be Prepared”, an educational show that looks at the bear encroachment in the foothills. “We received a training experience in video production that parallels what full-time students receive at the big film schools,” said Don Kramer, one of the graduates and fulltime insurance professional. The 10 graduates held their graduation ceremony inside the studios of KGEMTV, Monrovia’s Public Access, Educational, and Government station where they met after work two nights a week and, sometimes, more often when projects they were working on necessitated extra hours. The program, which was held two nights a week last February to June, exposed the students to the basics of visual storytelling through the

creation of storyboards, script writing, basic shot types, camera movements, lighting, audio, and techniques of editing. Each received opportunities to learn the skills necessary for jobs within the entertainment industry such as producer, director, art director, set designer, camera operator, script supervisor, and editor. “I took the course to expand my opportunities,” said Stephanie Ryan, an entertainment industry voice over actress. Ryan is producing a showcase television show about Monrovia’s historical homes along with another student, Rena Delgado, a real estate professional by day. “I happened upon this video class and been hooked ever since”, said Marc Berry, a sales professional, graduate of the program and videographer. “I’ve come to enjoy the training and the people involved in the classes. This has proven to be an interesting hobby with media opportunities developing as a result.” “KGEM provided the working environment for real ‘on-the-job experience’ in the television studio environment,” says Roxanne Rogers, the course’s instructor who says there’s more to come “We want to offer a course in script writing, too,” adds Roxanne Rogers, who will also return as the instructor for the next session, which the Community Adult School is planning to offer again this fall.

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Nachos For Dessert? If you eavesdrop on any crowd of women, you will undoubtedly hear a discussion on weight. Women will find that someone has either gained a “few” pounds too many or they will say someone has lost weight and now looks possibly too thin. My point here is that we never weigh the right thing. If you bring a nice dish to share at work, everyone complains that they cannot eat any but watch how fast it disappears, leaving nothing but your empty dish without even a single crumb. How exhausting it is to always have to decide each day what you can or will eat. After being diagnosed many years ago with diabetes, I found I used my glucose monitor as more of a guide than the scales but they really both seem to work together. I decided that no matter how much I love to cook, I would eat the same exact thing every day so I could better watch my carbs. It worked but I grew to feel sick at the sight of a salad for lunch and a piece of chicken for dinner. My neighbor and wonderful friend gave me a cookbook that could change all of that for me. I found many new recipes that satisfied me and I still cooked some special meals for my family. They many times liked the new diabetic versions best. Desserts never were my downfall but every now and then I wanted to make something special for a dinner party and wanted to eat it too rather than saying no thank you I prefer a cup of coffee. I found one I am going to share with you that is not only tasty but beautifully presented. You can serve this to your guests for only 195 calories each. The women will quit talking about weight and calories for quite a while as everyone consumes your presentation of dessert. The kids also love this dessert because after all it is a nacho.

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Baritone Jose Adan Perez sings about “Granada�—a city in the Tropics and a nice addition to Pasadena Pops’ concert last week-end at Descanso Gardens.

BY BILL PETERS Although the tropics are now in the throes of the summer solstice as of June 21, Descanso Gardens in La CaĂąada Flintridge was cool and temperate after a sunless day when our regional marine layer lingered heavily over the entire San Gabriel Valley. Pasadena Symphony CEO, Pau l Ja n Zdu nek called it our local “rainforestâ€?, though fortunately almost no drizzle made it to the ground. The Saturday night performance of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the opening concert of their four-concert series that is to be presented on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer, was offered to a comfortably full—but not sold-out house. Pops conductor, Rachael Worby, led the orchestra through a series of 14 numbers, each with some connection to countries or areas associated with that region located between the Tropic of Cancer on the north and the Tropic of Capricorn on the south. Each number, by itself, gave an aura of the territory explored, but put together, it rather wandered about musically. From t he st a r t , Ms. Worby used numbers that are well-known—at least by reputation if not by name, but have musical difficulties written in that would baffle any musician. The second number on the program, “La Cumparsitaâ€? is the song most associated with the tango. Though immediately recognizable

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after the first four notes are played (something Worby had pianist Alan Steinberger do with the crowd immediately singing out the following notes of the famed tango song) its title and the composer remain unknown. The song was written by a complete amateur (at the time of its composition) 17 year-old Gerardo Motos Rodriguez of Montevideo, Ur ug uay. He w rote “La Cumparsita� in 1917, selling the piece to a publisher for about 20 pesos not realizing the almost immediate popularity of the tune. But, Rodriguez’ music was carelessly written, according to some, leading to awkward rhythms in the opening segment that also seemed to confuse the Pops musicians. Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla commented that musically, “La Cumparsita� is “the most frighteningly poor thing in the world� but goes on to conclude that when brought up to speed by a good arrangement, that it is the most compelling music. Lacking a designated beat, the music is tough at best. Invited guest dancers, Sandor and Parissa entered the stage and gave it their best with little stage room to maneuver, but ended spectacularly as Parissa threw his partner over his shoulder virtually dumping her just inches from the stage floor. The crowd loved it. The musical hit of the evening was guest artist Jose Adan Perez’ singing of Augustin Lara’s 1944 tune, “Granada�. Perez captured the feeling, the warmth and the pride exhibited in Lara’s work. Perez is a native of Mazatlan, Mexico who car-

ries a rather unusual background for a baritone who is now receiving note for his fine voice: Perez turned to singing only after establishing himself as an engineer in the automotive industry. Perez was only used for this and a Zarzuela number. More of Lara’s music as sung by Perez would have been nice. Lara composed “You Belong to My Heartâ€? (for Disney’s Three Caballeros) and several other hits. Perez returned to sing Federico Moreno Torroba’s “Amor Vida de mi Vidaâ€? from the Zarzuela composer’s “Maravillaâ€?. Other guests on the program were soprano Danielle Walker and accordionist John Torcello. Walker sang La Maja y el RuiseĂąor (“The Maiden and the Nightingaleâ€?) in a stunning version with backing only by pianist Alan Steinberger. She also offered an aria from “Bachianas (Bach-like) Brasilieras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos in 1947. Torcello joined in

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the new - and not too happy - owner of that property. Depending on the area you live in, a large percentage of every sale that takes place can be a REO. REOs represent their own unique set of difficulties when you want to buy one. One such difficulty is what to do when you’re trying to buy a REO that has repairs needed. The problem looks like this: The bank you’re getting your loan through won’t fund your loan until the repairs have been made. The bank selling the property won’t let you make the repairs until your loan funds. A Catch 22 if ever there was one. Realtors working the REO market know this scenario all too well. In order to close these transactions, agents are resorting to means which are questionable at

best, and in some cases, jeopardizing their licenses. Listing agents commonly turn a blind eye to buyers who go into the property and complete repairs with their own funds, so that the lender considering making a loan

way. The FHA offers a loan called a 203k, which lends prospective borrowers all of the money they need to buy a home, as well as the funds to repair or improve it. The proceeds from a 203k

„The bank youÊre getting your loan through wonÊt fund your loan until the repairs have been made.‰ on the property will be satisfied. Not only is the agent’s license at stake when this is done, but if for some reason the transaction fell through, the would-be buyers are out all of the money they spent on the repairs. But t here’s a bet ter

loan can be used to remedy problems with a home such as missing doors, broken windows, non-functional heating units, and damages done by the previous owners. It can also be used to improve properties that are already in livable condition. Upgrades

that add to a property’s value - things like kitchen remodels, energy efficient windows, new paint, and additional square footage would all qualify under the FHA 203k loan. Because of sky high prices in places like L.A. County, as well as the abundance of alternative lending products that were available for such a long time, FHA loans were relatively unused until a couple of years ago when the government agreed to raise the loan limits. Loan agents who got into the industry in 2001 or later – which is a large percentage of the loan agents in California – likely have very little experience with the FHA and the types of products it has to offer. Additionally, most traditional mortgage brokers aren’t allowed to do FHA loans due to the government requirement that all loan

agents working for a company licensed to do FHA loans be W2 employees and not 1099. All this makes for a lending environment with precious few loan agents or realtors with any real expertise in FHA lending, and particularly in the 203k specialty niche. S o when you come across that potential home of your dreams, the one that’s almost perfect (but for a little TLC), don’t hesitate to make an offer on it. Just be sure that you’re approved for your loan with an experienced mortgage banker, who’s fluent with FHA lending, and be sure to ask about the 203k. Steve Aranda is an experienced mortgage banker who specializes in Government Lending, and Private Mortgage Banking for Super Jumbo products. Write him with questions at steve_aranda@ yahoo.com

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t he A rcad ia City Employees Association (ACEA), and t he A rcad ia Public Works E mployees A s socia t ion (APWEA)—and explained the budgetary shortfall, requesting that union members chip in to help close the city budget gap. Each union agreed to accept deferrals in salary increase and worker compensation benefits. “The employees understood that it was better to be proactive and address the shortfall,” said Penman. “This is a very serious recession.” In a membership conference, the APOA voted almost unanimously to assist the city in its state of financial need. APOA members, including all of Arcadia’s police officers, agents, and sergeants, will take salary cuts of approximately $1000 apiece and forgo medical care. Some officers will lose valuable revenue as a result of the new policies, but they are willing to help alleviate the city’s financial crisis in spite of the potential drawbacks. Arcadia’s fire department is equally willing to make financial sacrifices for the sake

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of the city’s welfare. A statement from the AFA informed the public that the department will be taking a 1.25 percent pay reduction in hopes that the budget will be completely balanced by 2010. “We have a great working relationship with the city,” said Drew Pryor, second vice president of the union. “We’re happy to help them meet their financial obligations and goals.” The total employee deferment benefits will total about $300,000; deferments from the police and fire departments will amount to more than $50,000 each. The city council has worked diligently to reduce Arcadia’s budget deficit from $2.5 million to roughly $600,000, an accomplishment achieved through a combination of multiple budget cuts and revisions, frozen officer positions, and limitations on employee travel. With the new employee wage restrictions in place, the deficit for the following fiscal year will decrease to about $286,000. Thanks to the efforts of Arcadia’s workers, the financial crisis has not yet mandated the layoff of any municipal employees.

Jackie Robinson Center Celebrates 35 years in Pasadena at Juneteeth Festival

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Jackie Robinson Center, a community center celebrated 35 years of service at 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, with the traditional African American Juneteenth festival last Saturday. This year’s focus was on

health. Despite the gloomy weather here was a barbecue, refreshments from the Lemonade Brigade teenagers, games, music performances and children’s activities in the center that provides assistance to a cul-

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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!

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This decorator perfect home offers 2,792 s.f. with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The lot is 12,177 s.f. and has over 50 rose bushes as well as plum, orange, peach, and lemon trees. There is a formal living room with high ceilings, cherry wood flooring, family room, a Master Suite with a newly updated bathroom, a spiral staircase leading to a loft. There is a storage room with wall-to-wall cabinets. This contemporary style home is a delight!

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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.

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Offered at $848,000. Owner remembers the architect as being a Frank Lloyd Wright understudy. This home offers wonderful tranquil views of the mountains and Brookside Golf course. For those who love to golf, this property is conveniently located just one mile from the Brookside Country Club. The floor plan is open and spacious and offers pleasant views from almost every room of the home. There are modern touches, walls of windows, new carpeting and new interior paint. 2,238 sq. ft. home. 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 22500 sq. ft. lot.

142 E. Mira Monte, Sierra Madre Offered at: $759,000

Located in north Sierra Madre, this home is located a short distance to the Mount Wilson hiking trail. This lovely home is located on a 10,670 sf lot and is 1,518 sf with 2 bedrooms and 1.75 baths. There is a guest quarters off the 2-car garage which has a deck and kitchenette. The home was built in 1950 and many new fabulous upgrades including new designer interior colors, dual paned windows, new roof, recessed lighting, central air & heat. It is wonderfully maintained. This one won’t stay on the market long.

285 Sturtevant Drive, Sierra Madre Offered at $699,500. 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!

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The Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds rom-com The Proposal opened at the top of the box office with a stellar $34.1 million based on weekend estimates. It’s Bullock’s biggest opener yet and her first film to the top the box office in a decade. Not surprisingly, chicks made up 63 percent of audiences. Faring less well was the Jack Black-Michael Cera laffer Year One. It earned $20.2 million to place 4th for the weekend. Expect the $60 million budgeted film to suffer a second week collapse and struggle to cross the $50 million mark domestically. Blame bad reviews, lame trailers, and the lack of a known female lead. The Hangover continues to be the story of the summer as it racked up another $26.9 million, an amazing drop of only 18 percent from last weekend. It’s already delivered $152.9 million in seventeen days and with legs like these is a cinch to cross $200 million and most likely move into even more hallowed territory surpassing Beverly Hills Cop as the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time. You can bet Bradley Cooper’s asking price just tripled for the sequel. Disney/Pixar’s Up moved past last summer’s Pixar entry Wall-E as it pocketed another $21.3 million. Its new cume stands at $224.1 million and it should top Star Trek by the end of next weekend as the year’s number one movie. Rounding out the top 5 was The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 which dropped a staggering 50 percent to finish with just $11.3 million. Overall, the box-office was up 3 percent over the same weekend last year when Get Smart opened to a hearty $38.7 million welcome.

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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.

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this rabbit hole. By the looks of those giant mushrooms, it’s gonna be one hellavu trip. Not to mention, these Tweedledee and Tweedledum guys look awesome-to-the-max. Okay, enough gushing. We still have a long wait for this one: March 5, 2010 to be exact.

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The first promotional photos from Tim Burton’s 3D Alice in Wonderland have hit the internets, and the Squirrel must say he thinks they look pretty rad; especially Johnny Depp’s whacked-out Mad Hatter. With cast and costuming like this, I’m more than ready to venture down

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!

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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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Wally from 2 put on my dark glasses. Then she began to select a head of lettuce. Shelling three or four leaves from the head, she looked back at me and said, “I’m doing their job for them, as they should have done this before putting the lettuce out for sale?” Soon she started pulling bananas from the stems, and said, “ I just don’t know why people buy bananas with all that stem on them…it’s such a waste.” Well, red faced and embarrassed, I told her I was tired and had to go to the car. When she arrived at the car with two box boys and two shopping carts I knew she was over budget again. Her elation to tell me that she saved $37.00 on her groceries made me ask her what she bought that comes in those big 25 lb bags. “Oh, what a bargain”, she said, “you know those little bags of corn nuts that we pay a dollar for and that only last about 2 weeks … well I got 25 lbs for only 3 cents a pound. Yaa… I thought to myself, if my calculation is correct, they will last us for the next 7 years, if our teeth hold out. I told her that she should teach a night class at the community college instructing kids on that kind of deficit spending. It would prepare them for becoming successful politicians later

Playhouse from 5 to Ward Calaway and Christine Soldate who produced the play. Barry Schwam is the sound designer. Lighting designer is Kristen Cox; she, Schyler Gamick, Karen Young, and Larsen handle the light and sound operations. The lighting crew includes Lygia Firmani, Chris Pavan, Xiaotion Qin, Marcela Goncalves, Katsue Miyake, and Ji-Weon Park. Lois Tedrow can be credited for costuming that subtly

in life. Not long ago she was shopping for a new dress for an upcoming wedding event that she would be attending. When she returned home from shopping and exclaimed … “Look Honey, I got a deal… When you buy two gowns you get one free. Oh, sure good deal I thought … her next new gown event will be when our 5 year old granddaughter gets married. However, I g ive her credit for showing me her purchases this time as generally her new clothing would hide in her closet for the opportune moment. Then she would appear on the scene, with a comment “Do you like my outfit? Whenever I would ask if it was new, her reply would always be, “Oh no, I’ve had it for months.” Once I got onto her clothes-buying tactic, I waited patiently for the next fashion arrivals. Shortly after she secretly stashed them in the rear of her closet, I grabbed one, wrapped it beautifully and gave it to her for her birthday. When she opened it, she squealed…“Oh! WOW, just what I wanted, what a surprise.” Then looking directly into my eyes, sheepishly said, “Gee Honey, it’s just my size too!” Then we both slyly snickered to ourselves over how I acquired this innovative birthday gift! defines the sisters’ differing personalities. Brad Gantt did the poster art illustration. Anne Marie Atwan is in charge of properties. Calaway is production photographer and, with John Johnson, is responsible for program design and layout. Philip Sokoloff is publicist. Orlando Mendoza is house manager. David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Awardwinning play offers glimpses into the world of numbers, but even more into the lesspredictable worlds of humans’

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turally, economically and socially diverse population. Dedicated in 1974, the center was named for one of the nation’s great African American leaders. “Given the name of this

community center, we strive to address every problem, concern and situation with knowledge, compassion, dignity and respect,” said Jarvis Emerson, center director. Juneteenth, or June 19,

1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in the U.S. were freed, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

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July 31. The Senate deadline is less definite but has been moved forward in an effort to speed the reforms requested by the President. According to the Liebermans, it’s during this period when the public needs to actively participate in the discussion and push forward issues they want considered. Key elements that are being considered and or already accepted include a provision disallowing insurers from denying coverage due to preexisting conditions, and another allowing portability of insurance coverage for individuals who change jobs. For those who worry about the costs of a possible government health plan, Dr. Lieberman is quick to respond. “C u r rent ly, we a re

spending 16.7 % GDP [on health care], and still do not achieve the overall health outcomes comparable to countries which spend less wastefully. “If nothing is done,” Ms. Lieberman continues, “this percentage will increase as the population ages and the whole system will be in greater jeopardy.” The Liebermans and other local OFA volunteers say they hope to help people cut through the rhetoric and red tape about the reform proposals and open a discussion about the “real reason” health care costs are so high in the United States. It’s with all this in mind that the OFA is designating this Saturday “National Healthcare Day of Service.” The g roup w ill sponsor

that property taxes will increase for the fiscal year of 2011; they are keeping the faith that the economy will pick up in the relatively near future. T h e n there’s the UUT. While the economy wa s boom i ng, people changed their spending habits. More people bought fa ncy H DT V’s, and with that, many people upgraded their cable subscriptions. Taxes on Time Warner Cable television subscr ipt ions a nd ot her new Franchise Fees caused revenues to be higher than originally anticipated. Since the City staff was behind on audits, this surplus was not discovered until much later. The current belief is that since a surplus exists, without the UUT Sierra Madre would still have a balanced budget. But, to clarify, even with the surplus, if the UUT did not exist, Sierra Madre would be experiencing a deficit. W hy? Accord i ng t o Elaine Aguilar, there are “increasing public safety costs,” primarily related to raises negotiated with the Police Officer’s Association (POA). The UUT pays for these rising costs, but if the UUT did not exist the City would still be responsible for the ever-increasing costs. Without an adequate source of revenue specifically tied to these projected costs, the city would eventually end up with a deficit. In response to the controversy, city officials are making the rounds telling citizens that they should be grateful for the UUT, even if it seems like an unnecessary burden at the moment. It’s saving the city’s budget and all those popular services like the Police and Fire Departments - that it funds.

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relationships. Those glimpses can be seen in “Proof” on the Sierra Madre Playhouse stage weekends through Aug. 1. Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Admission is $20 general, $17 for seniors (65+) and students (13-17), and $12 for children 12 years and under. The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Free parking is available in city lots. For reservations, phone (626) 355-4318, or visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org

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Stunning is the only way to describe it. This one of a kind home sitting on a 10,000 sq ft lot combines a rich blend of craftsmanship and detail. Along with 5 bedrooms and 5 baths a gourmet kitchen awaits. Its choice location puts you just steps from Sierra Vista Park. SIERRA MADRE $1,315,000 (COB)

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The Handyman has been here! This dramatic tri-level townhome has had a makeover! Even if you have seen it before you should come look again. This light and airy unit has more than just a fresh coat of paint. Amenities include the charming tile entry patio, two generously sized master suites, breakfast bar, central heat & air, in unit washer/dryer, direct garage access, community clubhouse and located in the Temple City School District! Seller has done the work now you can reap the rewards! TEMPLE CITY $448,000 (BRO)

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(L-r) Mark Nelson, Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, A Noise Within cofounder/coartistic director; Louisa Nelson, Sharon Ellingsen, and Richard Ellingsen, A Noise Within board member (the Nelsons and Ellingsens hosted the reception).

The theatre was the thing at a reception hosted by Mark and Louisa Nelson at their Pasadena home on May 17, at which guests enjoyed a sneak preview of the celebrated theatre company A Noise Within’s (ANW) 2010 move to Pasadena to the historic Stuart Pharmaceutical Building on Foothill Boulevard. ANW co-founders/co-artistic directors, Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, provided updates on the company’s capital campaign to build its permanent home in Pasadena and announced that $9.1 million has been raised to date, including $1 million in the last seven months. Also featured was a performance of selected scenes from the great classics by Elliott and company resident artists Robertson Dean, Deborah Strang and Jill Hill. The event was co-hosted by Sharon and Richard Ellingsen, a member of ANW’s board of directors. Founded in 1991, A Noise Within enters the next phase of its development with the attainment of a permanent home in Pasadena. The project is designed to

expand artistic possibilities, offer a greater scope of educational opportunities, meet ticket demand and allow A Noise Within to reach its full potential. The Stuart Pharmaceutical Building accommodates a 35,000 square foot facility providing the company plenty of opportunity for audience growth, as well as a fully realized education program. A Noise Within’s new home is a textbook example of adaptive reuse, which will breathe fresh life into this mid-century modern structure, constructed in the mid-50s and listed on the National Register in 1998. Spearheading the fundraising campaign is Andrea Van de Kamp, well known in Los Angeles area cultural circles and a seasoned, accomplished fund-raising professional. Among the key committed sources of funding for the capital campaign are The Ahmanson Foundation ($2 million), board and individual pledges and payments ($2,437,000), the Weingart Foundation ($750,000), The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation ($500,000), and a gift of land donated by SMV Technology Partners.

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Kudos to Sally Baldwin, president of the SGVMT, for the success of the fabulous Big Band Show at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, Saturday, June 13th. The show had everything - music, dancing and singing. I’m a big fan of Richard Allen and his 17-piece orchestra. Special guests and donors were invited to a champagne and dessert reception during intermission. Very nice. Star of the evening, Paul Boland, deserves applause, applause. One more curtain call for the entire cast. “Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Serenades Unsung Heroes at Benefit” The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) turned the spotlight on three of its most dedicated volunteers when it unveiled its inaugural “Distinguished Volunteer Awards” at the choir’s annual benefit, “Serenade,” Saturday, June 6, at the historic

El Molino Viejo in San Marino. Receiving the inaugural awards were ace volunteers Jean Barr (Pomona), Melinda Laun Flores (Monrovia) and Rey Llamas (Los Angeles), who have contributed endless hours of volunteer time, skill and dedication for the betterment of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. In addition to the volunteer awards presentation, the evening’s highlights included a live auction, as well as performances by the renowned choir, conducted by Anne Tomlinson, artistic director, and talented LACC alumni Alana Mailes, a freshman at UC Berkeley, and Daniel Reardon, who will attend Yale University in the fall. Proceeds benefit LACC’s artistic and educational programs. “Volunteers have been pivotal to LACC’s success since its inception,” said Rachel Fine, LACC executive director. “We established this award to demonstrate

The Woman’s Club of Arcadia invites all you jazz and BBQ lovers to a great evening in their gardens and historic clubhouse. The BBQ dinner will be cooked on site. There will be a bar and the wonderful voice and music of jazz vocalist Cheryl Carter and Trio. Cost is $40 per person, seating is limited, Sunday evening, August 2nd, 5:308:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this first time ever special event. Funds raised will be used to help preserve the historic building, recently recognized by the Arcadia Historical Society. Send checks to Barbara Lampman, 1531 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia 91006, made out to Woman’s Club of Arcadia. For information, call Floretta Lauber, (626) 355-6945.

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culinary standpoint were appetizers of miniature chile rellanos, served with a chipotle aioli, sautéed shrimp served with a green onion cilantro sauce, and chipotle chicken salad on a plantain chip topped with mango salsa. The buffet dinner featured a delightful selection of gourmet Mexican dishes. The dessert buffet included guava cheesecake bites, mini dulce de leche crème brulees, and mini key lime tartlets. Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, founded in 1986 and currently concluding its 23rd season, is noted throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. It frequently performs with such leading musical ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Under the direction of Anne Tomlinson, artistic director.

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Recipients of the “20 Years Silver Oak Tree Pin” at Los Voluntarios awards luncheon. (L-r) Billie Carlson, Lew Pearce and Drusilla Leon. Deputy Director Sohn extended sincere appreciation for the true value of the volunteers at the Arboretum. He also commented on the future role the Foundation will be playing with the County in the near future.

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Monday, June 8: Units were dispatched to the 400 block of East Live Oak around 2:00 p.m. in reference to a fight in progress. Three male Asian suspects accosted a male victim for apparently no reason. The suspects sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray and broke the victim’s car windows. Between 8:00 a.m. and 4:23 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 100 block of Las Tunas. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home by breaking a rear window. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked rooms and took five World War II era rifles and other property.

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Shortly after 10:00 a.m., officers responded to Subway located in the 700 block of West Naomi regarding a suspicious man walking back and forth in front of the business and peering inside. A 26-year-old male Hispanic was located and a consent search revealed a kitchen knife concealed in his jacket pocket. The suspect was arrested for possession of a dirk/dagger and a $30,000 outstanding misdemeanor warrant. A 25-year-old female Caucasian was arrested in the 00 block of Bonita around 9:00 p.m. for inflicting corporal injury to cohabitant. Investigation revealed that during an argument, the suspect punched her boyfriend in the face.

Wednesday, June 10: A residential burglary occurred in the 2800 block of South Baldwin between 7:45 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home via an unlocked door and stole jewelry, cash, and computer equipment. Around 2:52 p.m., victims came to the station to file an identity theft report. The victims advised that they tried to file their tax return on February 19 via Turbo Tax and discovered that unknown suspects had used

their personal information to file a tax return on January 28 for a tax refund of over $40,000. Currently the IRS is examining the claim.

Thursday, June 11: While on routine patrol, officers located a vehicle with outstanding warrants attached to the vehicle’s license plate number. A vehicle stop was initiated at South Eighth and Daines, and two male African-Americans were arrested. A 47-year-old was arrested for a felony and a misdemeanor outstanding warrants; a 44-year-old was arrested for 2 misdemeanor warrants. Around 5:40 p.m., units responded to the 99¢ Store, 140 East Duarte, regarding an assault with a deadly weapon incident. A male Hispanic suspect parked his gray Mercedes in the blue hash marked area of the handicapped parking stall. Two male subjects tried to detain the driver by blocking his path; however, the driver backed his vehicle into the victims, pushing them aside until there was enough room for him to drive away.

Friday, June 12: Around 4:40 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft. The suspect was seen concealing merchandise in her purse and then leaving the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 19-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for commercial burglary. Additional stolen property from H&M, Fredericks of Hollywood, The Body Shop, and Forever 21 were recovered, and the suspect also had a fraudulent driver’s license in her possession. Officers were called to Dave & Buster’s around 10:45 p.m. in reference to a fight at the location. During the physical altercation, one victim was pushed to the ground and kicked repeatedly and another victim was struck several times in the face. Private persons’ arrests were made, and a 34-year-old male Caucasian was taken into custody for battery and a 29-year-old male Hispanic was taken into custody for assault.

Saturday, June 13: Units responded to Huntington and Gate 1 around 5:24 a.m. regarding a solo traffic collision. A 24-year-old male Hispanic driver was contacted and officers detected the odor of alcohol emitting from his person and burnt marijuana was also detected in the vehicle. A field sobriety test revealed that the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated, and a search of the vehicle revealed a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana. The man was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana. Around 6:22 p.m., a grand theft auto was reported in the 1000 block of Catalpa. Between 7:00 p.m. on June 10 and 10:00 a.m. on June 11, a 1998 white Ford Expedition was stolen.

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During the week of Sunday, June 7th, to Saturday June 13th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 196 calls for service.

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Tuesday, June 9th: 8:02 AM – Vehicle Tampering, 300 block Auburn Ave. The rear window of a 2010 Ford Escape was smashed. The car was parked in the resident’s driveway. The crime occurred between 6:00 pm, on Monday, 6/8/2009, and 7:45 am Tuesday, 6/9/2009. The damage was estimated at $200.00.

Thursday, June 11th: 5:21 PM – Commercial Burglary, 00 block North Baldwin Ave. Officers responded to a jewelry store regarding a theft of a purse. The theft occurred earlier in the afternoon, between 3:46 pm and 3:51 pm. The suspect entered the business and appeared to browse. When an employee offered to help the suspect, she replied that she had just come from a nearby business. Officers later checked that business and learned that no one had seen the woman inside that business. The suspect took the victim’s purse from the floor while the victim sat next to it. The purse contained several personal items including credit cards. The suspect is described as a black female, heavy set, 40 to 50 years old with black hair. The loss was estimated at $200.00.

Friday, June 12th: 4:46 PM – Arrest, Solicitation Without A Business License, 400 block Santa Anita Court. Officers responded to the area regarding a female solicitor. Officer found a woman matching the description accompanied by a man. Both suspects were soliciting without a business license and were subsequently arrested. They were transported to the Sierra Madre Police Department, booked and later released on a written promise to appear.

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During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 581 service events, resulting in 128 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events: Suspicious Circumstances. On June 11 at 10:39 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of Briarcliff after the resident reported hearing gun shots somewhere to the rear of her house. Officers located what appeared to be a bullet hole through a large, thick plate glass window located at the rear of the residence. No suspects were seen and the investigation is continuing.

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Indecent Exposure / Suspect Arrested. On June 11 at 11:49 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of West Walnut when a female caller reported a male subject standing nude in the street masturbating. Upon arrival, officers contacted the suspect, who was now sitting in a vehicle in his boxer shorts. A field show-up resulted in a positive identification of the suspect by the victim. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Monrovia Jail.

Riding a Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol / Subject Arrested. On June 12 at 12:08 a.m., officers responded to a possible injury traffic accident at the intersection of Stedman and Foothill. When officers arrived, they found an adult female that had fallen off her bicycle at the scene. She stated she was not injured. She displayed the objective symptoms of intoxication, and a witness reported seeing her riding her bicycle when she fell off of it. The subject refused to cooperate with any and all field sobriety tests. She was arrested for riding a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol.

Loud Party / Battery on a Peace Officer / Resisting Arrest / Drunk in Public / Receiving Stolen Property / Suspects Arrested. On June 14 at 10:08 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of West Cypress on a party disturbance, receiving complaints of subjects yelling and urinating in the alley. Upon arrival, officers saw numerous subjects fighting in the alley. As officers approached them, the fight broke up. Moments later, another fight started inside the residence. As officers were responding to break up the fight, a male subject in the crowd threw a bottle at the officers. An officer attempted to arrest the suspect for throwing the bottle, and a fight ensued. The officer’s flashlight and pepper spray fell to the ground during the struggle. Arcadia and Sierra Madre Police Departments arrived to assist our patrol officers, along with the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter. After the officers handcuffed the suspect who had thrown the bottle, they noticed the officer’s flashlight and pepper spray had been taken. The suspect was arrested for battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest and drunk in public. A second male subject was arrested for being drunk in public. The officer’s flashlight was recovered later when officers observed a female using it in the alley. The female threw the flashlight before officers arrived, which she admitted doing. The female was arrested for receiving stolen property. Within an hour of the female being arrested, the resident of the location where the party was held came in with the officer’s flashlight. The female was booked and then released pending further investigation.

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Suspect Arrested. On June 15 at 2:11 p.m., officers arrested a male subject who was trespassing on the railroad tracks in the 700 block of East Duarte. The subject had no identification and was identified during the booking process.

Incident Report / Mental Evaluation. On June 15 at 3:16 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a female juvenile yelling, screaming and crying inside a laundromat. Officers attempted to help, but she refused to talk to the officers and became combative. She was restrained with no injuries and taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Attempt Burglary / Suspect Arrested. On June 16 at 1:45 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 200 block of West Walnut. Officers arrived and observed a subject matching the description given by the reporting party walking away from the area. The investigation revealed that the suspect was looking into the window of the residence, attempting to watch a female getting out of the shower. The suspect partially pried the screen from the window. The suspect was positively identified. The suspect has a long criminal history for burglary and rape. He was arrested, booked and confined.

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Medical Assist / Warrant Arrest. On June 16 at 4:34 p.m., police responded to a park in the 700 block of South Shamrock. A 16-year-old female who was extremely intoxicated was taken to the park by her friends. The female was unconscious and had a bloody nose. She was transported to a hospital and her parents were notified. One male adult who was with the juvenile was arrested for a warrant. The investigation is continuing.

Identity Theft / Possession of Stolen Property / Grand Theft Auto / Suspect Arrested. On June 16 at 11:20 a.m., Monrovia detectives, patrol officers, and the regional auto theft task force, TRAP, responded to a car dealership to investigate a suspect who had purchased a vehicle with someone else’s identity. The victim’s identity was stolen in a recent carjacking in another city. The subject is suspected of opening a checking account and purchasing other vehicles from other dealerships with the victim’s information. The suspect had returned to this dealership to add accessories to the vehicle. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Carjacking. On June 17 at 2:20 a.m., a man called to report he was the victim of a carjacking. He met a female subject at a liquor store in Duarte who asked him for a ride. He and his two male friends took her to a motel and rented a room. She then asked the victim to take her to buy cigarettes. When the victim and female returned to the room, the two friends had gone. The victim and female were confronted by four suspects, two male and two female. One of the male suspects produced a knife and demanded the victim’s car keys. The victim handed over the keys and ran away. His vehicle was stolen. When police investigated, the victim said it appeared that his female companion knew the suspects, and that she had set him up. The suspects appeared to be gang members. With the assistance of Sheriff’s deputies, one of the female suspects was identified. She is a 14-year-old, known gang associate. Investigation continuing.


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Chlorine Scare at Sierra Madre Pool The pool at the Sierra Madre Aquatic Center experienced an accidental overdose of chlorine on Thursday, June 18. James Carlson of the Sierra Madre Public Works Department believes that this was a “one time incident.” While the department is not “entirely sure” what went wrong, there is only one “plausible reason” that has been agreed upon by health officials. While the circulation pump was being replaced on Thursday, a “reservoir of liquid chlorine” had gathered. This high concentration of chlorine was then released into the pool when the installed pump was turned on. Seven children were sent to the Arcadia Methodist Hospital after experiencing dry or sore throats and chest pain, but all of them were released around 5 pm on Thursday. Sixty other swimmers were evacuated from the pool, but

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there were no other reports of chlorine exposure. The pool was closed for the rest of the day as a precaution, and was reopened on Friday, June 19 after a health inspector confirmed that the chemical levels in the pool were normal. The circulation pump is replaced every few years, so no other similar incident

is expected to occur any time in the near future. T he Sier ra Mad re Aquatic Center is located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, and is open for the summer from June 15 to September 7. The aquatic center offers lap swimming, public and family swimming, swim lessons, and a swim team.

munity organic gardening, to something as simple as passing out leaflets on healthcare issues. Organizing for America’s local San Gabriel Valley event will be held this Saturday, June 27th, at the Smart and Final store on Fair Oaks Ave, just north of the 210

freeway. To find out more about this and hundreds of other SoCal events, visit barackobama.com. There’s a place to pop in your zip code, then view a map of all the events in your area. We will have a link to those search results on our website, as well.

Alleged Gunman Escapes Arcadia Police Standoff On the evening of June 21, the Arcadia Police Department responded to an urgent 911 call reporting a gunman in an Arcadia home, only to discover after a seven-hour standoff that the alleged suspect had already vacated the premises. Around 10:50 p.m. Sunday, police received a call from a resident of the 1700 block of Mayflower Avenue, who reported an armed assailant in his house. The caller, Herb Rodrigues, told police that the gunman was endangering three other residents in the house and threatening to

commit suicide. Rodrigues claimed that the suspect, whose name has not been released, appeared to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. When the man turned hostile and began to threaten the other residents with a handgun, Rodrigues left the premises and telephoned the police. Upon arriving at the scene, the police set up a containment area around the house and ordered a neighbor to evacuate his home while the standoff was in progress. The SWAT team and a hostage

negotiator attempted to make contact with the gunman, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Officers then sent in a robot equipped with a camera, but were similarly unable to detect the suspect. At 6 a.m., police entered the house to search for the suspect, but discovered only an elderly man, with no trace of the alleged gunman in sight. Officers believe that the man had no involvement in the situation. The police have so far been unable to locate the gunman or his three victims, and no arrests have been made

Supporters, Celebrities Raise Funds for Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena Playhouse and 300 Pasadena, with guests Jane Kaczmarek (Raising the Bar, Malcolm in the Middle), Regina Taylor (The Unit and playwright of CROWNS – Pasadena Playhouse’s upcoming production) Mike White (The Amazing Race, School of Rock, The Good Girl), Michaela Pereira (Host of KTLA Morning News), Sheldon Epps, Pasadena

Fundraiser Marks Opening of AMF’s Third “300” Location in California Playhouse Artistic Director, and many others bowled for funds at the new upscale venue last week. The fundraiser showcased the new bowling alley, its extensive and exotic bar

plus gourmet menu. Playhouse supporters raised money for the Pasadena Playhouse, battling it out for bowling bragging rights and celebrating the opening of the new bowling and entertainment destination in the Hastings Ranch area off Foothill Blvd. A l l proceeds ra ised from that evening benefit the Pasadena Playhouse.


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This Week in History DeFlocked

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1876: U.S. ARMY DEFEATED AT Ă‚LITTLE BIG HORNĂŠ In 1876, U.S. General George Custer led an attack by the 7th Regiment of the U. S. Cavalry against a gathering of Native Americans on the banks of the Little Big Horn River in Southern Montana. The now-legendary Native American Chief Crazy Horse led his own warriors in a counter-attack in which Custer and all C of the 197 troops under his comu mand were killed. This rek mains the greatm eest victory by Native AmeriN ccans against what they saw w as the invading a fforces of the U.S. army. U



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