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Thursday, May 6 - May 12, 2010 Volume XV, No. XXVIII

THIS WEEK Loss of an Important Part of Arcadia’s MEASURE CC DEFEATED History Looms: Rescue Plan Underway Threats Don’t Convince Voters By Bill Peters Unofficial election results were posted just two minutes after the official closing time on Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters for the mail-in ballot on the Pasadena Unified School District’s Measure CC, The Quality Education Preservation Act. Although the measure received a plurality of votes, as a parcel tax it would have required 2/3rd approval. With 52.46% in support of the tax, 47.54% rejected the Districts plea for help.

The tally from all 172 precincts was 13,871 voting “yes” and 12,568 voting “no”. According to the Registrar’s website 26,525 ballots were mailed in out of 112,419 registered voters, amounting to 23.59% of all voters. This is about double the total votes cast in the 2009 PUSD school board elections. T he ca mpa ig n wa s marked by threats by Superintendent of the PUSD, Edwin Diaz, who said that critical lay-offs would occur without passage citing

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Talks On Again for Santa Anita Caruso Project

(l-r) Mitchell Bishop, curator of the Historical Collection, Kelly McLeod, owner of Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc, the named preservationist to work to stabilize adobe, Richard Schulhof, CEO of the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and Sandy Snider from the Adobe Restoration Committee. - Photo by Terry Miller By Bill Peters Concerns over the condition of what has been known as the Hugo Reid Adobe, the historic adobe on the grounds of the Los

Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, have been expressed for years. The roof is in a state of collapse. The walls are weakened. But, finally, a tiny step toward crisis in-

tervention was taken this week as the Arboretum announced that the County will take a serious look at reversing age-related damage to the Adobe. Many hope it’s not too late but

worry whether Arcadians and others will step forward to offer financial help to save their history, a history that includes a wood-frame

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Charismatic development magnate Rick Caruso and Canadian industrialist Frank Stronach who retains control of Santa Anita Park plan to meet within the next few weeks according to numerous sources. The two plan to discuss the controversial retail project in the Santa Anita racetrack - The Shops at Santa Anita - that has been bitterly fought by Westfield for years. A unit of Magna Enter-

tainment in 2005 formed a joint venture with real estate investor Rick Caruso to build a roughly 800,000 square-foot retail development near its Santa Anita Park thoroughbred horse racing track in Arcadia. But the unit last month notified Caruso that it was backing out of the deal, according to court papers. An entity controlled by Caruso has protested the

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Poizner Visits Miller Brewery Gov. Team Champs Honored at Rally Republ ica n g uber natorial candidate Steve Poizner was hot on the campaign trail, just a few weeks before the June Republican primary. On Tuesday, the trailing opponent of Ebay magnate Meg Whitman touted his experience in Sacramento and held a meeting with employees of the Miller-Coors Brewing plant in Irwindale, following a tour of the plant led by company executives. The questions were

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Employees at the Irwindale Miller plant ask questions of Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Poizner during a tour and Q&A session on Tuesday afternoon. - Photo by Terry Miller

Celebrate with Westfield Santa Anita.

T h e 2 010 We t h e People: The Citizen and the Constitution national champions were honored during an Arcadia High School rally Friday afternoon. The Arcadia students were named the winners of the three-day academic competition on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of R ights on Monday in Washington, D.C. More than 1,100 students representing 52 schools from all 50 states, the Dis-

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Treat your Mom to a special performance by the California Philharmonic Orchestra on The Promenade, Sunday May 9th, 4pm–6pm.

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This delightful Highland Oaks home has been wellmaintained and is located in the award winning Arcadia school district. There is an updated kitchen, Brazilian cherry wood flooring in the living room/dining room areas with lovely views of the back yard/pool area. There is a private master suiting, family room, office, laundry room and an oversized 2-car garage. The home is 2,818 sq. ft. situated on a 12,746 sq. ft. lot. It has 4 bedroom with 3.5 bathrooms and was built in 1951. This is the perfect home for entertaining.

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Built the same year as the first Rose Parade, this lovely 1890 Victorian homes exudes charm. Many of the original features include: 10’ ceilings, decorative moldings, California basement, clauwfoot tub. Updated with new HVAC, refinished wood flooring, automatic sprinklers in front and rear yards. 2nd home could be built on this lot. 1220 sq. ft. home, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 11,164 sq. ft. lot. More information at www.156Carlton. com. Own a piece of Historic Pasadena!

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By Dorothy Denne with millions of others, will not fare so well. We implore all of you who are loving and compassionate to rescue, spay, neuter and nourish. Above all, educate everyone you meet. Become a crusader in your own way. Be an example. Teach humans how to be humane. While you’re doing that, you can also call the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151 or go to to see how else you can help. Or, simply make a donation to Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, 361 So. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105 Thanks for reading. You promise me to try to help at least one animal and I’ll promise you to return with a chuckle next week.


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Will you bear with me as I get on my high horse? My friend and I are mad as Hell and saddened to the core. She has once again witnessed human unwilling ness to be humane. She saw two tiny kittens dumped to their destiny. It will not be a happy destiny. Their little lives will be spent in fear and confusion in a large unfriendly, unfamiliar world. These innocents will, each moment, face the likelihood of injury and the certainty of hunger. They will ultimately starve to death, if not killed first by speeding cars or eaten by coyotes. My f r iend w i l l , of course, continue to search and try to capture. The odds are slim. The frightened little angels ran deep and fast, unfortunately in opposite directions, separated from the last companion. I write this column in hopes of making a differ-

ence in this world. Again, the odds are slim. It is like, as the saying goes, preaching to the choir. Those who care will continue to care and those who don’t, will not. Perhaps, at best, I can touch those who are not so much uncaring as unthinking, or unrealistic. Some believe animals can fend for themselves. I know I have many readers who are animal lovers. I can tell from your responses when I write about the cute actions of my cats, or the dog who kissed me on the hand and the elbow and the cheek and the nose and the lips. He was a giant St. Bernard, with a giant tongue that was just made for kissing. His right front foot was slightly deformed, thus his breeder had found him fit only for discarding. He was one of the fortunate few. He was rescued. This scraggly, matted, dirt y little misfit, once given human love, turned into a 190-pound love machine himself. My friend and I fear the two fluffy kittens, along


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By Michael D. Antonovich On Thursday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) voted to support a motion by Supervisor RidleyThomas and I that expands the 30/10 plan to support the priorities outlined in the unanimously-approved MTA Long Range Transportation Plan. By adding highway and publicprivate partnership projects, the 30/10 plan that previously only accelerated 12 transit projects has become more regional, balanced, equitable, and beneficial for the entire County. The original selling point of 30/10 was the acceleration of the construction of twelve Measure R transit projects from 30 years to 10 years. Now, 30/10 includes highway and publicprivate partnership programs that serve the Gateway Cities, San Gabriel Valley, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and the Glendale/Burbank sub-region—which have most or all of their Measure R dollars allotted for highway projects. When Measure R passed last November, it promised voters a healthy mix of transit and road projects. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation last week released a report stating that 67% of the jobs, economic output and earnings generated by Measure R come from highway projects, with the remaining 33% from transit projects! The amended version of the 30/10 plan now allows our County to go after the 341,500 jobs, $46.3 billion in economic output and $15.1 billion in earnings that the Measure R highway program will provide. Now our County’s San Fernando, Antelope, Santa Clarita. And San Gabriel Valleys will experience a greater piece of the pie from the MTA. The San Fernando Valley, which represents 14% of the County’s population, was slated to receive 5% of the County’s Measure R dollars and would have benefited little from the original transit plan. The Orange Line Extension which is currently under construction will be completed and in operation well before 2020 regardless of 30/10. In the North County, the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys will grow from 7% to 11% of the County’s population by 2030, and now will receive 5% of Measure R funds as well as a number of 30/10 projects, including the High Desert Corridor. Two of the twelve Measure R transit projects have their environmental work done, the Gold Line Extension and Orange Line Extension. We will still push to see that specific language is included to ensure each of the transit projects are built within their budgets without comprising funds to be utilized by the MTA to provide its mobility duties. The 30/10 Initiative as amended will now more effectively address the transportation needs for the entire County. Achieving consensus on this vital initiative allows us to move forward with one voice in Washington, DC.



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I Remember Momma! TheGoodLife

By Wally Hage Mother’s Day is Sunday May 9th. It is that special day that we have to honor our Mom’s! It is a time to make her a Queen for the day. It only takes a Hug and a Kiss to please her. It is a great time to send her a “Love Note” telling her how much you love her and how your love for her deepens even more every year. There is simply no way we can ever really Thank Mom, for all that she has done. She was t he one who st ayed at our bedside whenever we were sick. Picked up our clothes without complaint, wiped our tears when we were hurt or sad and she was that special person who const a nt ly prayed that God would take care of us, whenever we were out of her sight.

As t he youngest of three boys, I remember Mom! Her work was never done. She worked tirelessly 14-hours a day and when one of us boys became sick her day would often be extended long into the night. Her day would begin at 5 AM stoking the fireplace and then she would start packing lunches and serving breakfast for the next two hours as she sent Dad off to work and us three boys off to school. Planning and preparation of the evening meal was a daily routine and there were no supermarkets or corner grocery stores to rely upon. Monday was her wash day, with as many as six loads of wash to sort and launder. Hopefully it was not a rainy day as all wash was dried on clotheslines. Laundry baskets were everywhere waiting Tuesday for sorting, ironing, and folding. As Wednesdays rolled around Mom had a special clothes basket filled with clothing that was stored near her sewing machine awaiting the sewing on of buttons, mending socks and the patching of boy’s overalls that were often tor n a nd frayed. Mom’s Thursdays were spent house cleaning, bed changing, and sometimes canning fruits and pre-

serves for the winter. Friday was always a special day.... bake day ... cookies, pastry, cakes and pies. My arrival home from school the baked goodies were a delight to the eyes. But Saturday was always a special that meant we took a streetcar ride to town with Mom to do the weeks grocery shopping with her. Three boys and a Mom toting home five and sometimes six carryall bags filled with the week’s groceries was quite a tiring ordeal. Sundays, Mom sat aside as “The Lord’s Day”. Our family attended Church, and then Mom would most always have relatives and friends visit and to share a bountiful early afternoon Sunday dinner. A late evening snack of leftovers was always shared with any lingering guests of the day. It was early to bed for everyone except Mom, as this was her quiet time to read the paper and to make plans and preparations for the start of her next busy week! Yes, that was a difficult time for Mom’s, but most Mothers of that era would say it was wonderful time for being a “Stay At Home Mom”. I Love to share a favorite poem that helps me to “Remember Momma”.


Quislings in Sierra Madre? I am a 20+ year resident of Sierra Madre, a member of the Medicare generation, and a practicing lawyer. It is hard to astonish me. In the recent election, a slate backed by then Mayor MacGillivray, was decisively defeated by incumbent Joe Mosca, and Josh Moran and Nancy Walsh, leaving her honor on the short end of a 4-1 minority. At the reorganization meeting, while some people (on both sides) behaved themselves badly, others spoke of attempting to come together in a civilized way to overcome the divisiveness that had marred Sierra Madre politics in the recent past. Retiring Councilman Don Watts decried the rancor that had marred this period and congratulated the newly elected and reelected members and expressed hope. Retiring Councilman Kurt Zimmerman suggested that while Joe Mosca would certainly be elected mayor, it would be a gracious gesture to reach across the aisle to invite Ms. MacGillivray to be mayor pro tem. The Star News reporter in an April 28, 2010 article described what happened next as follows: “In a speech about Allied Forces’ victories and the U.S. decision to enter World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill warned Congress in 1941 “that though hope had returned to the hearts of men and women, Quislings” - or traitors

- “are everywhere. So beware.” After telling the story, MacGillivray, who was about to lose her mayoral status, then added: “Sounds like very good advice, indeed.”” After a statement like that, I assume that any thought of such a gesture went out of everybody’s minds. I have been speaking with a number of people and find that particularly those who are materially younger than me are not familiar with the term “Quisling”. The Star News reporter had it right. The first paragraph of the Wikipedia article under that name states: “Quisling, coined after Vidkun Quisling, who assisted Nazi Germany after they conquered his own country so that he could rule the collaborationist Norwegian government himself, is a term used to describe traitors and collaborators. It was most commonly used for fascist political parties and military and paramilitary forces in occupied Allied countries which collaborated with Axis occupiers in World War II, as well as for their members and other collaborators.” I do not know that name calling like this is ever likely to be productive in any constructive public debate. I feel confident that the new council majority will do its best to agree or disagree in a much more productive and civilized manner. - Eric Olson, Sierra Madre

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God made a wonderful mother; A mother who never grows old, He made her smile out of sunshine; And He molded her heart out of gold. In her eyes, He placed bright shining stars; In her cheeks, fair roses, you see, God made a wonderful mother; And He gave this dear mother to me! This Mother’s Day, shower your Mom with Love and Gratitude as a reward for her constant abiding love. May God Bless All Mothers ... on this very special day!

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May 6 - May 12, 2010


Arcadia’s 12th Annual Law Day Coming this Saturday Financial Advisors Return for Second Year of Participation For the twelfth year in a row the City of Arcadia and the Arcadia Chinese Association will be offering a free Ask-a-Lawyer Program at the Arcadia Public Library this Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The project is part of a nationwide Law Day celebration. Volunteer attorneys will be available to meet with the public and provide free brief one-on-one consultation regarding general legal questions. Participating lawyers will provide a summary of legal rights and general advice on a “walk-up� basis and, where appropriate, will refer individuals to the proper legal or governmental organizations. In an effort to avoid the event becoming a marketing event for local lawyers and firms, participating Law Day attorneys are unable to accept any cases from the people they meet. Topics may include such issues as immigration, consumer rights, landlord-tenant issues, insurance problems, property, family law, bankruptcy, government benefits, employee rights, workers’ compensation, personal injury and other topics. Informational brochures and pamphlets are available as additional legal resources. The addition of financial advisors at last year’s Law Day was very popular and beneficial to many of the people who attended



Arcadia Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Kovacic, who spearheaded the Law Day a dozen years ago, stands with Arcadia Chinese Association president Pearl Chen during a press conference Tuesday discussing the free event Saturday at Arcadia Library. - Photo by Terry Miller


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Portantino Wants Freeze Comic Silent Movie and The Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ – San Gabriel May 9 on Salaries of State’s By Bill Peters Highest Paid Workers Assemblymember Anthony Portantino took his fight to control spending before the Assembly Appropriations Committee when he presented arguments supporting his bill to freeze salaries for state employees earning over $150,000 per year. “As the elected leaders of California we have a responsibility to our constituents to show we understand the difficulties they face and are willing to rein in spending to ensure their tax dollars are spent in a responsible manner,” stated Portantino. A B 176 4 seek s t o implement a two year salary freeze on the state’s highest earners, saving the state millions of dollars if implemented across all state departments and agencies. The bill will a llow t he Gover nor to make exemptions for certain safety employees and employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

A s sembly member Por t a nt i no went on t o explain, “California faces a $20 billion budget shor t fa ll, a f ig ure t hat reflects budget shortages from 2009 through 2011. Freezing the salaries of the state’s highest paid employees is a fiscally responsible way to preserve money for social programs and education and to help ease California’s budget deficit.” This is the sixth time Assemblymember Portantino has introduced this legislation. Last year’s Assembly Appropriations analysis estimated the bill could save $17 million over the two-year life of the bill. “Ultimately, the bottom line is that this bill saves money, is fiscally responsible and is the right thing to do in an economy that will force drastic cuts in the upcoming state budget. It sends the message to Californians that “we get it”.

The movie will be hilarious—but silent. But wait a minute. There will be the thunderous, magnificent sounds of the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ. Buster Keaton’s “The Cameraman” will be screened at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9 at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse and while the 1928 romantic comedy is one of Keaton’s best films, the spotlight rightly belongs to Clark Wilson who will—pardon the pun—pull out all the stops on the 1928 Wurlitzer that was donated to the City of San Gabriel in 1968 and after thousands of hours of work by members of the LA Theatre Organ Society, was installed in 1972. The organ was originally installed in a theater in Brooklyn, NY, but RKO donated the instrument and with a major donation from the Crotty Foundation in 2007. The city was given a quarter-of-a-million dollar donation plus additional city funding that allowed a renovation for us to enjoy. Clark Wilson will be


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El Monte Airport Instructor Visits Arcadia Rotary by Anne Donofrio-Holter Arcadia Rotarians got a lesson in the history of local aviation when pilot and El Monte Airport flight instructor Jessica Privett visited the club last week. First introduced to the El Monte Airport at the age of ten, Privett took her first flight shortly thereafter. “That plane ride influenced my entire life,” said Privett, who now has over 3,000 hours of flying time to her credit. Privett began her presentation by giving the Rotarians an overview of the El Monte Airport which opened in 1930. The 103-acre general aviation airport has 365 based aircraft and experiences over 158,000 operations each year. It is home to an FAA air traffic control tower, flight schools, aircraft maintenance facilities, several flying clubs as well as law enforcement helicopter operations. It has also served as the backdrop for many motion pictures. “El Monte Airport was one of three airports used to encircle and extinguish this year’s vast Station Fire,” said Privett. “Helicopters can also be launched from the site for medevac rescues of victims stranded at sea or in mountainous terrain and El Monte’s proximity to Duarte’s City of Hope, and other nearby hospitals, saves lives by transporting supplies and patients by air requiring urgent medical treatment.” According to Privett, “an estimated 65% of flights in and out of the airport are business, philanthropic or public service related which often require transportation options that are more flexible than some airlines can offer.” “As such, the airport is available for charitable organizations such as “Medical Angels,” involved in earthquake relief in Haiti, and “Doctors Without Borders,” providing medical services to villagers in remote parts of Mexico,” she said.  “The airport also enables law enforcement rapid response to criminal activity and traffic collisions.” The airport also has an agricultural use in serving crop dusting planes.

El Monte Airport has undergone some significant upgrades over the years in runway lighting, signage improvements and AOA perimeter fencing on the west side of the airfield. A 7,650 square foot administrative building was completed in 2001 and houses a restaurant, a pilot’s lounge, airport management offices and a multipurpose meeting area. Privett went on to add small jets can now use the airport and a new taxiway is being built. “We were in awe of her many accomplishments,” said Arcadia Rotarian Eric Barter. “The majority of our members thought her presentation was outstanding.” A certified “Gold Seal” flight instructor and cur-

rently in the process of becoming an FAA Safety Team representative, Privett is also a member of the NinetyNines Organization of Women Pilots. Established in 1929 by 99 women pilots to “provide mutual support and advancement of aviation, the organization promotes world fellowship through flight, provides networking and scholarship opportunities for women and aviation education in the community and preserves the unique history of women in aviation.” Following her presentation, Privett answered questions from several club members. Upon conclusion, she told members how much she enjoyed visiting them and might consider the possibility of becoming a Rotarian in the future.

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somewhat less controversial than those he received from students at Monrovia High School when the candidate visited a few weeks ago. However, the immigration issue came up and Poizner made it clear where he stood: in opposition to Whitman’s approach. “I’m against amnesty for illegal

immigration, unlike my opponent,” Poizner said. Before becoming the State Insurance Commissioner Poizner founded two successful technology companies in Silicon Valley. His last company, SnapTrack, pioneered the technolog y that helped put GPS receivers into 700 million cell phones around the world. Poizner also founded and served

as chief executive officer of Strategic Mapping Inc., a company that assists police departments, utilities and transportation companies with strategic planning and logistics. In 2006, Steve became one of only two Republicans elected statewide when he defeated Democratic Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante in the race for Insurance Com-

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Angels Flight to Grand Central Market: An Historic LA Trip

By Greg Aragon When my mom was little she used to take a tiny trolley up and down the side of a hill in downtown Los Angeles for 5 cents. After riding she would walk across the street for lunch at Grand Central Market. This always sounded fun to me, so when I heard that the train recently reopened to the public after three decades, I knew I had the makings of a great getaway on my hands. Known as “the world’s shortest railway,” Angels Flight was originally built in 1901 by Col. J.W. Eddy to transport people between downtown shopping district below with the upper residential district of Bunker Hill. The “railway” is actually a funicular, with two cars, Olivet and Sinai that work together on a single cable. The trolley was a hit with locals until the city grew, and the once high-rent district of Bunker Hill, with its signature Victorian homes,

deteriorated into blight. This continued until the late 1960s when the whole area was razed and replaced with office buildings. The changes signaled the end of Angels Flight, as it was dismantled and stored in a warehouse. The train sat in storage for more than two decades until a group of concerned citizens prodded the city to be rebuilt it. Then in 1996, a restored Angels Flight reopened on Hill Street, between 3rd and 4th Street, a half-block from its original location. The new Angels Flight cost $4 million to restore and was rebuilt with 60 percent of its original material, including railcars, station house, and two station arches. Everything was going fine until a fatal accident in 2001 closed the funicular once again. The closure lasted until a grand reopening on March 15 of this year. Since then the train has been running daily, connecting travelers between Downtown L.A.’s historic core and the modern financial district atop the hill. The ride lasts about two minutes and costs a whopping 25 cents each way. It is

highlighted by the beautiful California Plaza Watercourt at the top, and historic Grand Central Market at the bottom. After riding the trolley a couple times, I walked across Hill Street to the historic Grand Central Market for a memorable lunch experience. Dating back to 1917, the market features aisle after aisle of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry and fresh fish from California and around the world, all wrapped in a living postcard of early Los Angeles. A great way to get to Angles Flight is to take the Gold Line from Pasadena to Union Station in Los Angeles. From here, take the Red Line subway Civic Center and walk a couple blocks south on Hill Street. Angles Flight Railway is located on Hill and 4th Street. It operates seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., except for the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Fare is 25 cents each way. Grand Central Market is located at 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90013. Hours: everyday 9am – 6pm. For more info, call (213) 6242378.


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National Train Day honors the Mexican workers, called “Braceros”, who kept passenger rail lines in working order during World War II under a U S government sponsored guest worker program. A touring exhibit by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History along with displays of rail equipment and model railroading are to be seen as part of National Train Day, May 8. The event is at Union Station where Amtrak will also display many interactive exhibits about today’s rail travel. - Photo courtesy National Museum of American History By Bill Peters Amtrak celebrates the role of trains in the history of the development of the U S with events and exhibits all across the country on May 8. The 3rd Annual National Train Day will be held in Los Angeles at Union Station from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 8 with a number of special exhibits and entertainment all day long. The main exhibit will highlight the importance to the passenger rail system of Mexicans who were invited to come to the U.S. to work under the “Railroad Braceros” program during World War II. The exhibit will honor the Hispanic contributions to railroad history with presentations by Steve Velasquez, associate curator for the Division of Home and Community

Life at the National Museum of American History and Collections, Outreach, and Dissemination Coordinator for the Bracero Histor y Archive at the Smithsonian. Named “Bittersweet H a r vest : T he Br a cero Program 1942-1964” exa m i nes exper iences of the estimated 4.6 million contracts awarded over the 22 year period with photographs and audio excerpts from oral histories. While most of the Mex ica ns i n t he g uest worker program worked fa r ms at pea k ha r vest times, thousands worked under t he U S government sponsored program to bu ild a nd ma int a in rail lines. These workers are being honored in this special touring exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D.C. and is part of the

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Longtime Sierra Madre Resident Ruth Teigler Passes Away in Kokomo Ruth Jean Teigler, longtime Sierra Madre resident and volunteer passed away on April 21, 2010. Born on August 6, 1920 in Newark, NY, Ruth was 89 years old at the time of her passing. After graduating high school, Ruth attended college in Louisiana. She came back to Rochester New York where she met and married Karl Teigler. They eventually settled in Tyler, Texas before moving to Sierra Madre in 1963. After over 40 years in Sierra Madre, Ruth and Karl moved to Kokomo to be closer to their daughter. In Sierra Madre, Ruth was very active in the community. She was an active member and president of the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club and an avid supporter of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association. She was a member of the Commission on Aging and ran for a seat on the city council in 2002. In Tyler, Texas, Ruth was an active member and president of the League of Women Voters and was involved in establishing a new Episcopal Church. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Karl, her son, Timothy, her parents and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Dian Teigler, Carson City, NV; her daughter, Katherine, and her husband, Dr. James Scheffler, Kokomo; and her daughter-in-law, Louise Teigler, Carson City, NV. Ruth will be laid to rest in Sierra Madre, alongside her beloved husband, Karl. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Pioneer Cemetery, Sierra Madre. The family will welcome memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

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Early Pasadena Symphony Member Passes On

Miriam C. Spaulding, 1907 -2010 the community, she taught By Bill Peters violin to children before A member of the Pasa- her marriage to Spaulddena Civic Orchestra, the ing. Following the death orchestra that thrived under the direction of Rich- of her husband in 1954, ard C. Lert and gave birth Mrs. Spaulding launched to the vibrant Pasadena a career with a nutrition firm, Neo-Life, which led Symphony, has died. Miriam C. Spaulding to a 50 -year association performed with the Pasade- during which her success na Civic Orchestra as Prin- won her the 1996 Business cipal Violist in the 1940’s Woman of the Year by the with such luminaries as South Pasadena Chamber Roberta Nowlin, violinist of Commerce. In 1997 who served as concertmas- Huell Howser’s “California ter, violinist Frieda Stoehr, Gold” filmed her story as cellist Joseph DiTullio and the “Rose Lady of South bassist Stuart Sankey. Her Pasadena” for sharing her passing, on March 29 of 60 variety of roses with this year, truly marks a the South Pasadena Post significant passing in the Office, creating beautiful displays at each teller’s musical life of Pasadena. M i r i a m C a n f i e l d station. Miriam Spaulding’s Spaulding was born in Chardon, Ohio, made her life will be celebrated at a way to the Pasadena area, musical memorial service married Harold Spaulding at the Oneonta Congregain 1936 and raised her fam- tional Church, South Pasaily in South Pasadena. As dena at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, part of the musical life of May 15.

Episcopal Church of Ascension to Celebrate 125 Years Church of the Ascension in Sierra Madre was established in 1885, making it the oldest church in Sierra Madre. On May 16, the church will honor its 125year anniversary with a special thanksgiving Evensong at 5 p.m., with special music. The event is free to the public. Clergy leaders from the Diocese, along with public officials, will be invited. Following the program, a potluck will be held in the parish hall, featuring a

program on the history of the church. One of the highlights of the event will be the renaming of the Hall as Fanny Hawks Hall, in honor of the founder of Church of the Ascension. Fanny Hawks’s great nephew, Fr. Roger Woods, an Episcopal priest at Ascension, will participate. Church of the Ascension is located at Baldwin and Laurel in Sierra Madre. For further information, call (626) 355-1133.

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Norton Simon Educational Director to Visit Arcadia AAUW at May 10 Meeting The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena’s gem of an art gallery, has much to offer visitors of all ages. Along with viewing world-class art from the museum’s extensive collections, visitors can enjoy art history courses, lectures, drawing classes, and family activities. At the Monday, May 10, meeting of the Arcadia Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Nancy Gubin, Director of Educational Programming, will present a program on upcoming events at the Norton Simon. Nancy Gubin is a UC Berkeley un-

dergrad and a Boston University graduate with an MA in Art History. She will bring the AAUW members and their guests up to date on current adult programs, such as art history in conjunction with Wagner’s operatic “Rings” cycle, as well as “Afternoon Salons,” in which professional Museum educators hold conversations with Museum visitors. For families and children, art projects, story-telling, and other activities are scheduled. The Arcadia AAUW meeting will take place in the Church of the Good

Shepherd’s Jordan Hall, 400 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia (SW corner of Duarte Rd. and Holly Ave.). All are invited to come at 6:30 p.m. for networking and socializing. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for the program. Membership in the American Association of University Women is open to women and men university or college graduates, as well as to those holding an Associate of Arts degree or its equivalent. For more information, call Orchid Dong at (626) 356-7614 or Patricia Dietrich at (626) 446-8437.

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POLICE BLOTTERS Arcadia PD For the period of Sunday, April 25, through Saturday, May 1, the Police Department responded to 919 calls for service of which 139 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period. Sunday, April 25: 1. Around 12:35 p.m., an automated license plate reader alerted officers to a stolen vehicle, and a high risk traffic stop was made at Baldwin and the 210 Freeway. A 20-year-old female driver was arrested for vehicle theft, suspended/revoked license, and four outstanding misdemeanor warrants, totaling $101,438. An inventory search of the vehicle was conducted and an impact weapon/billy club was found, so she was also charged with possession of a weapon.

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ers were arrested for DUI. A 36-year-old was arrested around 12:32 a.m. at First and Wheeler; a 27-year-old was arrested at Live Oak and Lenore. 6. Units responded to Santa Anita Inn, 130 West Huntington, around 2:33 a.m. in reference to a possible injury traffic collision. Investigation revealed that an intoxicated 17-year-old male Hispanic drove over a front lawn and damaged a motel sign. A witness advised that he saw the driver throw two cans of beer into a trash can located outside the front lobby area, which was later retrieved. An inventory search of the vehicle also revealed two more open cans of beer and marijuana. The juvenile was arrested for DUI, unlicensed driver, possession of alcohol in vehicle, possession of marijuana in vehicle, minor driving under the influence, and driving with open alcohol container. He was noncompliant and cursed at officers and slammed his head against a car window. While in a non-secured detention room at the station, he continued to bang his head against the walls and spat at the window. He was later released his parents. Wednesday, April 28: 7. Around 2:51 p.m., loss prevention personnel from JC Penney advised that they had detained a woman for theft. She took clothing item into a fitting room and hid the item in her purse. A private person’s arrest was made, and an 18-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for commercial burglary. Additional stolen items from Old Navy and Anchor Blue stores were recovered. 8. Between 2:00 p.m. and 7:25 p.m., three auto burglaries occurred at Westfield Mall. A radar detector, an iTouch, and rear seats were stolen from a Chevy Tahoe; an iPod and GPS unit were stolen from another vehicle; a witness saw two male Hispanics break a car window and took a laptop computer and GPS unit from a third vehicle. An area search for the two suspects was conducted, but they were not found.

Sierra Madre PD During the week of Sunday, May 25th, to Saturday May 30th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 297

calls for service. Sunday, April 25th: 8:51 AM – Arrest, Violation of a Restraining Order and Resisting Officers, Memorial Park. Officers arrested a transient man who was reportedly throwing rocks at passing cars. The suspect was in violation of a court order prohibiting him from being near Memorial Park. He became combative with officers who had to call for help. The suspect was taken to the Los Angeles County Jail for remand. 12:31 PM – Auto Burglary, 200 block Old Oak Lane. Suspect(s) smashed a car window and stole a Pentax camera and several music CDs. The crime occurred between 6:00 pm, Saturday, 4/24/2010 and 1:00 pm, Sunday, 4/25/2010. The combined loss was estimated in excess of $1050.00. 1:12 PM – Auto Burglary, 100 block West Orange Grove Ave. Suspect(s) smashed the driver’s side car window stealing the following: a Garmin GPS, Garmin Antenna and Nikon binoculars. The crimes occurred between 8:00 pm, Saturday, 4/24/2010 and 1:10 pm, Sunday, 4/25/2010. The loss was estimated at $2837.00. 1:52 PM – Theft from Auto, 100 block West Orange Grove Ave. Suspect(s) ransacked an unlocked car stealing the following: a pair of Ray Ban Sunglasses, a pair of Mark Jacobs Sunglasses and a Mercedes first aid kit. The crimes occurred between 7:30 pm, Saturday, 4/24/2010 and 10:15 am, Sunday, 4/25/2010. The combined loss was estimated in excess of $350.00. 2:13 PM – Auto Burglary, 100 block South Lima St. Suspect(s) smashed the rear passenger side car window stealing $25.00 cash. Additional property was stolen from the Lima Street resident’s open carport, which included a saw table, two mountain bikes, a Razor scooter, a hand drill and assorted hand tools. The crime occurred between 1:30 am, Sunday, 4/25/2010 and 11:30 am, Sunday, 4/25/2010. The loss was estimated to be at least $1675.00.

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Pin Up Girls, Celebrities Raise Funds for Troops P-51 Mustang, Yak 11s, and P-38 Lighting from Allied Fighters flew by as the sun was setting on Torrance Airport Saturday. This was the beginning of a night to remember those who serve their country in the military. T he Mu r r ay G r ey Foundation teamed up with the aviation and music industry at MotoArt studios on Saturday, May 1, 2010 and held a charity fundraising concert featuring the Blues Brothers tribute band and other surprise celebrity guests. Together, they raised needed funds for military families and provide a financial and emotional safety net for those families that serve or have served America. The event, hosted at the MotoArt showroom, featured camo net ceilings and walls that were dripping with Vintage airplane parts, and banners of USO pin-up girls decorating the aircraftthemed walls. Kicking off the evening’s celebration was a special performance of The Warrior Song Project’s video and music presentation. The impact and popularity of this fabulous tribute to our troops has recently surpassed 1.2 million views on YouTube. Written and produced to rally and motivate the US troops, songwriter Sean Householder said, “I know there are a vast number of individuals in this country who look upon these men and women (of our Armed Forces) with the same level of awe, admiration, love and respect as I do. And in my opinion, we will never be able to

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do enough to show it.” Invading the stage after The Warrior Song were a number of bands plus special guests D’London singing the National Anthem as well as a special appearance from Heroes wrapped up the night. Attendees were able to dine under the stars compliments of Paradise Grill, while Karl Strauss Brewery supplied the excellent beer for the evening.

Of the many celebrities attending, Billy Bob Thornton seemed to be one of the more visible. Guests also had the opportunity to have their pictures taken with pin-up models from WarbirdPinupGirls. com, bid on auction items, including a ride on the Body Glove yacht, and get up-close and personal with authentic, vintage World War II aircraft, including

the B-25 “Executive Sweet, P-51 Mustang, Yak 11, and P-38 Lighting . “Many military families are experiencing a short term crisis that endangers their home ownership, and opens the door to a possible foreclosure of their home. The Murray Grey Foundation helps these military families save their homes from foreclosure,” said David Walsh of the Murray

Grey Foundation. “This usually includes providing short term financial assistance and helping them in re-adjusting the relationship with their mortgage lender. The Foundat ion addit ionally helps provide emergency food, clothing and other critical resources to those families in need.” “The Aim High Events Team and all our partners

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POLICE BLOTTERS Thursday, April 29th: 6:33 PM – Residential burglary, 300 block West Carter Ave. Suspect(s) forced open a bathroom window to gain entry The suspect(s) took an H & K semi auto .40 cal. handgun, a Mac Book Pro computer, a platinum wedding ring, a Canon camera, a Sony camera and cash. The crime occurred between 7:30 am and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 4/28/2010. The total loss was estimated at $7,700.00 Friday, April 30th: 6:55 AM – Auto Burglary, 00 block East Highland Ave. Suspect(s) smashed the window of a car parked in a carport, activating the vehicle’s alarm. The owner heard the car alarm sound off, inspected his car and found the damages. A computer bag containing a set of earphones was taken. The crime occurred between 10:30 am, Thursday, 4/29/10, and 5:02, Friday, 4/30/2010. The

loss was estimated at $50.00. 7:14 AM – Theft from Vehicle, 100 block Merrill Ave. A resident reported a wallet, debit cards and cash was taken from her unlocked car. The crime occurred between 10:30 pm Thursday, 4/29/2010 and 7:00 am Friday, 4/30/2010. The loss was estimated at $23.00. 7:51 AM – Stolen Vehicle, 00 block of East Highland Ave. Suspect(s) stole a black 2001 Toyota Camry from the apartment’s carport area. The crime occurred between 7:00 pm, Thursday, 4/29/2010 and 7:30 am, Friday, 4/30/2010. 11:15 AM – Arrest, Suspicion of Residential Burglary. Officers were dispatched to the area of North Lima Ave. and West Carter Ave. regarding a suspicious man seated in a car. The resident saw the suspect standing near his car with the hood up and talking on a cell phone. The car had a Mexico license plate. The suspect looked down neighbors’

driveways and was not from the area. Due to a burglary on the street a day earlier, the resident notified police. The suspect told officers that he was in the area to look at the snow-capped mountains, and to look for discarded items in wealthy neighborhoods. He had burglary tools in the car and the correct license plates. was arrested for suspicion of burglary. The suspect was transported to the Pasadena Jail for remand. 3:38 PM – Theft from Vehicle, 100 block East Highland Ave. A resident reported her unlocked car was ransacked while parked in her driveway. The loss was her child’s diaper bag. The crime occurred between 7:00 pm, Thursday, 4/29/2010 and 8:45 am, Friday, 4/30/2010. The loss was estimated at $40.00. Saturday, May 1st: 6:39 AM – Attempted Theft from Vehicle, 400 block Grove St. Suspect(s) entered the unlocked

car, but did not take anything. The crime occurred between 4:00 pm, Friday, 4/30/2009 and 8:00 am, Saturday, 5/1/2010. No loss. 8:15 AM – Theft from Vehicle, 500 block North Hermosa Ave. Suspect(s) entered an unlocked car and stole tickets to a carnival and a carnival wrist band. The crime occurred between 4:00 pm, Friday, 4/30/2009 and 8:00 am, Saturday, 5/1/2010. The financial loss was $150.00. 8:44 AM – Attempted Theft from Vehicle, 400 block Grove St. Suspect(s) entered an unlocked car rifling through the interior, but did not taking anything. The crime occurred between 3:30 pm, Friday, 4/30/2009 and 8:30 am, Saturday, 5/1/2010. No loss. 9:14 AM – Theft from Vehicle, 500 North Hermosa Ave. Suspect(s) entered an unlocked car and stole a Pep Boys auto road side emergency kit. The crime occurred between 4:00 pm, Friday, 4/30/2009 and 8:00 am, Saturday, 5/1/2010. The financial loss was estimated at $80.00.


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trict of Columbia, and the Northern Mariana Islands participated in the 23rd annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C., April 24–26. In the academic competition, students serve as expert witnesses testifying on constitutional issues in a simulated congressional hearing. Each class is divided into

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of Los Voluntarios, the Baldwin Adobe Restoration Committee and the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, according to an Arboretum press release. Following McLeod’s report her firm will determine steps to restore the adobe. The County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department are to provide construction staff and will fund and carry out the actual construction. After that, any alterations to the adobe to prevent future damage, provide visitor access, erect interpretive signage, and reconstruct the Baldwin wing will require significant community financial participation. That program has not yet been established. Once funds have been raised Kelly McLeod and her firm will plan reconstruction of the Baldwin wing and restoration of the Victorian gardens that once surrounded the adobe. But for the phase-two portion to be completed further funding will be needed. Without community support, a loss of Arcadia’s history looms.

six groups, corresponding with the units in the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution text. Students are scored on their opening presentation and on answers to follow-up questions by a panel of judges, who grade the students on understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation. The national finals judges

included state Supreme Court judges, public officials, political scientists, historians, civic educators, attorneys, and journalists. Arcadia’s We the People class is led by teacher Kevin Fox and coached by civ ic volu nteers Ga r y Kovacic, Bob Garrett, Jim Romo, Karyn McCreary, Carl Nielsen, and Jill Engle. Implemented nationally in upper elemen-

Caruso, Magna Resume Talks on Shops at Santa Anita Project Continued from the First Page

move in a court filing. The Australian Mall owner Westfield Group, which owns The Promenade at Westfield Santa Anita across the street and has been battling the plan for four yea rs. A mong other moves, Westfield has been financing a community group, Arcadia First that has sued to stop the project citing traffic and economic concerns. The lawsuit was stayed

pending the bankruptcy proceedings. Ca r uso, t he ow ner a nd developer of T he Grove i n L os A ngeles a nd T he A mer ica n a t Brand in Glendale, apparently remains optimistic that the project can be salvaged, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The Canadian-based Magna, which owns and operates eight U.S. horse

racetracks, filed for Chapter 11 protection in March 2009 citing the economic downturn and declining revenues the racetracks. T he S t rona ch - con trolled MI Developments canceled its 2005 agreement with Caruso Affiliated last week to develop the estimated $500 million Shops at Santa Anita because the deal did not appa rent ly gener a t e a enough return.

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tary, middle, and high schools, the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program reached more than 30 million students and 81,000 teachers in its 23-year history. The program is directed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Civic Education and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Education for Democracy Act approved by Congress.

Measure CC Education Parcel Tax Fails to Garner Necessary Two-Thirds Majority Vote Continued from the First Page the budget difficulties facing the district. He asserted that class sizes would increase, libraries closed and arts programs curtailed. Voters remained unconvinced. The measure would have placed a $120 tax on each parcel within the school district boundaries and raised $35 million spread over a five-year period. Opposition pointed to statistics of countywide school districts that showed their cost per student per year was less and educational testing results considerably better. Some heat was generated as opposition grew to the measure, but interest among citizens was not substantial. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors decided the measure was not in the best interest of

the community and opposed it. A list of opponents was never released during the campaign, nor were contributions to their effort but it was believed that no substantial money was ever raised. The Yes on Measure CC campaign received over $200,000 in contributions and counted among its largest contributors Berkshire-Hathaway executive Charles Munger, the United Teachers of Pasadena, the Pasadena Educational Fund, RBC Capital Markets, PBWS Architects of Pasadena and Seville Group International and dozens of community groups. The measure would have t a xed t he 29,0 0 0 homes, 23,800 apartment units and 2,900 commercial parcels within the district $120 over a five year period.

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May 6 - May 12, 2010 A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 01/18/2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER.” Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by TOM BLANK, AN UNMARRIED MAN, AND CINDY CRAWFORD, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, ALL AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 01/18/2008 and recorded 01/30/08, as Instrument No. 20080180047, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 06/03/2010 at 1:00PM, At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, Los Angeles, CA at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 416 S ALTA VISTA AVE, MONROVIA, CA, 910162704. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $641,908.96. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebted-ness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trustee’s Sale duly recorded with the appropriate County Recorder’s Office. DATED: 05/04/2010 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone/Sale Information: (800) 281 8219 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. FEI # 1006.96424 5/06, 5/13, 5/20/2010 NOTICE OF AMENDED PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF TORAO NISHIYAMA Case No. GP015052 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of TORAO NISHIYAMA PETITION AN AMENDED FOR PROBATE has been filed by Yeong Hye Nishiyama and Monita Yep in the Superior Court of Cali-fornia, County of LOS ANGELES. THE AMENDED PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Yeong Hye Nishiyama and Monita Yep be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE AMENDED PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representa-tive will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the amended petition will be held on June 4, 2010 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. A located at 300 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101.

IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hear-ing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Re-quest for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A

Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: E JAMES HIGUCHI ESQ SBN 93951 HIGUCHI & HIGUCHI 3435 WILSHIRE BLVD STE 2700 LOS ANGELES CA 90010-2013 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: Gerald T. Bensene, aka Gerald Thomas Bensene Case Number GP014964: To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of Gerald T. Bensene, aka Gerald Thomas Bensene. A petition for probate has been filed by Christine A. Lehner in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The petition for probate requests that

Christine A. Lehner be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: May 21, 2010 at 8:30 A.M. in Dept A located at 300 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney.


If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (Form DE-154) of the filing of the inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: Jonathan D. Primuth, Law Office of Jonathan D. Primuth, 790 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 790, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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