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Phase B2 Gold Line “shovel ready” by 2017 With the Gold Line extension from Pasadena to Azusa opening in 2016, officials are already planning the next phase of the project. Speaking at a kickoff breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel in Claremont on Oct. 23, Habib Balian, president of the Metro Gold Line Extension Construction Authority, said Metro is hoping to build an additional 12.5 miles to Azusa. “We’re here to talk about Phase 2B, kicking off the work to have it shovel ready by 2017,” Balian said. “That will allow us to go out to the community, work with the artists, designers and planners to make sure we design and plan a project that can be constructed that is very sensitive to the community, takes advantage of all the opportunities there are in the community, including transit-oriented development. We’re doing all that thinking well in advance of the project.” Bailan said he expects

By SHEL SEGAL that phase of the project to be completed by 2022. He added the extension is good economically for all the cities along the route. “They’re huge for rejuvenating the cities all along the Foothill extension,” he said. “These are towns that have historic downtowns that were here since Henry Huntington built the railroad, that were formed along all of these stations and had the cities turned their backs on since the railroads went away. We’re going to rebuild all that with this transit system. We’ll have an opportunity to encourage transitoriented development, roughly raising billions of dollars for these cities long term.” In addition, Balian said while building the Gold Line is expensive, it is worth it in terms of employment. “This project will have 6,000 jobs in total and about 2,500 in construction alone,” he said. “This project will cost about $950 million all the way to Montclair. The money is to

be determined. It needs to be designed and planned so we can compete for money in 2016. It’s expected there will be another potential sales tax measure on the ballot sometime in the future and we’d like to be included in that.” Balian also said the train will be an inexpensive, convenient way to travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley. “People are looking for an alternative,” he said. “They’ve never had an alternative before. Metrolink is not convenient for everyone. It’s expensive and the timing isn’t always right. It doesn’t take you to Pasadena. It’s infrequent and not everyone wants to go to downtown L.A. This is pretty regular service, running every seven to 10 minutes to provide you with a way that is guaranteed to get you to your office or the Westside or wherever you’re going.” (Shel Segal can be reached at ssegal@

The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena Celebrates century of promoting visual art and music Aspiring artists and musicians in the Greater Pasadena area have been supported by The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena for 100 years. A gala blacktie event celebrating the organization’s founding in November, 1913, was held at Caltech’s Athenaeum on Friday, October 4, 2013. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard was among the dignitaries celebrating the organization’s Centennial. He presented The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena with a Commendation from the city, and thanked the organization for its accomplishments and its support of the Arts in Pasadena. The primary purpose of The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena is “to encourage the creation, execution and appreciation of work in all branches of the fine arts; to promote enjoyment of the arts, and to grant awards and other financial aid to deserving artists.” Over the years scholarship awards have been given to those talented in varied musical instruments, voice, drama, and all genres of art, including glass and jewelry art. The mission of The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena is grounded in the belief that the arts are vital to our culture and artists deserve support. By serving its mission, the organization

Left to right: Jason Sturman, Robert Barbera, Sebastain Zacharia, Nazy Tavoloki, Andrew Tavoloki. Seated: Jo Barbera, Monica Zacharia. –Courtesy Photo

hopes to enrich the cultural life of our community and to encourage each artist’s unique individual expression. The festive Centennial evening began with an art exhibition during the reception, provided by three of the Club’s members – Susanne Belcher, Patricia O’Hearn, and John Selleck. Each artist displayed examples of his and her unique talent. The evening’s performing artist was award-winning pianist, composer and arranger Paul Anthony Romero. Accompanying him were Angelique Lucia (soprano), Stefan Smith (viola), Todd Stroik (baritone) and Brock Summers (saxophone). Their performances included a century of melodies in honor of the

Fine Arts Club, and an original composition by Mr. Romero written for the occasion. During the evening the Fine Arts Club President Robert A. Farley inducted Stephen McCurry, Executive Director of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, as an Honorary Member. On display and included in the dessert was a three-foot tall Centennial Cake – a long cylinder of cake that when sliced revealed concentric circles, like the growth rings of a tree, created by Paul Gauweiler, and referred to as the King’s Baumkuchen Cake. For information contact: Jim Giallo at 626234-2111 or Lorelli Embry at or 626-683-8656.

Nov. 5 elections Continued from page 1

Esmeralda Astorga, a field interviewer; Herb Redholtz, a businessman; and Nickolas S. Lewis, a city commissioner. And competing to be next city treasurer of West Covina are two candidates, incumbent Marian Smithson and Colleen B. Rozatti, a retired banker and educator. In Baldwin Park, two incumbents and two nonelected officials are vying for two seats on the Baldwin Park City Council. They are: Manuel Lozano, mayor; Susan Rubio, a council member; Cruz Baca, an education specialist; and Natalie Marie Ybarra, an educator and member of

the Baldwin Park Planning Commission. Running unopposed for the city clerk and city treasurer positions are incumbents Alejandra Avila and Maria Contreras, respectively. The city of Duarte is also holding an election on Oct. 5. With three open seats and eight candidates – two of them incumbents – it should be a wild night in the City of Hope. Here are the candidates: Margaret E. Finlay, a member of the Duarte City Council; Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, Duarte City Council member; Nick Zigic, a real estate broker; Allen A. Field, retired and now a landlord; Sheryl Lefman, a con-

sultant and public speaker; Henry Baltazar, Jr., a small business owner; Samuel Kang, a healthcare manager and business; Phil Reyes, a business consultant. The San Gabriel Unified School District is looking to the public to elect its new board members. There are four candidates trying for three seats. They have been classified as one incumbent, two returning veterans and one newcomer. The candidates are: Philip Hu, incumbent; Gary Scott, a doctor; Ken Tcheng, company administrator; Maribel Arreola-Gonzalez, a parent. (Shel Segal can be reached at

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