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Thursday, April 15 - April 21, 2010 Volume XV, No. XV
CRAWFORD CAMP FALLS IN FAVOR OF NEW “CIVILITY”
By Terry Miller & John Stephens Sierra Madre’s most contentious election in recent history came to a spectacular close Tuesday evening with Joe Mosca, Josh Moran and Nancy Walsh elected by significant margins over their opponents
who, according to many residents, ran a somewhat vicious smear campaign particularly against councilmember Joe Mosca. At a victory party at firefighter and longtime Mosca supporter Bob and Rosemary Burnett’s home Tuesday evening, overjoyed voters watched as
the votes kept coming in for the underdogs. Once it was obvious that they had won the election, it was time for Mr. Mosca to make a brief statement. The task of introducing Mr. Mosca fell to fellow Councilman John Buchanan who introduced
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HBO Tries Their “Luck” at Santa Anita By Matthew Burch Santa A nita Park’s storied history will add yet another chapter thanks to “Luck,” t he new series f rom H BO, accla i med w r it er/ producer Dav id Milch and Oscar nominated director Michael Mann. “Luck,” described as a provocative look at the worlds of horseracing a nd ga mbling told through a diverse group of characters surrounding a racetrack, stars Os-
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Writer David Milch at the Mayor’s Community Breakfast last week where he and jockey Mike Smith were guests. Mr. Milch spoke about his writing career and the trials and tribulations that have come along with it. - Photo by Terry Miller
Arcadia Voters Send Segal, Harbicht and Amundson to Back to Council Record Campaign Budgets No Match for Long-Standing Reputations and Experience By Terry Miller & John Stephens Arcadia High School senior Michael Kallin voted for the first time in his life Tuesday evening at the polling place located within the Arcadia Retirement Gardens. The AHS Constitution Team member, whose 18th birthday was just this March said he was eager to vote for the first time and said he casted his votes wisely and with care.
But Mr. Kallin was not alone in voting. The turnout, though not necessa r ily rema rkable in terms of the number of voters who either turned out or returned their vote-
by-mail ballots, proved triumphant in the end for Micky Segal and incumbents Bob Harbicht and Peter Amundson. This city council elec-
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Election Over: Lesson To Be Learned? 02-22-10
By Jeff Corriveau
By Dorothy Denne
Well the Arcadia council election is finally over. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad. This was one of our most costly and most nasty. I don’t know whether or not the results were what you hoped for, but I think it is time for us to lighten up and maybe learn a lesson. I offer the following toward that end. One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anywy; it just wasn’t
worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s
neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take another step up. Pretty soon everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well, and happily trotted off! Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up. Shake it off and take a step up. Remember these rules to be happy: Free your heart from
hatred - Forgive. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen. Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more. Expect less. Now, enough of that crap...The donkey later came back and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected and t he fa r mer event ua l ly died in agony from septic shock. MORAL FROM TODAY’S LESSON: When you try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.
Oh, what an exciting time for College students and school kids alike. A time to get away for a little R & R and ... So it is at Our House! However, Spring Break and Spring Cleaning are s y nony mou s w it h my “Clean Queen”. This is her “UP-TIME” of the year that she looks forward to with a giant passion. It is her time to ... Clean-up, tear-up, fix-up, spruce-up, paint-up, break-up, and the worst of all of her “Up-Times is her “Scent-up” time! Ye s , c u r t a i n s a nd drapes come down, rug are cleaned, walls are painted, kitchen cabinets refinished,
cupboards are rearranged and closets reorganized. The next Phase of her Spring Break Cleaning is “Out Time”. This is when I really get concerned as she generally begins in my closet ... throwing out all my old rippy but comfortable clothes, running shoes, run over slippers and in the course she threw out my old worn jackets and collegelogo tee shirts ... and without concern, my comfee TV and Snooze chair. Now, for me ... this time of the year...it is my “Throw-up” , “Break-up” and best of all my “Get Out” time, just in the “Nick” of time for a bit of serenity and relaxing golf for my needed Spring Break Away!
Spring Break for Some, Spring Cleaning for Others
“NO” ON PUSD PARCEL TAX
I was gone. I was trying to figure why she was making such a stink about the air inside of our previously Cozy Abode? Her Goofy explanation was just as confusing! She claimed that these products were designed to provide Aroma-therapy. That they would create mood improvement and calming tranquility with their Tropical Bliss, Island Escape, Fruity Mango and Seashore fragrances. I asked her if one of those air-freshener companies have a Aroma-therapy fragrance for an “Irritating Wife Syndrome”. I explained to her that her “Puffs of Fragrance” were g iving me a headache, lung congestion and that they are interrupting my
FRIDAY 02-27-10 SATURDAY
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Publisher/Editor in Chief Von Raees
John B. Stephens
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By Wally Hage marital tranquility and that her Perfume-Arama was Senseless! Well, shortly thereafter, she regained her senses ... and happily we now have a Spring Brake on Scents ... “ A Good Sense -Scentless, Spendless Home”!
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If you believe the PUSD must right-size infrastructure and staff and clean up corruption on the Board of Education and the inside deals over poverty funds before taxing local homeowners a second time within an 18-month period, YOU MUST VOTE “NO” BY MAY 4th in the special “all-mail ballot” election! Throwing away your ballot after you receive it in the mail is as good as a “yes” vote for PUSD’s Measure CC parcel tax. The odd couple who brought you PUSD’s $350m Measure TT just 18 months ago, Pasadena Educational Foundation’s George Brumder and ACORN’s Peter Dreier, once again are at work campaigning for PUSD’s proposed Measure CC parcel tax. In defending the district’s appeal for more tax revenue on such quick turn-around, Messrs. Brumder and Dreier claim the PUSD is a “model district . . . committed to full transparency and accountability.” Really? Consider this: The same evening (1/26/10) the PUSD Board approved a parcel tax election, financial auditors presented them with a “qualified” 2009 Financial Audit finding
But as they say “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over, as then comes her “ScentsTime”. Yes she is a work in progress for promoting all of those “Smelly” scent products sold by the two leading home perfumers”, Glade and Airwick. When I arrived back home after my marvelous Spring Break Away, those air freshener products were displayed, installed, or placed in every room of the house. Yes, there were smell detectors, and motion scent directors throughout the house. Mist room fresheners, scent flameless candles, scent dishes, and plug in odor eliminators. She had stick-ups and paste-ups everywhere! I asked her if she had a skunk visitation while
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By Jeff Corriveau
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April 15 - April 21, 2010
Dustin Hoffman Heads Cast of HBO Pilot Underway At Santa Anita car-winner Dustin Hoffman as a man in his late 6 0 s just relea sed f rom four years in prison whoâ€™s autodidactic, intelligent, and deeply involved in t he racing worldâ€™s underbelly. T he matching of H BO a nd Sa nt a A nit a should come as no surprise to t hose familia r w it h C a l i for n i aâ€™s old est track; in fact, Santa A n it a , wh ich recent ly celebrated its 75th birthday, is no stranger to Hollywood. Most famously, the Marx Brothers chose Santa Anita to shoot the racetrack sequences for their classic â€œA Day at the Races.â€? Over the years, many other stars, including Bing Crosby, Spencer Tracy, Errol Flynn, Alex Trebek, and MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer have owned horses that have raced at the track. More recent ly, t he Academy Award-nominated â€œSeabiscuitâ€? filmed here to glorious results. What made â€œLuckâ€? a nd Sa nt a A n it a even mor e of a s l a m du n k was show creator David M i l c hâ€™s i nvo l ve me n t . Milch, also creator of the much mourned, dearly departed â€œDeadwood,â€? is no stranger to the track, both as a Breedersâ€™ Cupw i n n i n g ho r s e ow ne r and a good customer at the wagering windows. â€œLuckâ€? is the culmination of years of work for Milch, whoâ€™s said that a show centering on Santa Anita is a topic heâ€™s wanted to tackle since he became a writer. This came as music to the ears of Pete Siber-
ell, Santa Anitaâ€™s Director of Communit y and Special Events. He calls the script â€œâ€Śa brilliant piece of writing that really delves into the intricacies of the business from wagering to horse training.â€? The product ion, currently on day 11 of a 24 -day shoot, has gone s mo o t h l y de s p i t e M r. Siberellâ€™s initial trepidation of staging a product ion of t his mag nitude during live racing. So far, so good: there have been no complaints from the trackâ€™s faithful denizens. If anything, theyâ€™ve
Milch in action, but also Nick Nolte, the Oscarnominated actor famous for his film roles in â€œTropic Thunder,â€? â€œCape Fearâ€? and â€œ48 Hours.â€? Adding even more prestige is Michael Mann, t he decorated director of â€œAli,â€? â€œThe Insiderâ€? and â€œHeat, â€œ who will executive produce the project and direct the pilot. Mann has said that Milchâ€™s script is one of the two best ever handed to him (the other was Eric Rothâ€™s script for â€œThe Good Shepherd). HBO is very high on t he pilot and a pickup
and â€œSex and the City,â€? ha s beg u n to rebou nd thanks to the breakout hit â€œTrue Blood.â€? A string of hotly-anticipated new shows seem ready to lift the network to the critical and commercial heights enjoyed during the heyd ay of To ny S op r a no a nd C a r r ie Br a d shaw. This week, â€œThe Wireâ€? ma st er m i nd Dav id Si monâ€™s post-Katrina drama â€œTremeâ€? was picked up for a 2nd season after its pilot episode scored in the ratings and with critics. Itâ€™s becoming an embarrassment of riches
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