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Monrovia City Council Delivers State of the City Address BY SUSAN MOTANDER


he Monrovia City Council presented the State of the City as a group effort with each member of the council recapping a different aspect of the progress the city made in the preceding year. While the remarks of most of the members of the council would be well known to anyone attending or watching the City Council Meetings on a regular basis, those of the Mayor Pro Tem were more revealing. Mayor Pro Tem Alex Blackburn discussed the economic accomplishments of the city. He noted that the council had directed, and the city staff was working to implement, “a new economic development strategy that has been geared towards attracting new high-end employers to Monrovia, while also working to develop a biotechnology and science-based, local economic ecosystem. He pointed to some of the companies in those fields that had recently come to the city including Beckman Research Institute and Oak Crest Institute of Science. He also noted the activities of LabLaunch, the biotech/science incubator located in Monrovia, the only such facility in the San Gabriel Valley. He made special mention of the commitments of the Oak Crest Institute in that “helping the City develop a stronger

Mayor Tom Adams emphasizes a point during the reception portion of the State of the City Monday evening. - Photos by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

local biotech and science presence.” One of the ways Oak Crest intends to do this is by creating another “incubator operation,” this one dedicated to biotech. Another is by working with local young people to see how careers in science “help change the world.” Balckburn also said that within the year the city hopes to work with Oak Crest to support the biotech and science industries by developing and supporting the local “ecosystem.” He also briefly reviewed the other new companies that had come to Monrovia including nine new businesses in Old Town. Coming soon is a revitalized shopping center where the Albertson’s was located. This will include an Aldi grocery store and a TJMaxx/Homegoods store as well as revamping the existing Michaels. His report also included mention of the two new housing projects underway: the 154 unit complex on Fifth Avenue at Huntington Drive and the 261 unit apartment complex, MODA, at Station Square. Gloria Crudgington discussed the historic preservation actions including the new neighborhood preservation ordinance. Crudgington also touched on the opening of the Hillside Wilderness preserve to passive SEE PAGE 11

Drought is ‘Not Over’ Says Upper District San Gabriel Valley MWD Official BY TERRY MILLER

According to the city manager’s report this week, the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster has been developing plans for implementing a new assessment to be used

towards purchasing imported water to recharge the local aquifer. Even though the rain has been plentiful, the basin, where Monrovia gets its water, is still in a critically un-

healthy state. In simple terms, for the Main San Gabriel Basin to be considered healthy, the groundwater level is supposed to be at between 200

– 250 feet. With the current rain the area have received of late, the groundwater level is now only at around 180 feet. In fact, Charles M. Trevi-

no, Director Division 2 of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District told Monrovia Weekly Monday that the drought, “….is definitely NOT over.

Trevino was in attendance for the annual State of the City speech and was concerned that the recent rains SEE PAGE 10

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Sierra Madre Council Approves Demolition Ordinace Change City Council unanimously approved the changes to the Demolition Ordinance recommended by Sierra Madre Planning Commission. By law, it will only go into effect after a "second reading." Preserve Sierra Madre said, “We are also encouraged that the City Council and Planning Commission are going to take up the issue of having a city-wide Historical Survey to determine which houses may

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Saturday, Feb. 18

The 35th Annual Black History Month Parade. 10 a.m. Charles White Park in Altadena, The Robinson Park Recreation Center Community Groundbreaking Celebration. 1 p.m. Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Monday, Feb. 20

Black History Month celebration and luncheon. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Soul food and jazz music. $7 tickets available at the Welcome Desk. For more information: Dr. Malika D. Henry, (626) 840-4493, or, Pasadena Senior Center,

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Jungle-Drum Circle with Chazz Ross, a whimsical safari for young people with 26 African djembe drums. 1 p.m. La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 23

The 20th Annual Black History Breakfast. 7:30-10 a.m. Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Call (626) 744-4551 or 744-7656 or for info.

Friday, Feb. 24

“Senior Night Out” Enjoy good food, conversation and upbeat fun. 7-10 p.m. Pasadena City College Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd. Storytelling and village building, featuring stories authored by and/or about African-Americans, followed by a chocolate treat, led by Dr. Ayesha Randall for ages 3+. 4 p.m. La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

Sunday, March 12

“Celebrating Women: Afternoon Tea” Celebrate women’s contributions to Black History over special tea service. 3 p.m., Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Sunday, March 19

“Praise Dance & Song Jubilee”. 3 p.m. Enjoy music, dance and fellowship at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

have historical significance. This is something that almost every city that takes historical preservation seriously has done and Preserve Sierra Madre would support such a survey wholeheartedly. It would have many beneficial effects including among other things: Removing the guess work by letting owners, buyers and developers know in advance whether a property has historical sig-

nificance. Reducing the burden on owners because of ordinances that now apply to all homes that are 75 years or older but yet may have no historical or architectural significance regardless. Reducing costly litigation because buyers and developers are on notice that when they buy a property on the list, they will face additional scrutiny if they want to make changes to the outside facade.

Assemblymember Chris Holden Announces Legislation to Stop 710 Freeway Tunnel

Assemblymember Chris Holden and a coalition of city council members, community leaders, and non-profit organizations gathered outside Mission Street Metro Station to announce the introduction of Assembly Bill 287 Thursday morning.

AB 287 finds a solution to the State Route 710 corridor gap between the I-10 and I-210 freeways and prohibits the construction of a freeway tunnel. “With billions of state dollars at stake and no hard evidence pointing to traffic relief

for the San Gabriel Valley, it is clear that building a freeway tunnel is not a prudent option,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “In light of California’s landmark climate legislation that mandates the rapid reSEE NEXT PAGE

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The aftermath of a fallen 100-year-old tree in East Pasadena.

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Enormous Tree Comes Down on North Hill Avenue; No One Injured


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A massive pine tree large tree crushed an Infinty Q30 and seriously damaged the rear of a home and its garage on North Hill Ave. The 100 year-old, fell just after 4 p.m. at 959 block of North

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duction of our greenhouse gas emissions, makes clear that the I-710 North tunnel project is a misguided and obsolete solution.” “Residents in El Sereno and the West San Gabriel Valley want more options, more transportation, less congestion and less smog,” said Damon Nagami, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Southern California Ecosystems Project. “Instead of spending billions on a flawed project that will put more cars on the road and increase pollution, we should invest in solutions that would actually improve people’s transportation options while also helping the environment.” Last year, the proposed multi-billion dollar 710 Tunnel Project made the top 12 list of most wasteful highway expansion projects across the country in a report by the California Public Interest Research

Group (CALPIRG) Education Fund. “Our research tells us that millennials want to live,

work, and thrive in walkable, sustainable neighborhoods,” said Will Eley, Policy Advocate for CALPIRG. “They demand

transportation options, and another car-centric road or tunnel is just more of the same. A tunnel project would not

only be costly for Californians in the short term, but would exacerbate pollution and traffic for decades to come.”

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POLICE BLOTTERS MONROVIA Feb. 10 At 8:58 a.m., a theft of mail from a residence in the 900 block of Norumbega was reported to police. The mail was taken from the mailbox the day prior. The investigation is continuing.

At 6:30 p.m., a petty theft was reported in the 1800 block of South Tenth Avenue. A package was taken from the mailbox on the porch of the residence. The investigation is continuing.

At 9:15 a.m., a female and a male subject were involved in an argument in a business parking lot in the 700 block of East Huntington in a vehicle. The subjects are boyfriend and girlfriend. The male suspect pulled the female out of the vehicle by her arms and pushed her in the chest. The female victim fell to the ground and hit her head. The suspect fled the area in the vehicle. Officers attempted to contact the suspect, but he was not located. A wanted person’s entry was made into the law enforcement database for the suspect. The investigation is continuing. Feb. 11

At 2:50 p.m., officers on patrol saw a subject they knew had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was detained and the warrant was confirmed. The subject was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

At 4:15 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 800 block of East Foothill that had occurred on Feb. 9. The victim reported that the rear door to her home had been pried open. There was no loss. The investigation is continuing. At 5 p.m., an injury traffic collision occurred at Colorado and Magnolia. Officers responded and conducted an investigation. One party failed to stop for the stop sign at Colorado and Magnolia, causing the collision. The vehicle then fled the scene and was followed by the victim. The suspect eventually stopped several blocks away. The victim suffered minor complaint of pain injuries. Officers determined the suspect was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken into custody. At 8:28 p.m., an officer responded to a medical assist

in the 200 block of East Olive. A male adult was teaching his adult daughter gun safety and discharged the weapon, shooting himself in the hand. A verified complaint will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for negligent discharge of a firearm.

At 10:13 p.m., the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter observed two vehicles racing at a high rate of speed and contacted police. Officers responded and were able to locate one of the vehicles involved. The driver was cited for speeding and a passenger was arrested for an outstanding warrant. At 11:21 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Pomona Avenue regarding subjects causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, they saw several vehicles leaving the area. An ambulance driver pointed out one vehicle and it was stopped for investigation. The driver was found to have a laceration on his head. One of the passengers was passed out and had a head injury and a second passenger possibly had a broken leg. The subjects stated they were assaulted on Pomona Avenue by a group of people, but would not provide any other information and were uncooperative with the officers. The subjects were taken to the hospital for treatment. Through further investigation, it was learned that the subjects were involved in a fight. They said they were assaulted by multiple subjects outside of a party at a residence on Pomona that they were attending. They said they did not know who the suspects were or why they assaulted them. An officer made contact with the residents at the location of the party. The residents told the officers the three victims were not invited to the party and were asked to leave. They said the subjects left the location, but were confronted outside on the street by unknown subjects, who were also not invited to the party, and an altercation occurred. The residents did not know who any of the subjects were and were not able to provide any possible suspect information. The investigation is continuing. Feb. 12

At 12:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Canyon and Palm regarding a female victim who was thrown on the ground by a male suspect. Officers arrived and located a female with visible injuries. The male suspect

was arrested and taken into custody for domestic violence.

At 4:05 p.m., two suspicious subjects were reported in a business parking lot in the 1600 block of South Mountain. An officer arrived and contacted the subjects. One of the subjects was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. The subject was arrested and taken into custody for the warrants.

At 8:34 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Wildrose regarding a subject walking in and out of traffic and yelling at people. An officer arrived and located the subject in the 200 block of South Mountain. The subject had a bloody lip and appeared intoxicated. Further investigation revealed he was fighting with family members and a computer check revealed he was wanted by San Dimas Sheriff's Department for felony battery. The subject was arrested and San Dimas Sheriff's deputies responded to take custody of the suspect. Feb. 13

At 3:55 a.m., an officer responded to an alarm activation at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. As he entered the parking lot, he saw a silver Toyota Camry with paper plates attempting to flee the location at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspects failed to yield and the officer went in pursuit. The vehicle headed east on Huntington, left onto Mayflower, and turned right onto Chestnut, where the suspects jumped out and ran from the vehicle in the 400 block of W. Chestnut. Neighboring agencies responded to assist in the search for the suspects. Two suspects were located and arrested, the third was not located. Further Investigation revealed that two businesses in the 600 block of W. Huntington were broken into and the vehicle used by the suspects was stolen from the city of Colton.


Jan. 27 The community experienced several commercial armed robberies that continued for seven days. In each of these cases, the suspect was described as a male AfricanAmerican, in his 20s, armed with a handgun. PPD officers responded to every robbery, however, the suspect made good his escape prior to their arrival. Neverthe-

less, PPD officers conducted a comprehensive field investigation and began to identify the suspect’s pattern. On Feb. 4, the suspect robbed a shoe store in nearby Temple City. Temple City Sheriff’s deputies shared the suspect information with Pasadena Police officers, which included a description of the suspect and his vehicle. PPD officers were able to develop sufficient evidence and subsequently identified the suspect, Terry Wayne Wilson, an AfricanAmerican male and Pasadena resident. PPD officers located Wilson’s car within hours of the robbery in Temple City. A short time later, PPD officers saw Wilson near his car. He was detained without incident and witnesses later positively identified him as the suspect. Wilson was arrested and booked at the Pasadena jail. Pasadena Police detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, who filed six counts of felony armed robbery. His bail was set at $250,000. Jan. 28

From Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, at least four fires were deliberately set in multiple locations at Vroman’s Bookstore. The case was assigned to Pasadena Fire Arson Investigator Wendell Eaton, who immediately started investigating all possible leads. Investigator Eaton subsequently identified the suspect, secured a want, and passed along the information to Pasadena Police officers. On Feb. 9, Pasadena Police officers were on routine patrol in the 600 block of East Colorado Boulevard, when they saw a male matching the description of the arson suspect provided by PFD Investigator Eaton. PPD officers contacted the subject (later identified as Khaliq Muhammad, 25, an African-American male) and arrested him without incident for the arson. Feb. 2

At 6:08 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a blast (explosion) in the 00 block of west Colorado Boulevard. On arrival, officers learned that a male, wearing all black clothing (no further information), had allegedly thrown an explosive device into a restaurant. Officers requested assistance from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, who responded. The bomb squad rendered the location safe and recovered the device. Federal law enforcement

entities were also notified. There were no injuries associated with this incident. Our investigation is ongoing. Feb. 4

At 12:58 p.m., Pasadena Police officers investigated a residential burglary in the 800 block of Adelaide Drive. During the field investigation, PPD officers learned the suspect(s) stole two guns from the residence. Our investigation is ongoing; however, this incident serves as a reminder to secure your firearms in a gun safe. Guns stolen from residents, vehicles, or commercial other outbuildings are often used in crimes in our community. At 2:08 p.m., Pasadena Police officers investigated a robbery near Green Street and Marengo Avenue. On arrival, officers learned that the victim was in the restroom at the Paseo Colorado when she was confronted by the suspect who demanded her purse. The victim ran out of the restroom and was followed by the suspect. The suspect subsequently grabbed the victim’s pursue and fled the area. The suspect is described as a AfricanAmerican Male, 30s, 5’-11,” skinny, bald head, black tanktop and pants. If you have information about this incident please call the Pasadena Police Department. Feb. 9

Pasadena Police Air Crew (Pilot Corralez & TFO Polimeni) was on patrol when they monitored a call of shots fired in Monrovia. MPD officers quickly stopped two male Hispanics who were involved in the incident. Officers quickly determined that a third suspect (male Hispanic) was outstanding. MPD officers provided a description of the outstanding suspect and the PPD Air Crew located him almost immediately. The Air Crew directed MPD ground officers to the last suspect, who was detained without incident. Feb. 10

At 12:17 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 300 block of Cliff Drive regarding a subject acting aggressively and banging on doors of an apartment complex. On arrival, officers learned that Isiah Johnson, an African-American male, was suffering from a psychotic episode possibly induced by drugs. Johnson barricaded himself in his apartment, which is shared with his mother. HOPE Officers Ar-

mendariz and Scott-Jackson responded to assist. After approximately three hours of negotiations, Johnson surrendered to PPD officers and was taken into custody without incident. Johnson was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The incident was supervised by Sergeant Crees. Feb. 11

At 11:24 p.m., the Irwindale Police Department initiated a pursuit of a motorcycle operator northbound on Irwindale Boulevard. The suspect subsequently entered the 210 Freeway traveling westbound. The Pasadena Police Air Crew was patrolling the community and monitored the pursuit. The Air Crew observed the motorcycle operator near Myrtle Avenue traveling in excess of 100 mph. The suspect exited the freeway and continued west on Central. The Air Crew safely directed Irwindale and CHP units to the suspect’s location where he was arrested without incident.


At about 1:16 a.m., patrol officers conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of Lima Street. Following a series of field sobriety tests, officers determined that the driver was driving under the influence of Alcohol/Drugs and impaired. The driver was arrested for this violation and transported to Pasadena jail for booking. The vehicle was impounded. The case was referred to the Pasadena DA’s office for filling considerations. Feb. 9

A victim of a theft from vehicle filed a report with officers in the stations lobby, stating that his vehicle was parked outside his residence on the street in the 200 block of Grove Street. Sometime between Feb. 7 at about 7 p.m. and Feb. 8 at about 9 a.m., unknown suspect(s) removed a Rigid brand light bar that was attached to the front of his vehicle. The case was forwarded to detectives. At 6:27 p.m., a noninjury traffic collision was reported in the 00 block of North Mountain Trail Avenue. There appeared to be minimal damage to both vehicles. Parties stated they were not injured and did not need medical attention. Both parties exchanged information.


Former Pasadena Police Woman Turns 100 Marguerite D. Haskins of Chino recently turned 100. Marguerite served the Pasadena Police Department in the role of Police Woman from 1942 through 1948. She resigned from the Pasadena Police Department in 1948 but later returned to the City of Pasadena in 1965 and worked as a fire alarm dispatcher and also a clerical assistant. She resigned again in 1971. Ms. Haskins also took a military leave of absence in 1944 from the Police Department as she was accepted into an all-female, Marine Corps reserve unit. She returned

Marguerite D. Haskins. - Courtesy photo

one year later and resumed her duties as a Police Woman with the City of Pasadena. Details of her military service are not known as of this writing. Police Chief Phillip

Sanchez and members of the Pasadena Police Department will honor Ms. Haskins at her residence in Chino, Calif. tomorrow Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and present her with a certificate of recognition on her special day. "It is absolutely a privilege and honor to participate in someone's 100 year milestone but even more special for us as she served our great department and community at a time when our country was embroiled in WWII. Ms. Haskins was no doubt a pioneer for women represented in law enforcement and a great patriot."

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How to Sell High: Avoid these Three Mistakes When Selling Your Home Alhambra - When you decide to sell your home, setting your optimal asking price is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Price is often the first thing a prospective buyer sees, and many homes are passed over as “not in our price range” before the home even has a chance of being shown. Your asking price is often your home’s “first impression,” and if you want to realize the most money you can for your home, it’s imperative that you make an excellent first impression. This is not as easy as it sounds,

and pricing strategy should not be taken lightly. Pricing too high can be as costly to a homeseller as pricing too low. Comparing against what other homes in your neighborhood have sold for is only a small part of the process, and by itself is not nearly enough to help you make the best decision. A recently study, which compiles 10 years of industry research, has resulted in a new special report entitled “Homesellers: How to Get the Price You Want (and Need).” This report will help you understand pricing strategy from three

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Child Seat Safety Inspection Day and caregivers are correctly securing all children in the right car restraint (rear-facing car seat, forward-facing car seat, booster seat or seat belt) for their ages and sizes. Car seats, booster seats and seat belts save lives and offer the best protection for children in crashes and work best when used correctly! Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. During the 5-year period from 2007 to 2011, 3,661 children were killed in car

crashes. In addition, an estimated 634,000 children were injured, more than the population of Boston, Massachusetts. Based on U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data in 2011, on average, nearly 2 children under 13 were killed and 338 were injured every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans. In 2011, over one third of children killed in car crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts.

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Adds New Member Benefit The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has partnered with new member ZipEdTech, to offer its members quality workforce online education/training. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce will have its unique branded page where mem-

bers can access relevant training for themselves, as the business owner and their employees. ZipEdTech has curated a vast library of online trainings that are relevant and affordable. The Chamber will provide this benefit

to Chamber Members, and has secured Member only pricing. This is yet another great benefit to being part of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. This new Program has launched and can be accessed at Pasadena Chamber University.

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Dear Editor: Curious....did you cover the [Pasadena] Mayor/city council candidate forum last night? At one point it got interesting especially as questions were skirted about and around the elephant in the room, one of the council members alleged questionable corporate campaign contributions and alleged back door developer deals. The chamber barely publicized it at all and no live feed which is odd as every city does stream or broadcast. How do you get to know your candidates? It’s like the chamber and mayor wants no one hearing or seeing things that are going on or being questioned. And this city is changing like crazy. - Phil S Pasadena

Readers Have Serious Concerns Over ‘Trapping Coyotes’ in Arcadia

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You may get a false sense of security hearing the cries of dying coyotes. But they will prevail because they are natural here.And yes I have lost a dear pet cat due to my own laziness and ignorance. -Jean via ArcadiaWeekly

Reader Disagrees With PETA When It Comes to ‘Trapping Coyotes’

I do not believe that PETA’s comment “that companion animals and untargeted wildlife could be harmed by the traps, and that more coyotes will simply move in to take the place of animals who have been killed,” I assume that by now residents are better educated about dangerous animals on the streets. If PETA is so concerned about animal life versus Human life, than the city should give them permission to gather all of their members and capture the coyotes on their dime. - AJ Via Arcadia Weekly


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Calendar Thursday (Feb. 16)

Saturday (Feb. 18)

The Salty Suites at The Coffee Gallery Backstage (Feb. 12 @ 2 p.m., 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena) They enjoy spending time with their cats, drinking whiskey and taking long walks on the beach. Their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen. Lyrically their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. Don’t miss this functionally dysfunctional band of hooligans. Tickets are $18 at door, cash only. For reservations phone at (626) 798-6236 -ALTADENA

Santa Anita Chili Cookoff (Feb. 18 @ 12 p.m., Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia) Enjoy delicious samplings from the best chili recipes in SoCal as specialty vendors invade the Santa Anita Park grandstand for a delicious duel that’ll have your mouth watering. Don’t miss out on chili tastings, craft beer, wine and world-class live Thoroughbred Racing. Proceeds benefit the Foothill Unity Center. Packages start at $30 and are available for purchase at -ARCADIA

The 47th Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit (Feb. 16 @7 p.m., Alverno's Villa del Sol, 200 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre) This year's annual gourmet Cuisine and Wine Tasting Benefit, a major fundraising event to support the Sierra Madre Library, is celebrating its 47th Anniversary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library, this all-volunteer organization is dedicated to supporting our community library. All proceeds from this event directly support the library. Tickets and info are available at Eventbrite. -SIERRA MADRE Friday (Feb. 17)

dada at The Rose (Feb. 17 @ 7 p.m., 245 E. Green St., Pasadena) Since the release of dada’s groundbreaking 1992 debut “Puzzle,” the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with inspired psychedelic and experimental rock impulses. Adding to the trio’s groundbreaking line of attack are the marathonlength shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind. Tickets start at $28 and dinner seats are also available at -PASADENA


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The 47th Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit Feb. 16 @7 p.m.

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 (Feb. 18 @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena) Rachmaninoff’s most enduring Romantic masterpiece will leave you breathless and asking for more. Including Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique,” pianist Natasha Peremski performs, with David Lockington as the conductor. Ticket prices start at $35 and are on sale at -PASADENA Eventrockit Food Market at Pasadena Paseo (Feb. 18 @ 12 p.m., 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena) Eventrockit Food Market is an outdoor food and retail festival happening on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Come try all the delicious foods and taste the passiondriven creations of various chefs. We are in Pasadena, California. Come hungry and thirsty to enjoy food and refreshments. Tickets and Buck passes are available on Eventbrite, although they are not required. -PASADENA

Tuesday (Feb. 21)

"Tired, Turned Off and Stressed Out! 3 Massive Mistakes Even Smart Professional Women Make" (Feb. 21 @ 7p.m., Pasadena Hilton, 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena) Join Dr. Tamika Henry, MD, Medical Director at Unlimited Health Institute, for our free seminar. During this workshop you'll discover: the real reason you feel the way you do; the tests your doctor should have ordered but didn't; and 5 tips you can start now for optimal. Register on Eventbrite or call (626) 389-8922 to reserve your seat. -PASADENA Wednesday (Feb. 22)

The 47th Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit (Feb. 16 @7 p.m., Alverno’s Villa del Sol, 200 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre) This year’s annual gourmet Cuisine and Wine Tasting Benefit, a major fundraising event to support the Sierra Madre Library, is celebrating its 47th Anniversary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library, this all-volunteer organization is dedicated to supporting our community library. All proceeds from this event directly support the library.Tickets and info are available at Eventbrite. -SIERRA MADRE

Sunday (Feb. 19)

Green Life Food Festival (Feb. 19, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Shumei America National Center, 2430 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena) A lively, family-friendly event for food growers and consumers who want to know more about healthy, sustainable, and delicious food. Natu-

301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia) Children will begin their exciting journey of plant exploration with learning about the amazing world of plants—the weird, unique and bug-eating ones. Children will learn about plant habitats, growth, function and life cycles. They also will explore spice and herb plants. Students learn through fun, hands-on creative activities! Kids create take home arts and craft projects too. Call (626) 821-4623 to register for the class. This class will take place every Monday until April 24. The cost is $100 per month for members, $110 per month for non– members, and $30 for dropin per day. -ARCADIA

ral foods, activities for kids, workshops, knowledgeable speakers, and a chance to talk with the experts for free. Reservations advised. Call (626) 584-8841 or visit for reservations and information. -PASADENA

Cool Beans Comedy w/ Drew Lynch, Dustin Ybarra (Feb. 19 @ 7 p.m., Ice House Comedy, 24 N. Mentor Ave. Pasadena) Join comics Drew Lynch, Dustin Ybarra, Roxy Cook, Thomas Dale, and your Cool Beans Comedy host with the most, Matthew Moore, for a free night

of comedy. Two drink minimum is required. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. -PASADENA Monday (Feb. 20)

Botanical Adventures (Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LA Arboretum,

Wine, Women & Wow Network (Feb. 22 @ 6 p.m., Women's City Club of Pasadena 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena) The Wine, Women & Wow Network continues kicking off the new year with our monthly networking event at the Women's City Club of Pasadena. Featuring guest speaker the President and COO of the Champion Los Angeles Sparks, Christine Simmons, delicious appetizers and Via One Hope wine tasting, fun shopping with our fabulous vendors and raffle prizes. DJ, John Villa of Dance Syndicate Disc Jockey Entertainment will be in the house with his amazing energy. You will not want to miss this great event! Tickets are $25 and are available on Eventbrite. -PASADENA

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ARTS & entertainment ‘King Lear,’‘Man of La Mancha’; Similar Worlds at A Noise Within

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By May S. Ruiz


esuming its 25th Anniversary celebration, ‘Beyond our Wildest Dreams’, A Noise Within (ANW) puts on a production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” which will run in repertory with “Man of La Mancha” later in the spring. Geoff Elliott and Julia RodriguezElliott, co-producing and artistic directors of ANW, have conceived these two productions to be seen on the same day, allowing them to fully speak to each other. Both plays share the same leading man (Geoff Elliott), the same director (Julia Rodriguez-Elliott) and the same scenic elements, enabling a quick turnover between matinee and an evening performance so the two productions can play on the same stage. Of the opportunity to perform both Lear and Don Quixote, Geoff Elliott pronounces, “I feel I know Lear. He is stripped of everything, and must face his

worst demons to find tenderness and uncompromising love in a very violent world. Lear spends so much of the play terrified of losing his mind. Anyone who goes through a similar self-investigation can’t help questioning his sanity as so much of the world that we live in seems insane.” Continues Elliott, “In his way, Don Quixote is Lear’s doppelganger. As he assumes Quixote’s persona, Cervantes gains the courage and the strength needed to face the uncertain future of the Inquisition. He, along with his fellow prisoners and, ultimately, the audience are transformed.” Rodriguez-Elliott says, “In “Lear”, this personal journey of a family dealing with an ailing patriarch has global

implications. The breakdown of a nation runs concurrent with Lear’s mental decline. At the beginning of the play, we see a man at the zenith of his power, a modern day dictator who is feared and has never heard the word NO. The world we enter is a violent, callous one. At the end, we see a man transformed.” The world of La Mancha is as violent and callous as it is ripe and crying out for transformation. “Though many often associate “Man of La Mancha” with elaborate set pieces and fanciful costumes, its earliest stagings were sparse, encompassing the spirit of a ragtag band of prisoners putting on a play with found objects,” explains RodriguezElliott. “I wanted to return to those Geoff Elliott is King Lear at A Noise Within; Design by RJ Sakai. – Courtesy photo / A Noise Within roots. Based on real-

world prisoners, the conditions we’ve created for Cervantes and his fellow inmates are recognizable and terrifying.” Audiences will likewise be transported to these worlds, in large part, because of the actors’ excellent portrayal of the characters they will inhabit for the next two hours. However, stage plays are a collaboration among many – actors and directors; as well as designers, which include costume, lighting, and set – and their success depends on how seamlessly these collaborators work together to create one magnificent piece. ANW provides a unique environment in which artists work together across decades. They are comfortable experimenting, trying new things; impressing as much as supporting each other show after show. These artistic relationships inform each of this repertory theatre company’s many exceptional productions for 25 years.

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Patty Onangan Launches New Theatre and Live Entertainment Company Clients include Pasadena Playhouse Theatre executive Patty Onagan has launched Patty Onagan Consulting specializing in theatre and live entertainment; it was officially announced Feb. 15. Onagan's new venture will create strategies that include marketing, communications, publicity, as well as producing and special events. Since 2009, she served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for The Pasadena Playhouse, State Theater of California, Onagan continues the relationship as the press representative on productions and handling the in-

stitution's public relations campaigns. Her additional clients include Ebony Repertory Theatre and Lythgoe Family Panto. "I am excited to launch this company where I can create successful communications and marketing campaigns and offer production expertise and skills from special events to stage and live entertainment presentations," said Onagan. "It is especially gratifying to have The Pasadena Playhouse, Ebony Repertory Theatre and Lythgoe Family Panto as my premiere clients. I have worked with each of these

organizations and share their passion for introducing and bringing quality theatrical experiences to audiences." "Throughout her tenure with The Playhouse, Patty worked tirelessly to help promote our productions, to engage new audiences and, most importantly, to bring theater to the community," said Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse. "We are very pleased to be amongst her first clients." "Ebony Repertory Theatre has had the distinct honor of being represented

The Salty Suites at the Coffee Gallery Backstage

Their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen. - Courtesy photo

The Salty Suites played their first show together in a high security prison for the criminally insane. They enjoy spending time with their cats, drinking whiskey and taking long walks on the beach. Their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen.

Lyrically their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. Don’t miss this functionally dysfunctional band of hooligans. Bob Stane says, “They always have a “different” show and are cutting edge fun and creative every show. There are new songs every time,

and it’s always a thrill. They are stars and perfect for everyone. Absolutely come to see them. Money back guarantee.” (No one has either been dissatisfied or asked for their money back). The Thursday, Feb. 16 show is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $18. Phone for reservations at (626) 798-6236.

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by Patty Onagan for the last eight years. Her professionalism, guidance, preparation, resourcefulness, insight and grace under fire, has allowed our company to rest securely in her hands. Working with Patty is perpetually

a first rate experience," stated Wren T. Brown, Founder/ Producing Artistic Director of Ebony Repertory Theatre. "We are so excited to continue our work with Patty Onagan. Patty has an abundance of experience

and knowledge in theatre and we are looking forward to her being a key component in the on going success and expansion of Panto," said Kris Lythgoe, President of Lythgoe Family Panto.

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e had a MOTAB meeting this morning, and though I had to leave early, I did stay through Oral Communications where we had a couple of interesting speakers. Street Rods Forever announced that their group had applied for a permit to one again stage Old Town’s Annual Car Show on Myrtle this coming September. The date scheduled tentatively for the event is Saturday, Sept. 9th, however it will require final approval at the March meeting. Proposed changes to this year’s show would include dispersing street vendors throughout the show, instead of locating them in one specific location (last year it was Library Park), and locating a food truck at Lime and Myrtle. Anyone interested in commenting on this, or any other item on the posted agenda, come visit the meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:30 a.m. City Council Chambers. Another speaker at this morning’s meeting presented a petition with over 150 signatures from our Old Town guests requesting the city to bring the Wednesday and Saturday music back. The music ended in January and the city is working with the five members of MOTAB to decide the what, where and when of any future Old Town music. Stay tuned! Continued from page 1

have soaked the reality that the need for water is everpresent. For the Main San Gabriel Basin to be healthy, water experts have recommended that we need to get groundwater levels back up at least 50 feet in the aquifer, which means we need more than… 130.3 billion gallons of water! The current low groundwater levels are creating difficulties for water providers, as our water pumps and pipes were all developed with an expectation that groundwater levels would be at between 200 – 250 feet. If the situation does not improve, it will be increasingly difficult and expensive for us to procure water here in our region. Given the current situation, it is important to note… the drought for those in the San Gabriel Valley is in no way close to being over. To try and rectify the drought-related issues that our region has been dealing with, the Watermaster has developed plans to implement a new fee that would

There was also a discussion of the proposed Wine Walk in Old Town, and it appears that the city has decided that it cannot work with any of our Old Town businesses for purchase of the wine, so they will be going to outside vendors in order to avoid any appearance of favoritism. Kind of sad to see the unwinding of our historic public-private partnerships, but lots of changes everywhere, so we keep on keeping on! I see stuff going on at Jake’s Roadhouse! Construction begins on the expansion, looks like inside and out. Glad to see this happening, and … so glad to see Sweet Potato Fries added to their menu! I dropped by The Saltner last Sunday evening for a little surprise birthday celebration for their incredible chief, Darlene Salcedo. Darlene first started her Old Town career as the baker for the Peach Café, then left and went to JPL for a spell. I’m delighted to see Darlene back in town – she’s not only a terrific baker but an accomplished chief. Love that Tuscan Beef Stew… If all goes well and the location company turns in their paperwork shortly, we will have a still film shoot tomorrow, which, because I’m actually writing this column on Tuesday, Feb. 14, will have already happened by the time the column publishes on Thursday, Feb. 16 – but at


least you’ll know what all the excitement was on the day after Valentine’s Day! The photos are for an east coast clothing company called “Maurice” and, just an FYI: the food truck in the 100 block of Lemon was fake – we don’t let film crews bring real food trucks into Old Town! More rain predicted for this Friday, and it looks like it’s for real, so unless something dramatically changes, we’ll forgo one more Monrovia Street Fair. It’s been a rough season for our new vendors, Raw Inspirations, but, like I said, we just keep on keeping on! And “keeping on” is just what the Monrovia Public Library Foundation is doing. The Foundation has been changing lives for more than a decade – and, it has for some time now supported the Monrovia Public Library Literacy Services Program which is one of only a handful of similar programs in the entire San Gabriel Valley. Due to devastating State budget cuts, the Foundation is seeking private funds to carry on it’s important work. What to do? Do what we always do – get the community together and have a fundraising event! This year’s “Community Feud” is scheduled for Feb. 26 from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Want more information? Send an email to MonroviaPublicLibraryFoundation@

This file photo of the lake at Arboretum in 2000 is a stark reminder that we are still in drought conditions. - Photo by Terry Miller/Beacon Media News

be assessed across the entire Main San Gabriel Basin. Those plans were reviewed this past week by the Basin Management Committee, where the group voted to recommend that the Watermaster Board adopt a 5-year fee implementation plan which will be retroactively applied to begin last year in 2016/17 Fiscal Year. Based on this latest proposed assessment structure, given that the costs are proposed to be retroactively applied to being in fiscal year of2016/17, if the water purchasing assessment concept is approved, the estimated customer cost impact for eve-

ryone located in the Main San Gabriel Basin will eventually reach around $15 / month. The money raised by the Watermaster would then be used to purchase replacement water that would be imported to the Main San Gabriel Basin every year to recharge our aquifer. Staff is still assessing the overall plan being considered by the Watermaster, as the final proposal is still up for consideration. Based on discussions with the Watermaster staff, it appears that the proposed assessment will be reviewed by the full Watermaster Board in March and April 2017.

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SPRING SANDAL SALE! PRICES STARTING AT $25 (Top) De Mcosta, (Middle) Leavens, (Bottom Left) Kathryn Barger, and Harris (Bttom Right) were also in attendance for Mayor Adams’ State of the City. - Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

State of the City Address


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recreational use. Becky Shevlin focused on the City’s outreach efforts, both to other entities such as the Monrovia Arcadia Duarte Town Council and to the Monrovia Unified School District and its Board, but also to the citizens of the city itself through social media. Larry Spicer recapped the city’s actions in regard to its outreach programs to the community, specifically the Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) and the Achieving Community Trust (ACT)

programs and those to reach local veterans. Mayor Tom Adams looked at a few of the areas the city was working to improve including streamlining the permit and plan check process. He noted that a part of the reason for the successes of the council over the past year was the spirit of collegiality among the members: “And I suppose that is what I am most encouraged by as we move forward into 2017 is the fact that our entire City Council is working

together so well, because we don’t spend our time fighting each other, and we don’t care about the spotlight or the prestige or the blame. All we care about as a group is that we get terrific things done for Monrovia.” Adams concluded the evening saying ‘Truly, the City Council right now is living that message which the legendary coach John Wooden preached… ‘It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.’”


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You’ll Scream for This Ice Cream

Left, a red spoon finishes off the Stracciatella and Cold Brew Latte Chip flavored ice cream while right, customers enjoy the fresh dessert outside. - Photos by Jason Yassine

By Jason Yassine

If you’re looking for an ice cream shop that makes freshness their top priority, then Paradis (415 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia) is the place to be. Paradis originated in Denmark and launched in 2000. Shortly after its launch, it became an instant hit. The ice cream shop opened their first franchised café in 2005 and eventually expanded throughout the entire country. In 2009, Par-


adis made its way over to Los Angeles and continued its trend. Today, a Paradis sits in the heart of Old Town Monrovia directly across from Cold Stone Creamery. When I first approached Paradis, I noticed the shop had a cozy café type theme. Upon entering, the theme continued with hardwood floors and comfortable looking chairs placed around the shop. On the left side of the room was a small glass display case with several different flavored ice creams. After gazing at the variety of ice cream, a friendly employee was there to assist me. I decided to choose two flavors, the Stracciatella and Cold Brew Latte Chip. When tasting the Latte Chip, I was quite pleased. The ice cream was smooth and rich with a distinct, yet bold coffee taste to it. The chocolate chips were a great addition as it heightened the creamy coffee taste and provided an extra sweetness.

As for the Stracciatella, it was my favorite out of the duo. This ice cream wasn’t as sweet as the Latte Chip and was mainly milk based. It was very creamy and decadent leaving a refreshing after taste in my mouth. Like the Latte Chip, the chocolate chips in the Stracciatella added a sweetness flavor, which enhanced the rich taste of the ice cream. I was quite satisfied with my experience at Paradis. Everything from the service, atmosphere and ice cream was on point. It is a definite go-to hotspot for rich and flavorful ice cream. They have a variety of unique flavors and the prices are fair. There isn’t an abundance of seating inside, but there were tables outside. The outdoor seating was comfortable and made the experience more enjoyable. If you’re ever near Old Town Monrovia definitely give this place a try. They had great ice cream and I would certainly come back again.

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Are Millennials Bad Drivers? AAA study: Young millennial drivers are the worst


new AAA study reports that more than half of all drivers have texted while driving, ran a red light or exceeded the speed limit in just the last 30 days. The study points to young millennial drivers as the worst offenders, as 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 have admitted to committing one of the aforementioned behaviors, the Associated Press reports. The new study from AAA comes from its Foundation for Traffic Safety. It polled more than 2,500 drivers in the U.S. older than 16 years old. Traffic deaths in the U.S. rose 7 percent in 2015, and a spokesperson tells A.P. that they are expected to rise again once 2016's numbers are finished. Ten percent of drivers between the ages of 60 and 74 have texted or sent an email while driving, and 37 percent of drivers older than 75 have admitted to running a light that just turned red. In a major contradiction, more than 75 percent of drivers said they believe it's unac-

"It was a surprise that there were relatively high rates of these behaviors among the drivers we think of as safer," Lindsay Arnold.


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ceptable to text or email while behind the wheel. Also, more than 50 percent of drivers feel threatened by drivers paying attention to their phones and not the road. The newest drivers, ages 16 to 18, were found the least likely to speed, run red lights or to text and drive when compared to those between the ages of 20 and 50, A.P. reports. Nearly 95 percent of drivers thing drowsy driving is dangerous, but 29 percent admit to recently driving drowsy. "It was a surprise that there were relatively high rates of these behaviors among the drivers we think of as safer," Lindsay Arnold, a research associate with the AAA Foundation, told A.P. "It points to the need to improve driver behavior if we're going to reverse this alarming trend." Other noteworthy findings include 87 percent of drivers admitting to operating when they thought they could be close to the legal alcohol limit. Ninety-five percent said they had never operated a vehicle within an hour of smoking marijuana.




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School Suspensions: Reward or Punishment?

Monrovia’s Clifton School Takes Center Stage

By JoRDAn Yassine

Tom Torlakson - Courtesy photo

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Suspensions are seen as one of the most severe punishments given by a school. When a school suspends a child, many assume they’ve done something extreme. Fighting, cursing, and disobedience are some of the behaviors that often get a student suspended. However, what’s ‘extreme’ in one school may not be in another. Suspensions can look different from school to school. So the question is, “What are we teaching our children?” We live in a society that likes to punish people for their crimes. School suspensions are no exception. When we punish a child, it’s to make a point. To force them to think about their

actions and reflect on what they did wrong. We punish in hope of triggering some kind of mental process. It’s through this process that we believe the child will gain insight. Unfortunately, this idea is flawed. Sometimes our idea of ‘punishment’ may actually be rewarding. Behavioral science has geared much of it’s work around the notion of reward. Like punishment, rewards typically happen after a behavior. For example, a parent rewards their child for good grades with a trip to Disneyland. The trip to Disneyland came after the good grades, not before. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Analysis

of Behavior there are two types of rewards. The first type includes a child gaining something, like a prize. The second type includes a child escaping something, or getting a break. Using the idea of rewards, we can better understand school suspensions. Schools may actually be rewarding students for their bad behavior by suspending them. For example, a child gets suspended for a week for cursing at his teacher. Since he has no school, he now gets to spend more time playing video games. This is the first type of reward above. In another example, a child hates going to school because he doesn’t get along

with the other students. After getting into a fight, the principle suspends him for a week. He’s ‘escaped’ school for a week. This is the second type of reward. In both examples, we may see these children get suspended more often. One has discovered that suspensions give him more time for video games. The other has discovered that suspensions give him a break from the other students. It’s unfortunately a very sad reality, which is why we need to rethink school suspensions. There are many ways to help a child understand the consequences of their actions. Suspending them is not one.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Wednesday that 11 high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2015–16 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS) program. Clifton was on that exclusive list. Torlakson also announced that the sustained progress of 19 previously chosen STW™—TCS schools will allow them to retain their designation. “These are 30 fantastic schools that do such a terrific job of helping students succeed with academics and succeed as they face all the other unique challenges of being in middle school,” Torlakson said. “It’s a significant time in a student’s life, and they need special teachers, staff, and administration to help them prepare for success in 21st century careers and college. These schools do all of that and more. These outstanding schools serve as role models for middle schools up and

down the great state of California.” La Cañada High School (7-8), La Cañada Unified School District was also on the list. STW™—TCS middle grades schools are highperforming model schools that demonstrate academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents, and social equity. These schools host visitors from California and around the world who are looking to learn practices they can use to improve their middle grades schools and close the achievement gap. Model schools have been recognized for programs including high school prerequisite courses such as Algebra II and Chinese II, conflict resolution courses, after-school tutoring and extracurricular activities, and collaborative working relationships between special education and general education students and teachers. The STW™—TCS program is sponsored by the California League of Middle

business profile

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Go With the Flow With Aquafuzion Events and Design By Emily G. Peters


hoever said Beverly Hills had the last word in luxury event specialists clearly never encountered the team at Aquafuzion. In business for over a decade, Aquafuzion has spent years designing some of the most stunning special events and floral arrangements in Los Angeles. Before launching, its owner Debbie Liaw was the art director and founder of DJGraphic Inc., a company specializing in design and printing. Yet when the film “The Wedding Planner,” was released, a flip was switched. “Being a designer, I was often mistaken as a wedding planner on a few occasions,” said Liaw. “I became inspired and started to help friends and family plan their parties and weddings. Soon after, Aquafuzion was born.” Though known as a luxury event planning boutique, Aquafuzion also offers in-house designer florist and invitation services to keep event planning simple and affordable for their clients. This concept of blending the best of many worlds also inspired their business name. “When it comes to weddings and events, the only constant is change. Similar to water’s trait, you have to be flexible with your surroundings,” said Liaw. “These events also consist of bringing things together, whether it be the fusing of two families or design ideas from one culture with another. Hence, Aquafuzion.” As designers, Aquafuzion’s bent is to ensure each client “feels like the a VIP guest at their own event.” They offer multiple coordination packages, ranging from simple preparation to complete end-to-end planning. Their Deluxe package has been the most popular recently, combining multiple services to help clients get the best value for their dollar. “The biggest difference is that we watch over your budget for you and negotiate pricing with vendors,” said Liaw. “A lot of times, you actually end up saving even though the planning package cost a bit more!” The hard work is paying off. Their events and floral

One of Aquafuzion’s eye-popping floral arrangements.

designs have been featured widely in top magazines and blogs such as Ceremony, Grace Ormonde, Brides, Inside Weddings, Style Me Pretty and more. They’ve also established successful relationships with local luxe venues, becoming preferred partners with the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and the Langham, to name a few. Although Aquafuzion shines in high-end events, they welcome clients from all walks of life. The recent opening of their Couture de Fleur studio reflects that mindset, offering a line of “everyday” floral arrangements that maintain their signature touch. The location also serves as the meeting point for client consultations, making it a convenient

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one-stop shop for flowers, invitations, and all event coordination needs. At the end of the day, it’s not so much about budget as it is about delivering quality. “Our core business ethics are consistency, respect, trust and reliability,” said Liaw. And for the Aquafuzion team and their clients, that’s all a part of the trademark “fuzion” that sets their brand apart. Aquafuzion is located at 517 S. Myrtle Ave, Suite 100 in Monrovia. Learn more about their florist, invitation and event planning services at | 866.395.2168 | and follow them on Instagram and Facebook @ Aquafuzion.

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Senator Anthony Portantino introduced SB 328 which will require California school districts to start their middle and high school days no earlier than 8:30 a.m. “Every year we discuss as parents, educators, and legislators, best practices and interests of the children and education? Well data is clear; starting the school day later improves the quality of education, health and welfare of our children. So let’s do it” said Sen. Portantino.” In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) issued a policy statement advising school districts to change the school day start time to no earlier than 8:30 am, specifically for middle schools and high schools. Studies have confirmed that insufficient sleep in teenage adolescents poses a public health risk and has an adverse effect on academic success. According to the APA, reports on school districts who have adopted this policy have found increased attendance rates, grade point averages, state assessment scores, college admission test scores, student attention, and student and family interaction. Additionally, studies also found decreases in student involved car accidents, disciplinary actions, and decrease in student sleeping during lectures. Currently, California has over 3 million public middle and high school students. The average school day start time for these students is 8:07 a.m. according to the Center for Disease and Control. California school districts would benefit with later school day start times as funding is tied to attendance. The Los Angeles Unified School District estimated by improving the current attendance rate by just 1%, the district would gain an additional $40 million per year which could be re-invested in California student’s educational growth.


Recommend an ordinance to amend Chapter 4 of Article IX of the Arcadia Municipal Code to establish requirements and regulations for registration of responsible parties for unoccupied residences in the City of Arcadia and to reorganize and update the City’s property maintenance and nuisance abatement regulations.

Date of Hearing:

February 28, 2017

Time of Hearing:

7:00 p.m.

Place of Hearing:

Council Chambers at Arcadia City Hall 240 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the City of Arcadia, will hold a public hearing at its Regular Meeting of February 28, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Council Chambers at Arcadia City Hall, 240 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007, to hear public testimony of all interested parties for the purpose of: Recommending an ordinance to amend Chapter 4 of Article IX of the Arcadia Municipal Code to establish requirements and regulations for the registration of responsible parties for unoccupied residences in the City of Arcadia and to reorganize and update the City’s property maintenance and nuisance abatement regulations. The project file is available for public review at Arcadia City Hall, Planning Services office during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and every other Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Arcadia City Hall is closed every other Friday). Arcadia City Hall will be closed Friday, February 17, 2017; and Monday, February 20, 2017, for the Presidents Day Holiday. For further information regarding this matter, please contact Jim Kasama, Community Development Administrator at (626) 574-5442, or This project has been assessed in accordance with the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the State and local CEQA Guidelines, and the environmental regulations of the City. The recommended ordinance will have no significant effect on the environment and is therefore not a “project” for purposes of CEQA. As such, no further environmental review is required. Pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15000 et seq.) section 15060(c)(2), CEQA does not apply to activities that will not result in a direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment. Similarly, under State CEQA Guidelines section 15061(b)(3), where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility of a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. Finally, under State CEQA Guidelines section 15378(b)(5), CEQA does not apply to administrative activities of governments that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment. Here, the proposed ordinance merely rearranges an existing City ordinance, and establishes a registration process for vacant properties. The proposed ordinance does not change land use designations, development regulations, or permit or prohibit development. Therefore, no environmental impacts will occur. Any interested person may attend the meeting and be heard or present written comments to the Planning Commission at or prior to the conclusion of the public hearing. According to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge the Commission’s action in court or at an administrative proceeding, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City, either at or prior to the public hearing. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact Planning Services at (626) 574-5423. Notification three business days prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to assure accessibility to this meeting. /s/

Jim Kasama Community Development Administrator

Publish: Thursday, February 16, 2017 ARCADIA WEEKLY

Monrovia City Notices ORDINANCE NO. 2017-01 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 12.08 OF THE MONROVIA MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT EXCAVATIONS IN STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND PUBLIC PLACES THAT HAVE BEEN RECENTLY RECONSTRUCTED, OVERLAID OR SEALED RECITALS WHEREAS, Chapter 12.08 of the Monrovia Municipal Code establishes standards and practices for the excavation of streets, sidewalks, and public places for the purpose of provision of underground utility services, and WHEREAS, the City of Monrovia is responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure of these streets, sidewalks, and public places in a functional and safe manner through capital investment and maintenance activities, and WHEREAS, the excavation of these facilities impacts the functional and safe conditions of these facilities, and diminishes the useful life and capital value of the facilities, and WHEREAS, the City of Monrovia desires to preserve streets, sidewalks, and public places to the extent possible while still allowing for the necessary provision of utility and other underground services, the City has developed standards as it pertains to the excavation of streets, sidewalks, and public places, particularly those that have been constructed or enhanced through maintenance within the past five (5) and three (3) years respectively. NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MONROVIA DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Monrovia Municipal Code Chapter 12.08 is hereby amended by adding Section 12.08.025 to read as follows: “12.08.025 Excavation of Streets that Have Recently Been Reconstructed, Overlaid, or Sealed A. No excavation permits shall be issued for streets, sidewalks, or public places that have been paved or reconstructed within the previous five (5) calendar years, or sealed or coated within the previous three (3) calendar years. For the purpose of this Section, the time shall be measured from the date the Notice of Completion for the applicable project was recorded. B. Exceptions to the prohibition set forth in subsection (A) of this Section shall be as follows: 1. Emergency excavations that are immediately necessary to protect life or property; 2. Repairs or modifications that are necessary to prevent the interruption of essential utility service; 3. Excavations necessary to provide utility service for buildings or properties where no other means of providing service exists; 4. Work that is mandated by City, State, or Federal law or regulation, and 5. Excavations deemed by the City Council to be in the best interest of the general public. C. Work deemed by the utility provider to be necessary to resolve a situation that endangers life or property may be completed without prior approval or permit from the City. In these instances, a permit application must be submitted to the City Engineer by the end of business on the first business day following the work. D. For any excavation permitted pursuant to subsections (B) and (C), all excavations and repairs shall be completed in accordance with the City of Monrovia trench repair standards, which are approved by the Director of Public Services. The standards set forth in the trench repair standards include provisions for (without limitation): 1. The 2” grind and overlay of disturbed asphalt within the impacted area and any area adjacent to the disturbed area as determined by the City Engineer. 2. The application of roadway seal or coating comparable to that removed or excavated to the impacted area and to any adjacent area adjacent to the disturbed area as determined by the City Engineer. 3. The replacement of all concrete within the disturbed area and any area adjacent to the disturbed area, to the nearest control joints, as determined by the City Engineer. Section 2. If any section, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance or any part thereof is for any reason held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance or any part hereof. The City Council of the City of Monrovia hereby declares that it would have passed each section, subsection, subdivision, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases be declared invalid. Section 3. This ordinance shall go into effect and be in full force and effect thirty (30) days following its final adoption. Section 4. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption of this Ordinance and shall cause the same or a summary there-


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of to be published and posted in the manner required by law. INTRODUCED this 17th day of January 2017. PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 7th day of February, 2017. AYES: Councilmember Crudgington, Shevlin, Spicer, Mayor Pro Tem Blackburn and Mayor Adams. NOES: None. /s/ Alice D. Atkins, CMC, City Clerk Publish February 16, 2017 MONROVIA WEEKLY


To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ROSA L. CORDELL A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Gerald Turner and Greg Turner in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Gerald Turner and Greg Turner 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 on March 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 11 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. 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 the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representa-tive, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowl-edgeable in California law. 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: TIMOTHY G MISHLER ESQ SBN 156236 HOLLAND DONNELLY AND MISHLER 814 W FOOTHILL BLVD MONROVIA CA 91016 CN933802 CORDELL Feb 13,16,20, 2017 MONROVIA WEEKLY


To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of LYDIA F. LEVARIO A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Vera Alarcon in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Vera Alarcon be

appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) 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 on May 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 5 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. 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 the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representa-tive, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the Califor-nia Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowl-edgeable in California law. 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: KAREN E. ZUBIATE-BEAUCHAMP ESQ SBN 160340 LAW OFFICE OF KAREN E ZUBIATE-BEAUCHAMP POST OFFICE BOX 663 SAN DIMAS CA 91773 CN933812 LEVARIO Feb 13,16,20, 2017 ARCADIA WEEKLY


recorded 5/9/2008, as Instrument No. 20080827039, and later modified by a Loan Modification Agreement recorded on 01/04/16, as Instrument 20160002654, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: PAMELA L. WALTON, AN MARRIED WOMAN AND FRANK N. LOZANO, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, 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 FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: VINEYARD BALLROOM, DOUBLETREE HOTEL LOS ANGELES - NORWALK, 13111 SYCAMORE DRIVE, NORWALK, CA 90650 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 described as: MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 121 NORTH MOUNTAIN AVENUE # A MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA 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 held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $219,731.38 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. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (800) 280-2832 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.AUCTION.COM, using the file number assigned to this case 049952CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR SALES INFORMATION: (800) 280-2832 CLEAR RECON CORP. 4375 Jutland Drive Suite 200 San Diego, California 92117 STOX 889528 / 049952-CA, Monrovia Weekly, 02-092017,02-16-2017,02-23-2017 MONROVIA WEEKLY

Public Notices NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Pursuant to the California Self Service Storage Facility Act (B&P Code 21700 ET seq.) the undersigned will sell at public auction on Tuesday February 28, 2017 Personal property including but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/or other household items located at: Stor America – Arcadia 5630 Peck Rd., Arcadia, CA 91006 4:30 pm Navarro, Armida O. Leal, Cecelia Bravo R., Clemente aka Bravo Ruiz, Clemente Zappen, Joseph W. Gonzalez, Maribel Paula Shuey, Robert A. Pastors, Sheila N. Espinoza, Yvonne M. Nicholson, Dora A. Song, Zhuowei Garcia, Maria E. Corrigan, David P. Lin, Annie Matthews, Clarice All sales are subject to prior cancellation. All terms, rules and regulations are available at time of sale. Dated this 9th, of February and 16th, of February 2017 by StorAmerica – Arcadia, 5630 Peck Rd., Arcadia, CA. 91006 (626) 303-3000 Fax 2/9/2017, 2/16/17 CNS-2973824# ARCADIA WEEKLY NOTICE OF LIEN SALE DRY DOCK STORAGE 3131 SOUTH PECK ROAD MONROVIA, CA 91016 The contents of the storage units below consists mainly of household and or office goods. The contents of: Gabriel Hyatt MS329 Linda Anderson MS123 Jeanine Demarks MS48 will be sold on Friday March 3, 2017 at 10:00 am For additional information contact Dry Dock Storage at the above address or call (626) 445-8762 9am-5pm daily Publish February 16 & 23, 2017 MONROVIA WEEKLY CASE NUMBER: ST-14-CV-284 SUMMONS IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS/ ST. JOHN ACTION FOR QUIET TITLE, DECLARATORY JUDGMENT, ADVERSE POSSESSION, and STATURE OF LIMITATIONS TRACY M. KEATING, SLOAN M. KEATING, EDWARD HREBEK and JOYCE HREBEK Plaintiffs v. VILOS, INC., STEPHEN W. SOLOMON, and the Estates of SOL MERKER and TILLIE MERKER, their heirs, successors, representatives and assigns, and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien, or interest in Parcels Nos. 16A4 Remainder, 16A-4A-5 Estate Mandahl, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Defendants TO: THE ESTATE OF TILLIE MERKER, her heirs, successors, representatives and assigns, and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien, or interest in Parcel Nos. 16A-4 Remainder, 16A-4A and 16A-5 Estate Mandahl, No 16A Coral Bay Quarter, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Defendant Within the time limited by las (see note below) you are hereby required to appear before this Court and answer to a complaint filed against you in this action and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment by default will be taken against you as demanded in the complaint, for ACTION FOR DEBTQUIET TITLE, DECLARATORY JUDGMENT, ADVERSE POSSESSION, and STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS Within my hand and the Seal of this Court this 9th day of February, 2017 ESTRELLA GEORGE Acting Clerk of the Court By; Jeanette M. Smith Deputty Clerk Matther J. Duensing, Esp Law Offices of Duensing & Casner P.O Box 6785 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00804 340) 774-6011 Publish February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 2017 ARCADIA WEEKLY

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50th Annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game to Play on Feb. 23 Proceeds to benefit Permannently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund The 50th Annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played Thursday, Feb. 23 at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit

Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session beginning at 6:30 p.m. The following jockeys, with individual sponsors have committed to the Feb. 23 event: Norberto Arroyo, Jr. - Richard Baltas Tyler Baze - Dennis O’Neill Racing Rafael Bejarano - Eclipse Racing Brice Blanc - Ruis Racing Mario Gutierrez - J. Paul Reddam, Cash Call Chad Lindsay - Phil D’Amato Corey Nakatani - M. Auerbach, LLC. Flavien Prat - LNJ Foxwoods Mike Smith - West Point Thoroughbreds Austin Solis - Solis Bloodstock Joe Talamo - KM Racing, Inc. Jamie Theriot - ERJ Racing TVG’s Kurt Hoover will

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be coaching the jockey squad for the 16th consecutive year and Hoover, himself a cager of note at Arcadia High School, circa 1980, likes the way his lineup looks with the recent addition of Corey Nakatani.

“Corey’s such a great competitor, and I really mean that,” said Hoover. “We don’t expect him to score a lot of points, but he comes to play and he helps set the tone for the other guys. He was rid-

ing in Arkansas last year, so it’s great to have him back. With Drayden (Van Dyke) out (due to injury) this year, we’re missing our best shooter, so we’re going to be getting Kent (Desormeaux) the ball quite a

bit more. It’s always fun!” The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 18-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States. Tickets are five dollars per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place. La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles from Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia.

Save the Date and Join Us.... Soroptimist International Alatadena/Pasadena’s 2nd Annual Making a Difference Benefit Luncheon

Saturday, March 11, 2017 Brookside Country Club 1133 Rosemont Ave. Pasadena, CA, 91103 Vendor Shop n’ Mingle opens at 12 noon. luncheon Served at 1:00 pm. Raffle and Easter Parade of Hats and Bags by Women Achievers of 2016. Proceeds beneet local women and girls. $55.00 per person at -Or- Mail check made out to S.I. Altadena-Pasadena to P.O. Box 66 Altadena, CA 91003-1066



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Thrills and Spills at Pomona NHRA Winternationals By Ed Folven The sounds of revving engines and thunderous burnouts echoed through the valley at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals from Feb. 9 12 at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Motorheads, gear junkies and drag racing fans of all ages flocked to the raceway and the drivers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint, laying the rubber down for excitement measured by the quarter-mile. By the end of the competition, the top drivers earned the first wins in the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Driver Leah Pritchett won the Top Fuel class, while Matt Hagan won the Funny Car class and Jason Line took the honors in the Pro Stock class. The Circle K NHRA Winternationals are an annual tradition, marking the beginning of Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Race fans wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait long to see the exhilarating action up close again, as the season concludes from Nov. 9 - 12 at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Victorious driver Leah Pritchett, above left, celebrates her Top Fuel Class win. Above right, two opponents start their engines in the 2017 Circle K NHRA Winternationals and direct right, the NAPA racer releases their shoot. - Photos by Ed Folven

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an open air concept that boasts a formal living room with gleaming hardwood flooring. The house is 2,097 sq. ft. and is situated on a 6,756 sq. ft. lot. There are 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 new beautifully remodeled bathrooms with custom tile. The sparkling pool completes this beautiful home.




La Verne: Step into the home with the MOST upgrades to offer in North La Verne! Just around the corner from acclaimed Oak Mesa Elementary and historic Heritage Park! This spectacular and completely updated 4 bed/ 3.5 bathroom turnkey home features 2 master suites with walk in closets and full en suite baths. (5935VIA) $849,800

Monrovia: Completely remodeled home by custom home builder Bade Construction! This 2 Bedroom home has an additional den that opens out to a spacious yard and features all the upgrades you would expect from properties priced much higher. Wood floors throughout, granite and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, brand new central heating and air conditioning, brand new roof, and a nice size 2 car garage. This lovely home sits on a 9,500+ square foot lot on one of the cutest little private streets in North Monrovia, directly adjacent to Bradbury


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Arcadia: This house is available for a short term lease of about 2-3 months. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a large family room, covered patio and gazebo for entertaining. The owner will pay for gas, electricity, trash, water, sewer, gardener and pool services. (2542MAY)

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Mission Viejo: Sought after California Rose Court complex. FULLY renovated in last

two years. Gorgeous flooring, window coverings, appliances, countertops, fixtures and so much more. Interior location in tract. Largest 3 bedroom, 3 bath, model with master suite and its bath with large oval soaking tub and separate shower stall, walk in closet with organizers, and balcony patio. All bdrms upstairs. Gas fireplace in living room. Indoor laundry. Open and entertaining kitchen to dining. Two car attached garage. This is a very clean complex and well-maintained with its inviting community pool and spa.


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Located in the quiet Arcadia!!! Great floor plan with high ceilings. There are 7 suites, 7.5 bathrooms, kitchen with granite top island, fancy bar, and crystal chandeliers throughout. Master suite features an incredibly large and private balcony deck. Equipped with an electric gate in the front, 3-car parking garage, private gated swimming pool, and spa. Perfect for a growing family or already large family with private living arrangement. Call Peter Wang 626-807-6725. (L515) CENTURY 21 LUDECKE INC (626) 445-0123



Captivating, original Spanish entry porch leading to its bold front door. This Altadena Country Club Spanish home is filled with everything you might imagine, fully remodeled and a must see. Formal living room with a huge fireplace, hand-hewn wood beams creates and ambiance of relaxed elegance. The beamed living room opens to a spacious family room, dining room and kitchen all over looking beautifully landscaped backyard. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,431 sq.ft. Lot is just under 13,000 sq.ft.. (H2469)




Beautiful two story located in Heron Bay Community of San Leandro. Featuring 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Hardwood floors, living room and family room with fireplace kitchen with granite countertops and island, spacious walk-in closets, master suite, large windows, vaulted ceilings, oak cabinetry, attached double garage. (L2353) CENTURY 21 VILLAGE REALTY 626-355-1451



Meadows area of Altadena. Featuring beautiful 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home with newly renovated open kitchen, breakfast area, large living room with fireplace, master en suite, new flooring, new windows, new electrical so many amenities all on an expansive lot that backs to El Prieto Canyon which means views galore! (E4323)





Rancho Cucamonga two story with mountain & valley views. Custom Italian tile flooring, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3 fireplaces, big bonus room, gourmet kitchen with island, formal living/dining rooms, large family room, laundry/utility room, master suite with fireplace walk in closet, balcony. Patio, landscaped yard, 3 car attached garage. (B12248) CENTURY 21 VILLAGE REALTY 626-355-1451



Two Story New Custom Home. You will love the Top Quality Architectural Design. This home offers Huge Living room, Formal Dining Room, Fireplace, Top of the line Kitchen w/granite counters, center island and granite floors. 4 bedrooms includes Two Master Suites 1 with Jacuzzi Tub and walk in closets. 3 car garage.(R11640) Call Brendan Ramirez 626-353-2233

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Gorgeous 2 Story Beautiful Family Home !!! 5 bedroom and 3 baths (4 up 1 down). 3,168 Building SQFT, and lot area: 6,534 SQFT. Kitchen flows comfortably into the 2nd family room where you’ll find a cozy fireplace with built-in seating at the hearth. Formal Dining Area distinguished by classic chandelier which flows elegantly into the 1st Family Room Area. Utility/Wash Room with hook-ups Loft Area-could be used as office or sitting/reading area. Low Maintenance manicured landscaping with adult trees and shrubs, Automatic Sprinklers, Attached 3-car garage. Call Yolanda Padilla 323-770-7626. (T7183)

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LOS ANGELES $738,000 Excellent opportunity to own this one of a kind hard to find, duplex corner lot built in 2004, each unit has 4 bedroom 2 bath. Just a few minutes from down town LA, ideal for someone who wants live in one and rent the one. Call Brendan Ranurez 626-353-2233. (W1803) CENTURY 21 LUDECKE INC 626-445-0123



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Six unit multiplex in Crestline. Ideal for business or family home with income. Three buildings. One owner’s unit 2 bedrooms, 1 bath has downstairs rental 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Second building has three 1 bedroom, 1 bath units. Third unit 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Covered parking plus off street parking spaces. Walk to grocery store, park, library, restaurants and Lake. Great condition. Nothing else like this in the mountains. (R664) CENTURY 21 VILLAGE REALTY 626-355-1451


Charming Glendora home with an open floor plan is turnkey and ready to move in. There is ample space for entertaining indoors and outdoors. Some of the many features include planked hardwood floors with 5 inch base molding, carpeted bedrooms, granite counter tops in kitchen with ample storage, cabinets and counter space. Three bedrooms, 2 baths. French doors open to spacious backyard with covered patio, BBQ area and fruit trees. Attached garage with laundry hookups. (B1430) CENTURY 21 VILLAGE REALTY 626-355-1451

EL MONTE $479,000 This is a Show and Sell. Everything is done. New Paint interior and exterior. New Kitchen Cabinets, Sink, Vanities in Baths, Plumbing Fixtures throughout as well as Lighting Fixtures, Electrical Outlets and Switches. New Carpeting and Linoleum. Large Backyard and room for RV Parking. Call Rick Birren 909-525-0015. (L11113)




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Traditional home situated on a quaint cul-de-sac street with living room, fireplace, spacious kitchen, marble counters, open floor plan offering a view of the backyard and swimming pool. Two bedrooms with Jack and Jill bathrooms tucked away from the other bedroom. RV parking with a drain. Multi-zone a/c with two controllers. Bonus room with fireplace, ductless air conditioning. Hardwood flooring throughout. Laundry area. Two car attached garage. G264)





Corner house with nice curb appeal and plenty of parking space. Nicely maintained 2 bedroom with enclosed patio off kitchen and dining area. Large yard that also features a bonus room (may not be permitted) plus a mature Avocado fruit tree. Perfect starter home for a first time buyer or downsizing. Call Virginia Holdinski 626-367-0757. (P1323)

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Usable 33.28 ac vacant land not to far from the Mojave River beautiful Desert view, near the city of Barstow. This property has been in the family for over 40 years. Buyer(s) should have the land survey, property sold as is. Bring your clients or investors and check with San Bernardino County. Call Gwen Highley 909615-2399. (H0)

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This is truly and entertainment home. Adjacent to the property is a storage/office room, and the other side is another room. The kitchen is newly painted with new lighting fixtures next to huge laundry room. The living room is bright with huge picture window from top to bottom. Master suite has a fireplace, and a master bath with an oversize Jacuzzi bath tub. Central air and heating. Call Maureen Twyman (626)216-7353. (M6221) CENTURY 21 LUDECKE, INC (626) 445-0123



Fine Stationary & Gifts. Perfect business for an owner operator that loves design work for events and special occasions. Located in downtown Monrovia near north end of the strip. This is a high traffic retail street that have regular street fairs and parades.(M401)


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Clear Eye Care Optometry. UNION PLAZA Attractive optometry practice opportunity in a busy retail center with easy freeway access. The practice provides routine exams, contact lenses and eye glasses. Well-equipped facility with low maintenance and stable income. There is realistic growth potential by expanding to a full-time schedule for the owner. The seller can also provide a consultation period to buyer for a smooth transition if needed. Prize includes all inventories and equipment. Call Florence Lee 626-228-6497. (L10990)

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Fantastic location. Walking distance to town and short proximity to Pasadena. Large lot. Back unit. Large living area. Residential /Commercial. Mixed zoning. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Kitchen with Refrigerator and stove and eating area. Mountain views. New carpeting. Garage in back. Lots of parking in the back. Large backyard. (S505) CENTURY 21 VILLAGE REALTY 626-355-1451





2 story townhome located within a well maintained gated community!!! 3 bedroom, one and half bathroom, very Bright and airy. All bedrooms are on upper level. New Paints, main floor with spacious living, dining and kitchen. Washer & dryer hookup inside the unit. An additional approx. 300 sq ft private enclosed patio perfect for BBQ and outdoor activities, 2 cars parking. Community pool and park area. Call Stephen Leung (626-664-4833 (C1183)

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La Petite Fleur Florist is for Sale. Solid Revenue. Great location on Historic Rte 66, includes Goodwill, all fixtures, furniture and equipment. (1784/Rte66)

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