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onrovia’s new city manager, Dylan Feik, (it is pronounced to rhyme with seek) was raised in the small community of Mountain Green, Utah. He attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and majored in political science. He continued his education at the University of Kansas and earned a master’s in public administration with an emphasis on city management. He is married and has three children. He explained they had met on a blind date. “I thought it was love at first sight, but I had to work on her,” he explained. Their children are still quite young: the oldest, Gabe, being only 7, followed by Benson at 4, and baby sister Eden who is only SEE FEIK PAGE 10

Feik holds a master’s in public administration from University of Kansas. – Courtesy photo / The Weekly Calistogan




Puff Monkey Shop Fuels Fandoms Across the Pop Cultural Universe

Smitten on Paper to Host CalligraFair in Monrovia

Wildcats Advance to 6-1 for the Season After Friday Night Victory

Pop culture is not just a state of mind, it’s a place in Old Town Monrovia. Here, those wellversed in subreddits and Urban Dictionary descriptions can find merchandise that reflects where one falls as a ...

Smitten on Paper, producers and designers of timeless stationary and invitations printed in their Monrovia studio and shipped around the globe, will host the third annual CalligraFair on Saturday, Oct. 12 and...

It was complete domination for the Wildcats on Friday night as they took care of business on the road, shutting out the San Marino Titans 35-0. It didn’t take long for ....




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The red lines designate the portion of the street that will experience closures. – Courtesy photo / City of Monrovia

Southern California Edison Making System Improvements on Myrtle Myrtle Avenue in Old Town, between Walnut and Chestnut, will continue to be impacted for the next couple weeks as construction crews descend on the area. City staff coordinated with the construction team to allow a street closure in the work are during the weeks of Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. The closure will be from Walnut Avenue south to the alley to allow for safe, unimpeded work of the crews. Access will remain available to all businesses off of Myrtle Avenue and through the posted

Left, A sketch of the suspect. Right, Oscar Garcia. – Courtesy photo / LASD

$20K Reward Offered for Information on 2017 Monrovia Murder Suspect

detours. Myrtle Avenue will be reopened nightly and on weekends (in time for the Friday Night Street Fair). The work area will be cleaned and all trenches will be secured with steel plates to allow for vehicular and pedestrian traffic every day. During working hours, there will be onsite inspectors to monitor traffic control and oversee the construction project. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this work, please call Public Works at (626) 932-5575.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a 2017 murder suspect. The shooting death of Oscar Garcia occurred April 22, 2017, at approximately 11:36 p.m., on the 100 block of West Cypress Avenue, Monrovia. According to law enforcement officials, the suspect is a Hispanic male, 20-25 yearsold, approximately 6 feet, of medium build, with light skin, black hair and brown eyes. There’s a $20,000 reward offered by the

L.A. Board of Supervisors for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who murdered Garcia. The public is asked to call Homicide Detective Matlock at (323) 890-5500 with any information. If you want to remain anonymous, you can call "Crime Stoppers" at (800) 222-8477, use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website

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The public is invited to a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, October 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Duarte Senior Center (1610 Huntington Dr.). Vendor spots are filled; however, you can still find a treasure at a bargain price and enjoy delicious refreshments while shopping.

A Southern California-based ophthalmology group, its former CEO and several of its physicians have paid the United States and California $6.65 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that they defrauded public health care programs by billing for unnecessary eye exams, improperly waiving Medicare co-payments, and violating other regulations, the Justice Department announced Friday.

Arcadia Community Center Gift Shop Fall Craft Fair Returns

Duarte Station Specific Plan Amendment and EIR Available for Review

BJust in time for the holidays, the Arcadia Community Center Gift Shop is hosting a Fall Craft Fair, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Community Center in the main ballroom, 365 Campus Drive. The Fall Craft Fair is free and open to the public, and will feature many one-of-a-kind items.

The City is currently processing an Amendment to the Duarte Station Specific Plan, adopted in 2013, and a related EIR. The 19-acre plan area is located directly to the north of the Duarte Gold Line Station and extends along the west side of Highland Avenue to the 210 Freeway. The desired development for the property is an increase in the potential number of residential units and a decrease in the amount of

Pasadena and Arcadia Doctors Settle in Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Case

potential office development. The City and the prospective developer have met with all property owners in the specific plan area including discussions with Metro about incorporating its parking area into a larger, denser project. The public comment period will extend through Oct. 10, 2019 and public hearings will follow at the Planning Commission at City Council.

Man Charged with Kidnapping, Beating Ex-Girlfriend in Arcadia Robert Michael Mendez faces one count each of kidnapping and criminal threats and three counts of injuring the mother of his two children when she visited his home last month. The felony complaint includes an allegation that the defendant inflicted great bodily injury under circumstances involving domestic violence.

PUSD Employee Placed on Administrative Leave Years After ‘Negligent Supervision’

A California Superior Court jury recently awarded $887,416 to a young woman who was coerced into an on-campus sexual encounter facilitated by an employee of PUSD. The case centers on “A.S.” a 14-year old minor high school student at the time of the occurrence on Jan. 13, 2015 at Pasadena High School in a nine-page complaint filed on Jan. 6, 2019. The case involved claims of negligent supervision by school district personnel which resulted in a sexual encounter between plaintiff and another student on the campus of Pasadena High School.

Half-Price Sale at Arcadia Library Friends Bookstore The Friends of the Arcadia Public Library will be holding their annual fall sale starting Monday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 19. Stop by the Friends Bookstore between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to stock up on all the books you would like. Gently used books will be on sale for half price.

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Monrovians Have the Opportunity to Test New Voting Devices Fabiola Diaz


n 2020, Los Angeles County will introduce its new voting system, the Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP), which has been designed just for L.A. County voters. VSAP incorporates new vote centers, machines, an interactive sample ballot, and an electronic pollbook. Instead of traditional polling locations, voters can visit any vote center located in the county over an 11-day period. The county is also replacing outdated, often malfunctioning, machines, with the Ballot Marking Device (BMD). Voters can access 13 languages, adjust the touch screen to a comfortable angle, change the display settings (including text sizes and contrast), or go through the ballot utilizing the audio headset and control pad

(making the device more accessible for people with mobile and visual challenges), according to LA Vote. To address security concerns, the device will not be connected to a network or the internet, and will require a paper ballot which will have a human-readable summary of selections. Voters will also be asked to review their ballots twice before submitting. The Interactive Sample Ballot (ISB) allows voters to review their ballot information and make selections prior to visiting a vote center (you must still visit a physical location to cast your vote and these selections are only stored on your phone). After making their selections, the ISB crease a QR code which voters can scan to transfer their selections to the BMD. Voters will still be able to review their selections and make changes before casting their vote. The Electronic Pollbook

(ePollbook) will replace printed voter lists which will be used by vote center staff to verify registration eligibility and prevent individuals from casting a vote twice. The ePollbook is not connected to the BMD or the tally system to protect voters’ personal information. The Monrovia City Clerk’s Office has partnered with the L.A. County Registrar’s Office to allow Monrovians the opportunity to test use the BMD before the 2020 election pilot program launches in March. To use the machines visit the Monrovia Public Library every Saturday in October from noon to 5 p.m. or City Hall every Monday through Thursday in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A county representative will be present to answer any questions and offer demonstrations. For more information on vote centers and voting changes, visit vsap.lavote. net.

The new interactive ballot will allow voters to review selections before visiting a vote center. - Courtesy photo / LA Vote

Battle of the Badges in Monrovia Is Just One Month Away A rivalry with a cause The infamous Battle of the Badges is one month away, where Monrovia Police Officers (MPOA) and Monrovia Fire Department (MFA) go head to head in a basketball game to earn proceeds that will be donated to City of Hope. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m., in the Monrovia High School gym. Food truck will be onsite at 5:30 p.m. with food available for purchase. Tickets are $5 each for admission. 12 years and under may enter for free.

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This year’s Battle of the Badges will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2. - Courtesy photo / Markus Spiske (CC BY 2.0)

Monrovia City Staff Participates in Annual Read Across Monrovia On Oct. 3, Monrovia city staff had the opportunity to spend their morning reading in classes from preschool to fifth grade in the Monrovia Unified School District. Participants included staff from the police department, fire department, and many others. Read Across Monrovia gives the community the chance to share their favorite stories,


inspiring young minds to value reading throughout their lifetime. The Monrovia Public Library partners with Monrovia Reads in many different programs, including the re-launch of the Mobile Literacy Van at the beginning of 2018. Visit Monrovia Reads online at to learn more about the organization and their mission.


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UPPER SAN GABRIEL VALLEY MWD WINS 2019 WATERSENSE PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) with a 2019 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award for its heroic efforts to defeat water waste and promote WaterSense in 2018. Upper District received one of 25 WaterSense awards Oct. 3 at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas. Since 2006, Upper District and more than 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 3.4 trillion gallons of water. That’s enough water to supply all American households for four months. In addition to water savings, WaterSense labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 462.5 billion kilowatt hours—which is enough to power more than 44.4 million homes for a year—and save $84.2 billion in water and energy bills.

“Our partners have made water-saving products, homes, and programs accessible across the nation and have educated millions on the importance of water conservation,” said Veronica Blette, chief, WaterSense Branch. “These WaterSense award winners are leading the fight against water waste to save our most precious resource.” Upper District was honored as a 2019 WaterSense Partner of the Year winner for spreading the water-efficiency message through public education and awareness while transforming the marketplace to include WaterSense labeled products, new homes, and certification programs. The Upper District has won its first WaterSense Partner of the Year Award for its promotional efforts in 2018. The Upper District collaborated with a number of different WaterSense partners on events and programs and encouraged all 27 of its water purveyors to become WaterSense

partners. Throughout 2018, the Upper District hosted nine workshops covering efficient landscaping, outdoor water use, and leak detection and repair. In collaboration with Metropolitan Water District, City of Monrovia, and California Landscape Contractors Association, it hosted a Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance Workshop that drew nearly 100 attendees. For Fix a Leak Week, the Upper District hosted two leak detection/repair workshops in English and Mandarin to expand its reach in the community. “Upper District is extremely honored to receive this recognition from the EPA. We believe that being a WaterSense partner has truly enhanced our efforts to outreach to the communities we serve,” said Ed Chavez, board president for Upper District. “Water conservation remains an essential and cost-effective method for the overall sustainability of the San Gabriel Valley water supply. We have made conservation

Director of Government and Community Affairs Patricia Cortez and Conservation Coordinator Elena Layugan accept the 2019 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award on behalf of Upper District. – Courtesy photo / Upper District

a critical component of our overall mission and actively engage the public about water use efficiency.” WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored

by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering consumers and businesses simple ways to use less water with water-efficient products, homes, and

services. For more information about WaterSense, visit For more information about Upper District, please visit upperdistrict. org or call (626) 443-2297.



Your Professional Service Ad Here! Monrovia Fire Department’s open house on Saturday brought out hundreds of attendees. Not only did people come to try great pancakes, but also to experience first-hand what the Fire Department does to protect Monrovia residents 24 hours a day. - Photo by Susan Motander / Beacon Media News

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Wildcats Advance to 6-1 for the Season After Friday Night Victory Monrovia defeats San Marino 35-0 in first league game of season Cañada. The contest will be played at Temple City High School on Friday, Oct. 11 with kickoff being at 7 p.m.

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t was complete domination for the Wildcats on Friday night as they took care of business on the road, shutting out the San Marino Titans 35-0. It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to take control of the game, as they scored a quick touchdown on their first possession of the game. Quarterback Nick Hernandez completed a pass to receiver Daylen Wilson who took it all the way for a 46-yard touchdown. After a three and out for the Titans resulted in a punt, Monrovia scored yet another quick touchdown pass, this time a 52-yard dagger to Mario Minor. The scoreboard showed a 14-0 Wildcats lead after kicker Bryan Gomez made his second PAT attempt of the contest. Monrovia continued the drive they started in the first quarter heading into the second. Instead of the deep passing threat, it

Stats Passing:

Hernandez,Nick: 19/30, 395 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT


Pascaiso, Zeph: 8 car, 70 yds, 1 TD Myles, Tyree: 10 car, 14 yds, 1 TD


Wilson, Daylen: 8 rec, 196 yds, 2 TD Minor, Mario: 7 rec, 171 yds, 1 TD


Monrovia defeats San Marino 35-0 in first league game of season

was the Wildcats run game that began to take fruition as they made the score 21-0 after back Zeph Pascasio crossed the goal line after a 5-yard run. The Wildcats continued to pile on when the score reached 28-0 before the halftime period thanks to yet another short touchdown run, this time by

Tyree Myles. They eventually added salt to the wound in the second half when Hernandez earned his third touchdown pass of the game after connecting with Wilson yet again for a long score, making it 35-0 which was ultimately the final score. The victory now makes it four straight wins for

MHS, along with their 6-1 record. Despite the quick start to the season in which the Wildcats won five of their first six matchups, it was essential for Monrovia to shift their focus to inter league play. Friday's win was certainly a good start, as they join La Cañada as the only teams with a 1-0 record in the Rio Hondo


standings. For San Marino they now drop to 1-6 for the season, as they are set to play South Pasadena next who currently hold a 5-1 record. The Wildcats next game will be against the Temple City Rams who are coming off a disheartening 56-42 away loss to La

Nicely, Hunter: 19 total Cruz-sailor, Jeremy: 7 total Rufus, Cameron: 7 total Castillo, Jacob: 6 total Taylor, Kai: 5 total


Castillo, Jacob: 1 Cruz-sailor, Jeremy: 1 Nicely, Hunter: 1

Interceptions: Myles, Tyree: 1

The Inner Ring Robert ALEXANDER,


elcome to my new health and fitness column. As a dog trainer, functional fitness consultant and personal defense trainer, my intention every other week will be to get you thinking about getting off the couch, putting down the sweets and going outdoors to discover your greater self. These articles will be your source for secrets to success with your healthy, active lifestyle challenges. Your greatest battles toward success in life take place within the deepest corners of your mind. I commonly refer to this concept as a mental fighting ring. I believe your biggest circles of influence affect your inner battles in this “ring.” The part of you that ultimately wins is determined by your conditioning. Article subjects may include the following. Diet Statistics show that 60-70% of your fitness successes result from your diet. Re-

gardless of how awesome your gym, trainer or your favorite YouTube channel is, nothing beats keeping your diet close to the earth. As the saying goes, “You can’t out train or out run a bad diet.” You really are what you eat, down to the cellular level. Your body is an amazing assembling of all the nutrition you put into it. My diet approach is challenging, but the challenges can result in you losing pounds of fat and keeping them off. Functional Fitness Fitness tips will be based on functional fitness which is an overused and highly misunderstood term that refers to a powerful and highly effective approach to training. Applied properly, you get amazing results. The motivation will be to get off the machines in the gym and training on your feet. My simple challenges will help you develop a body that performs better, systems that function more efficiently, and a more impressive reflection. Sound good? Stay tuned. Active Dog Training How does dog training fit into the fitness equation? I asked myself that exact question 10 years ago when trying to fig-

Future articles will include topics like functional fitness and active dog training. – Courtesy photo / Facebook, @dragonfirefunctionalfitness

ure out what to do with my dog training and fitness credentials. My advice are the results of years of studying many popular dog training solutions, developing effective ways through trial and error as well as from teaching people how to relax and

step into a better leadership position with Rex. Read More at,, under health & fitness

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Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation. - Courtesy photo / shankar s. (CC BY 2.0)

According to Filipino American National Historical Society, Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation and the third largest ethnic group in California, after Latinas/os and African Americans. The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. Source:



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Charles Richard ‘Chuck’ Misner Oct. 6, 1933 – Oct. 2, 2019 Charles Richard “Chuck” Misner was born and raised in Wichita, Kan., on Oct. 6, 1933, and is now safe in the arms of Jesus as of Oct. 2, 2019. Chuck had various jobs from the age of 12 including delivering newspapers, mowing lawns, working at a bakery, etc. After Chuck moved to California, he worked years in construction, was an accomplished carpenter and woodworker. He loved his race car and archery. He retired from the position of maintenance supervisor from the Temple City Unified School District. Chuck married Elane Raftery on Nov. 19, 1988. Together they enjoyed camping in their RV, traveling with friends and family, fishing, boating, and waterskiing. He leaves behind a large blended family including his wife Elane; brother Stan; son David (Laurie) and their children Jamie (Tony), Michelle (Mike); son Robert, now

deceased, his children Melissa, Tiffanie, Amanda and Jerri (Evaristo Lopez) and their children Marissa (Justin), James, Christopher Jr., Brittany, Krista and Christopher; daughter Lesa (Todd), son Nathan; son Scott, now deceased, his children Shane (Kim), Justin (Karli), great-grand-

sons Emerson and Johnny; daughter Kelly (John), great-grandson Nicholas and great-granddaughter Amelia; and several nieces and nephews. We are all going to miss his smile, words of wit and wisdom, and his selfless, generous heart. Until we see you again, g’pa.

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18 months old. “We have found a home in Monrovia to rent for the first year while we look for something more permanent,” he said. The oldest boy is already in a dual language immersion program to Spanish and will continue that education at Monroe School. He said he and his wife intend to send all their children to Monrovia Unified schools. “I grew up wanting to build communities,” he said, which naturally lead him into public administration. “I believe the elected officials should set the policy for a community and

those in the city staff are there to facilitate that policy.” He said he admired several of the innovative programs in Monrovia such as GoMonrovia, and also liked Monrovia Renewal saying: “Infrastructure is important to every community.” He also acknowledged that he liked the strong sense of community in the city and the number of family activities in town. “I understand the Christmas season is especially important in Old Town,” and said he and his family were looking forward to participating in many local activities.

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he full picture about the Monrovia Unified School District will be given next Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the State of the Schools Address. The presentation from the members of the School Board and Dr. Kather-

Victor De Los Santos, D.D.S.

ine Thorossian, the superintendent of schools, will fully outline the situation with Monrovia schools. The presentation is free and open to the entire community. It will be held at the Taylor Performing Arts Center (the large auditorium) at Monrovia High School, 845 W. Colorado Blvd. It is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and run through 8:30 p.m.

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S Hay rides during the 2018 Fall Festival. - Courtesy photo / Facebook, @oldtownmonrovia

Old Town Fall Festival Returns to Monrovia The City of Monrovia, Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board, and Old Town Merchants once again present the Old Town Fall Festival to be held this Saturday, Oct. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. This family event kicking off the fall season, will feature music, fall crafts at the Library, face painting, activity booths, and the return of hay wagon rides through Old Town for $2 per person.

You need not leave your pets at home while you enjoy the festival. The San Gabriel Valley Humane Society will be present doing a meet and greet, vendors will have booths selling merchandise for your pets, and you can dress your pet in a costume and enter them in the community costume parade. If you have any questions, please call the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246.

mitten on Paper, producers and designers of timeless stationary and invitations printed in their Monrovia studio and shipped around the globe, will host the third annual CalligraFair on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s CalligraFair, the largest gathering of calligraphers in Southern California, will be headlined by three world famous calligraphers: Suzanne Cunningham from Alabama, David Grimes from Oregon, and Nina Tran from Southern California. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn modern, roundhand, copperplate, Spencerian and brush calligraphy during free in-person demonstrations and lectures from top calligraphers in the country. Additionally, Beginner’s Corner will be dedicated to novices practicing skills and learning about the tools needed from instructors who will be on hand to help. For those more familiar with the world of calligraphy, there will be

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Smitten on Paper’s brick and mortar store in Monrovia. – Courtesy photo / Facebook, @smittenonpaper

three authors signing copies of their calligraphy books. Author and founder of, Molly Suber Thorpe, will be signing copies of her new book “Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy.” Graphic designer, illustrator and teacher Nicole Miyuki Santo will be signing copies of her two books, “By Hand: The Art of Modern Lettering” and “The Kids’ Book of Hand Lettering.” Shelly Kim—a self-taught, modern brush calligrapher based in Southern California—will be signing copies

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of her newly released book, “Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy.” New this year, seasoned instructors will offer semi-private workshops for calligraphers to sharpen their skills and learn from teachers. These workshops are limited to a maximum of 30 students and entrance to CalligraFair is included with the purchase of any workshop. CalligraFair will be held at Smitten of Paper, located at 114 E. Lemon Ave. in Monrovia. Admission is $18 for both days. Tickets may be purchased online at


PASADENA: This lovely home is located in the highly sought after San Rafael area of Pasadena and is tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac. The main house is 3,399 sf Main House and has 5 bedrooms 4 bathrooms. There is a 380 sf Casita that has 1 bathroom. The lot is 15, 870 sf. In addition to the sparkling pool there is a 2 car garage, and a 1-car carport.

ALTADENA: Situated on one of the largest lots in the desirable guard-gated community of La Vina, this elegant home features stunning mountain and city views. This sophisticated home offers 5 en-suite bedrooms with one conveniently located on the 1stfloor. The home is 3,858 sf on a 20,819 sf lot with features that include: new wood flooring and carpet, new interior paint, custom closet organizers in all closets and a 2-car direct access garage.

SIERRA MADRE: This lovely single level 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has been completely remodeled. The






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SIERRA MADRE: Enjoy the peace and quiet this three-bedroom and two-bathroom home offers on a quiet

cul-de-sac. The living room, updated kitchen, and dedicated dining room offer a mid-century feeling of comfort, while a retro winding staircase leads to a spacious loft, perfect as an office or library. The sun-filled family room with vaulted ceiling and retro wet bar open to the lush backyard and refreshing pool. Off the beaten path it’s only a hop, skip and a jump to downtown Sierra Madre’s restaurants and shops. Don’t wait – this gem oozes potential.

SIERRA MADRE: This traditional 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home is located on a peaceful street in North Sierra Madre, with mountain views. An abundance of natural light shines through the living room window. Enjoy and make memories with family and friends in the dedicated dining room just off the kitchen, living room, and family room. The delightful backyard is home to avocado and citrus trees. Beyond the character of this home is a 2-car garage. It’s been freshly painted inside and with newly refinished wood flooring throughout. Don’t miss this quintessential Sierra Madre treasure!




home is centrally located near downtown Sierra Madre, close to schools. You have great views of our mountains and trails. The kitchen is all new, with new flooring and cabinets. There are laundry hookups in the kitchen area. The hardwood flooring is new as is the air conditioning units. The home is surrounded with windows on a corner lot, mature landscaping all around. There is a circular driveway, with a 2 car attached garage.


PASADENA: This traditional home is located on prestigious San Pasqual Street and is only half a block from Caltech.

It is less than a mile from the South Lake Central Business District and a short distance to the 210, 110 and 134 freeways! The front yard is spacious and features a white picket fence and mature trees. There is a formal entry, spacious living room with fireplace, a dining area and a family room. The updated kitchen has a stove, built-in microwave and a large breakfast room. There is a laundry area off the kitchen and direct access to the two-car garage. There is a master suite, two additional bedrooms and two bathrooms in the west wing of the house. Other features include: central air and heat and automatic sprinklers. $4,700/MNTH (1535SAN)

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Friday - Oct. 11

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Flavor of Mediterranean Cuisine at Sauté Culinary Academy, Oct. 11 from 7-11 p.m. (150 E. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016). This class features delicious and nourishing recipes that evoke the essence of the Mediterranean region while helping you work your way toward optimal health. Tickets are $75. For more information, visit – MONROVIA

Game Night at Pacific Plate Brewing Co., Oct. 12 from 6-9 p.m. (1999 Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016). Gather your friends for an evening of beer and tabletop games. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit @ PacificPlateBrewing on Facebook. – MONROVIA

ArtNight Pasadena With Rogue Artists Ensemble at One Colorado, Oct. 11 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91105). For ArtNight Pasadena at One Colorado, Rogue Artists Ensemble will perform Edward Gorey story adaptations with live music and shadow puppets projections in the courtyard. Registration is free. For more information, visit – PASADENA

Saturday - Oct. 12 Old Town Fall Festival at Library Park, Oct. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. (321 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016). Expect music, fall crafts, face painting, activity booths, a pet agility course and hay wagon rides. Admission is free. Hay wagon rides are $2 per person. For more information, visit – MONROVIA Calvin Banks & The Tellers at Myrtle Tree Café, Oct. 12 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (405 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016). Listen to this roots, old school, and reggae band from Pasadena. There will be seasonal fall drink specials. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit @

IOD Pumpkin Workshop at The Attic Events and Home Treasures, Oct. 12 from 1-3 p.m. (302 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016). Learn all about the Iron Orchid Design transfers as you create a decorative pumpkin for your home. Tickets are $45. For more information, visit – MONROVIA

Sunday - Oct. 13 On Tap and Unplugged Acoustic Night at Pacific Plate Brewing Co., Oct. 13 from 6-9 p.m. (1999 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016). Check out hot local acts. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit @PacificPlateBrewing on Facebook. – MONROVIA

Monday - Oct. 14 Happy Hour Paint Class of Monrovia at Paint n Play Art Studio, Oct. 14 from 7-10 p.m. (418 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016). Unleash your inner artiste as you paint and sip, and have fun. Tickets are $45. For more information, visit – MONROVIA

Tuesday - Oct. 15

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Songwriter Serenade at Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant, Oct. 15 from 7-9:30 p.m. (145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006). Listen to talented local artists. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit @ TheSongwriterSerenade on Facebook. – ARCADIA Comedy Night at Mt. Lowe Brewing Co., Oct. 15 from 8-10 p.m. (150 E. Saint Joseph St., Arcadia, CA 91006). Tuesday can sometimes be worse than Monday; make it a little better with some laughs. There is no cover charge. For more information, visit @MtLoweBrewing on Facebook. – ARCADIA

Wednesday - Oct. 16 State of the Schools Address at Monrovia High School Performing Arts Center, Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016). Join the Board of Education in celebrating scholars and getting up to date with the latest plans for MUSD. For more information, visit – MONROVIA

Thursday - Oct. 17 A Night With Janis Joplin at The Rose, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. (245 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101). The New York Times raved that A Night With Janis Joplin “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.” “A Night With Janis Joplin will rock your world!” said the Los Angeles Times The Washington Post proclaimed it “Exhilarating … Remarkable … A joyful ruckus.” Tickets begin at $38. For more information, visit WhereMusicMeetsTheSoul. com. – PASADENA

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BLOTTERS Sept. 26 At 7:17 a.m., a resident in the 900 block of Monterey called to report her vehicle was taken sometime during the night. She parked her vehicle in her designated parking stall the night before. When she came out in the morning, she discovered it was missing. Investigation continuing. At 9:50 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 300 block of Oakcliff. The resident called to report her boyfriend’s vehicle had been vandalized sometime during the night. The suspect scratched the female residents name into the paint of the vehicle. Investigation continuing. At 2:50 p.m., a caller reported a male subject lying on the sidewalk with an empty beer can next to him in the 400 block of W. Duarte. Officers arrived and conducted a welfare check on the individual. He was found to be too intoxicated

to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

heroin was found in her possession. Both subjects were arrested. Sept. 21

Sept. 20 At 3:38 a.m., a driver was reported passed out behind the wheel in a parking lot in the 400 block of W. Foothill. Officers responded and located the vehicle. There were two occupants inside. The driver had not been drinking. The passenger was found to have a no-bail warrant and a consent search of the vehicle revealed a methamphetamine pipe belonging to the driver. Both subjects were arrested. At 8:46 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 500 block of W. Huntington when he saw two subjects, one of which he recognized from prior contacts. A computer check revealed the subject had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. The subjects were stopped. The other subject consented to a search and

at 5:51 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a male subject had concealed merchandise and left the store without paying for the items. Officers arrived and located the subject. The property was recovered and the subject was placed under private person’s arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. Sept. 22 At 8:48 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. He contacted the driver and explained the reason he was stopped. A computer check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The driver was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant. Sept. 23

At 7:56 a.m., a caller reported an injury traffic collision in the 100 block of W. Duarte. A motorist was traveling east on Duarte and stopped at a red light. Another motorist also traveling east did not stop in time and rear ended the vehicle in front of him. One of the drivers complained of pain. The driver at fault was issued a citation. Sept. 25 At 12:25 a.m., officers were on patrol near Library Park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle when they saw two subjects in the park after hours, which is a violation of the Monrovia Municipal Code. The two subjects were detained and issued citations. At 12:38 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of Montana called to report his vehicle was taken from the front of his residence. He last saw his vehicle on Saturday morning at his residence when he left for the weekend. When he re-

turned, his vehicle was gone. All of the keys were accounted for and he didn’t give anyone permission to take it. Investigation continuing. At 1:20 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1400 block of S. Shamrock called police to report a subject that came into the business and produced a fraudulent check. It wasn’t learned until after the subject left that the check was fraudulent. Investigation continuing. Sept. 24 At 7:25 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of S. Ivy. The caller told police that he loaded up a U-Haul truck for a local resident and left it parked overnight in front of the residence. He returned the next morning and the vehicle was not there. The truck was located later in East Los Angeles and the contents were gone. The investigation is continuing.

At 5:24 p.m., an intoxicated male subject was reported in the 100 block of W. Lemon. Officers responded and located the subject, who was found to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested and held for a sobering period. At 5:51 p.m., an employee from a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called to report a male subject had concealed merchandise and left the store without paying for the items. Officers arrived and located the subject. The property was recovered and the subject was placed under private person’s arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. Sept. 25 At 12:25 a.m., officers were on patrol near Library Park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle when they saw two subjects in the park after hours, which is a violation of the Monrovia Municipal Code. The two subjects were detained and issued citations.

Starting a new business? Go to Monrovia City Notices SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE NO. 2019-05 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA, ADDING CHAPTER 3.50 TO TITLE 3 (REVENUE AND FINANCE) OF THE MONROVIA MUNICIPAL CODE TO ESTABLISH IMPACT FEES TO MITIGATE IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH NEW DEVELOPMENT This is a summary of the above entitled ordinance which was read and introduced by the Monrovia City Council at its regular meeting September 17, 2019, by a vote of 5 in favor and 0 opposed following a duly-noticed public hearing. The ordinance was adopted by the City Council on October 1, 2019. This summary has been prepared and published in accordance with the requirements of Government Code Section 36933. The ordinance adds a chapter to the Monrovia Municipal Code to establish a traffic impact fee to be charged to the developers of specified new development projects in the City to help mitigate the adverse impacts of those developments on City infrastructure, facilities and services related to traffic and circulation. This traffic impact fee will apply to new development projects built in the area of the City south of Huntington Drive, where significant new residential development projects are proposed. Under the ordinance, the new traffic impact fee will not apply to projects in other areas of the City, or to smaller projects such as single family residences, additions and remodeling, and smaller multi-family projects. Pursuant to California’s Mitigation Fee Act, the City Council commissioned a study to determine the potential traffic and circulation impacts from development in the area where the fee is proposed, and the specific improvements necessary to mitigate those impacts. The study further provided cost estimates for each of those improvements, and calculated a fee that is based on the total cost of the necessary improvements divided by the estimated number peak hour vehicle trips to be generated by each anticipated project. In this way, there is a specific connection, or nexus, between the amount of the fee, the impacts created by the development projects, and the specific costs of each improvement necessary to mitigate those traffic impacts. Each project pays the amount of fee generated by the impacts of that project. The ordinance includes the findings State law requires the City Council to make in order to adopt the traffic impact fee. The ordinance also renumbers an unrelated Chapter of the Monrovia Municipal Code. The City will collect and separately account for the fees that are paid, and may spend the revenue generated only on the improvements noted in the traffic study and improvement plan. The ordinance includes periodic review, strict expenditure restrictions, and reporting requirements as specified in State law. Concurrently, the City Council adopted a resolution establishing the amount of the fee, which will not take effect for 60 days after its adoption. Complete copies of Ordinance 2019-05, the studies, cost estimates, and plan that are the bases for the ordinance, and the resolution are available for review in the office of the City Clerk during regular business hours. The City previously gave notice of, and conducted, the public hearing as required by law. /s/ Alice D. Atkins, MMC, City Clerk Publish October 10, 2019 MONROVIA WEEKLY

SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 2019-08 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA, ADDING CHAPTER 2.22 TO THE MONROVIA MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING ELECTRONIC AND PAPER METHODS OF FILING CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS This is a summary of the above entitled ordinance which was read and introduced by the Monrovia City Council at its regular meeting October 1, 2019 by a vote of 4 in favor and 0 opposed. The final vote on the ordinance will take place at the regular City Council meeting on October 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the City Council Chambers in City Hall at 415 South Ivy in Monrovia. This summary has been prepared and published in accordance with the requirements of Government Code Section 36933. The ordinance adds a chapter to the Monrovia Municipal Code that, pursuant to the provisions of the California Political Reform Act, will require a City elected officer, candidate, committee, or other person required to file statements, reports or other documents required by Chapter 4 of the Political Reform Act, except those whose contributions and expenditures each total less than two thousand dollars ($2,000) in a calendar year, to file such statements, reports, or other documents online or electronically with the City Clerk. These “e-

LEGALS file” requirements will be implemented through the use of NetFile's electronic filing system, which has been certified by the Secretary of State and meets the requirements set by Government Code Section 84615. In the above-referenced ordinance, the City Council determines that the NetFile software web-based system contains multiple safeguards to protect the integrity and security of the data, will operate securely and effectively, and will not unduly burden filers. Currently, filers submit reports, forms and documents in paper form and the City Clerk maintains hard copies. Paper filing will not be required once a filer uses the “e-file” system. The ”e-filing” system for campaign finance-related reports, and conflict of interest form filings for City officials, will make it easier for filers to submit required documents, and will promote transparency and informed decision-making by making it easier for the public to review e-filed documents on-line. A complete copy of Ordinance 2019-08 is available for review in the office of the City Clerk during regular business hours. If adopted, Ordinance 2019-08 will be in effect for the March, 2020 regular municipal elections and for other 2020 City filing requirements. /s/ ALICE D. ATKINS, MMC Monrovia City Clerk Publish Thursday, October 10, 2019 MONROVIA WEEKLY

Public Notices NOTICE OF $20,000 REWARD OFFERED BY THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles has reinstated the $20,000 reward offered in exchange for information leading to the apprehension and/or conviction of the person or persons responsible for the heinous murder of 18-year-old Oscar Garcia, who was fatally shot while congregating with friends inside a garage located on the 100 block of West Cypress Avenue in the City of Monrovia on April 22, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Si no entiende esta noticia o necesita más información, favor de llamar al (213) 974-1579. Any person having any information related to this crime is requested to call Lieutenant Mendoza at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 and refer to Report No. 017-00091-3199011. The terms of the reward provide that: The information given that leads to the determination of the identity, the apprehension and conviction of any person or persons must be given no later than December 22, 2019. All reward claims must be in writing and shall be received no later than February 20, 2020. The total County payment of any and all rewards shall in no event exceed $20,000 and no claim shall be paid prior to conviction unless the Board of Supervisors makes a finding of impossibility of conviction due to the death or incapacity of the person or persons responsible for the crime or crimes. The County reward

may be apportioned between various persons and/or paid for the conviction of various persons as the circumstances fairly dictate. Any claims for the reward funds should be filed no later than February 20, 2020, with the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors, 500 West Temple Street, Room 383 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Los Angeles, California 90012, Attention: Oscar Garcia Reward Fund. For further information, please call (213) 974-1579. 10/7, 10/10, 10/14, 10/17, 10/21, 10/24, 10/28, 10/31, 11/4, 11/7/19 CNS-3297469# MONROVIA 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: Tracey Ybarra MS37 Lorraine Vides MS163 Thomas Harrison MS370 will be sold on Friday October, 25 2019 at 10:00 am For additional information contact Dry Dock Storage at the above address or call (626) 445-8762 9am-5pm daily Publish October 10, October 17, 2019 MONROVIA WEEKLY

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Puff Monkey Shop Fuels Fandoms Across the Pop Cultural Universe Emily G. PETERS,


op culture is not just a state of mind, it’s a place in Old Town Monrovia. Here, those well-versed in subreddits and Urban Dictionary descriptions can find merchandise that reflects where one falls as a stan (not sure what a “stan” is? Ask at the counter!). Coming through the doors of Puff Monkey Pop Culture Shop is like walking into a lucid dream of everything that blazed through your fandom’s Twitter feed last week. The shop is stuffed to the gills with an array of cute, kitsch and dark (Betty Boop, Avengers and Nightmare Before Christmas merch all make appear-

ances here) offerings from the world of entertainment. On your left, you’ll find a wall populated with dozens of Funko Pop characters (vinyl figurines depicting everyone from “Stranger Things”’ Eleven to the cast of “The Office”). To your right: apparel, backpacks, fanny packs, pins, buttons and collectibles galore—plus thousands of additional items available at Puff Monkey’s online shop. It’s official: here, you’re pop-cultural. “I knew I wanted to work at Puff Monkey the moment I walked into the store. The items are unique and nostalgic—everywhere I looked brought back memories of my childhood,” says Juana Espinoza, online sales manager at Puff Monkey. “I love anime and movies, which is why it made

Located in Old Town Monrovia, Puff Monkey Pop Culture Shop adds welcome vibrancy to the neighborhood. Photo by Emily Glory Peters / Beacon Media News

it easier for me to fit in with the store.” Clearly, Puff Monkey doesn’t limit itself to strictly North American pop culture items—Japan and Korea both hold sway here. “We’re the only store in the

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Mental Health Advice With Stan: How to Manage the Stress of Making Choices in Life

Career Corner: Emotional Rollercoaster Stan POPOVICH



ob searching is tough. But, what is really tough is job searching when you're unemployed. Through my work with job seekers, I've noticed a trend. Those who are unemployed are much more distressed by the process of job searching then those who aren't. When thinking through this issue, I looked up the term "emotional rollercoaster." I was surprised to find multiple websites that claim the term was coined by Dr. N. Amundson in relation to dealing with unemployment. He published an article called, "The dynamics of unemployment: Job loss and job search." I'd never heard of this article, but I was able to verify on Google Scholar that it does exist. In the description, it says, "We have developed an integrated model comparing job loss to the grieving process (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) and job search to ‘burnout’ (enthusiasm, stagnation, frustration, apathy)." If you have a family member who is unemployed, you have probably wondered what is going on. Why don’t they just get over it? Be positive and have a better attitude, right? Well, sadly, it's not that simple. When you experience other types of loss, like a death in the family, it can feel absolutely awful. At the time, there's really nothing worse. But, if other areas in your life stay stable, eventually, you start to feel somewhat normal again after a certain period of grief. But, unfortunately, with unemployment, these feelings of grief don’t resolve. The unem-

Looking for a job when you’re unemployed can feel like being on an emotional rollercoaster that never ends. - Courtesy photo

ployed person must alter every piece of their life in order to cope with a sudden loss of income. They may stop going to the doctor. They may buy cheaper food. They may become isolated from friends because they don’t feel comfortable with the cost of going to a restaurant for dinner. With unemployment, until it’s over, the person continues to be in the middle of an emergency. The end point is unknown, and the worries multiply by the day. Read More at,, under Opinion Angela Copeland is a Career Coach and Founder of Copeland Coaching or on Twitter at @CopelandCoach.

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t can be stressful when you have to make important decisions regarding your career and personal life. We all want to make the right choices and this can create a lot of anxiety and fear. As a result, here are some suggestions on how to manage the stresses of making the right choices in your life. 1. Get all of the facts Gather all of the facts and necessary information to make the right decision. Find out the facts of your situation and study all relevant information. This is important because you do not want to miss critical information that could make a difference in your decision. 2. Focus on the results Think about what you want and consider the possible outcomes of your decision. Each decision will lead to new opportunities. Consider the possible opportunities and go from there. 3. Ask around It is important to consider other viewpoints other than your own. Ask your friends and relatives what they think you

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should do. Your friends know who you are and they can give you additional insights that you may be overlooking. 4. Learn to relax Take a deep breath to relax when making your decisions regarding your career and personal life. If you still feel stressed, then get some fresh air or do something fun to help you relax. You will feel better and gain a fresh perspective on your current situation. This will make it easier to make the right decisions. 5. Be flexible Remember that you make decisions all the time. It would not be the end of the world if you made the wrong decision. You can always re-evaluate your situation and do something different. Do not put a lot of pressure on just one decision. You will have other opportunities to correct the situation when it comes to

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making the right choices in your life. 6. Learn from your mistakes If you make a mistake then the next step is to learn from your mistakes and go from there. Do not dwell on the fact that you made a wrong decision. The key is to learn from your experiences and continue to move forward. Read More at,, under opinion







graduate and the nationally known anxiety author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear”. Stan has over 20 years of personal experience in dealing with fear and anxiety. For free mental health advice visit Stan’s website at The above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Mr. Popovich is not a medical professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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SGV LGBTQ Center VP Shares Personal Story of Coming Out Alex CORDERO

The late Jaylene Mosely’s husband Alex accepts the award from Foothill Unity Executive Director Betty McWilliams and Board Chairman Gary Kovacic. – Photo by Terry Miller

20th Annual Golden Plate Awards Honor Diligent, Devoted Foothill Unity Center Volunteers Terry MILLER,


hursday’s annual Golden Plate Awards was perhaps one of the more emotional presentations, in recent memory, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Oct. 3 at Ayres Hall. Two prominent volunteers and wellloved people were remembered posthumously: Jaylene Moseley and Carl Foote. Hundreds of people from the area attended the lavish banquet. From fire chiefs to local and state politicians, they all gathered to honor some of the most tireless volunteers who help make Foothill Unity the preeminent nonprofit group which helps thousands of area residents who are less fortunate. The 2019 Heart in Hand Humanitarian Award was given to Moseley and accepted by her husband who noted that his wife was looking forward to her 70th birthday in May, sadly she succumbed to cancer one day prior on May 25, 2019. For three decades, Moseley was so much more than a fixture of Pasadena public life. Her tireless volunteer work seamlessly blended the worlds of business, nonprofit and community activism in unique ways. As a true visionary, Moseley became a

founding member of Pasadena’s Flintridge Center, which was the hub of her professional and philanthropic energies in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena since 1986. Another emotional moment was when the Carl Foote Award was presented to Janet Wall and Laurie Orvis. Carl Foote was an extremely popular and tireless, longtime volunteer with Foothill Unity Center. Foote, 59, was reported missing by his wife on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Foote was last seen walking in the vicinity of Merrill and Highland avenues at approximately 10:30 a.m. Rescue workers from Sierra Madre Search and Rescue made the discovery of Foote’s body a few days later in Bailey Canyon. Foote’s wife, Claudia, was discernably emotive as she grasped the award on which her late husband’s name was inscribed. Claudia was on hand to present the award to the two extraordinary volunteers who have helped thousands since their retirement in 2011 and eventually became cochairs of the Back to School event each year at Santa Anita Park.



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he San Gabriel Valley celebrates Pride in October to bring awareness to National Coming Out Day which is commemorated on Oct. 11. The vice president of the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center, Dylan Lizarraga, shared their coming out story with us and was transparent about what it means to come out. When I asked Lizarraga why it was important for them to come out, they answered, “I think it felt that it wasn’t important for me [to come out]. It was more important for everybody else, and so that made it important to me.” A day prior to our meeting, Lizarraga had been part of a training for cultural competency in which they was responsible for including the LGBTQ aspect in the San Gabriel Valley area. One of the topics up for discussion during this training was the idea of privilege. “Not having to come out is a privilege and also the idea that we only come out once is a constant conversation.” They continued, “You come out to yourself and then when you realize who you are. Because for the most part you’ve been likely taught, like I was taught: ok, you’re assumed to be straight, you’re assumed to be cisgender, and then you’re assumed to be what you are and work from there.” Lizarraga went on to describe that based on their experience it felt like it was more meaningful for other people for them to state


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their gender or sexuality than it was for them personally, but eventually it begins to feel important to them too: “I realized my identity is different and now I have to share this [identity] with people, because they’re assuming the wrong things about me.” They shared how the way they identify their gender identity has changed from when they first came out to present day. “When I first came out, it was just as a gay male and that was my understanding of it. But as I am currently now, I realized non-binary is a more accurate understanding of my own gender and identity.” According to the Human Rights Campaign glossary terms, non-binary is defined as “an adjective describing a person who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman.” Lizarraga remembers first coming out to themself at age 11, and then coming out to a close friend for the first time at 13 during their last year of middle school. “She’s the first person I came out to, and I didn’t realize at the time, but I realized afterwards how conservative she was and how not ok she was with that [coming out] as I thought

she would be. And that was a little bit of a blow—but it was, at least at the time, having to come out to somebody—I felt more comfortable with the people that I know now and have become friends with and with my own class mates.” We transitioned to discuss the question: Is coming out a one way conversation? “No, it is a constant conversation. Because it is about everyone else and is not about you anymore.” Lizarraga answered, and we began to discuss the concept of how common it is for people to feel pressured to come out or get pressured into it. Lizarraga does not feel as pressured to come out anymore as they did when younger. They recall only two people asking them in private about their sexual orientation and then later expressing their sexual identity as part of casual conversation as they got older amongst friends. “My idea is for other people not to be pressured into it. [Coming out] is not going to be quick. Read More at,, under Diverse Voices


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