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Living History Flying Day Nov. 3, Focus on Drones On Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:00am to 12:00 noon, Planes of Fame Air Museum hosts its monthly Living History Flying Day. The theme for November 3 is the “Drones”, featuring the North American QF100D. North American Aviation’s F-1 00 Super Sabre was the first production aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level flight. It was also the first USAF fighter to cost over $1 million per aircraft, and the first fighter to make in-flight refueling routine. The YF-100 made its first flight on 23 May 1954. The first production F-100As were delivered just six months later. The type was declared operational in September 1954. The main production version, the F-100D was a dedicated fighterbomber. After a decade of service, the “Hun” as it was dubbed, saw its first combat in Southeast Asia. Working mostly south of the DMZ, Super Sabres

proved to be rugged and reliable ground attack aircraft, having very high serviceability rates. The F-100F, a two-seater, flew as a “Wild Weasel” radar suppression aircraft and as a “Fast FAC” aircraft, directing air strikes. The Air Force Thunderbirds flew F-100’s from 1956 to 1968. By the early seventies most of the Huns had been turned over to Air National Guard units. After being withdrawn from service, many Super Sabres were converted to remote control target drones. The museum’s QF-100D is one such aircraft. It is a tribute to the aircraft’s robust construction that, despite severe damage to the tail surfaces and the rear fuselage caused by a missile, the drone controller was able to make a successful landing. The presentation is followed by a question and answer period. On display will be the featured aircraft, the QF100D Drone. At 12:00 noon, following the Q and

A period, there will be a Membership Sponsored raffle flight. Museum doors open at 9:00am. The Planes of Fame Air Museum, founded in 1957 by Edward Maloney, is where aviation history lives. It is the oldest independently operated aviation museum in the United States. The museum collection spans the history of manned flight from the Chanute Hang Glider of 1896 to the space age Apollo Capsule. The mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum is to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and air shows in fulfillment of this mission. Photos available upon request. Visit the Planes of Fame Air Museum website www. planesoffame.org and our Facebook page.

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Opinion What's Wrong with this Picture? Citrus College Superintendent gets a $40,000 a Year “Housing Allowance”

It really is a darn shame that Geraldine Perri, Citrus College’s Superintendent/ President, is paid less than some of her colleagues like Mark Rocha of PCC - who gets a whopping $235,000. However, at $215,000, automatic raises approved by Citrus College’s board (at a packed and contentious meeting in July) will increase her salary during the next four years to a salary so out of touch with reality, it seems inconceivable that the Board agreeed. In 2016, Perri will pocket something in the vicinity of $251,000. Here, however, is where it begins to get really interesting. Perri also receives a $40,000-per-year housing allowance. Yes, you read that right, forty thousand dollars for a housing allowance. In many parts of the country you can BUY a house for under $40,000. Additionally, Perri also allegedly gets some pocket money: $12,000 car allowance, a $12,000 credit card allowance, $16,000 ASCC credit card, and $18,000 benefits package. My calculator just exploded so I cannot give you the final bottom line Perri receives but I can assure you, it is probably a bit more than the average Joe. Adding an additional painful squeeze to Citrus’ Board Members’ decision in July is allegations that the Board violated ther Brown Act. Trustees Susan Keith, Patricia Rasmussen and

By Terry Miller Joanne Montgomery all voted in favor of a contract that will increase Perri’s base pay by four percent over the next four years, overriding dissenting board members Edward Ortell and Gary Woods. According to the school’s newspaper, The Clarion, Gil Aguirre , a resident of San Dimas, alleges that the Perri raise was “invalidated by a number of Brown Act violations that took place during the process of amend-

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ing her contract.” On Aug. 16, Aguirre sent a letter to the board demanding that they repeal the raise and make a written admission of the violations, according to the school paper. The Ralph M. Brown Act sets forth guidelines that govern all meetings of California public officials—including city councils, government agencies and board meetings for community college districts. In his demand letter, Aguirre referenced California Government Code section 54957, the section of the Brown Act which states, “Closed sessions held pursuant to this subdivision shall

not include discussion or action on proposed compensation except for a reduction of compensation that results from the imposition of discipline.” No word yet on the outcome of these allegations. Most faculty at Citrus and other colleges earn significantly less than $80,000 annually and work long hours outside of the classroom preparing for class, grading papers, doing research, meeting with students, serving on committees, etc. The median household income in the United States is $46,326…and Perri gets $40, 000 for a “housing allowance” and all these other benefits ? Come on, something’s dreadfully wrong with this picture. Students at local colleges can’t get the classes they want; classes are being cut dramatically and students are justifyably frustrated with the terribly top heavy organizations called community colleges. This, combined with high unemployment figures in general election year leaves me cold. How can anyone get paid $1000.00 a day (based on the Perri contract) and then get all the other “standard” benefits as well as a housing allowance that far exceeds the average salary of a working adult in the United States. Talk about expensive icing on top of the Citrus College cake. We welcome your comments on this and any other community matters.

El Monte Centennial Celebration In honor of the City’s Centennial Anniversary, the El Monte community will host a night of celebrating the City’s historical legacy at Arceo Park on Saturday, October 20th. The event will feature local art from residents and local

schoolchildren, live music and family entertainment, including food trucks. Families will be able to participate in a community art project by contributing to a mosaic wall, which will showcase El Monte talent and promote the spirit

of art in the community. Tiles will be available for purchase for $1.00 and will be exhibited immediately at the celebration. In addition, a classic car show will take place. Arceo Park 3125 Tyler Avenue, El Monte.

Veterans Day Recognition in Arcadia Arcadia Senior Services is having its annual recognition for those who served in the military. The event will take place on Friday, November 9th, starting at 11:30am at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus

Drive. This special program is for individuals 50 years of age and older. For individuals who have served in the armed forces and can provide proof of service; your lunch will be complimentary. Tickets for this event are

$10.00, non-refundable. It includes a catered lunch and special patriotic entertainment. This event has limited seating, tickets are on sale now and last day to purchase is November 1 or until all tickets are sold.

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