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PASADENA’S INTERIM CHIEF OF POLICE MOTIVATED FOR THE PERMANENT POSITION John Perez – the interview Terry MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org
here are rumors flying around the city suggesting that there may be as many as 52, or more, contenders for the position of Pasadena’s Chief of Police. However, few of us actually know the exact number vying for the coveted and extremely demanding position of heading the Police department. We have only been able to confirm two local applicants vying for the highly sought after position. We profiled Phlunte’ Riddle, a retired lieutenant from the Pasadena Police Department, last week. This week, we turn our attention to the Interim Chief of Police John E. Perez who was one of the first to publically throw his hat into the ring of qualified candidates. The process takes a considerable amount of time and the recruiting firm interviews will start soon with the final short list to be handed to Pasadena’s City Manager Steve Mermell. John Eduardo Perez sits in his office on the third floor of Police Headquarters in Pasadena. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News
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The Taxman Cometh Pasadena Voters Sanction Tax Hikes Fabiola DIAZ email@example.com
Pasadena voters have cast their ballots and voted in favor of Measure I and Measure J. Measure I will increase the sales tax in Pasadena by 0.75 percent, bringing the rate to 10.25 percent. Measure J
asks the city to allocate the sales tax revenue garnered by Measure I, projected to be $21 million, in the following manner: - Two-thirds of the revenue will go to the city’s general fund. SEE MEASURES PAGE 10
Pasadena’s Chris Holden Re-Elected Staff WRITER firstname.lastname@example.org
Assemblymember Chris Holden was reelected to represent the 41st District in the California State Assembly with 63.5 percent of the vote. Holden released the following statement: "I want to thank the voters
of the Foothill communities for reelecting me to represent them in Sacramento. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature, and GovernorElect Gavin Newsom to advance policies that benefit all Californians. "Californians also spoke up this election on important ballot SEE HOLDEN PAGE 11
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The City of Pasadena has issued a public statement regarding the conviction of former city employee Danny Wooten.
Lisa Derderian, Pasadena’s acting public information officer sent the following to local media outlets: “’The City of Pasadena appreciates the work of the SEE EMBEZZLEMENT PAGE 11
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Pasadena Salutes Veterans The Pasadena community is invited to join civic leaders, special guests, military veterans and active members of the U.S. armed forces for a Veterans Day commemoration Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in front of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. Former Pasadena Mayor William E. Thomson, chair of the Veterans Day steering committee and a U.S. Army veteran, will serve as master of ceremonies. With the theme “Pasadena Salutes Our Veterans,” the event will include patriotic music and a color guard from a local high school.
The National Anthem will be sung by Monet Bagneris, a singer, songwriter and musician whose grandfather, Marion Meredith Beal, was the first African-American to serve at the U.S. Marine Corps national headquarters in Washington, D.C., during the second world war and an original member of the Montford Point Marine Association, an organization of African-American U.S. Marines.
The Highlands is the northern most section of Arcadia, north of Foothill Boulevard and east of Santa Anita to the Whispering Pines ridge. – Courtesy photo / AHHOA
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Sierra Madre PD and FD Want You to Put Down Your Razor The SMPD and the Fire Department are asking that you put down your razor and let your whiskers grow as they participate in No-Shave November to raise money for men’s cancer awareness. SMPD asks that you join their campaign by participating and donating. Visit no-shave. org to make a donation that will help The American Cancer Society and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose. The idea is for you to
The Arcadia Highland Home Owners Association (AHHOA) is holding its annual meeting on Dec. 6 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Highland Oaks Elementary (10 Virginia Road, Arcadia). AHHOA is an organization of like-minded volunteers representing a community of 850 homes located in the northeast section of the City of Arcadia. AAHOA’s purpose is “to protect the interests of its members and preserve the value of
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oliday season may be hectic for those of us who do the planning, shopping and hosting for our loved ones during this beautiful season. If you had the opportunity to delegate an important task on your list would you do it in a heartbeat? I know I would. The award winning Monrovia High School (MHS) Band and Color Guard will be having a tree sale this year. The purpose of this sale is to help
raise much needed funds for new equipment, uniforms and travel expenses for the MHS Band and Color Guard. All you have to do is submit your order with a check by Nov. 13, and then pick up your lovely tree at the Monrovia High School event parking lot on Dec. 8. Not only is the MHS Band and Color Guard selling trees that come directly from a farm in Oregon, they are also accepting pre-sell orders of handmade wreaths, evergreen swags and garlands. This incredible fundraising event is also featuring Trees
for Troops, in which you may donate a 6 to 7-foot fresh Douglas fir tree for only $68 to a military family in need. Annual tree buyers are aware this is a sweet deal, but the sweetest part of this deal is that by donating a tree you will be supporting your local troops. Contact Joanie Maines at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Read More at, MonroviaWeekly.com under Community
Thanks for Giving Blood This Season Arcadians and Pasadenans The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need. A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. The Red Cross is
thanking those who carve out time to give on Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved t-shirt, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-(800)-
733-2767. Another way to help keep the blood supply strong this winter is to host a Red Cross blood drive in December, January or February. Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30 Arcadia Nov 19. from 2 - 7 p.m., The
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 1881 S. 1st Avenue Pasadena Nov 16. from 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Pasadena Blood Donation Center, 133 N Altadena Dr, Suite 103 Nov 17. from 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Pasadena Blood Donation Center,
Nov 17. from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Adventist Fellowship, 464 E. Walnut Street. Read More at, PasadenaIndependent.com ArcadiaWeekly.com under Community
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ARCADIA Oct. 28 At approximately 9:04 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Duarte Road and Holly Avenue regarding a suspect seen taking mail from multiple mail boxes. Officers located the suspect and determined he was in possession of the stolen mail, a blank check, fraudulent cash, and stolen debit and credit cards. The 37-year-old male from San Gabriel was arrested. Oct. 29 Just after 12:02 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Temple City Boulevard and Duarte Road regarding a vehicle blocking the roadway. They located the parked vehicle and discovered the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. Through a series of tests, the officer determined the suspect was driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol. The 28-year-old male from Temple City was arrested. Around 10:53 a.m., an officer responded to Arcadia Market Place, 288 E. Live Oak Ave., regarding a grand theft report. An investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) opened an unsecured electrical panel door and stole approximately $3,000 worth of circuit breakers. No suspects were seen. Oct. 30 At about 11:04 p.m., an officer responded to the 1000 block of South Baldwin Drive
regarding a grand theft report. Sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Oct. 30, an unknown suspect cut and stole the victim’s catalytic converter from his Ford F-250. No suspects were seen and no witnesses were located. Oct. 31 Shortly after 8:28 a.m., an officer responded to the area of 100 E. La Sierra Drive regarding the activation of an Arcadia Police Department GPS tracker. An investigation revealed two suspects had the stolen bait package in their vehicle. The suspects also had a 9-year-old in the car at the time of the crime. The 41-year-old female from Glendora and a 39-year-old male from South El Monte were arrested. The Department of Child and Family Services was contacted. Nov. 1 Around 8:09 a.m., an officer responded to Q Gifts, 11746 Clark St., Unit A, regarding a commercial burglary report. The officer determined unknown suspect(s) forced entry through the main door, stole backpacks and a box of tshirts, and punctured a hole in the wall in an attempt to enter the adjoining office. No suspects were seen and no witnesses were located. Nov. 2 At about 12:13 a.m., officers initiated an enforcement stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Baldwin Avenue and Gate 8 of the Santa Anita Race Track for
driving without license plates on the vehicle. Upon contacting the driver, the 61-year-old male transient from Arcadia was seen with a meth pipe in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, the officer located nine fraudulent $100 bills. A records check revealed the suspect also had an outstanding felony warrant. He was arrested. Nov. 3 At approximately 7:49 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 00 block of Genoa Street regarding a battery report. An investigation revealed the female victim was choked by the suspect after she declined his advances. The suspect, a 55-year-old male from Covina, was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. A records check revealed the victim, a 34-year-old from Huntington Park, had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. She too was arrested.
the 600 block of South Magnolia. After investigation, the male subject was arrested for domestic violence. Oct. 29 At 9:05 a.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of Myrtle Avenue regarding a male suspect that punched another male and fled. When officers arrived, the victim was bleeding from the neck. An officer located the suspect, but he fled. A brief foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was detained. It was determined that the suspect struck the victim on the neck with a rock. He was arrested and taken into custody. At 8:49 p.m. a theft was reported at a business in the 100 block of West Foothill. A male suspect made numerous trips inside the location, stealing bottles of alcohol. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. A second suspect was located inside a vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle contained over $600 worth of stolen alcohol. Both suspects were arrested.
600 block of North Canyon. The victim parked her car at the location and went for a walk in Canyon Park. When she returned to her vehicle, she was met by a park ranger, who told her the window on her vehicle had been shattered. The victim checked her vehicle and saw her purse was missing. Nov. 1 At 1:04 a.m. officers responded to a business in the 400 block of South Myrtle regarding a disturbing subject inside the bar area. Officers arrived and located the man, who was trying to avoid the officers and attempted to run from them. He was eventually detained. The subject was too intoxicated to care for his own safety and the safety of others. He was arrested. At 5:22 a.m. officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm activation at a business in the 700 block of East Huntington. Upon arrival, officers discovered the front glass door had been broken. They searched the interior of the business, with negative results.
Oct. 28 Oct. 30 At 3:08 a.m. officers responded to a solo-vehicle traffic accident with a vehicle on its side. Officers arrived and discovered a power pole down and lines broken. The driver was taken to a hospital and was checked for being under the influence. This DUI investigation is ongoing. At 6:11 p.m. officers responded to a possible domestic battery between a male and female adult at a residence in
At 6:52 a.m. a burglary was reported at a business in the 400 block of West Maple. The business has been broken into numerous times in recent months. The suspect entered the business, stole money and fled. The suspect made entry by breaking a window. Oct. 31 At 6:38 a.m. a vehicle burglary was reported in the
SIERRA MADRE Oct. 28 At approximately 10:54 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop at North Canon and Highland Avenue. A registration check of the vehicle showed the current plate was expired for over a year but the vehicle displayed a current tab. The driver admitted the tab belonged to a different vehi-
cle. The driver also had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and admitted to drinking alcohol while driving. The driver was cited and released, the vehicle was impounded. The case was referred to the district attorney’s (DA) office. Oct. 29 A pedestrian was contacted at about 2:36 a.m. for a vehicle code violation and eventually arrested after the person provided officers with false identification and was in possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Subject was transported to the Pasadena PD jail. Case was referred to the DA’s office. At 8:30 a.m. a resident in the 300 block of West Sierra Madre Boulevard contacted the Department to report that an unknown suspect(s) shattered the front passenger side window of her vehicle, sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 to 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 29. No property was taken from vehicle. Oct. 31 Around 2:30 p.m. officers arrested a male subject for trespassing in the 100 block of North Baldwin Avenue. Nov. 4 A vehicle was stopped for a vehicle code violation. The driver was found to be under the influence of marijuana and was impaired. The driver was arrested and transported to the SMPD jail for a drug recognition evaluation and later transported to Pasadena jail for booking.
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Did You Know Veterans Day Was Once Called Armistice Day?
The first official Armistice Day was held on Nov. 11, 1919 to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Then in 1926 Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. As a result of lobbying by veterans’ service organizations, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 when President Eisenhower signed the legislation. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day became a day to honor all of America’s veterans, living or dead.
Thousands gather at the Subtreasury Building on Wall Street to celebrate that an armistice had been signed between the allies and Germany, 1918. – Courtesy photo
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FRIday - NOVEMBER 9 An Evening of Science and Fun at The Oak Crest Institute of Science from 4:30 – 6 p.m. (132 W. Chestnut Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016). As part of InnovateLA 2018 Oak Crest Institute is opening their doors for this kid-friendly event and laboratory tour featuring cuttingedge science activities to show how biomedical and chemical principals impact everyday lives. Tickets are $12 in advance through Eventbrite, or $15 at the door, and include pizza and soda. Kids enter for free with adult ticket. For more info, visit CityOfMonrovia.org. – MONROVIA
Chris Pitts & The Memphis Prime NOV 9 @ 7pm
Chris Pitts & The Memphis Prime at the Arcadia Blues Club, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. (16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006). Order something from the menu and enjoy a night of great blues. Tickets are $16.49 through Eventbrite. For more information, visit ArcadiaBluesClub.com. – ARCADIA
Kids Night Out at the Arcadia Community Center, from 6 – 11 p.m. (365 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007). Staff and volunteers offer dinner, themed games, supervision and a movie for children 4-years-old and older. $22 per child and includes snacks and beverages. Pre-registration is mandatory and can be done on-line at ArcadiaCA.gov. For more info, call (626) 574-5113. – ARCADIA
SATURday - NOVEMBER 10 The Bureau & Folksingers: A Talk by Aaron Leonard at the Sierra Madre Public Library, from 3 – 4 p.m. (440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024). Using music, video selections, news clippings, and records from extensive Freedom of Information Act filings — including never before released material — the presentation will bring to life prominent folk singers of the 20th century and the systematic way they were subject to government surveillance and suppression. Admission is free. visit CityOfSierraMadre.com. – SIERRA MADRE
Sunday - NOVEMBER 11 Pasadena Salutes Our Veterans Commemoration at Pasadena City Hall, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101). Event will include live patriotic music, a color guard from a local high school and a keynote speech from CDR Corey A. Poorman, commanding officer of the USS Pasadena, and a military flyover at 11:11 a.m. Event is free. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (626) 744-6967. – PASADENA Veterans Day BBQ at The Kensington, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024). The event will feature a flag ceremony,
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readings, acknowledgements, and Kensington resident Wayne Wong’s military story with photos. Admission is free. Visit TheKensingtonSierraMadre.com. – SIERRA MADRE
Discover the inner Bob Ross inside you. Tickets are $30 and include supplies and one pint of beer. Visit Store. MtLoweBrewing.com. - ARCADIA
Veterans Day at Arcadia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, from noon to 2 p.m. (405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006). Veterans will be presented with the Secretary of Defense approved Vietnam Veteran lapel pin to all living United States veterans who served on in the U.S. Armed Forces during Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Admission is free. For more information, visit ArcadiaChamber.org. - ARCADIA
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MONday - NOVEMBER 12 Paint & Pint Night at Mt. Lowe Brewing Co., from 7 – 9 p.m. (150 E. Saint Joseph St., Arcadia, CA 91006).
George Lopez with Special Guest Arsenio Hall at The Ice House, at 8 p.m. (24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106). General admission is $40 and VIP is $55. For more information, visit IceHouseComedy.com. – PASADENA
WEDNESday - NOVEMBER 14 Father Gregory Boyle Q & A at Sexson Auditorium, from 7 – 9 p.m. (1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106).
Father Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, will share stories of faith, caring and compassion. The event is free. For more information, visit Eventbrite.com. – PASADENA
thursday - NOVEMBER 15 YMCA Thanksgiving Potluck at Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA, Nov. 15 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. (611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024). Make or buy your favorite dish and share it with people in your community as you network. Admission is free, as is their Zumba class at 5:30 p.m., just for this day. For more information, visit @PasadenaYMCA on Facebook. – SIERRA MADRE
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reland is a magical place of castles, green hills, idyllic towns and rolling rivers. It is also modern and lively and full of energy. I recently returned from a week in the Emerald Isle and the memories are still dancing in my head. My getaway began at Dublin Airport, where a friend and I rented a car for a trip down the Southern Coast. The adventure appeared off to a perfect start until we discovered the stick shift and steering wheel on the left side of the car. After a couple geargrinding hours of European roundabouts and unknown speed limits, I finally got the hang of it and somehow made it to the Harcourt Hotel (harcourthotel.ie) in downtown Dublin. The hotel features 104 cozy, efficient rooms, a full service restaurant called “1900,”. The property currently incorporates eight Georgian listed buildings, one of which was a former
home to George Bernard Shaw. Once acquainted with our room, we walked to downtown Dublin. Located on the Liffey River, the city is modern and medieval. City highlights include a magnificent Norman/Gothic- influenced Christ Church Cathedral, built in 1038; the Dublin Castle built in 1208; and the moat-surrounded Drimnagh Castle. We followed the Irish Sea to the Port of Wexford. Along the way we traversed rolling green hills, speckled with thousands of fluffy white sheep and herds of slow-moving cattle. Down a secluded road we encountered the mysterious Johnstown Castle (johnstowncastle.ie), built between the 15th and 18th centuries. Eerie and beautiful, the gothic revivalstyled castle welcomed us with giant stone turrets, lush ornamental gardens and a serene lake. The gardens are a popular destination for walks and picnics. The Johnstown Castle estate was the historic home of prominent Wexford
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families beginning in the 12th century. Since then it has changed hands numerous times, while different parts of the castle were constructed. By 1863, the estate grew and featured more than 1,000 acres, hundreds of trees and three lakes. The castle property also features the Irish Agricultural Museum, which displays one of the most comprehensive displays of farming and rural life in Ireland. The museum, which has been around for over 40 years, offers 19 different exhibitions – everything from tractors to country kitchens. From the castle we drove to the storybook County of Wexford (visitwexford. ie), where we found colorful buildings, medieval cobblestone streets and fishing boats. Read More at, ArcadiaWeekly.com, MonroviaWeekly.com, PasadenaIndependent.com under Lifestyle
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Arcadia Tenor is a Featured Soloist in the Verdi Chorus 35th Anniversary Concert May s. ruiz MayChu@att.net
enor Todd Wilander grew up in Arcadia, attended Arcadia High School in the late 1980s, then went to California State University in Los Angeles (Cal State). Little did he know then that he would be traveling the globe, performing the works of venerated opera composers in worldfamous concert halls. Wilander is one of four featured guest soloists in the Verdi Chorus 35th anniversary season which culminates with its Fall 2018 concert ‘Passione! Opera!’ for two performances only at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on November 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm. He has been praised by the New York Times for his ‘brave, vocally assured portrayals,’ and he has returned for eight seasons, thus far, with The Metropolitan Opera. Tracing his extraordinary path that led to opera, Wilander recalls, “At Arcadia High, I was a member of ‘Chanteurs,’ and I also sang in the Arcadia Presbyterian Church choir. Dr. Thomas Miyake, who was the choir conductor and head of church music, was also a professor in Music Studies and the Choir Director at Cal State. When I was looking at colleges, he mentioned that he could get me a scholarship if I was interested in going there. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to pursue singing and went to Northwestern University in Chicago to earn my Master’s degree.”
Lythgoe Family Panto recently launched ‘The Wonderful Winter of Oz.’ (Left to Right) Kris Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe, Julietta Perez, and Darrell Brooke. – Courtesy photo / Kareem Cervantes
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A Arcadian Todd Wilander performing in a Verdi Chorus Concert. - Courtesy photo / Verdi Chorus
“From Chicago, I moved to Kansas City,” continues Wilander. “It was while I was there that I tried out for The Metropolitan Opera competition and was chosen as one of five winners. The next year I won a foundation competition and moved to Berlin where I lived and worked for three years; I was in my 20s. That led to performances in Italy and elsewhere in the world.” Wilander’s association with Verdi Chorus began almost two decades ago. He relates, “I knew Anne Marie Ketchum, its conductor and founding artistic director, when I was a Cal State undergrad. We became friends and we would get in touch from time to time. Around 2013, she told me about Verdi Chorus and invited me to be a
tenor soloist. “This concert is a great opportunity for people to hear a wide variety of the Top Ten Opera,” Wilander describes. “We’ll do selections from Verdi’s ‘Aida’ and Boito’s ‘Mephistopheles.’ We’ll do a big chunk of ‘The Tales of Hoffman’ by Offenbach and ‘Samson and Delilah’ by SaintSaens. So it’s French, German, and Italian. “There’s a reason that this art form has lasted over 400 years – because it tells a story of love, passion, betrayal, anger, of human emotions we go through every day. And, in the world we live in today, it’s good to be reminded that there’s more than what we see on CNN and Fox News. There’s more humanity and love to go around.”
decade ago there would have been no place to take in a Panto show in Southern California. But in 2010 the Lythgoes, known for their creativity and involvement in television hits ‘American Idol’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ changed all that when they mounted their first Panto production in North Hollywood. In 2013 Lythgoe Family Panto took its Christmas show to the Pasadena Playhouse where it gained such a huge following that two years ago they had to move to a larger venue. This year will be their second time at the Pasadena Convention Center, their ninth in Southern California. Kris and Becky Lythgoe, the couple behind the Panto company, together with Sheldon Epps, erstwhile Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse and a Lythgoe Panto producer, launched this year’s ‘The Wonderful Winter of Oz’ at a party held recently at Bistro 45.
Enlightening us on why they want Panto to be an American holiday tradition, Kris states, “I was raised in England, where Panto is a vehicle that introduces theatre to kids. My childhood memories include seeing ‘The Grinch,’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ in Panto, which were so exciting for children because they were interactive. Now that I’ve moved here, I would like to be able to do the same thing for my children.” “People tell us British Panto is more boring than its American counterpart. Most of the fairytales have been adapted into Disney movies which are very popular so everyone is familiar with them. We also hire professional performers so the singing is far superior.” Adds Becky, “We also use better props. For instance, if an actor refers to a horse, there will be an actual horse on stage or, at the very least, something resembling it. The quality of our productions is definitely higher.” As the writer, Kris likewise has to keep coming up with interesting shows. He discloses, “There are several
fairy tales from The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. However, I’m not limiting myself to European fairy tales – ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a very American story.” “‘The Wonderful Winter of Oz’ is a play on the Frank Capra classic,” describes Kris. “It follows the same story line, except that Dorothy gets swept away by a blizzard instead of a tornado, and it’s interactive. We have famous actors playing the various characters but our biggest ‘get’ is Kermit the Frog who’ll be our Wizard. And the reason we wanted him is because Emerald City is green.” Interjects Becky, “And also because Kermit sings the ‘Rainbow Connection’ and the song Dorothy sings is ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ So there are those links.” “This is the first time Kermit will be in Pasadena so we’re very excited,” states a giddy Kris. To which Becky inserts, “This will also mark the first time Kermit will be on stage to play a role other than himself.” Not even Kermit is immune to the attractions of Panto. The Lythgoes have outdone themselves again.
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raftsman Weekend will be happening in the City of Pasadena and it will come and go faster than a blink of an eye. This amazing tradition will begin on Friday Nov. 9 and last through Sunday Nov. 11. The Pasadena Heritage’s 27th Annual Craftsman Weekend will feature workshops, bus tours, exclusive programming and much more. This year however there will be something different and exciting added to the list of events
that make this weekend more than a celebration of the craftsman movement. Back in the early 1900’s there was an architectural movement where art and ceramics were the main focus for many skilled craftsmen. The City of Pasadena is home for many recognizable examples of this time period. This year however there will be a special presentation featuring Asian influence on craftsman architecture. On Friday Nov. 9 from 1 – 4 p.m. there will be an Asian Influence bus tour. The tour will describe the connection between some of the Asian
influence on the English craftsmen and architecture many houses and gardens have that set these beautiful masterpieces apart. There will be many bus tours scheduled throughout the weekend featuring all the historic beauty that surround the streets of Pasadena. For tickets and more information, please visit pasadenaheritage.org/CraftsmenWeekend Read More at, PasadenaIndependent.com under Arts & Entertainment
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Over Four Hundred Attend Pasadena Interfaith Event in Solidarity With Jewish Community Terry MILLER
n Thursday, Nov. 1, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) hosted “United Against Hate” an interfaith solidarity event, to demonstrate support for inclusion, pluralism, and solidarity with the Jewish community in response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The event, held at Memorial Park in Pasadena featured Rep. Chu, community leaders, and interfaith organizations working to build solutions and create
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denominations listened silently to the speakers as each described the horrors of hatred in America and in particular the recent senseless attacks on the Jewish community. John, a resident of Pasadena, was among the hundreds who attended the vigil because the need for interfaith solidarity was important to him following the events of Pittsburgh.
policies that will prevent future tragedies. Hundreds of people of all ages from all faiths and
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- One-third of the revenue will go to the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). Although Measure J is an advisory question and any money shared with PUSD would require a vote by the City Council, Mayor Terry Tornek has previously said he views the results of Measure J as a mandate by Pasadena voters. By law, fund generated by Measure I are required to be spent on local needs and the city has stated that spending would be “subject to strict accountability provisions including independent audits and online release of expenditures to ensure funds are spent as promised to voters.” Those promises include
street and sidewalk repairs; upgrading fire stations, bridges, and city emergency shelters; addressing homelessness; funding children and youth after-school summer, and physical fitness programs; and supporting public neighborhood schools. The latter of those promises has become increasingly urgent. PUSD voted to close Cleveland Elementary last month and due to a drop in enrollment rates is facing “draconian cuts.” It remains to be seen if these new funds will prevent further school closures and cuts in programs. The final tally as of Nov. 7 at noon. – Courtesy photo
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POP Kicks-Off Campaign for Higher Wages in Pasadena Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!) will kick-off their “Protect Pasadena Wages” campaign, on Nov. 9 and 10 with a free cup of coffee and live music for every self-identified low wage earner and labor supporter.
Rosebud Coffee (2302 E. Colorado Blvd.) is hosting the event an according to POP! is “a proud supporter of a higher minimum wage.” Features of the event will include a presentation by spoken word artists and information booths
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measures that will have a significant impact on the state. Last year, the legislature passed a transportation funding package to fix our transportation infrastructure and thanks to the voters, we will see much-needed improvements to make roads safer, fill potholes, and repair local streets. “Measures to address California's housing and homelessness crises were also on the ballot. Proposition 1, the affordable housing bond passed, but unfortunately Proposition 10 that would have allowed some form of rent control did not. I look forward to pursuing serious legislative solutions to make housing more affordable and solve homelessness."
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EMBEZZLEMENT of the city’s utility lines underground. Wooten was convicted by a jury of embezzling $6.4 million from a City Hall fund generated by a surtax on residents’ electricity bills. The funds are supposed to be used for beautifying the city by undergrounding utility lines.
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District Attorney’s Office in bringing an embezzler of public money to justice. Danny Wooten, the lone city employee involved in a scheme which embezzled $6.4 million from the taxpayers, has now been convicted and will likely serve jail time for this crime. Thankfully, Pasadena’s citizens were made whole by insurance proceeds which covered the loss with a cash payment to the city. There have been significant changes in strengthening internal financial controls so that
this cannot happen again,’ states Mayor Terry Tornek.” Danny Ray Wooten, 54, was a former Pasadena management analyst in the city’s Public Works Department, which was in charge of relocating all
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There may be a decision by December. Perez was born in Los Angeles and has been with the Pasadena Police Department since 1985. He is married and has 10-year-old twin boys – fraternal - with whom he loves spending time playing ball and coaching their friends. A strong father figure garners respect at an early age, Perez points out. Starting his storied career as a police cadet, Perez worked various assignments throughout the organization which included patrol, community relations, internal affairs, special enforcement section, SWAT, special investigations unit, and the counter terrorism unit. This humble, personable, and highly decorated interim chief of police is dedicated to the community with numerous commissions and committees that help him educate the community at large through his unique experience as a Pasadena police officer. “It’s evolution of critical thinking,” according to the interim chief. Not every great idea has worked but Perez points out that we learn more from our mistakes and that ultimately strengthens our moral fiber. There are three main areas of importance in police work, according to Perez: • Administrative training policy. • Operations with four divisions and 14 sections. • Community engagement. Highlighting these areas, Perez points out the importance of his “lessons of experience” and the vital role the department must play in transparency, open and
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honest community dialogue and the all-important staff retention. When the department hires talented officers in Pasadena, Perez wants to keep those officers in the city and not move on to another city “where the grass may be greener.” Perez points out that there is a “national voice on policing” in which three elements are critical: oversight, use of force and community engagement. We asked Perez about the growing issue of homelessness and the special challenges it poses officers on a daily basis. “We have approximately 700 homeless individuals in Pasadena, according to the most recent count,” Interim Chief Perez said. “We usually contact about 50 people a day and try and help where we can. There are tremendous local resources available, unfortunately not everyone is willing to get the help they need.” While overall crime is reduced within city limits, homeless growth “will not go away anytime soon,” Perez concedes. Officers have to deal with a growing problem, perhaps due in part to the Gold Line making more cities easily accessible. This combined with people sleeping outside businesses, and basic sanitary conditions, has made officers learn to be a conduit between business owners and the homeless; and at the same time hopefully help the homeless community with education. Helping those individuals know there are people in the City of Pasadena who really do care and want to help is a large task but Pasadena officers are equipped with extraordinary knowledge and resources to help those who need it most. With 239 sworn officers
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in the department, Perez says the department is doing well and getting stronger each day. “There has been a 30 percent reduction in police officers’ use of force in 2018,” Perez proudly states. The proactive police techniques and the community’s understanding of what the police department offers helps a community like Pasadena feel more confident and ultimately we all benefit, Perez said. For two years now, Pasadena police have been using BWC’s (body worn cameras) and this has had a significant and strategic impact on not only the community trust but within the department. A better understanding of police techniques used on a daily basis can be of vital importance in creating a more transparent, strong, and vibrant police force. That combined with the department’s ability to release BWC footage within 45 days of an incident helps garner trust and respect. Additionally, Perez says he’s particularly proud of the six officers who are assigned to the bike team. Perez is quick to point out that Pasadena is one of the finest and best-trained Police departments in the United States with exceptional candidates vying for the position of chief. “I’m focused and committed to the community and this department” Perez said emphatically. “Whoever becomes the next chief of police, I know we’ll have a stronger team and will be able to accomplish great things together.” Reiterating the importance of education, Perez points out, again, that “evolution of critical thinking” will help the department and community gain strength and be able to foster a safer community.
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Arcadia’s Longley Way Offers Classes for Visually Impaired Students Sofia NAGY Arcadia Unified School District Digital Communications Intern
isually impaired students at Longley Way Elementary School (Longley Way) are given the opportunity to apply their unique learning styles and abilities in the classroom. Longley Way’s Megan Robinson, special education teacher for the visually impaired, makes it possible for her students to develop their strengths, helping them learn and discover school material in their own way. “This class consists of low-vision students (i.e. students whose acuities measure 20/200
or worse) and non-sighted students (blind), and they range between the first and the fifth grade of school,” explained Robinson. A normal school day for a student in the program begins with lessons on language arts and math early in the morning. Later into the day, students interact with their sighted peers socially and academically through other school subjects, such as health and social studies. Read More at, ArcadiaWeekly.com under EDUCATION
Oak Crest Institute Opens its Doors for InnovateLA InnovateLA is a two-week long celebration of the breadth of innovation and creativity within Los Angeles County. From cleantech to gaming, aerospace to digital media and beyond, Los Angeles is a leading global center for innovation and entrepreneurship. InnovateLA helps showcase the exciting things happening here with a series of events, lectures, and talks all over L.A. The Oak Crest Institute of Science in Monrovia (132 W. Chestnut Ave.) is opening its doors and laboratories for a handson, kid-friendly event and laboratory tour on Nov. 9 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., featuring cuttingedge science activities to show how biomedical and chemical principles impact our everyday lives. See how the Oak Crest team puts ideas and action into innovative applications, educating students on how to do cutting-edge science, and supporting the local community through outreach. Tickets are $12 through Eventbrite or $15 at the
door. Kids are free with an adult ticket. Pizza and soda is included with your ticket purchase. This event is presented in partnership between the City of Monrovia and MADIA Tech Launch, Inc. MADIA is a career, company, and industry incubator, providing educational services to the
region’s technical, scientific and industrial workforce. For more information on their organization, visit MADIA Tech Launch online. Kids will be able to participate in cutting-edge science activities. - Courtesy photo / Facebook, @OakCrestInstitute
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ymnastics made headlines this week in the form of Simone Biles, making history once again by clinching medals in every event at the World Gymnastics Championship. She’s undoubtedly inspired plenty of kids to explore the sport - but to Brian Smith of GymnastiKids and TNT Dunk Squad, it’s not all about the gold. “Our gym is different: it’s a no-pressure, fun atmosphere,” said Smith, a lifelong gymnast who opened GymnastiKids in Pasadena in 2003. “We're not necessarily creating Olympians, but teach kids of all ages to have fun, gain confidence and get exercise.” The fun of the sport is what keeps Smith, 53, up and at it every day. A three-time All American, Smith pursued gymnastics throughout high school, college and beyond.
Studio Movie Grill Brings in More Jobs to Monrovia Conversion to in-theater dining concept and addition of full-service kitchen, bar and lounge area, will create more jobs in Monrovia Owned by lifelong gymnast Brian Smith, GymnastiKids in Pasadena teaches children the basics of vaulting, tumbling, bars and balance beam all in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. - Courtesy photo
“I moved from Massachusetts to Los Angeles to study stunt work, and was teaching gymnastics in Burbank on the side. One day, I read an ad that needed trampoline dunkers for the Bud Light Daredevils—and I ended up making it. We toured all over the United States during basketball season, then internationally during the off-season,” he said. “After three years, I started a mobile gymnastics program to teach the sport at
schools—but realized I didn’t want to carry a balance beam into a preschool when I was sixty. That’s when I started GymnastiKids.” While Smith still offers mobile classes and even birthday parties, the GymnastiKids gymnasium also teaches kids core basics: balance beam, tumbling, bars and vaulting. The custom-built gym includes an in-ground trampoline, tumble track and loose foam
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Dallas-based Studio Movie Grill (SMG) is converting a former traditional movie house in Monrovia into its full concept cinema eatery and in the process, bringing more jobs and visitors to the city of Monrovia. Currently, there are approximately 30 remaining positions at the theatre. Applicants interested in becoming SMG team members at Monrovia can interview for heart of the house roles such as line cooks, prep cooks, dish washers, and food expos. Prospective employees
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Reader Responds to ‘Circus Vargas – The Big One is Back in Arcadia.’ Dear Editor, It truly warms my heart that Circus Vargas circus will soon be here to entertain us with their amazingly talented performers – but without wild animals. What has taken so long, I wonder, to finally allow creatures from the wild to roam in their natural environment, rather than capturing and exploiting them for our entertainment? Thanks to animal activists and those who support their cause, and yes to Circus Vargas, those magnificent creatures are free at last! Free at last! -David Q. MONROVIA
Reader Responds to ‘Why Are Fewer Migratory Birds Visiting Arcadia’s Baldwin Lake?’
Dear Editor, Thank you so much for writing this and bringing in points of view from people I truly admire. I should have seconded the opinions of both Laura Garrett and Mickey Long about the needed dredge to return the lake to some semblance of health, but the historic walls have been at the front of my mind lately. At least among us we got in most of the salient points (and your rundown of Prop 3 was an interesting addition). Tetra Tech is bringing in their surveyor next Monday to document the wall’s current and past configuration. We anticipate delivery of construction documents for the wall about mid-December. Take [sic] you on my perimeter tour walk one of these days! Thanks again for the follow up with the Baldwin Lake story. You remain the best story-teller in town! -Sandy S. ARCADIA
LinkedIn Focuses on Employee Engagement Angela COPELAND, firstname.lastname@example.org
recently had the opportunity to attend LinkedIn’s annual human resources event: Talent Connect. Held in Anaheim, California, the event showcased everything LinkedIn’s been working on in 2018 and their plans for the future. It’s always a great educational event. The information presented ranged from what they’re doing for job seekers with their applicant tracking system - to how they’re helping companies to expand their online learning systems with LinkedIn Learning (formerly known as Lynda.com). They also announced the acquisition of an employee engagement platform: Glint. Dan Shapero, Vice President of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn, announced the purchase on stage, alongside Glint CEO, Jim Barnett. Glint’s mission is to “help people be happier and more
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successful at work.” The technology is expected to help answer tough HR questions, including: the overall health and performance of the organization, where to find new talent and if the capabilities of the team are aligned to the business needs. “With LinkedIn’s insights into the larger workforce alongside Glint’s internal view into employee engagement and skills, we will be able to help talent leaders answer all those difficult questions,”
said Shapero. “Glint provides executives with the tools to answer questions about the health and happiness of the talent they have, while giving managers at all levels the access and insight they need to improve.” Glint’s technology encourages companies to regularly gather employee feedback on work, culture, and leadership. And, it provides those insights back to the leadership team to make informed decisions.
This is great news for employees and managers alike. After all, replacing employees is expensive. And so often, employees aren’t leaving to make more money. They’re leaving because they’re unhappy, or they want more career growth. A solution like Glint may help companies to solve these problems for employees before it’s too late. As I think back on my experience at LinkedIn Talent Connect, there’s one theme that really shines through. Read More at, ArcadiaWeekly.com, MonroviaWeekly.com, PasadenaIndependent.com under Opinion
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Man Charged with Killing Girl in Taco Stand Crash Suspect was under the influence of Nitrous Oxide A man has been charged with killing a young girl in a car crash at a taco stand while he was driving under the influence of nitrous oxide last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Joe Louis Perez (dob 12/12/95) of Boyle Heights was charged with one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury. The charges include allegations of causing great bodily injury. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Case BA471919 was filed for arrest warrant on Oct. 5. On Nov. 10, 2017, Perez was driving a car on Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights when he allegedly collided with a parked vehicle near Marietta Street, prosecutors said. The impact caused the second car to go over the curb and hit a group of people gathered at a taco stand, killing 11-year-old Elektra Yepez, a resident of the neighborhood. The girl’s mother and two aunts also were injured in the crash. None of the four passengers who were in the defendant’s vehicle was seriously injured. Perez is accused of driving under the influence of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, resulting in the collision, prosecutors said. He was arrested at the scene. Perez faces a possible maximum sentence of 13 years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged. Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at $230,000. The case is being prosecuted by the DUI Training and Prosecution Section (DTAPS).
regional news Starting a new business? Go to filedba.com 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 Wednesday November 28, 2018 Personal property including but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/or other household items located at: StorAmerica – Arcadia 5630 Peck Rd., Arcadia, CA 91006 2:00 pm Lewis, Sheena Mckay, Daniel J. Caldera Pena, Antonio D. Jackson, Kathryn Ji, Lily W. Rose Jr., George E. Schaefer, Jeff Arciga, Maria Martinez, Dennis Billingsley, Gary W. Garcia, Salvador T. Arguelles, Cynthia L. All sales are subject to prior cancellation. All terms, rules and regulations are available at time of sale. Dated this 8th, of November and 15th, of November 2018 by StorAmerica – Arcadia, 5630 Peck Rd., Arcadia, CA. 91006 (626) 303-3000 11/8, 11/15/18 CNS-3191942# ARCADIA WEEKLY 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 Wednesday November 28, 2018 personal property including but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/or other household items located At: StorAmerica – Duarte 2250 Central Ave Duarte CA 91010 1:00 pm Lewis, Sheena J. Pasillas, Denise All sales are subject to prior cancellation. All terms, rules and regulations are available at time of sale. Dated this 8th, of November and 15th, of November 2018 by StorAmerica, 2250 Central Ave Duarte, Ca. 91010 office (626) 930-0036 Fax (626) 930-1396 11/8, 11/15/18 CNS-3191940# ARCADIA WEEKLY NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Division 6 of the Commercial Code) Escrow No. 35702-MW (1) Notice is hereby given to creditors of the within named Seller(s) that a bulk sale is about to be made on personal property hereinafter described (2) The name and business addresses of the seller are: PVJ INCORPORATED, 605 EAST SANTA ANA BLVD, SANTA ANA, CA 92701 (3) The location in California of the chief executive office of the Seller is: 2638 SOUTH 10TH AVENUE ARCADIA, CA 91006 (4) The names and business address of the Buyer(s) are: EMPTY PLATE, LLC, 19504 CARDIN PLACE, NORTHRIDGE, CA 91324 (5) The location and general description of the assets to be sold are: FURNITURE, FIXTURES AND EQUIPMENT of that certain business located at: 605 EAST SANTA ANA BLVD, SANTA ANA, CA 92701 (6) The business name used by the seller(s) at said location is: SCOOPS OC (7) The anticipated date of the bulk sale is NOVEMBER 29, 2018 at the office of: ADVANTAGE ONE ESCROW, 7777 CENTER AVE #350 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA 92647, Escrow No. 35702-MW, Escrow Officer: MARILYN WESTMORELAND (8) Claims may be filed with: ADVANTAGE ONE ESCROW, 7777 CENTER AVE #350 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA 92647, Escrow No. 35702-MW, Escrow Officer: MARILYN WESTMORELAND (9) The last day for filing claims is: NOVEMBER 28, 2018. (10) This Bulk Sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. (11) As listed by the Seller, all other business names and addresses used by the Seller within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the Buyer are: NONE. Dated: OCTOBER 25, 2018 SELLER: PVJ INCORPORATED, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION BUYER: EMPTY PLATE LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LA2136730-C ARCADIA WEEKLY 11/8/18
Trustee Notices Title Order No. 05936501 Trustee Sale No. 83136 Loan No. 399174457 APN 5785-001-098 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/3/2018. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 11/21/2018 at 10:30 AM, CALIFORNIA TD SPECIALISTS as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 1/12/2018 as Instrument No. 20180038752 in book N/A, page
N/A of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: CHUN NAN LO AND YU CHING LO, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS , as Trustor PUERTO ESCONDIDO LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY , as Beneficiary WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by 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). At: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766, NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE – continued all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California described the land therein: See Exhibit “A” Attached Hereto And Made A Part Hereof. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1510 MELANIE LANE ARCADIA CA 91007. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit $1,965,862.34 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. 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 of Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. DATE: 10/25/2018 CALIFORNIA TD SPECIALIST, as Trustee 8190 EAST KAISER BLVD., ANAHEIM HILLS, CA 92808 PHONE: 714-2832180 FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION LOG ON TO: www.stoxposting.com CALL: 844-477-7869 JANINA HOAK, ASST. VICE PRESIDENT CALIFORNIA TD SPECIALIST IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. “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 or 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 844-4777869, or visit this internet Web site www. stoxposting.com, using the file number assigned to this case T.S.# 83136. 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.” CALIFORNIA TD SPECIALISTS Attn: Teri Snyder 8190 East Kaiser Blvd. Anaheim Hills, CA 92808 TS# 83136 APN # 5783-01-098 LEGAL DESCRIPTION EXHIBIT “A” PARCEL A: PARCEL 2 AS SHOWN ON PARCEL MAP NO. 21189, IN THE CITY OF ARCADIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, FILED IN BOOK 238 PAGES 4 AND 5 OF PARCEL MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. PARCEL B: AN EASEMENT FOR A DRAIN PIPE OVER THE EASTERLY 10 FEET OF PARCEL 3 OF PARCEL MAP NO. 21189, IN THE CITY OF ARCADIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, FILED IN BOOK 238 PAGES 4 AND 5 OF PARCEL MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. 913881 / 83136, STOX Arcadia- Arcadia Weekly, 11-01-2018,11-08-2018,11-15-2018 ARCADIA WEEKLY
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Arcadia Tennis Eyes to Keep Building on Perfect Season
he goal of a dream season is still alive and well as Arcadia girls’ tennis went undefeated in the regular season, put together an impressive showing at league finals and opened the playoffs on the right foot. While most sports seasons have their ups and their downs, it’s safe to say that Apaches experienced quite a bit more of the former than the latter. Along with
going 23-0 overall and 12-0 in league play, Arcadia won each match by an average of nearly 12 points. After defeating Pasadena 18-0 to officially capture the Pacific league championship on Oct. 18, the Apaches went into league finals Oct. 24 at Burroughs High School as the heavy favorites. Senior Rachelle Yang headlined Arcadia’s outing, claiming the singles
Things are heating up as the Apaches continue their quest for a CIF championship. – File photo by Aaron Valdez / Beacon Media News
crown by defeating Celine Khachiki of Glendale 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinal and Melissa Rosa Muradoglu 6-1, 6-0 in the final. In doubles action, Arcadia dominated across the board as the duo of Michelle Deng and Lauren Ko defeated fellow Apaches Angela Qiu and Sunny Ng to win their third straight league title. Following league finals, Arcadia competed in their
tightest battle yet as it edged out Peninsula 10-8 in the CIF-SS Open Division First Round on Nov. 1. As of the publishing of this article, Arcadia will have taken on Campbell Hall in the CIF-SS Open Division Semifinals on Wednesday. The winner of that match will play the winner between University and Corona del Mar in the finals at the Claremont Club on Friday.
Monrovia Crumbles in Season-Ending Loss to Palm Desert Monrovia football looked to make big noise in this year’s Division IX CIF playoffs, but their efforts ultimately fell short as it lost 52-28 to Palm Desert in the first round on Friday. Already feeling deflated from last week’s defeat to San Marino – which lost them the Rio Hondo League title – the Wildcats had one big hill to climb against a seasoned Palm Desert squad. The Aztecs were champions of the Desert Empire League with an unblemished 5-0 record and 11-0 overall record. Monrovia held a narrow 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter but that soon proved to be just a flash in the pan. Palm Desert
The Bulldogs celebrate their stunning playoff victory over No. 2 Santa Paula on Friday. – Courtesy photo / Twitter, @PasHSFootball
Monrovia football’s 2018 campaign ends with a playoff loss to Palm Desert on Friday. – File photo by Aaron Valdez / Beacon Media News
turned in a momentumshifting second quarter by scoring three touchdowns to take a 21-14 lead. The Wildcats did draw the score within one point in the third quarter but Palm Desert exploded for 28 points in the fourth to
seal the deal. This season turned out to be similar to last year’s as Monrovia was blown out by Yorba Linda 44-21 in the first round of CIF. The only difference was that the Wildcats won the league title last season.
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La Salle College Preparatory Searches for a New Head Football Coach La Salle College Preparatory will be opening the position of Head Football coach for the 2019 season. La Salle would like to thank Interim Coach Andrew Pankow for his leadership and dedication during the 2018 season. Coach Pankow and his staff’s effort during this year of transition is greatly appreciated and their dedication should be commended.
At this point, the search for a new head coach will begin immediately. La Salle will be accepting applications from qualified candidates beginning Monday, Nov. 5 and will close its application process Friday, Nov. 30. Desired and preferred qualifications are as follows: Minimum Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree
• A commitment to Catholic education • 7 years of successful high school coaching experience • The skill to organize and implement a competitive Football Program. Read More at, PasadenaIndependent.com under Sports
Pasadena Topples No. 2 Santa Paula in First-Round Upset When the playoff brackets were released a couple weeks back, there was some controversy brewing in the Pacific League. Despite falling in their head-to-head match-up and having a worse record than cross-town rivals Muir, the Pasadena football team qualified for Division XI CIF while the Mustangs were left out in the cold. However, the Bulldogs went on to validate their playoff berth by dropping
the bombshell of the evening and defeating No. 2 ranked Santa Paula 33-22 on the road Friday. It was undeniably Pasadena’s best effort of the season, jumping out to a 20-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Pasadena’s tremendous opening quarter was powered by Malachi Langley, who was a terror on the Cardinals defense. The senior rushed for 249 yards and scored three touchdowns. Though it didn’t have
much success in league action, Pasadena’s triumph this playoff game could possibly serve as testament to how competitive the Pacific League was, which includes Arcadia, Burbank, Crescenta Valley and, of course, Muir. The Bulldogs never looked back for the remainder of the game and marched on to the CIF quarterfinals. They will square off against Beaumont (7-4 overall, 2-3 Mountain Pass League) at home on Friday at 7 p.m.
Sierra Madre’s Fred Kamphues Clinches 3rd at LA Karting Championship Sierra Madre resident Fred Kamphues competed this year in the popular LO206 4-stroke category in the Los Angeles Karting Championship. With two wins and two second places, Fred Kamphues managed to secure third overall in the championship. “I discovered this type of motorsport in April and immediately got hooked,” says Fred. LO206 is a relatively inexpensive form of karting. The engines are factory sealed and last all season without a rebuild. A set of tires can be used for two to three races. This very much levels the playing field between amateurs and pros. Races are usually extremely close. It’s not uncommon for the first 10 drivers to finish a race within two seconds of each other and lap times are only fractions of a second apart.
Kamphues (far left) with his third place trophy. - Courtesy photo
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