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Thursday, OCTOBER 27, - NOVEMBER 2, 2011
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San Gabriel Promise Made to Army Buddy 59 Years ago Fulfilled … School With the Help of Good old Google Board All it took was a little help from his wife and the little search engine that could Candidate Assaulted at School Carnival Files Police Report Against Scott Svonkin
Scott Svonkin, pictured here at a Los Angeles County Schools Teacher of the Year event allegedly assaulted school board candidate Andrew Ammon Saturday
-Photo by Terry Miller
an Gabriel School Board Candidate Andrew Ammon, 25, attended a school carnival at Coolidge Saturday afternoon, not as a candidate running for school board but this
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Beverly and David Mills say that without Google they may never have found the owner of the ring he had held for 59 years -Photo by Terry Miller
By Terry Miller n November 15, 1952 Rosemead resident Arvin David Mills received his draft notice to report to Fort Snelling in Minneapolis. From there he was transfered to Fort Knox, Kentucky
Hundreds Protest Trader Joe's in Monrovia On Friday, October 21, after a noon picket and rally at the Huntington Plaza Trader Joe’s, Florida farm workers and their student, faith and community allies marched past the store in Huntington Plaza and then to Trader Joe’s corporate headquarters for one of the “largest CIW rally in California since the successful conclusion of the
Taco Bell Boycott.” Farm workers and consumers holding various signs marched a mile together at the fast-growing company’s headquarters to express their impatience with Trader Joe’s refusal to participate in the widelyacclaimed Fair Food Program and organizers plan
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where he was to specialize in rifle training. During those 16 weeks of training Mills made many friends but one in particular stuck in his memory all these years. This man, Peter Herz-
ing was from St. Mary’s PA. After completing basic training they received their respective orders, Mills was the only one who was ordered to stay stateside. He was an Expert Rifleman and was or-
dered to teach stateside. It was a tense time in military lives as the Korean War was taking center stage and most men drafted assumed they were going into combat - with a very strong possibility
they might not come back. Bonds were quickly formed and trust and honor was not an exception, it was the unwritten rule.
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Police Shut Down a State-of-the Art Hydroponic Marijuana Operation
Pasadena Man Appointed Deputy Director of California Toxic Substance Control by Governor Brown
The Pasadena Police Department’s narcotic’s team ended a two month investigation by serving a series of search warrants in the cities of Baldwin Park, North Hollywood and Pasadena. The culmination of the investigation led to the seizure of over 125 cul-
Brian Johnson, 56, of Pasadena, has been appointed deputy director for enforcement at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Johnson has been the principal partner for ICF Consulting since 2007. He served as the manager for the envi-
tivated Marijuana plants, packaged Marijuana for purpose of sales and U.S. currency. Narcotic investigators discovered a sophisticated hydroponic Marijuana facility in Baldwin Park that
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ronmental division for the City of Santa Monica from 2001 to 2006, after serving as an environmental coordinator from 1988 to 2001. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $126,588. Johnson is a Democrat.
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Nurturing the Soul
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By Dorothy Denne My column seems to have been dealing with food a lot lately. That is because I've been dealing with a lot of food. I don't know.-- It is just so darn good. Nutritionists used to say we needed three square meals a day. Three squares make me round. Now they say we need several small meals throughout the day. Trying that makes me even rounder 'cause mine usually aren't small. I mean, once you start, why would you stop until it is all gone?
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Food is good for the soul. Thomas Moore says, "When you look closely at the image of soulfulness, you see that it is tied to life in all its particulars---good food, satisfying conversation, genuine friends and experiences that stay in the memory and touch the heart." I strongly believe in caring for the soul. What better way than to have the experience of genuine friends sharing satisfying conversation while eating good food? As Moore said, that is life in all its particulars. I enjoy all of the above. I'm not quite yet willing to give up any of them. I think the time may be fast approaching. The other day, when I went for my walk, my fanny pack was so tight that I had to wear it around my neck. I think that was a sign. Speaking of signs, or warnings if you will, I must
Monrovia School Board Forum Asks more Questions than Answers Seven candidates for three open seats on the school board met Wednesday night at the Open Door Church in south Monrovia. Incumbents Ed Gililland and Bryan Wong shared the stage with hopefuls Janeane Covarrubias, David Crabtree, Rob Hammond, Terrence Williams and Ed McCarthy . There will be a full report in next week’s newspaper by Susan Motander but until then, we offer readers a few images of the evening and some unscheduled surprises. Originally slated to be moderated by KGEM talk show host, Ralph Waker,
some were surprised to see an unfamiliar face at the podium asking some audience the questions Walker was slated to officiate. At the 11th hour Gwendolyn Jones was asked NOT to have Walker as the moderator of the forum but have a representative of the League of Women Voters. The reasoning behind this remains to be seen but as Walker himself said, “it’s not about me, it’s about the getting the issues out to the voters.” Gwendolyn Jones agreed but was visibly upset that Walker was not moderating as originally planned. “It is kind of ironic that I was ousted from a church
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share this example of a warning that I heard the other day: "Your husband is under too much stress, and he's going to drop dead of a heart attack if we don't make changes," the doctor warned as he took the man's wife aside. "Oh my. What kind of changes?" she asked.. "For starters, get out of bed every morning before he does and make him a healthy breakfast. Be sure the house is clean and uncluttered. Have a hot dinner ready for him when he gets home, and after you do the dishes I suggest you give him a backrub to calm his nerves." On the way home the man asked his wife, "So, what did the doctor say?" "She looked at him lovingly and said, "He told me that you're going to drop dead of a heart attack." Laughter is almost as nourishing as food.
Terrence Williams makes a point during the forum -Photo by Terry Miller
with the name ‘Open Door’, Walker quipped as he arrived for duty before the forum. Keeping his well-known sense of humor in tact, one could see that Walker had done a great deal of homework for the forum which he clutched under his arm. Joe Brown, NAACP Chairman from Pasadena, attended the forum hoping to see Walker in action. After 35 minutes Brown left. The forum seemed short to some and many leaving the Open Door had considerably more questions for the candidates but they simply ran out of time.
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TCUSD Announces Administrative Changes On October 12, 2011, the Temple City Unified School District’s Board of Education approved the employment of two administrators to fill key positions at the
District Office. “On behalf of the Board of Education, it is with great pleasure that I welcome Dr. Fonseca and Dr. McGuire as the newest members of TCUSD’s
administrative team,” announced Superintendent Chelsea Kang-Smith. “Their instructional and leadership abilities will be a great addition to our District.”
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Julio Fonseca was hired as the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services/ Director of Classified Personnel; he will join the TCUSD team on November 7. An experienced administrator, Dr. Fonseca has elementary, secondary, and university experience. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He also holds Administrative Services and Pupil Personnel Services credentials. -Courtesy Photo
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MTA Endorses Three for Monrovia School Board By Susan Motander The Monrovia Teachers Association (MTA) has endorsed three of the candidates for the Governing Board of Monrovia Unified School District. The teachers organization endorsed incumbents Ed Gililland
and Byron Wong along with first time candidate Terrence Williams. Anne Battle, president of the MTA made the announcement after either contacting or leaving messages for all the candidates.
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Dog Haus Biergarten is so Fun it’s Scary... Halloween Party Saturday Oct 29 Dog Haus, Pasadena’s go to eatery for an exciting and delicious variety of gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers and more, is topping itself with a Grand Opening/Halloween party for its newest venture Dog Haus Biergarten. Located in the heart of Old Pasadena at 93 E. Green Street, Dog Haus Biergarten is a super sized version of its namesake featuring the same amazing food...and a full bar featuring more than 20 beers and premium Haus wine, the best of ‘80’s music and then some! The Grand Opening Halloween themed festivities will take place on Saturday October 29, 2011 beginning at 6:00pm. The 21-year-old and older no-cover-charge party will last all night with live music by LA’s number one ‘80’s cover band The M’80’s. The alley behind the restaurant will be closed off for the rockin’ party between 7:00pm to 10:00pm and then it’s back in the Dog Haus for party-goers who will be treated to more live music courtesy of Pasadena’s own ‘80’s cover band AMFM. People are encouraged to dress more than their dogs at the party and to come in their hippest ‘80’s garb or Halloween costume. “We are thrilled to take our Dog Haus concept to the next level,” said André Vener, a partner in the one year old restaurant that has won rave reviews from customers and critics alike and is a 2011 Reader Recommended top pick in Pasadena Weekly’s Readers Poll. “Dog Haus Biergarten, which is housed in the historic Old Pasadena venue that has been named Best Live Music Bar for five consecutive years, combines the perfect recipe for family friendly food and fun as well as late night bites and live
‘80’s music. We are excited to share even more of the many reasons we are hailed as the “Best of the Würst”.” Raising the bar on hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers even higher, Dog Haus Biergarten features more than 20 beers available on draft or by bottle, with an emphasis on German and California Craft and continues its trend-leading ways with the Wine Keg System that is used in Europe, with premium Haus wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, available by glass or carafe. Dog Haus Biergarten guests may also indulge in classic cocktails such as the Moscow Mule, the Side Car and the Uva Bella that are created by some of the area’s favorite mixologists including Phil Wills and Brady Weise (both formerly with point08). For those in the mood for a little bubbly with their beef, Dog Haus Biergarten offers Sofia Coppola’s signature pink can of Blanc de Blanc. Wills will lead the talented team of top notch bartenders that have joined Dog Haus Biergarten from all over Los Angeles. Happy Hours at Dog Haus Biergarten will take place Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Dog Haus Biergarten has the same signature atmosphere, décor and trademarked furniture that Dog Haus is known for including custom fabricated communal tables and ketchup-colored walls. The Biergarten also features 20ft ceilings, brick walls and one of the largest outdoor patios in Pasadena. Another Dog Haus staple, ‘80’s music, will always be playing except for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when top ‘80’s cover
bands will perform live. Dog Haus Biergarten is located behind redwhite+bluezz at 93 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91105 and is tucked away in the rear of the historic EdisonEl Ray Building, accessible from Green Street. Hours are 11:00am-Midnight on Sunday through Wednesday and 11:00am – 2:00am on Thursday through Saturday. There is 90 minute free parking available at The Schoolhouse Parking structure located at Green and Raymond as well as metered parking. Vener, along with partners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and Robert and Denise Zeilstra plan to open another classic Dog Haus on Main Street in Alhambra by the end of the year. “Dog Haus quickly became a hit with its unique atmosphere, diverse offerings, dedication to details and commitment to customers. People asked us to expand and we are!. Complete with some surprises,” noted Giragossian. “Dog Haus Biergarten, built upon the successful Dog Haus foundation, is poised to become the place to be in Old Pasadena , whether it is for a quick 10 minute business lunch for $10.00, a pre or post game meal with the team, a family dinner or an ‘80’s inspired late night hang with buddies and beers,” added Riaz. The something-foreveryone menu includes options to build your own creations with more than 40 toppings to choose from; one of Dog Haus' signature Haus Dogs such as the Sooo Cali, featuring arugula, diced tomato, crispy fried onions, spicy basil aioli and avocado, or the Downtown Dog, wrapped in bacon with mayo, mustard, ketchup,
sautéed onions and peppers. The ten signature dogs also include the B.L.A.S.T., The Little Leaguer and Grand Slam. Giragossian's desire for a sweet and savory combination led to serving the Haus Dogs on grilled King's Hawaiian Bread instead of traditional buns--a culinary choice that customers rave about. Living up to its reputation as the Best of the Würst, Dog Haus temptations also include a selection of gourmet sausages that range from Andouille, Bratwurst, Italian Chicken, Knockwurst and Spicy Italian to Three-Pepper Kielbasa. Also proving to be “best of the burgers”, Dog Haus offers a wide selection of build your own or signature hamburgers such as The Freiburger, which features their acclaimed beef patty, fresh-cut french fries, cole slaw, fried egg and cheese on grilled Hawaiian bread. Veggie Dogs, Corn Dogs, Chili, Sweet Potato Fries, Tater Tots and It's-It Ice Cream Sandwiches are only a sampling of the many other items on the Dog Haus menu. "We've also got a secret menu that regulars and those who follow us on facebook or Foursquare can get clued into," notes Zeilstra. Dog Haus Biergarten also offers an extensive takeout menu, featuring combination packs including the Pick 6, Dirty Dozen and SausageFest. For more information about Dog Haus or Dog Haus Biergarten, visit doghausdogs.com or call 626483-0808. Dog Haus can also be found on social networking sites including facebook (Dog Haus), Foursquare (Dog Haus) and twitter (dog_ haus).
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Monrovia All Class Reunion Oct 30
SMRFA Selects Princesses
Julianna Gough , Kacey Benson, Tracey Janzen and Alisa Unell were selected as Sierra Madre Rose Princesses last week - Photo courtesy of Bob Young
City of Hope Receives $1.2M NCI Grant The MHD Band Poses for a photo in the winners’ circle -Benoit Photo
Don't miss the 3rd All Class Reunion for Monrovia High School at Santa Anita Park on Sunday October 30th, 2011 on the Infield (gate #6 north of Peppers). The event will be a fundraiser to help send the MHS Wildcat Symphonic Band to Carnegie Hall, where they've been invited to perform in 2012. There will be raffles, prizes and live thoroughbred horse
racing! The 6th race will be named after MHS so be sure to put your name in the drawing for a chance to be in the Winner's Circle with the winning Jockey and the horse of course. In April it was a tie for the Class of 1978 & the Class of 1979 in attendance. What class will get the bragging rights this time? You didn't have to go
to Monrovia High to attend this event. Please join the fun and connect with old friends! Please purchase the tickets in advance by Thursday at either Shaffer Awards or Monrovia Chamber and save $6.25. If you show up the day of the event you will pay $10.00 in addition to parking and entry into Santa Anita.
The National Cancer Institute has awarded City of Hope a five-year, $1.2 million grant to investigate and develop a cancer treatment that targets a cellular pathway associated with both brain tumors and diabetes complications. Behnam Badie, M.D., chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and director of the Brain Tumor Program, is principal investigator on the grant, which supports research into turning the body’s own defenses against brain cancers such as glioma.
“Current treatment options for brain tumors can be limited due to the sensitive location of the cancer and the body’s natural protective barriers,” Badie said. “My team’s research has focused on using the immune system to fight cancers, and one of the ways we are trying to do that is by investigating an inflammatory process most often associated with diabetes.” In people with diabetes, too much sugar circulates in the blood, and harmful substances called advanced gly-
cation end products (AGEs) form when this excess sugar binds to molecules in the body. AGEs can then activate what are called receptors for advance glycation end products, or RAGE. Activating RAGE can kick-start inflammation, part of the immune system’s response to infections, damage or injury. It is a natural process that can lead to healing. In patients with diabetes, however, chronic inflamma-
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Monrovia Police Department Launches Crime Mapping The Monrovia Police Department has taken a step forward to better inform the public about crimes that are occurring in the City by making their crime data available online to the public. Any resident with access to the Internet can map out and analyze recent crime activity in their neighborhood. CrimeMapping.com also offers free Crime Alerts which help keep the community well informed by distributing incident reports via e-mail to anyone that subscribes to the system. Monrovia residents and business owners can now stay up to date regarding what is happening near
their home, work or child's school. The fifteen crime types displayed are those most often requested by the public and include such reported incidents as robbery, assault, burglary and theft. Citizens can turn crime types on and off depending on what they are interested in learning about and activity can also be queried by date as there is a rolling ninety days of information available at CrimeMapping.com. Simple reports and charts which help depict current trends can be instantly accessed based on a buffer distance or the visible map area. CrimeMapping.com has proven effective in re-
ducing crime by increasing the number of eyes and ears out there aware of local activity. The department will be able to use CrimeMapping.com live at community meetings to help provide reliable crime information and encourage citizens to report offenses. You can access CrimeMapping.com through a link on the City of Monrovia website. The department also has a link to an informative video that explains how to use all the features on the crime map. To learn more about crime mapping visit the website at www.cityofmonrovia. org.
Huntington Memorial Hospital Receives $980,000 Grant From Blue Shield Huntington Memorial Hospital was one of 18 California healthcare organizations to receive grant money from Blue Shield of California, to effectively develop an accountable care organization (ACO). “We were very pleased to receive these funds from Blue Shield,” said Stephen A. Ralph, Huntington Hospital president and chief executive officer. “It will allow us to hit the ground running as we partner with our physicians to look at new, more efficient structures of delivering quality healthcare to the community. “ ACOs are arrangements among those who provide healthcare such as hospitals and physicians and private health plans who pay for these services. The idea is to promote greater efficiency and a higher level of care through provider alignment. ACOs were born out of the healthcare reform agenda. Huntington Hospi-
tal applied for a grant of $980,000 to support Health Information Exchange efforts, in which seamless sharing of healthcare information between providers reduces duplication, redundancy and the possibility of errors, to expand the hospital’s Patient Partnership Program, designed to enhance the continuum of care, to decrease hospital readmissions for the same illness and to unburden an emergency department in which individuals are seeking primary care. ACO grants are part of Blue Shield’s Two Percent Pledge which limits their annual income net revenue in order to return the difference above that amount to its members. Huntington Memorial Hospital is a 626-bed notfor-profit hospital that is home to the only trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley. Renowned for its programs in neurosciences, cardiovascular services and cancer care, Huntington Hospital is an
active teaching hospital with Graduate Medical Education programs in internal medicine and general surgery. In 2011, the hospital was granted Magnet® status and named a Best Hospital (regional) by U.S. News and World Report in ten specialties. Huntington Hospital has a regional neonatal intensive care unit, treating babies with the highest acuity. For nearly 120 years, Huntington Hospital has been committed to serving its community with excellence, compassion and respect. Consistent with its mission, the hospital provides millions of dollars in charity care and benefits for vulnerable populations, and towards health research, education and training and support programs that may otherwise be absent from the community. These programs include geriatric psychiatric services, children’s asthma management and diabetes workshops in English and Spanish.
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A Depressing Story, Ending, and Movie Experience Film Review By Michael James Gonzalez In the new movie “Take Shelter,” Michael Shannon, whose breakout role in 2007’s “Revolutionary Road” earned him an Oscar nod, delivers another substantive performance, with all the subtlety and complexity that make a role an instant classic. It’s just too bad that Shannon’s performance is the one set piece on which this entire film is predicated, leaving you with the feeling of having had too much of a good thing, instead of wanting more. This psychological not-so-muchthriller is set in rural Ohio, where Curtis (Shannon), a dutiful husband and father, begins to mentally unravel after having
repeated dreams (or are they visions?) of horrible disaster. His wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain, who gives yet another standout performance this year) tries to be supportive of her husband’s progressive instability, despite having to work as a seamstress for extra cash and take care of their deaf, six year-old daughter Hannah. But when Curtis’s apocalyptic nightmares compel him to rebuild the family’s underground shelter at all costs, domestic tranquility turns quickly into chaos, as Curtis struggles to keep his grip on reality and on his family. Solid performances and somewhat creepy dream sequences aside, the overall sense of doom
that the film tries to convey—with an eerie film score, drawn-out wideshots of dark, foreboding clouds, and close-ups of a wild-eyed Shannon wondering what’s dream and what’s real—never quite takes hold because of its achingly slow pace and total focus on Shannon’s point-of-view, rendering all other minor characters, who could have provided a much needed break from Shannon’s psychosis, irrelevant. In short, ‘Shelter’ made me want to be at home watching a far more superior film that employed the dreamversus-reality motif— “Jacob’s Ladder.”
Lovers Lane by leslie freiberger Most everyone knows about the property at the top of Baldwin Avenue. Commonly known as 1 Carter, this series of barren housing plots is home to mountain lions and bears. It’s rumored that other wild life has been spotted giving it the reputation of Lovers Lane. That said there is one lot that I love – Lot 3. It’s at the very top and looks out over the entire valley. From there I feel like I’m on top of the world. I go during the day, although I would be lying if I said I had never been there at night. Once, when my teen-age son Jack had some friends over, I was sipping a delightful glass of wine when the clock struck midnight, time for me to take them home. They piled into my SUV that used to be my mother’s. I still haven’t changed the registration over. Jack stayed home but my 7-year-old Sam hopped in, “Can I come?” “Fine.” It was a spectacular night and the city lights were intoxicating. After we dropped the last boy off I said with an impish grin, “Let’s go to Lot 3.” “At night?”
“Whose gonna know?” The instant we turned up the dark road, Sam jumped in the front seat. “I get shot gun.” “No.” “Mom we’re being followed.” “What?!” Sure enough there was a set of headlights. How could I be so stupid? This is it. This is what you read about in the newspapers all the time. A mother and her son were last seen on a deserted road. Their bodies never found. The car was gaining on us. My heart was racing. Then with the flick of a switch, red flashing police lights lit up the black sky. Now my heart was pounding. “Quick get in the back seat.” “No! I’ll jump down here so he can’t see me.” He curled up on the floor. Ahhh, the logic of a 7-yearold. “Pull over!” “Yikes! Sam get in the back NOW before they arrest me.” That triggered a thought. Exactly how many laws was I breaking? By now that glass of wine was at the bottom of the list, topped by:
Child-endangerment Trespassing And as I reached inside my wallet remembering my driver’s license was in another purse, Driving without a license. Sam came to his senses. I heard the click of the back seatbelt, just as the officer shone his flashlight into the car, “Good evening, officer.” He gave me a strange look, “we’ve had a lot of trouble up here lately.” “I can explain.” “How are you doing there, Buddy?” Sam gave him the thumbs up. Luckily he was kind and understood the draw of sparkling city lights and let me go with just a warning. Later my husband pointed out, “He probably ran the plates on the car and realized you weren’t much of a threat.” Imagine my surprise weeks later upon reading in the Police Blotter about a 90-year-old woman up at Lovers Lane in the middle of the night with a small boy. No arrest. Just a catch and release.
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Temple Station Volunteer, Ray Avesian Earns Honors as District Communications Officer of the Year.
The 2nd Annual Monrovia High School Band & Colorguard Christmas Tree Drive Monrovia are calling on all families and friends of MHS Band & Colorguard to extend their support by purchasing a tree for the holiday season from our tree fundraiser. High quality, fresh cut Christmas trees at below normal seasonal pricing is what you will get. We have three types of trees available: Noble Fir, Douglas fir, and Grand Fir. These incredibly beautiful and high quality trees will be in your home
within 7 days of being cut from the farms of Oregon. By comparison, trees that are cut for home improvement and big box stores are cut up to two months before they reach the store. To get started fill out the order form below and return to a member of the MHS Band & Colorguard with your full payment or mail to: Monrovia Wildcat Band Boosters, P.O. Box 1122, Monrovia, Ca 91017.
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and using his experience as a successful coach, to build a team of dedicated Amateur Radio operators. Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service District 5, Temple Station, serves The communities of Temple City, Rosemead, Bradbury, Duarte, South El Monte, and the unincorporated areas of Monrovia, Arcadia, South San Gabriel, East Pasadena, a very large portion of the San Gabriel Valley.
2nd Annual Hops for Hope on Tap Nov 5 at Santa Anita Park The Spero Foundation will be hosting their second annual “Hops for Hope” a beer and fine food pairing dinner to be held on Saturday, November 5th at the beautiful Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park. The guests will enjoy a six course gourmet meal paired with six micro brewed / crafted beers while learning about the fundamentals of brewing the perfect glass of beer. A silent and live auction, including special sports memorabilia, will round out the evening. Proceeds from Hops for Hope will go to help the Arcadia Methodist Hospital’s “The Year Beyond” – an extensive support program for professional services for
cancer patients & survivors and the Zenyatta Lounge – a comfortable place for the woman who resides at the backside of Santa Anita Park. The Spero Foundation was formed 3 years ago to raise awareness and capital for charities, bringing hope to people in need. In the last year the Foundation has donated over $25,000 to support local programs and delivered over 100 food baskets during the holiday season. Hope is not our wish…it is our goal. Pre-sale only tickets are now available from the Foundation by contacting (626) 355-HOPE or visiting the website www.thesperofoundation.org.
the student parking lot. Available services: trunk trimming and tie down. We offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your tree at time of pick-up. Your tree will arrive pre-bundled and ready for you to load into your vehicle. To contact us: Cristina Samp Cell Number: 626/388-3991 E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ring Returned after 59 years
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Temple Stations Ray Avesian was named the 2011 District Communications Officer of the Year at the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service Semi-Annual Meeting. The Meeting held at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sherman Block Headquarters Building in Monterey Park. Avesian has worked diligently to bring the Disaster Communications Service program at Temple Station District 5 closer,
All orders must be submitted by November 1, 2010. Please Do Not Forget to tell your community, family and friends. Make sure to list an e-mail address and contact number on your order. You will be contacted with confirmation of your order and tree pick-up details by the 1st of December. Your tree will be arriving at Monrovia High School for pick-up on Sunday, December 4th from 9am to noon in
Joan Herzing holds the ring that the Mills family returned to her after 59 years of searching for Herzing – Courtesy Photo
Herzing treasured his ring,( which his sisters had given him as a Christmas
gift) - hovever it had to be repaired and was sent to a local jeweler.
When he get got his orders to ship out to (ultimately Germany) Herzing gave Mills the claim-ticket and asked him to pick it up for him if it wasn’t ready in time before he had to ship out for duty. Three days later Herzing was sent overseas, albeit without the ring. Mills had made a promise to Herzing that he’d get the ring back to him. He just didn’t know, at the time, it would take 59 years. Not knowing if and when they would see one another again, Mills held on to the ring trying periodically to find Herzing. He’d call up the post offices in various towns where he though Herzing might live. He attempted to get telephone books. Up until very recently all efforts proved fruitless. That was March 1953. The ring stayed with Mills until September of 2011. So for the past 59 years, one man kept a promise to a military buddy. This ring has apparently been to Minnesota (Mills’ home town) and out to California where Mills now lives
Everyday is an open house:
with his wife Beverly since 1956. “During the ensuing years I would come across this ring ( which is a beautiful Gold ring with Black Onyz and diamonds) and thought I should try and locate the family again. This past week once again I came across this ring and asked my wife to try and locate a family in Harrisburg, PA.” said Mills. Well, things are a little different now with the dawn of “search engines” and of course, Mills’ wife’s ‘engine’ of choice is Google. “ Well needless to say within 30 minutes over the internet she came across a family with the name that I have been looking for and the age was near my age. There was a telephone number. I called and spoke with Mrs. Peter Herzing. I mentioned that Ihad a ring I believed might belong to her husband. She described the ring and sure enough this was her husband’s ring.” Mills said. Sadly during the conversation with Joan Herzing, Mills discovered that Peter
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by others as well as his two children. Upon realizing Svonkin was being observed, the former San Gabriel School Board member abruptly left, according to the witness. The witness concluded by suggesting that Svonkin needs “professional psychiatric help.” “He (Svonkin) has tried to bully everyone in town. He has threatened others in the past. He has a long reputation for being a bully.” Ammon said in a telephone interview Saturday afternoon. Ammon was so disturbed by Svonkin’s actions that he filed an incident report with San Gabriel Police Department. When contacted by San Gabriel PD, Svonkin told the officers that he was “ advising “ Ammon on campaign rules and regulations. While there is little the police can do, they did apparently advise Svonkin to not contact Ammon again. Svonkin has apparently told Ammon “ we will kick you out of the (Democratic) Party.” while gesturing and pointing at Ammon. The incident was witnessed by at least one man who caught the eye
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Sierra Madre’s Village Church (Ascension) is hosting an all ages Halloween Party & Potluck, Sunday, October 30th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome for food, fun and fellowship. There will be a “littlekid” friendly Haunted House, games, adult and kid
costume contest as well as a good old’ fashioned pumpkin carving contest (BYOP bring your own pumpkin). Event is sponsored by the Ascension Senior Youth group. Advisors Scott Callihan and Jobi Harrell. Church of the Ascension is located at 25 East Lau-
rel on the corner of Baldwin and Laurel in Sierra Madre. This event makes for a wonderful family outing to meet new neighbors and check out a wonderful community church. For more information, please call (626) 355-1133 or visit: www.ascension-sierramadre.com.
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Continued from page 1 where his cousin teaches and wanted to support her and the school. As he was leaving, former school board member Scott Svonkin called out “ Andrew”…. he then allegedly pulled Ammon’s arm forcefully and in a threatening manner “ he was trying to tower over me” said Ammon. According to candidate Ammon, the now Community College School Board member said “ Have your supporters stop taking S____ about me. I can do worse to you. It is illegal to campaign on school grounds. We are going to get you!” Ammon assured Svonkin that he was not campaigning and had simply attended the carnival. He had no buttons or campaign literature. An eyewitness who agreed to talk with Beacon Media on the condition of anonymity said the situation on Saturday was extremely disturbing and could have escalated. “Svonkin was pointing his finger and yelling ‘don’t you ever do this again’ It looked like there was going to be a fight.” he said. This confrontation was witnessed
approximately 30 minutes to achieve knock down shortly before 8:00 a.m. No other structures were damaged during this incident. The fire appears to be accidental in nature and remains under investigation at this time. Total loss is estimated to be approximately $150,000, including two vehicles that were destroyed in the fire. No one was injured.
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of Ammon during the altercation. Ammon refuses to be intimidated by Svonkin’s intimidation techniques. Ammon told Beacon Media that Svonkin has repeatedly stated, “ I am going to control the School Board.” Ammon says it is about time someone stood up to his “bullying techniques” Ammon opposes Svonkin “ on every issue” and says Svonkin and his well-documented outbursts have “ torn the community apart.” “He’s just a great big bully…I’ve been an active democrat for life but now keep a lower profile in the party politics because of this man. If the Koch Brothers offered Svonkin cash to join the Republican Party, he would!” Ammon said. “He’s an empty suit.” Ammon said of Svonkin who now is on the Los Angeles Community College Board. We spoke with Denise Menchaca, San Gabriel Unifed School District President on Sunday afternoon. Menchaca said she is not surprised to hear about Saturday’s incident at the school carnival. “He
likes to intimidate and harass people. When he was on the board with me I had to place an empty chair between us as I felt threatened by him (Slovnik). I really felt for my safety” she said. “His violent tendencies made staff nervous” Menchaca continued. Asserting that Scott Svonkin is a “Big Bully” the School Board President went on to say that the former board member threatened her verbally regarding the PLA-Project Labor Agreement - vote: Menchaca said Svonkin told her not to vote against it or “ I’ll get my boys after you.” she said. That vote was dramatic and ending a “good one as the San Gabriel Unified School District board voted 3-2, Nov. 10 2009, to approve a Project Labor Agreement for school buildings.” According to the AFL CIO website. “The new PLA will cover $65 million worth of work, approved by voters in a previous bond measure election. LA/OC Building Trades Executive-Secretary Richard Slawson testified on behalf of the PLA, and also proved to be an
essential voice of calm as board members squabbled among themselves in front of hundreds of spectators. The audience at Jefferson Middle School included about 250 representatives of the Building Trades, who applauded pro-PLA board members Scott Svonkin, Philip Hu and Matthew Stadtler.” The three pro-PLA voters faced pressure from some San Gabriel residents, who openly threatened them with a recall election if they voted for the PLA. "Is this the hill you want to die on?" taunted one resident, who identified himself as an Iraq War veteran. The answer from the board majority: "Yes." Opponents also called union members "outsiders" for coming in to the community to find work under the PLA.."My students laughed," he said, after he told him about his research project. "They said, 'Can we get away with doing work like this?" Hu stood by his vote for the PLA. "It's a false choice that we're siding with the community or siding with labor. It's about siding with the courts and with the law." Menchaca said the Svonkin continuously “ tried to undermine my authority with intimidation. He is a malicious person who is demented, unpredictable and dangerous.” But three current and former San Gabriel Unified School District board members — Lee Freeman, Denise Menchaca and Colleen Doan — who endorsed Svonkin three years ago urged voters to not do it again during the last election. Ultimately Svonkin ended up on the California Community College Board. Menchaca said the board nights were rather frightening “ due to his
violent fist-pounding.” Board member Doan describes Svonkin's bullying as "this jumping up and pounding and raising of his voice. It's just ongoing in closed session." Former board member Freeman calls Svonkin "the Grandstander Supreme." Svonkin apparently prefered to be addressed as "the Honorable Scott Svonkin," which many found repulsive and refused to do. In fact Scott J. Svonkin is on the Board of Directors of the California Credit Union: His profile on their website lists him like this: “The Honorable Scott Svonkin is a community college trustee, businessman and long-time community activist. Scott and his wife, Jennifer, raise their two children in the Valley, where they work to improve the lives of families by promoting good public schools, safe neighborhoods and a prosperous community.” According to a story in the Los Angeles Weekly in April “At one infamous meeting, parent Scott Bowles watched Svonkin get out a turkey sandwich with lettuce, cheese and a side of dressing. "He had his mouth so full of food that when he decided he wanted to fight with the board president and other board members, there was food falling out of his mouth," Bowles recalls. "You know when you have so much food in your mouth you stick it to one side and your cheek puffs up?" During the last school board election 78% of San Gabriel residents voted against Svonkin and 60% voted against him in the run offs. Beacon media has made repeated attempts to contact Scott Svonkin for comment but as of deadline have not heard from his office.
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2011 Sierra Madre Halloween Window Painting Contest
Participants in Sierra Madre’s Window Decorating contest pose for the camera - Courtesy Photo
The 2011 Halloween Window Painting Contest took place this past weekend, October 21 and 22. There were 52 teams which competed in 4 different age groups with over 150 participating this year! Awards were given to the top three finishers in each age category. The City of Sierra Madre would like to thank all the downtown Sierra Madre businesses for donat-
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Years 1st Place – Kate Iko, Claire White, Megan Alle and Jordan Beach at Hair Upstairs 2nd Place – Sophia Cimino, Claire Morrison and Madison Burge at Prudential Realty Window #1 3rd Place – Emma Blank, Hannah Blank and Julia Goff at Curves Window #2 Age Group 13-14 Years 1st Place – Amadea Tanner and Natalie Olivades at Haynes and Oakley Window #2 2nd Place – Brady
Harmon, Scotty Lousen and Aaron Nishiwaka at Haynes and Oakley Window #4 3rd Place – Gwyneth Keller, EstefaniaFraticelli and Reilly Milton at Wildflour Window #1 Age Group 15-17 Years 1st Place – Holly Coates, Carolyn Chalfant and Laura Meijia at Haynes and Oakley Window #1 2nd Place – Sadie Goff, Sarah Wong, MaddieRauhe and Momo Fong at Pantorium Cleaners.
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Monrovia High School football team defeats Blair Vikings at Homecoming. Marquise Bias rushed for 203 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns which led Monrovia High School to a 48-0 homecoming victory on Friday night in the Rio Hondo League game. Vikings quarterback
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United Nations Association Film Festival Screens Short Films in Pasadena By Terry Miller One of the eight films screened Monday evening at the United Nations Association Film Festival was multi-award winner ‘Where are the Men’ . The documentary, which is a short film discussing the importance of invoving men in family planning and reproductive health of women in Afghanistan, was made with the personal experience of Taraneh Salke who has worked in Afghanistan over the past nine years with her organization, Family Health Alliance (www. familyhealthalliance.org). Her brother and Beacon Media News Publisher, Von Raees is the co-producer and director of the film. Meghana Frenchman , an Internal Medicine physician who is also the president of the UNA –
Pasadena welcomed guests prior to the screenings at El Portal Monday evening. Other films screened were Educated Minds; Lucky Girls; Sun City Picture House; Freedon; Positive to Positive and Decorum. The films ranged from 15 minutes to 103 minutes running time. “Our commitment to the ideals of the United Nations: decreasing poverty, empowering women, and promoting environmental sustainability remains as strong as ever. We fulfill this commitment by sponsoring UNA events throughout the year.” said Dr. Frenchman. The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNAUSA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization dedicated to enhancing U.S. participation in the United Nations
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Mel Boynton, UNA Regional Director jokes with Dr. Meghana Frenchman, Pasadena Area UNA Chairperson. – Photos by Terry Miller
Film Director and co producer Von Raees and his sister Taraneh Salke who’s organization Family Health Alliance is featured in one of the short films, chat with UNA representatives during a reception in their honor Monday evening.
Continued from page 7 passed away 2 years ago. However, the promise made those 59 years ago was fulfilled. The very next day, the ring was sent via FedEx to Joan Herzing on the East Coast. The ring arrived a day earlier than expected. Herzing was flabbergasted and tears rushed to her eyes when she opened the carefully packed box and saw the ring that had been AWOL for so long. Beacon Media spoke
Promises Kept – Ring Returned after 59 years with Herzing in St, Mary’s PA a few days after she received the ring. “ I was shocked and crying..” said Herzing. “ I immediately called my daughter to tell her Dad’s ring was home.” To show partial gratitude to the Mills family, Joan Herzing sent an “ absoultely beautiful flower arrangement for my mom’s special day – she would have turned 100 on Sept 27.” said Beverly. “ I called to thank her and she said that the day we called she called every family
member and friends and told them this story. That night she was going to tell her husband that his ring was coming home.” “We both decided this should be a Hallmark movie” said Mills. Perhaps one day it will. “This has been one of the most rewarding things to have happened to me Iwas able to keep a promise and see that this ring made it back home.” Dave Mills told Beacon Media. With the help of his lov-
ing and very patient wife and a little thing called Google, the Mills made lots of people in PA very happy indeed. Closing a chapter in the life of a military friendship “ we were both just kids…I don’t think this would happen today.” said Mills. Thanks to the ring and the back story of promises made and promises kept, a wonderful new friendship has emerged between the two families and they call each other regularly.
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L.A. Master Chorale Honors Board Chair at Gala The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) opened its 48th season with sold-out concert on October 16, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, then honored Board Chair Mark Foster, a Pasadena resident, at a dazzling post-concert gala sponsored by BNY Mellon for the 19th consecutive year. The event raised $285,000 for the Chorale’s artistic and education programs. “Mark has been such an ardent and visionary sup-
porter of the Chorale,” said LAMC Music Director Grant Gershon. “It has been an absolute pleasure to work closely with him over the years.” In addition to Gershon, among the guests on hand to fete Foster were his wife, Claudia, and their two sons, Patrick and William, former Mayor Richard Riordan; Richard Roundtree, Music Center President and CEO; David Gindler, LAMC Chairelect.
Arcadia High School's Theatre Department to Stage The 39 Steps The Arcadia High School Theatre Department is putting on its wonderful production of The 39 Steps starting Tuesday, November 15, and it plays through Saturday, November 19. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization, called he 39 Steps,” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death defying finale. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure. If you go to www.arcadiastage.com and click on purchase tickets, you will have all the information you need regarding details of the show. Arcadia High School Theatre Department fully expects to have another complete sell-out. VIP is something new this year. There is a special Seniors Night on November 15 so that all seniors auto-
matically get a FAST PASS and will not have to wait in line. The normal price for an adult admission with FAST PASS is $20; however, on September 15, seniors pay only $10 per ticket. One seniors group has already booked an entire busload of folks for opening night. The last production of Guys and Dolls was 100 percent sold out in advance, so if you want tickets, you should plan ahead and purchase tickets now at www. arcadiastage.com. The39 Steps will keep you laughing long after the show is over. Admission prices are: students (with ID) $10; seniors $10, adults $15, Fast Pass (can be added to any ticket) $5 – no waiting at the door in the General Admission line; VIP $25 – no need to stand in line, you get a special pillow for your seat and you can have a group of seats saved. Last year, people had to be turned away at Guys and Dolls as every performance was sold out well in advance. This year, we will be using a new state-of-the-art online ticketing software so tickets can be purchased easily ahead of time. Tickets reservations are now available at www.arcadiastage.com.
Pasadena residents: Honoree Mark Foster, LA Master Chorale Chair, and Claudia Foster with LAMC Executive Director Terry Knowles and LAMC Founding Board Member Marshall Rutter.
Dr. Annette Ermshar, LAMC Board Member and Dan Ermshar (Pasadena) at concert opening.
Mr. Memory, played by Liam Swan, with Compere, played by Amanda Salinas, in The 39 Steps, Tony Award winner comedy thriller.
Arcadia Retirement Village Hosts Great Party at Chamber Sponsored Ribbon Cutting
City official Jerry Schwartz presents congratulatory certificate from mayor to new owners Ravi and Rajni Kharbanda, with partner, Dan Salceda, at lavish reception and ribbon cutting ceremony of Arcadia Retirement Village.
Under the new ownership of the Kharbandas, the Senior Living facility on Duarte Road is looking like a Five-Star resort. The exciting ribbon cutting reception and ceremony on October 11th was a grand celebration, held in one of its lovely gardens. The Gerry Rothchild Trio played soft jazz for the many guests as they enjoyed
gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a delicious summer buffet, with wines and cold drinks. The gracious hosts presented each guest with a smart looking tote bag with Arcadia places of interest identified on it and filled with a small champagne and fabulous chocolates. Congratulations to new owners Rajni and Ravi Kharbanda.
Pre-Theatre Dinner Honoring Nancy Kwan Hosted by San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre A delightful VIP dinner at Mission 261 Restaurant in San Gabriel was held Saturday, October 1st in honor of the noted Chinese actress’ 50th anniversary of her starring role as the original Linda low in the film version of Flower Drum Song. San Gabriel Vice Mayor, Kevin Sawkins, presented a plaque to Miss Kwan for her contributions to the arts and paving the way for Asian artists into mainstream Holly-
wood and Broadway. Following dinner, guests walked across the street to the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse to watch the outstanding performance and production of Flower Drum Song, presented by the San Gabriel Music Theatre. Bobby Hundley, producing artistic director and Ray Rochelle, managing director, cast and crew keep offering one after another truly remarkable performances.
(L-r) San Gabriel Vice Mayor Kevin Sawkins presents official plaque to international actress Nancy Kwan at special pre-theatre VIP dinner, with Sally Baldwin, president of S.G.V.M.T.
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The Social Whirl Arcadia Elks Lodge and International Footprinters
San Gabriel Mission Theatre stairs performed for Arcadia Woman's Club at their opening fall meeting October 5th.
(L-r) Co-chairs Rob DiGioia and Don Fandry, California Highway Patrol Rodligo Jamenez, Captain Christopher Nee, Temple City Sheriff’s; Arcadia Police Chief Bob Guthrie, Arcadia Fire Chief Tony Trabbie, and Woody Polidore, retired Sheriff Detective, committee member.
(L-r) Club President Barbara Lampman. Singers Anthony Carillo, Louise Marie Comillez, Ray Rochello, Bobby Hundley Producer/Director; Richard Allen, Musical Director/Conductor.
S.G.V. Chapter 64 hosted the Elks Annual Appreciation luncheon October 12th honoring area fire, police, sheriff and
California Highway Patrol men and women. Fifth pounds of the Elks' mouth watering BBQ's ribs were served
with beans and cole slaw. Checks were presented to each department.
Sierra Madre Woman's Club Halloween Bridge & Games Tea October 29 Sierra Madre Woman’s Club celebrates Halloween by hosting its annual Bridge and Games Tea on Saturday, October 29, 1-4 p.m., at Essick House, its historic clubhouse, 559 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Play bridge or a game of your choice accompanied
by a fabulous tea buffet. Good spirits abound over this party as proceeds support club charities. You are invited to gather friends to come and play or come alone and join a group. The club is well known for its lavish tea refreshments. Players are
invited to savor “treats” all during the afternoon. Cost is $15 per person. For reservations, call Dorothy Murphy, event chair, (626) 355-6935, or Rosemary Morabito, president, (818) 415-6189.
Haunted Halloween Happenings The City of Arcadia Recreation and Community Services Department is excited to announce the eighth annual Haunted Halloween event at Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Dr., Arcadia, on Monday, October 31,
elementary school students can roam the haunted hallways of the Community Center and enjoy activities like the Ewey Gewey Room and Scary Crafts. Come dressed in your best costume to enjoy Trick or Treating, Goblin Games
and Outdoor activities. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Festivities run from 4:306:30 p.m. For more information, call (626) 574-5113.
Meet Me in Mexico Families are invited to travel with us to Mexico on Saturday, November 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Hands-on activities, featuring Mexican culture and history include making a pull string piñata,
decorating your very own maracas, making a Lucha Libre mask, and other fun activities at the Arcadia Historical Museum. For more information, call (626) 574-5440. The Arcadia Historical
Museum is located at 380 W. Huntington Dr., immediately behind the Community Center. The museum is open TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is always free.
Community Leaders Respond to Recent Federal Attack on Medical Marijuana as President Obama Holds Fundraiser in San Francisco Bay Area elected officials, patients, and business owners met today prior to an Obama campaign fundraiser in San Francisco to discuss the ramifications of the administration’s latest offensive against California’s medical marijuana community and to call for federal policy reform. "President Obama needs to immediately reign in the Justice Department for defying his administration's stated policy to respect state medical marijuana laws. Using federal resources to undermine California law and target lawful businesses is not only horrible public policy, it's just bad politics," said Aaron Smith, executive director for the National Cannabis Industry Association -- a group representing the legitimate medical marijuana industry in Washington, DC. "It's simply baffling that the administration would seek to eliminate an industry that not only enjoys the support of the American public but has created thousands of jobs and significant tax revenues for state and local governments -- and in an election season, no less." “With national polls showing support for marijuana at an all-time high, it defies common sense that the
Department of Justice would return to the failed policies of the past. Instead of supporting state efforts to effectively regulate medical marijuana in accordance with Prop 215, the Obama administration seems committed to recriminalizing it,” said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). “This destructive attack on medical marijuana patients is a waste of limited law enforcement resources and will cost the state millions in tax revenue and harm countless lives. President Obama needs to reverse this bad policy decision and respect California’s right to provide medicine to its residents.” California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco); Mayor Larry Bragman of Fairfax, California; and San Francisco Supervisor David Campos were among the elected officials who attended the press conference, held three blocks away from President Obama’s re-election fundraiser at the W Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Local patients, representatives from three recently targeted medical cannabis collectives, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union were also in attendance.
“The federal government’s war on medical marijuana threatens to force patients to purchase their medicine from criminals, drug dealers, and violent gangs instead of from statesanctioned, locally-regulated facilities that are safe and create decent jobs for Californians” said Matthew Witemyre, Special Projects Union Representative for UFCW Local 5 – the labor union representing many of the state’s medical cannabis workers. “If the federal government closes commercial dispensaries and collectives in California, thousands of hardworking and taxpaying citizens across the state will lose their jobs in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.” The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the only trade association in the U.S. that works to advance the interests of cannabis-related businesses on the national level. NCIA promotes the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and works for a favorable social, economic and legal environment for that industry in the United States.
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past 25 years where community members perform classical, folk & popular movie dances from India, skits, plays, musical instruments, songs etc. This is an excellent opportunity for ALL to witness a showcase of Indian traditional and contemporary culture. Monrovia's Mayor Mary Ann Lutz will be honored by HTHF on this occasion with a gift from India for the Monrovia City Hall while she will be present a certificate of appreciation to the organization. HTHF gifts for the past two years adorn the City Hall and include statues of Ganesha (the elephant God) and Nataraja (Dancing Shiva). Los Angeles based Brigitte Benchimol, author of the award winning book - Jadyn and the Magic Bubble: I Met Gandhi, will
be present at the event. Arun Gandhi, (Mahatma’s Grandson and President of M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence) said "This book is an amazingly imaginative way of bringing Gandhi's message to children. I hope all children read it and learn that peace is possible and that the children, the leaders of tomorrow, can make a difference." The event promises to be a platform for ALL to celebrate Diwali in it's true spirit as Diwali Sweets Boxes are gifted to each attending family! Festive Diwali dinner will be served from 6:00 PM for a nominal charge. Cultural Program begins at 7.00 PM. Proceeds from the event support the organization's temple and its year round community activities and classes.
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Opinion Who Won in the School Board Candidate Forum? By Susan Motander A candidate forum was hosted by the Monrovia Council of PTAs, the Monrovia Teachers Association, the NAACP, Gwendolyn Jones, and the Latino Heritage Society was held at the Church of the Open Door in Monrovia last week. All seven candidates for the Monrovia School Board attended and, after brief opening statements answered questions culled from the written queries of those in attendance. All seven had an opportunity to answer each question. This was more of a forum than a debate as the candidates responded to questions from those in attendance rather than addressing one another. The questions were presented by a member of the Greater Pasadena Chapter of the League of Women Voters after they were compiled by other members of the League from those submitted by the audience. They worked to group the questions together and to avoid redundancy. The moderator who posed the questions,
the women who compiled them and the time keeper are not Monrovia residents and therefore not directly involved in the election results. The questions were wide ranging and dealt with issues as disparate as the closing of libraries in the schools and the current method of contract negotiations with certified and classified employees. The questions of who won is best left to those viewing the forum (and it is still running on KGEM, our local community access station). That being said, the performance of the various candidates can be critiqued. As should be expected, the two incumbents, Ed Gililland and Byron Wong, made the strongest showings. As incumbents, they are well versed in the issues currently facing the district. Both are also accustomed to discussing these issues. Both pointed to the record on the current board as a measure of their success. They pointed out that not only is enrollment up, but graduation and test scores were also at new highs. Two of the other candi-
dates also made extremely strong showings with a third almost as strong. Rob Hammond’s long experience as a political candidate and City Council Member showed in the ease with which he handled all the questions. It was also apparent that he had reviewed several of the issues facing the Board. The question on Hammond is not his ability to discuss the issues, but his commitment to the school board and the issues it faces. His principal involvement with education to date has been through his actions on City Council and as Mayor Terrence Williams was a real surprise. He was aware of the issues facing the board, he was prepared to discuss them and his obvious passion and commitment to students and meeting their needs was clear. He has evidently been attending almost all the recent school board meetings and has taken an active interest in the decisions and steps taken by the board. Impressive was the word which came to mind. The third strong candidate was Janeane Le-
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Evening of Photography and Dance to Benefit Cambodian Children with Disabilities For most documentary filmmakers the ultimate reward is sharing their work with an audience and, of course, recognition for great filmmaking. For one local filmmaker the ultimate reward was a fouryear-old Cambodian boy who changed her life and put her on a path more challenging than any film she would ever make. Heather E. Connell became involved in the issues facing children in Cambodia in the course of directing her award-winning film, “Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia’s Children.” Along the way she took remarkable photographs of Cambodia and joins two other photographers, Theresa Kennedy and Megan Follows, and Pasadena’s own Lineage Dance Company for Cambodia: An Unbreakable Spirit. The fundraiser will benefit the Safe Haven Outreach Program for Cambodian Children with Disabilities.
The event is on Friday, November 11, at the Lineage Performance Arts Center, 89 Fair Oaks, Old Town Pasadena, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The event is free, but a minimum donation of $15 is recommended. All photographs will be on sale. Connell was visiting an orphanage in Cambodia when she met Samnang, a four-year-old afflicted with cerebral palsy. The orphanage staff had no experience with cerebral palsy and Samnang spent his days lying in a crib. Connell became involved in his care and recruited a specialist to teach staff simple therapies that produced remarkable progress. Within months he was able to sit upright and interact with other children. In August 2010, Samnang died of a massive seizure a few hours after Heather tucked him into his orphanage bed. Although his life was cut short
by medical struggles, he is the inspiration for Safe Haven Outreach which focuses on the often-forgotten children who struggle with physical disabilities. In many cases minor medical issues that can become life threatening are easily treated and change the lives of the most helpless and most vulnerable. While Heather Connell is making a difference in the world of documentary film and in the lives of many children in Cambodia, Hilary Thomas, founder of the Lineage Dance Company, continues in her commitment to make a difference in the world of the arts and in the lives of many by teaming up with nonprofits and charitable causes. Lineage Dance has supported more than 200 non-profits across the country. For more information on Safe Haven: www. cfisafehaven.org Heather Connell is making a difference in the lives of Cambodian children
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comfort food either at the pub or off site. Box catering is available featuring such favorites as its infamous Crack Mac, Quail Salad, Cornbread, Sausages and Sliders... and for those that want to go really hog wild, King’s Row now offers Private Pig Roasts. “Customers love the diversity, boldness and comfort of our food and one-of-a-kind atmosphere that includes custom furniture, large communal tables, hanging lights, and our "beer garden" located on spacious outdoor patio,” said Shivie Dhillon who owns Kings Row along with
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Pasadena Symphony Opens 2011-12 Season with Grammy Award Winning Violinist James Ehnes One of the nation’s foremost and acclaimed Maestras, Mei-Ann Chen will lead the Pasadena Symphony on Saturday October 29, 2011 at the acoustically exquisite Ambassador Auditorium in a triumphant evening featuring Huang’s celebratory Saibei Dance and Tchaikovsky’s stirring Symphony No. 5. Violinist James Ehnes, hailed as “the Jascha Heifetz of our day” will perform Hollywood’s own Korngold Violin Concerto, a work which garnered him Grammy, Juno and Western Canadian Music Awards. Mei-Ann Chen, the newly appointed Music Director of both the Memphis Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta, is one of the most dynamic and well respected young conductors on the scene; she is also the first female conductor to
lead the Pasadena Symphony in concert. Chen blends her critically acclaimed skills and gravitas as a professional conductor with a love to educate, as she will also lead a master class with the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra prior to her concert. James Ehnes, excited to perform with the musicians of the Pasadena Symphony, declared them as “the most responsive, most heard musicians in the world. And to play with them at Ambassador will be thrilling!” Ehnes, who won a Grammy Award for his recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto in 2006, performs on the rare and historic “Marsick” 1715 Stradivarius violin. The 2011-12 classics series marks the Pasadena Symphony’s 2nd season as the resident professional orchestra of the Ambassador
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tion can lead to deadening of nerve sensation, vision loss and congestive heart failure. Badie recognized similar biochemical activity in brain tumors and suspected that RAGE activation in brain tumors might also activate immune cells known as macrophages, which seek to attack and destroy damaged or faulty cells, like cancer cells. He found that brain tumors use RAGE activation in an opposite manner than diabetes, to shut down macrophages. The research team suspects the cancer cells may do this through a protein called SB100B. Gliomas (and melanomas) express high levels of SB100B, a protein that interacts with RAGE. “The grant will enable us to further our understand-
ing of RAGE activation in gliomas and melanomas,” Badie said, “and help identify drug targets that can block RAGE and activate the immune response to the cancer cells.” Badie is collaborating with City of Hope colleagues Rama Natarajan, Ph.D., National Office Products Industry Professor in Diabetes Research; Jana Portnow, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research; and Christine Brown, Ph.D., assistant research professor in the Department of Cancer Immunotherapeutics and Tumor Immunology. Their research seeks a way to stop glioma’s chemical blockade and restart RAGE activation of the macrophages.
Kings Row Cooks Up a Party Continued from page 18 the rich bold dishes paired with carefully selected artisan beers to accompany them as well as an inviting comfortable atmosphere that is ideal for intimate or large social gatherings,” continued Dhillon. Now people can also create their own Kings Row personal experience at home or at the office.” The Kings Row menu also offers are a foray of classic dishes with some slight re-
interpretations including Portobello Banh Mi, Pulled Pork Sandwich made with wild boar and the Asian Duck Burger among others. Happy Hours are daily beginning at 4:00pm. Kings Row is located at 20 Colorado Boulevard Suite 120 Pasadena CA 91105. (626) 793-3010. facebook. com/kingsrow. twitter.com/ kingsrow.
Auditorium offering same day matinee and evening performances at 2pm and 8pm.Ticket prices begin at $35 and may be purchased online at www.PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org, by phone at 626.793.7172 or in person at 117 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 200, Pasadena CA. IF YOU GO: What: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth with the Pasadena SymphonyWhen: Saturday, October 29, 2011 at either 2:00pm or 8:00pmWhere: Ambassador Auditorium; 131 St. John Ave, Pasadena, CA 91123 Cost: Tickets start at $35.00Parking: Valet on Green Street, general parking available adjacent to the theater in a covered lot. Full Program: Huang’s Saibei Dances, Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in e minor.
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Family Service Agency Celebrates 60 Years of Community Assistance Tickets are still available for Santa Anita Family Service’s 60th Anniversary celebration, set for Friday, November 4 in Monrovia. The jubilee event will be marked with a reception at the Doubletree Hotel from 6 to 8 p.m.. The event will also honor Dick Singer, who retired as president of Santa Anita Family Service’s Board of Directors in March after 14 years in that position. Tickets are available at (626) 359-9358. The agency, which was founded in Monrovia in 1951, evolved substantially over the decades. It began as a place to go for assistance with food, shelter and social service referrals – a very localized effort with a narrowly-defined focus. Today’s agency is a regional provider of mental health and social services throughout the San Gabriel Valley, with emphases on senior assistance and case management, family preservation programs, drug and alcohol treatment, domestic violence intervention and child abuse therapy. Thousands of local families receive assistance every year.
Santa Anita Family Service was first envisioned by members of more than 50 Monrovia organizations seeking a way to support families in need; their mission: “To restore to normal living, disadvantaged families or individuals, by offering trained counsel and all of the social resources of our community.” To that end, Family Counseling Service – the predecessor of the current agency – opened its doors in 1951, offering professional counseling, emergency financial aid and referrals to other resources. Helping fund the new agency was the Monrovia League, a group of local women who operated a thrift shop. The shop funded the agency. The Monrovia League is still a supporter of Santa Anita Family Service today, its members carrying on that proud tradition even though the shop was closed in the 1990s. Funding support had grown from other sources well before the shop ceased functioning in the 1990s, though. Today, the agency’s funding comes from donations, grants, endowments, contracted services with public agencies and client fees.
With an annual budget today of more than $2 million, Santa Anita Family Service operates offices in Monrovia, San Gabriel, Covina and Pomona, providing low-cost service to thousands of individuals and families in communities throughout the region. Additionally, through its affiliations with colleges and universities, Santa Anita Family Service is a key training ground for graduate students in psychology and counseling, and has helped educate hundreds of this region’s mental health and social service professionals. The agency’s Board of Directors has recently evolved as well, with a new president and several new board members reflecting the organization’s expansion of services throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Barbara Veenstra, a resident of Temple City and a vice president of Citizens Business Bank, is now President of the Board, succeeding Singer, who served in that post since 1997. The Board expanded recently as well, adding several new members, including Jay Coleman and Chris Mead of Arcadia;
Alexis Newell of Pasadena; Barbara Cavalier, Gloria Crudgington, David Schectman and Traci French of Monrovia; Marlene Ayala of Azusa and Mike Thompson of Redondo Beach. Also presently serving on the Board are Bob Proctor of Pasadena and Tim Scanlan of Duarte. Three longtime members of the Agency’s Board of Directors – Linda Proctor, Pat Myers and Peter Hoffman – were named Members Emeritus following their retirements this past year. Proctor served on the board for nearly 40 years, many of those as president; Myers and Hoffman served more than 20 years each. All three will also be honored at the November 4 reception. Veenstra said that the Board will be expanding again in the near future, with an emphasis on diverse representation from communities throughout the Agency’s service area. For more information on Santa Anita Family Service and its programs, or tickets for the November 4 anniversary celebration, call (626) 359-9358 or check online at www.santaanitafamilyservice.org.
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For the period of Sunday, October 16, through Saturday, October 22, the Police Department responded to 855 calls for service of which 130 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period. Sunday, October 16: Between October 14th at 1:00 p.m., and October 16th at 1:30 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 300 block of West Lemon Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the location by forcing open a doggie door. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole silverware and jewelry. While on patrol in the area of Albertson’s, 298 East Live Oak Avenue, an officer was approached by the manager of the store regarding a suspicious female. An investigation revealed that a 40-yearold Asian female had attempted to steal groceries from the location. She was also identified as the same individual who had taken merchandise on a prior occasion. The female was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail where she was booked for commercial burglary. Monday, October 17: Between 9:20 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., an auto burglary occurred in the 100 block of North First Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by smashing the front driver side window. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole a purse containing a wallet, as well as an i-Phone, and Bose headphones. Between October 15th at 1:30 p.m., and October 17th at 12:00 p.m., a theft occurred in the 11700 block of Clark Street. Suspect(s) pried open the rear door of a multi-unit mailbox and stole an unknown amount of mail. Tuesday, October 18: At about 10:40 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of West Foothill Boulevard regarding a residential burglary. The victim told officers that at approximately 9:45 a.m., he was in his driveway and was approached by a male who said he worked for the city. The male said he needed to check the
water inside the residence for pollution. While the resident and his wife were distracted, a second male entered the home, stealing jewelry and cash. The first suspect was described as a Hispanic male, unknown age, approximately 6’-00”, stocky build, with a dark complexion, wearing dark clothing and a beanie cap. The second suspect was only described as a male of unknown race wearing a white shirt. At approximately 6:00 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Gloria Road regarding a fraud investigation. The victim advised officers he received an email offering an opportunity to earn money by placing an advertisement on his vehicle for the “Holmes & Sellers” company. Through a series of emails, the victim agreed to the offer. However, the victim received a check in excess of the agreed payment with instructions to send the overpayment back to the company. The victim felt this suspicious and contacted his bank who told him the check was fraudulent. The victim suffered no monetary loss. Wednesday, October 19: Shortly after 3:00 a.m., an officer stopped a bicyclist near Holly Avenue and Lemon Avenue for traveling in the opposite direction of traffic. A records check of the 33-year-old Asian male revealed an outstanding felony warrant. The male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. During the booking search, property belonging to two local residents was found in the suspect’s possession. Officers conducted follow-up and discovered two thefts from vehicles had occurred during the night in the 900-1000 blocks of Paloma Drive. The property was identified and returned to the victims. The suspect was booked on additional grand theft charges. At about 5:16 p.m., security personnel from the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, reported two Black males had fled the parking lot after acting suspiciously near several vehicles. Officers found three vehicles at the mall had been tampered with and windows had
been forced open. One vehicle was forcibly entered into and the steering column had been pried. About 15 minutes later, a similar call was received in the 700 block of Southview Road indicating two Black males were loitering in the carport. An officer located a vehicle with a shattered passenger side window at the location. Within minutes, officers detained two juveniles matching the suspect descriptions nearby. A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old male juvenile were arrested and booked for possession of burglary tools, auto burglary, and attempted auto theft. Thursday, October 20: Between October 19th at 5:00 p.m., and October 20th at 6:30 a.m., an auto burglary occurred in the 11700 block of Clark
Street. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by unknown means and stole the stereo. Shortly after 7:00 p.m., loss prevention personnel from JC Penney at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, advised they had detained a male juvenile for theft. The suspect took merchandise into a fitting room, concealed it, and left the store without making payment. Through investigation, it was determined that the suspect had come into the store with the intent to steal. The 17-year-old Hispanic male was placed under arrest for commercial burglary. Friday, October 21: At about 4:36 a.m., while on patrol in the area of a construction site at 630 East Live Oak, an officer saw a male subject near a vehicle parked by the fence of the closed site. The vehicle pulled out and
was stopped by the officer. An investigation revealed that the 43-year-old White male driver had entered the construction site and stole several power cords. The male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail where he was booked for commercial burglary. Between October 20th at 9:00 p.m., and October 21st at 8:30 a.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 300 block of West Duarte Road. Suspect(s) entered both the front and rear houses at the location. The suspect(s) removed a window air conditioner to gain entry into the front house and then removed a window to gain entry into the unoccupied r e a r
house. Suspect(s) stole a television and a cordless drill from the location. Saturday, October 22: Shortly before 11:00 a.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of Encanto Drive regarding a vehicle tampering report. Sometime between October 21st at 8:30 p.m., and October 22nd at 10:00 a.m., suspect(s) partially removed the two front grills of the vehicle and broke them. Between 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., an auto theft occurred in the parking lot of Just Tires at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue. Suspect(s) stole a 1990, beige, 4-door, Honda Accord parked at the location.
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 551 service events, resulting in 91 investigations. Following are a few of the last week’s highlighted events: Vehicle Burglary On October 13 at 9:49 a.m., a vehicle burglary
was reported at a hotel parking lot in the 300 block of West Foothill. During the investigation, the officer checked video surveillance of the location. The officer observed a male Hispanic subject approach the victim’s vehicle and enter through the passenger door. The window had been left cracked open and the suspect reached in and unlocked the door. He then removed the car stereo and a cell phone, which was left on the passenger seat. The suspect was last seen getting into a tan SUV and leaving the area. The investigation is continuing. Homicide Investigation On October 14 at 5:18 a.m., the Monrovia Police Department received a 911 call from a resident in the 200 block of North Mayflower reporting a shooting. The Monrovia Police Department responded to the location and discovered a 63-year-old male had been shot inside the house. The Monrovia Fire Department also responded. The victim was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m. The Los Angeles Sheriff Department Homicide Bureau was called and assumed the primary investigative responsibility, with the Monrovia Police Department’s detectives assisting. There were no arrests made and the case will be presented to the District Attorney’s office for filing consideration once the investigation is complete. Attempted Strongarm Robbery On October 14 at 1:29 p.m., an attempt robbery occurred at a fast food restaurant in the 300 block of West Huntington Drive. A female subject was sitting by herself inside the location with her purse on the table in front of her. A male Hispanic in his late teens entered the restaurant, approached the female, and grabbed her purse. The female immediately grabbed her purse as well, and the two were struggling for it. The female was pulled to the ground during the struggle, at which time the suspect gave up and ran outside. A witness followed the suspect outside and saw him get into the rear passenger side of a newer-
model, blue four-door Nissan Altima driven by a male black. The suspects fled east on Cypress, out of sight. The suspect had facial hair and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with “Monrovia” printed on the front in white, as well as black shorts and black Vans-type shoes. Officers, including the Special Enforcement Team and the Foothill Air Support helicopter, searched for the suspect vehicle, but it was not located. Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested On October 15 at 12:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of West Duarte Road regarding a possible drunk driver. The reporting party followed the vehicle off the freeway and informed dispatch of his direction of travel. Officers located the vehicle in the 900 block of West Duarte and, after investigation, determined the driver to be under the influence. The driver was arrested. Medical Assist / Drug Overdose On October 15 at 1:42 a.m., officers responded to a medical assist in the 300 block of North Encinitas and found the victim had overdosed on heroin. He was transported to a hospital for treatment. Officers recovered drug paraphernalia, along with heroin, which was next to the victim when they arrived. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, being under the Influence of a controlled substance, and possession of a syringe. Traffic Collision / Driving Under Influence - Suspect Arrested On October 15 at 4:30 a.m., a traffic collision occurred in the area of Mountain and Olive involving a possible drunk driver. Officers arrived on scene and determined the driver was intoxicated and he was arrested for driving under the influence. Mental Evaluation On October 15 at 12:50 a.m., a subject entered a night club in the 300 block of South Myrtle without paying and immediately became aggressive with the patrons. Security guards
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FIRE BLOTTERS had to physically remove him from the location. When officers arrived and contacted the subject, he was extremely delusional and continued to exclaim that everyone was going to die. The officers detained the subject and he was taken to a hospital, where he was held for 72-hour mental evaluation. Medical Assist / Air Rescue - Monrovia Falls On October 16 at 2 p.m., a medical assist was requested for a female adult who was hit in the head with a rock at Monrovia Falls. Monrovia Fire Department paramedics responded and handled the call. Police were called back to the falls regarding a 49-yearold male subject who decided to climb above the falls to find the subject(s) who dislodged the rock. The male subject got stuck on a ledge and could not go up or down. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department responded with a helicopter and removed
the male subject from the rocks. Embezzlement On October 19 at 9:52 a.m., the victim/owner of a business in the 300 block of West Maple and a witness came into the lobby of the police station to file an embezzlement report. On October 14, they found a piece of paper in their copy machine that had been altered to the benefit of a female employee. They became suspicious, conducted audits, and put together packages of checks from different banks that had been altered to the benefit of the same employee. The employee has defrauded the company of a large sum of money. The investigation will continue.
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During the week of Sunday, October 16th to Saturday October 22nd, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 288 calls for service. See crimereports. com for updated informa-
tion. Sunday, October 16th: 3:08 AM- DUI Alcohol/ Drugs, Rosemead Blvd and Foothill Blvd. An officer stopped a 38-year old Temple City motorist for a Vehicle Code violation and determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken to the Pasadena Police Department for booking. Monday, October 17th: 3:35 PM- Allegation of Child Abuse/Neglect, 100 blk. Esperanza Ave. This case involves a report of suspected child abuse.A two-year old female sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her body, and is currently at Los Angeles County Medical Center pediatric ward. 10:46 PM- Auto Burglary, 400 blk. N. Halstead St. A suspect punched the lock and entered a parked truck. The unknown suspect stole a navy blue tri-fold Velcro wallet, California driver’s license, a Wells Fargo debit card, a Wells Fargo Visa,
an American Express card, an FAA pilot’s license, and $410.00 dollars. Both of the victim’s Wells Fargo cards were used at two different gas stations in the city of Pasadena. Tuesday, October 18th: 6:48- AM- Petty Theft, 200 blk. S. Sunnyside Ave. This case involves a victim’s firearm being recovered during an arrest by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The victim did not know the gun was missing. 10:42 PM- Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property, Foothill Blvd and Rodeo Blvd. A 23-year old Azusa bicyclist was stopped for a Vehicle Code violation. Further investigation revealed that the bicyclist was in possession of burglary tools. The male was transported to Pasadena Police Department for booking. Wednesday, October 19th: 12:39 PM- DUI Alcohol/ Drugs, Auburn Ave and Sierra Made Blvd.An officer stopped a 42-year old
Monrovia motorist for a Vehicle Code violation and determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken to the Pasadena Police Department for booking. 9:34 PM- DUI Alcohol/ Drugs, Sierra Madre Blvd and Mountain Trail Ave. An officer stopped a 44year old Arcadia motorist for a Vehicle Code violation and determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken to the Pasadena Police Department for booking. Thursday, October 20th: 12:33 AM- Attempted Arson, 200 blk. Mariposa Ave. This case involves an unknown suspect running out of the victim’s driveway. Further investigation revealed that the unknown suspect(s) had poured gasoline on a car parked in the driveway and on the west side and south side of the house. Friday, October 21st:
4:00 AM- Arson of Inhabited Property/Structure, 200 blk. Mariposa Ave. This case involves a fire on the back area of a house. Arson investigators from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene. The investigation is ongoing. 5:57 PM- Grand Theft Exceeding 950 Dollars, 100 blk. W. Alegria Ave. This case involves the theft of a Miller welder, a box of carpentry tools and a welder cord. The incidents occurred between the evening of October 20th and the evening of October 21st. Saturday, October 22nd: 6:24 PM- Disorderly Conduct/Drunk in Public, 200 blk. W. Sierra Madre Blvd. A 60-year old intoxicated man from Texas came into the SMPD asking for assistance. Officers arrested the suspect and took him to the Pasadena Police Department for booking.
Arcadia Fire Dept. Has A Busy Week – Another Fire Breaks out at an Apt. complex. Multiple Agency Response - Damages $10,000 On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 10:55 a.m. Arcadia Fire Department responded to an apartment fire in the 1100 block of Arcadia Avenue in the City of Arcadia. Engine 105,
Engine 106, Engine 107, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105, and Pasadena and Los Angeles County Fire Department units responded to the scene. Firefighters investi-
gated a first floor unit with light smoke showing from the outside. Upon entering the apartment, fire personnel witnessed smoke and fire emanating from a well-involved bathroom.
Immediate suppression operations were conducted, resulting in confinement of the fire to the room of origin and extinguishment within ten minutes. Paramedics evaluated the oc-
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tive wall-heating unit. Total loss is estimated at $10,000. No one was injured during this incident.
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Fictitious Business Name Filings City of Arcadia Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2011 073481 FIRST FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2011 110199 FIRST FILING. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as TWINKLE STAR FAMILY NIGHT CHILDCARE, 2714 S Harvard Blvd , Los Angeles , CA 90018. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Signed: Judith Carney. The statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 4, 2011. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state or common law (See Section 14400 et seq., Business and Professional Code). Pub. Monrovia Weekly October 13, 2011, October 20, 2011, October 27, 2011, November 3, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2011101272 FIRST FILING. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as TOURZANDA TRAVEL; GETGO TOURS, 8221 3rd Street Suite 205 , Downey, CA 90241. This business is conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Signed: Xology Corporation (CA), 8221 3rd Street Suite 205 , Downey, CA 90241; Michael Issac, President. The statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 16, 2011. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state or common law (See Section 14400 et seq., Business and Professional Code). Pub. Monrovia Weekly October 13, 2011, October 20, 2011, October 27, 2011, November 3, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2011101275 FIRST FILING. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as OMNI SAFE INSURANCE SERVICES, 8221 3rd Street Suite 205 , Downey, CA 90241. This business is conducted by a corporation. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on February 15, 2007. Signed: Omni Safe Insurance Services, Inc. (CA), 8221 3rd Street Suite 205 , Downey, CA 90241; Michael Issac, President. The statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 16, 2011. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state or common law (See Section 14400 et seq., Business and Professional Code). Pub. Monrovia Weekly October 13, 2011, October 20, 2011, October 27, 2011, November 3, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2011 101166 RENEWAL FILING. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as DABLLE DESIGNS; KT CAKES, 1504 N Allen Ave , Pasadena, CA 91104. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Signed: Kathleen Ann Fisher. The statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 16, 2011. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state or common law (See Section 14400 et seq., Business and Professional Code). Pub. Monrovia Weekly October 13, 2011, October 20, 2011, October 27, 2011, November 3, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2011108965 FIRST FILING. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as SMILEY THE CLOWN, 408 El Monte St , San Gabriel, CA 91776. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Signed: Rachel
Sanchez. The statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 30, 2011. NOTICE: This fictitious business name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state or common law (See Section 14400 et seq., Business and Professional Code). Pub. Monrovia Weekly October 27, 2011, November 3, 2011, November 10, 2011, November 17, 2011
Public Notices NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0055516 Title Order No. 11-0046116 Investor/Insurer No. 1704353057 APN No. 8516-010-024 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 07/13/2007. 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 ROBERT CAVANAUGH, AND MARY E ZIPPER-CAVANAUGH, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 07/13/2007 and recorded 07/30/07, as Instrument No. 2007-1789736, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 11/04/2011 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles-Norwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom 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: 311 SOUTH CALIFORNIA AVENUE, MONROVIA, CA, 91016. 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 $440,936.49. 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 indebtedness 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. DATED: 10/09/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 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. ASAP# FNMA4079249 10/13/2011, 10/20/2011, 10/27/2011 Monrovia Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 428669CA Loan No. 0730057858 Title Order No. 602113982 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 03-09-2007. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 11-03-2011 at 10:30 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 03-20-2007, Book , Page , Instrument 20070622173, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: SAMSAAM PANAH, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BOULEVARD, 12720 NORWALK BLVD. , NORWALK, CA Legal Description: LOT 3 OF TRACT NO. 15798, IN THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 347 PAGE 16 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $778,033.87 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 2615 TREELANE AVENUE ARCADIA, CA 91006 APN Number: 8511-008-010 The undersigned Trustee
Starting a new business? File your DBA with us at filedba.com disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 10-11-2011 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee ISAAC PACHECO, ASSISTANT SECRETARY CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com ASAP# 4098870 10/13/2011, 10/20/2011, 10/27/2011 Arcadia Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 11-0055558 Title Order No. 11-0046144 Investor/Insurer No. 1705342014 APN No. 8507-005-074 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/31/2007. 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 ILINCA TATARU, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, dated 10/31/2007 and recorded 11/05/07, as Instrument No. 20072482159, in Book , Page ), of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California, will sell on 11/04/2011 at 9:00AM, Doubletree Hotel Los AngelesNorwalk, 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650, Vineyard Ballroom 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: 1610 S MAYFLOWER AVE APT B, MONROVIA, CA, 910164574. 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 $302,194.44. 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 indebtedness 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. DATED: 10/12/2011 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 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. ASAP# FNMA4079255 10/13/2011, 10/20/2011, 10/27/2011 Monrovia Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS # CA-11-417024VF Order # 693954 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/23/2007. 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. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): PAUL LEO YUL Recorded: 1/26/2007 as Instrument No. 20070164480 in book XXX , page XXX of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 11/3/2011 at 10:30:00 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $378,762.23 The purported property address is: 11 CALIFORNIA ST #F ARCADIA, CA 91006 Assessor’s Parcel No. 5773-019-061 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days
of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale by sending a written request to Bank of America, N.A. 475 Crosspoint Parkway Getzville NY 14068. Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows:  The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed;  The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does apply to this notice of sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-573-1965 or Login to: www.priorityposting.com Reinstatement Line: 619-645-7711 _________________________ __________________ Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFO RMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. IDSPub #0012960 10/13/2011 10/20/2011 10/27/2011 Arcadia Weekly Trustee Sale No. 11-03007-3 CA Loan No. 0021695887 Title Order No. 898257 APN 8515-011-006 NKA 8515011-041 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED May 19, 2006. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On November 7, 2011, at 10:30 AM, at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA, Power Default Services, Inc., as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on June 1, 2006, as Instrument No. 06 1197064 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA, executed by: MARGARITA RODRIGUEZ AND JOSE RODRIGO VEGA, WIFE AND HUSBAND AS JOINT TENANTS., as Trustor, in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS INC., AS NOMINEE FOR BNC MORTGAGE, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 418E CHERRY AVE, MONROVIA, CA 91016 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust (together with any modifications thereto). The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $720,622.18 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check 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 California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. DATE: October 13, 2011 POWER DEFAULT SERVICES, INC., Trustee By: Fidelity National Title Company, its agent 135 Main Street, Suite 1900, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415247-2450 By: Mariah Booker, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-573-1965 P887030 10/13, 10/20, 10/27/2011 Monrovia Weekly Trustee Sale No. 20385CA Title Order No. 110354420CA-MAI NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 10/12/2006. 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 PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 11/17/2011 at 09:00 AM, MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 10/20/2006, Book , Page , Instrument 06 2333097 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: ARMANDO S. RANGEL AND CHRISTINA JULIAS RANGEL, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS as Trustor, MORTGAGE
ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR MORTGAGEIT, INC, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without convenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possesssion, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the notes (s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona CA Legal Description: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $389,997.82 The street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 221 VIOLET AVENUE #A , MONROVIA, CA 91016 APN Number: 8505-021-050 See Declaration, as required by California Civil Code Section 2923.54, attached hereto and made a part hereof. CALIFORNIA FORECLOSURE PREVENTION ACT DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE (California Civil Code § 2923.54(a)) The undersigned mortgage loan servicer hereby declares under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the State of California, as follows: [ ] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.53 that is current and valid as of the date that the Notice of Trustee’s Sale was filed or given. Therefore, the mortgage loan servicer has waited an additional 90 days before giving notice of sale as required by Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.52(a). [X] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.53 that is current and valid as of the date that the Notice of Trustee’s Sale was filed or given. [ ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.52(a) does not apply because: [ ] The loan was not recorded between January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2008. [ ] The loan is not secured by residential real property. [ ] The loan is not secured by a first priority mortgage or deed of trust. [ ] The borrower did not occupy the property as his/her principal residence when the loan became delinquent. [ ] The loan was made, purchased or serviced by (1) a California state or local public housing agency or authority, including state or local housing finance agencies established under Division 31 of the Cal. Health & Safety Code and Chapter 6 of the Cal. Military & Veterans Code, or (2) the loan is collateral for securities purchased by any such California state or local public housing agency or authority. [ ] The borrower has surrendered the property as evidenced by either a letter confirming the surrender or delivery of the keys to the property to the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary or authorized agent. [ ] The borrower has contracted with someone whose primary business is advising people who have decided to leave their homes on how to extend the foreclosure process and avoid their loan obligations. [ ] The borrower has filed for bankruptcy, and the bankruptcy court has not entered an order closing or dismissing the bankruptcy case or granting relief from the automatic stay. OneWest Bank, FSB By: Vicki Brizendine ATTACHMENT TO NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. DATE: 10/26/2011 MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE f/k/a MTDS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION DBA MERIDIAN TRUST DEED SERVICE, As Trustee 3 SAN JOAQUIN PLAZA SUITE 215 NEWPORT BEACH CA 92660 Sales Line: (714) 573-1965 (702) 586-4500 PRIORITYPOSTING.COM JESSE J. FERNANDEZ, PUBLICATION LEAD MERIDIAN FORECLOSURE SERVICE IS ASSISTING THE BENEFICIARY TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. P892034 10/27, 11/3, 11/10/2011 Monrovia Weekly NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOYCE L. MERIGOLD CASE NO. GP016280 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of JOYCE L. MERIGOLD. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by MARY LOUISE OWENS & DIANNE H. BUKATA in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that MARY LOUISE OWENS & DIANNE H. BUKATA be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. 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.) 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 petition will be held in this court as follows: 11/09/11 at 1:30PM in Dept. 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 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 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 HAHN & HAHN LLP RYAN A. KAYE 301 E COLORADO BLVD 9TH FLR PASADENA CA 91101-1977 10/20, 10/24, 10/27/11 CNS-2193418# TEMPLE CITY TRIBUNE NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Division 6 of the Commercial Code) Escrow No. 094222-FM NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to creditors of the within named seller that a bulk sale is about to be made of the assets described below. The names and business addresses of the seller are: AVS GROUP INC, 9845 E. LEMON AVE ARCADIA, CA 91107 The location in California of the Chief Executive Office of the seller is: 3221 LA ENCINA WAY, PASADENA, CA 91107 As listed by the seller, all other business names and addresses used by the seller within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the buyer are: NONE The names and business address of the buyer are: EUGENE CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LLC, C/O LAW OFFICES OF ANTHONY A. DIMONTE, 625 FAIR OAKS AVE, STE 255 SOUTH PASADENA, CA 91030 The assets to be sold are described in general as: FURNITURE, FIXTURES, EQUIPMENT, INVENTORY OF SUPPLIES, TRADE NAME, GOODWILL, LEASEHOLD INTEREST AND IMPROVEMENTS, COVENANT NOT TO COMPETE, CLIENT LIST AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS and are located at: 9845 E. LEMON AVE, ARCADIA, CA 91107 The business name used by the seller at the location is: ARCADIA CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL CENTER The anticipated date of the bulk sale is NOVEMBER 15, 2011 at the office of: GLEN OAKS ESCROW, 6100 SAN FERNANDO ROAD, GLENDALE, CA 91201 The bulks sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6102.2. If so subject, the name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is: GLEN OAKS ESCROW, 6100 SAN FERNANDO ROAD, GLENDALE, CA 91201 and the last date for filing claims shall be: NOVEMBER 14, 2011 which is the business day before the sale date specified above. Dated: SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 EUGENE CHILD DEVELOPMENT, LLC, Buyer LA1061538 ARCADIA WEEKLY 10/27/11 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Division 6 of the Commercial Code) Escrow No. 021965-TF (1) Notice is hereby given to creditors of the within named Seller(s) that a bulk sale is about to be made on personal property hereinafter described. (2) The name and business address of the Seller are: Joe Manuel Kouchakian and Loussine Saralian, 335 W. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016. (3) The location in California of the chief executive office of the Seller is: Same (4) The names and business address of the Buyer(s) are: G. K. Mediterranean Enterprises, Inc., 335 W. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016. (5) The location and general description of the assets to be sold are Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment, Alcoholic Beverage Control License, Goodwill and Inventory of Stock in trade of that certain business located at: 335 W. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016. (6) The business name used by the seller(s) at said location is: Mediterranean Garden Grill. (7) The anticipated date of the bulk sale is after transfer of Alcoholic Beverage Control License at the office of Design Escrow, Inc., 128 East Huntington Drive Arcadia, CA 91006, ESCROW NO. 021965-TF, Escrow Officer: Terri Fabbri, CSEO (8) Claims may be filed with Same as”7” above. (9) The last date for filing claims is prior to transfer of Alcoholic Beverage Control License (10) This Bulk Sale is subject to Section 6106.2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. (11) As listed by the Seller, all other business names and addresses used by the Seller within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the Buyer are: “None”. DATED: September 23, 2011 TRANSFEREES: G. K. Mediterranean Enterprises, Inc., a California Corporation By: Krikor Arabian, President by: George Kesablak, Vice President 10/27/11 CNS-2196266# MONROVIA WEEKLY Notice of Lien Sale by Dry Dock Storage 3131 S. Peck Road Monrovia, CA 91016 The contents of the storage unit below consists mainly of household and or office goods. The contents of Lorrie Zamora unit 79 will be sold on Tuesday December 6, 2011, at 10:00. For additional information contact Dry Dock Storage at the above address or call (626) 445-87629am-5pm daily. Publish: October 27, November 3, 2011 Published in The Monrovia Weekly
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Protesters Target Trader Joe's Continued from page 1 to call on the company to agree to partner with the CIW to ensure supply chain transparency and verifiable, durable, and enforceable improvements in the company’s tomato supply chain. “Trader Joe’s has fiercely resisted the Campaign for Fair Food with public relations spin designed to create confusion,” said CIW member Oscar Otzoy. “But the facts are clear. To date, Trader Joe’s refuses to sign a Fair Food agreement with the CIW. And without this binding agreement, there can be no supply chain transparency, no thirdparty verification, and no enforcement of the Code of Conduct.” Otzoy continued, “Trader Joe’s makes many claims – that it will only buy from Florida tomato growers abiding by the Fair Food Code of Conduct; that it is already paying a penny per pound ‘Fair Food Premium’ to improve tomato pickers wages. But we have seen no proof of that, and until Trader Joe’s agrees to work with the CIW – as nine leading food corporations have already done – those claims are just words. Absent a concrete commitment on the part of Trader Joe’s, we can only assume that these claims are designed to defuse a groundswell of public protest, and would last only as long as that protest remains a problem for Trader Joe’s carefully-crafted public image.” Damara Luce of Just Harvest USA, an organization of consumer allies supporting the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food, adds, “Trader Joe’s refusal
to work with the CIW puts the company squarely at the rear of the retail food industry when it comes to progressive purchasing policies – behind Whole Foods, behind McDonald’s and Subway, behind even Yum Brands. Hardly where you’d expect to find one of the ‘world’s most ethical companies.’ For conscientious consumers working in alliance with farmworkers for a just and sustainable food system, the continuing public rela-
tions antics and hypocrisy on the part of Trader Joe’s will only further intensify our call for justice.” In an accord the New York Times calls “possibly the most successful labor action in the U.S. in 20 years,” the CIW and 90% of Florida’s tomato farms have agreed to a new code of conduct that promises to bring about an unprecedented transformation of farm labor wages and working conditions. In a press release sent out earlier in the week, organizers said:
Hundreds protested Trader Joes last week – Photo by Terry Miller
“With the support of nine multi-billion dollar retail food corporations – among them McDonald’s, Burger King, Bon Appétit Management Company, and Trader Joe’s competitor Whole Foods Market – over 30,000 farmworkers will begin to see concrete changes in the fields this season, including assured access to shade, the right to report abuses without fear or retaliation, the ability to form health and safety committees in the fields, zero-tolerance provisions for forced labor, and a wage increase funded by a penny-per-pound premium paid by participating retailers. Yet Trader Joe’s – despite unverifiable claims to the contrary – refuses to pay the Fair Food Program’s one penny more per pound premium for tomatoes to help increase farmworker wages, and has not agreed to condition its purchases on suppliers’ compliance with the Fair Food Code of Conduct. With fast-food and foodservice leaders on board, as well as competitor Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s continued rejection of the Campaign for Fair Food threatens to undermine these historic yet fragile gains. With more than $8 billion in sales last year, Trader Joe’s is quickly emerging as a leader in the U.S. supermarket industry. In no small part, its rapid growth is tied to consumer perception that Trader Joe’s is a progressive retailer with an ethical supply chain.”
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Mid Century Classic 5 bedrooms, 3,340 sq.ft. home a corner lot with 2.5 baths, gleaming hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen, formal dining room, 2 fireplaces, formal master retreat, courtyard, private guest house, pool & spa, 2 car detached garage. (G2440)
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Beautiful North GleNdora $ 1,075,000
Beautifully upgraded 4 bed/4 ba, living rm w/fireplace, library, formal dining room, spacious kitchen with granite counters. Family room w/hdwd floors, master suite w/large balcony, and three sided fireplace , downstairs bedrm with bath. Nicely landscaped yard and room for a pool. (ROS) CENTURY 21 Earll, Ltd. (626) 301-1888
Superb Craftsman completely remodeled with 3 bedroom suites, office/nursery, 3.5 baths, chef’s kitchen, stainless steel appliances, built-in china cabinet, maple floors, granite counters, 1 bedroom guest house with bath, double attached garage. (G25)
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Beautiful Spanish style 3,470 sq.ft. home on a 53,799 sq.ft. lot, 3 bedrooms, master bedroom with fireplace, 1.5 baths, formal dining room, library, living room with fireplace, hardwood floors, full basement and wine cellar. Plus 1 bedroom, 1 bath, guest quarter above the 2 car attached garage. (R1632)
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This lovely gem is located in the most desirable area of north Goleta. Features include, 4 bed/2.5ba, pool, covered patio, built in BBQ, two car garage and room for RV parking. Updated with a 50 yr roof, new paint, new carpet and tile and a new furnace. Move-in ready! (EDG)
A rare find! Some of the features of this awesome home are large living room, fireplace, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, laundry area, large lot with gully and wooden bridge driveway, 2 car garage, storage shed. Front row seat for the Mt. Wilson Trail race. (M455)
Excellent opportunity for builder/developer, this property has a 15,786 sq. ft. developable lot on which you can have a 4 unit subdivision. The property consists of a single family residence and a guest house. It has El Monte Schools. Please do not disturb occupant. Property is zoned TCR2. This property has a five car garage. RV parking.(F5218)
CENTURY 21 Ludecke Inc. (626) 445-0123
Arcadia Schools, Wonderful 2 bed 1 ½ bath, 1705 sq. ft. Formal entry, hardwood floors, wood beam ceilings, stone fireplace. Large family kitchen with eating area and walk in pantry. Huge master suite. Covered patio with built-in brick BBQ. Huge Lot! This property is also for lease $2850,00.(O1741) CENTURY 21 Ludecke Inc. (626) 445-0123 SE OU PM via N H 1- 5 Monro E OP SUNNido, l 5E 31
Have a business & be your own boss w/ income of your own! Why pay rent? Start Collecting it! You have hit the jackpot $748,888 (Was $825,000.) Residential income property, beautifully landscaped very large 4 units, each is about 800SF, w/4+1 electric meters & 4 gas meters, excellent location, close to Old Town Monrovia, public transport, always rented, updated, newer roof, new exterior paint, new paving, pride of ownership! (A207)
Surrounded by nature this 5bdrm 4bth tri level 1929 Spanish Colonial nestled in the quiet secluded hills of Monrovia w/breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Valley & beyond. Hardwood floors, arched doorways, Kiva fireplace in living room, newer kitchen and much, much more. (E315)
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faNtaStic 3 Bedroom $559,000
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StuNNiNG home $699,000 This gorgeous home features 3 bed/2.75 ba, gourmet kitchen w/ss appls., hardwood floors downstairs and carpet upstairs, French doors, wood burning fireplace and your own elevator! Very private end unit with custom landscaping. Don’t miss this one! (SIE) CENTURY 21 Earll, Ltd. (626) 301-1888 (www.century21earll.com)
Spacious single story 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, open kitchen next to living room/family room divided by a fireplace, dining area has a great view of the back yard, covered patio, play area, fruit trees, two car detached garage. (G116)
CENTURY 21 Village Realty (626) 355-1451
Newer 1999-Craftsman Influenced Home with Bamboo Garden. Owner’s Pride and Joy, Near Golf Course and Eaton Canyon Park, Turnkey! 4 bdrms, 4 bths, 3680 sq. ft. Plantation Shutters, Recessed Lighting, Hardwood Floors Throughout. The Living Room Has A Stone Fireplace , South Facing Balcony Views Formal Dining, Kitchen w/ eating area Stainless steel appliance, granite counters(L1712)
CENTURY 21 Ludecke Inc. (626) 445-0123
Newer townhome situated in a great area of Pasadena. Spacious courtyard, high ceilings in living room with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances in kitchen, custom tile floors, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 1,750 sq.ft., laundry room, 2 car attached garage. (V80)
Amazing 3 bed/2 ba features a great kitchen w/new ss appliances, sink & granite counters. Beautiful crown molding. Formal dining opens to a nice patio, living room w/fireplace & large master bedroom. Double attached garage w/laundry and built-in sink and cabinets. (SUN)
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Special single level townhome located on a tree lined street, this spacious home has an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal and informal dining, fireplace, FA/CA, very large patio, 2 car garage. Unique 3 bedroom home in coveted complex. (M286) CENTURY 21 Village Realty (626) 355-1451
This one level home nestled in North Monrovia features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, family room with fireplace, pool & spa. Situated on a large lot and mountain views. (VAL)
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Turnkey property 3 bdrms, 2 bths, kitchen with breakfast area, granite counter tops, new cherry wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances. Separate dining area, extra large family room w/ fireplace, 2 car detached garage with additional parking.(A2945)
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Outstanding location at the northwest corner of First Ave and Duarte Rd. Excellent visibility, with three metered areas (previous tenant was a florist and took down wall separating two of the three spaces). There are two bathrooms, central air and parking for up to five cars (per seller). Exterior just painted. (F911) CENTURY 21 Village Realty (626) 355-1451
Prime location on Colorado Blvd. Commercial Building 1600 sq.ft. per seller on 6164 sq.ft. lot. Presently a TV Repair Store. With large parking lot in rear. (C3314)
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This stylish two-story home has been lovingly renovated. With over 2,200 square feet it boasts a very spacious living room and separate dining area with marble flooring. There are 4 bedrooms, two upstairs and two downstairs. The kitchen features granite counter tops and a walk-in pantry. The 2 car garage has a roll-up door. The lot is 8,496 square feet with plenty of room for a pool, spa, and a gazebo. The property is sparkling clean and waiting for you.(O864)
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Charming 3 bedrooms in Chapman Woods area of Pasadena. Hardwood floors, large living room and formal dining room, kitchen with eating area, separate, laundry room, one bath, attached 2 car garage and large fenced backyard. (D3628)
Great duplex $398,000 This nice one level duplex has been recently remodeled and features two, 3 bedroom/2 bath units. Both units are currently rented. Call for more information. (ONE)
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This home situated on a large lot features a great family room, living room, central air/heat and newer roof. Rear yard features swimming pool, pool house with ¾ bath and white vinyl fence. Walking distance to shopping center, theater and restaurants. (CAR)
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This 3 bed/2 ba Covina home features large kitchen, dining room w/fireplace, hardwood flooring and Central Air. Walking distance to schools and shopping areas. (DEX)
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Great 3 Bedroom home
This El Monte home features 3 bed/2 ba, living room, spacious family room with cozy fire place, updated kitchen, hardwood floors, central air and a 2 car detached garage with ample driveway space to park several vehicles. (PIN)
Excellent Property in North El Monte, beautiful home, very nice and quite neighborhood close to schools and Transportation, very centrally located.(C3823)
CENTURY 21 Earll, Ltd. (626) 301-1888 (www.century21earll.com)
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CENTURY 21 Earll, Ltd 320 e. Foothill Blvd., arCadia Arcadia www.Century21earll.Com 626.301.1888 century21earll.com DRE# : 01154618
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This great two bedroom condo located north of Foothill in Monrovia, features living room w/fireplace, dining area, indoor laundry and master suite. Common area is well maintained with lovely gardens and a recreation room. Corner Unit! (FOO) CENTURY 21 Earll, Ltd. (626) 301-1888 (www.century21earll.com)
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20 e. Foothill 105, arCadia21 Village Realty CENTURY 21 Ludecke, Inc. Blvd. Suite CENTURY Arcadia www.C21ludeCke.ComSierra Madre 626.445.0123 626.355.1451 c21ludecke.com c21village.com
DRE# : 01360316
This beauty is ready to go. 2 bdrms plus a legal addition that can be used as a large third bedroom or family room with fireplace. Remodeled bath, kitchen, granite counter tops, new appliances with eating area, with a newer roof, new windows, fresh paint inside and out, new lighting and electrical fixtures, 2 car garage w/workshop.(B14640) CENTURY 21 Ludecke Inc. (626) 445-0123
DRE# : 01360317
Semi-private 2 bed/2 bath end unit town home. Living room area has vaulted ceiling and fireplace. Spacious kitchen w/ garden window, breakfast bar, and formal dining area. One BR opens to full bath in hallway. Master BR-newer carpeting, a master bath, and private outside deck. (S448)
CenturyCENTURY 21 village realty 21 Ludecke Inc. (626) 445-0123
38 w. Sierra madre Blvd., Sierra madre
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