Thursday, August 12 - August 18, 2010
Advertise your business here. Call 626.301.1010
Community News, Arts & Opinions Since 1996
Volume XV, No. XXXI
Strong Local Reaction to PUSD Razes Sierra Madre’s Upper Campus Federal Judge's Decision In Preparation for New Middle School to Overturn Prop 8 BY TERRY MILLER All Saints Church ap- life is a person of the same plauded last week’s ruling gender.”“When a state forby U.S. District Court Judge bids a couple who has found Walker as a “giant step for- such love from marrying it is ward for justice.” an abusive form of injustice “The love life of every and discrimination to a class human being is sacred,” said of human beings – and All All Saints rector Ed Bacon. Saints Church rejoices today “It is a gift from God. that Judge Walker has ruled This is true not only against that injustice.” for heterosexual couples “Marriage equality probut for those who have found that the love of their Please See page 4
Pasadena Gearing Up for Huge Jazz Festival August 28 - 29 Featuring Industry Icons
Stanley Clarke is one of many top musicians on tap for the festival
he highly anticipated redwhite+bluezz Pasadena Jazz Fest has announced the line-up of jazz and blues musicians to perform during the star-studded festival August 28 and 29, 2010. 200+ artists, 23 top acts will entertain thousands of fans gathered at the spectacular outdoor venue the Los Angeles Arboretum in the greater Pasadena area of California. www.pasadenajazzfest.com The weekend event, complete with an international food court, four watering holes, a vendors vil-
lage and kids quarters, boasts two stages and such prolific talent as multi-award winner Stanley Clarke, multiple GRAMMY® winners Rita Coolidge and Take 6 and GRAMMY® nominated artists Doc Powell and Hubert Laws. “This is fantastic,” said Doc Powell, whose signature guitar sound has contributed to over 140 recordings of some of the premier recording stars in Pop, R & B, Jazz and Gospel music, a critically
Please see page 6
400 S. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia, CA 91007 626.445.6255 www.westfield.com
Measure TT Funds are being utilized to demolish the Sierra Madre School Upper Campus on Canon in Sierra Madre. Students who normally attended the Upper Cam,pus will be directed to the main campus on Highland until contruction of the new school is completed, which at this time is not been determined. See More Details on Page 13 - Photo by Terry Miller
16,500 Teaching Positions Saved - Just in Time For Back To School State Schools Chief Jack O’Connell Praises President, U.S. House for Quick Action on Teacher Jobs Measure; $1.2 billion estimated for California Educators There is, we are happy to say, finally some good education news to report. The House bill, H.R. 1586, approved last week in the U.S. Senate, authorizes $10 billion in education funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell today praised President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and U.S. House of Representative members who today approved a federal teacher jobs measure of which $1.2 billion is estimated for California. The legislation, signed by the President after its passage in the House, is aimed at prevent-
ing the loss of an estimated 161,000 teacher jobs across the nation as children begin returning to their classrooms. “In California, 16,500 teaching positions could be saved or created by approval of this urgently needed package according to the U.S. Department of Education,” O’Connell said. “Without House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strong leadership and swift action or the persistence of President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), this education relief package would not have been possible. It provides an urgently needed Marshall Plan air lift for our schools.” While expressing relief and satisfaction over the education measure, O’Connell expressed con-
Please See page 6
Coyote Attacks Prompt City Council Action in Arcadia The Arcadia City Council has hired a coyote trapping firm after numerous complaints from residents in many different areas of Arcadia. Linda Garcia, Arcadia’s special projects manager said she’s had over 25 complaints just last week. Not all were Coyote attacks but many were and some were just
sightings and general fearlessness of these animals. The council asked the city manager on Tuesday night to for $30,000 with the Chinobased Animal Pest Management to trap coyotes within the city limits. The city used the same company a few
Please see page 4
Hearing for Medical Marijuana Clinic Set for Pamela Park BY SUSAN MOTANDER The Los Angeles Coun- property owner and develty Planning Commission will oper, and his partner, Bob hold a formal hearing at Pa- Doolittle, have applied to the mela Park on the proposed County for a conditional use local medical marijuana clin- permit to use on the buildic. The hearing will be held ings on their property as a leon Monday, September 13 gal dispensary for medically at 6:30 p.m. in the commu- prescribed cannabis. nity room at Pamela Park. Please see page 15 Leon San Blas, the
Sounds of Summer Free Cal Phil lawn tickets when you spend $250 or more at any of The Promenade Shops.
See westfield.com for details. Offer valid through 8.20.10, one per person and while supplies last.
2 August 12 - August 18, 2010
Time to Move...
BY DOROTHY DENNE Suddenly awake with the realization that something has jarred the bed. A pressure against my leg, then again at my side. My eyes open wide to the darkness as I feel warm breath on my neck. A painful blow lands in the center of my stomach. A weight on my chest, and my shoulders are pinned to the bed. A nibble of my left ear. A sand-papery
tongue slides over my chin. My cats are giving me a wake-up call for breakfast. We have played this scene before, every time I dared to sleep longer than their stomachs. I mumble sweet nothings to them and scratch their necks and rub their chins. It works. Mewston sprawls across my chest and Meowry curls into my side. Purrfection purrs softly, Snuggles more like a roar. They unintentionally lull me back to sleep. Only for a while. Then I feel the gentle kneading of Fluffy. They all begin to talk, then they begin to prance. So much for sleeping. The six of us head for the kitchen, three with sideways bounces, two with rug scattering darts, and one with a foot dragging shuffle. I get tripped, they get stepped on. None
of us minds. It is obvious from all the mewing, mrrowing and leg climbing that they have not eaten for weeks! First a little canned food, then a little dry food, then wash it all down with a generous drink of nonfat milk. A little milk for me, too, and we move into the living room to peek behind the drapes and check the outer world. The light at the corner is red, so the cars are lined. The bass from a 4-wheeler’s stereo fills the air and vibrates our windows. The cats are energized. I return to bed. Later, there are more pounces onto the foot of the bed, walks up the entire length of my body and tuna breath announcements that it is time for them to take over the bed and for me to get moving.
Pasadena Boys and Girls Club Receives $100,000 Grant from Bank of America Boys & Girls Clubs of America Los Angeles County Alliance, which supports the 27 Boys & Girls Clubs located in Los Angeles County, has received a $100,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Checks were presented to the various clubs, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena at a luncheon held at Dodger Stadium. Bank of America has been a partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Los Angeles County Alliance for the past three years, providing $225,000 in grants and other resources and support. Bank of America also provided the Clubs with 500 tickets to an upcoming Dodger game, and in September Bank of America/Merrill Lynch employees will volunteer their time to
present “Your Financial Future” workshops for Club members.“We are very appreciative of Bank of America’s financial and volunteer investment for our Club. Bank of America is helping us in our mission which is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible adults,” said John C. Matthiessen, Chief Volunteer Officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena. Garrett Gin, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for Bank of America said, “The Boys & Girls Clubs in Los Angeles County play a critical role in the lives of more than 120,000 underserved youth. Bank of America knows that the Boys & Girls Clubs will fully maximize our grant
dollars and volunteer resources to leverage the most for these kids, who go on to graduate high school at greater levels than the national average. We are proud of our small role in the greater ongoing impact these Clubs make on lives and communities. “ The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena was founded in 1937 as a response to the local need for safe, healthy, productive activities for youth during nonschool hours. Today the local Club serves more than 6,000 members of the Club, at their sites located in the Pasadena and Altadena communities. The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena main office is located at 3230 East Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Telephone: (626) 449-9100 or on the web at: www.bgcpasadena.
Starting a NEW business? File your DBA with us at
BY WALLY HAGE Have
A Scientific Study reveals that Blonde’s have more fun than dark haired women!! It has long been reckoned that they have more fun, but now they are thought to be more confident and amorous also. Scientists claim that their research shows that bleaching and tinting hair does wonders for a woman’s self-image. These women felt more attractive, and they were more likely to ask someone out on a date. Older women claimed that covering up grey hair and hiding the signs of ageing boosted their confidence. That many middle-aged women tended to bleach their hair blonde or color their hair in an effort to reinvent them selves and to become more attractive! My lovely natural brunette wife says ... Blondes are to DYE for? Her rather surprising comment brings to mind an incident that occurred not long ago! It seem that her favorite beautician talked her into purchasing a wig to take along on our cruise to help keep her hair looking great throughout the misty and foggy evening activities aboard ship. Well, one evening just prior to leaving on our cruise we decided to go out for dinner and I noticed that my wife was carrying along a large package, but I paid little attention to it. While we were waiting to be seated, she excused herself to wash her hands. As I was sitting in the waiting area for her return, a blonde lady sat down next to me with a blonde look-a-like Marilyn Monroe hairdo and she looked like Lady Ga Ga with Foster Grant shades on. As I scooted over to make more room ... she spoke to me in a very low sexy voice ... “Do you like my hair”? I almost fell off the bench in surprise; it was my wife in a blonde wig, acting like a Hollywood model trying to pick me up! As she and I walked down the isle toward our booth, we passed a couple that I recognized and was floored by the husband-
comment, as he whispered to me ... “Hey Wally, are you trying to change your luck or are you headed to a costume party”? Fortunately, my Blonde Bombshell did not hear the comments as she sauntered on toward our booth. Quickly, the lady diner that was with my joking friend began making a cell phone call and was holding her I-phone toward us, probably in hopes of showing some of her friends that Pat’s husband was out on the town with a sexy blonde. Well, happily I can report that our cruise wasn’t cancelled over “Blondie’s” trial wig showing ... but for sure ... she did cancel modeling her new blonde wig on our cruise. Since we are talking Blonde stories, it seems appropriate to share several of my favorite Blonde jokes! A blonde and a redhead went to the bar after work for a drink, and sat on stools watching the six O’clock news. A man was shown threatening to jump from the Brooklyn Bridge, and the blonde bet the redhead $50 that he wouldn’t jump. Sure enough though, he jumped, so the blonde gave the redhead $50. But the redhead said, “I can’t take this, you’re my friend.” Then the redhead said, “Listen, I have to tell you that I saw this on the 5 O’clock news, so I can’t take your money.” The blonde replied, “Well, so did I, but I didn’t think he would jump again!” The Pizza store cook asked the blonde if she would like her pizza cut into six pieces or twelve. “Six please” she replied, “I could never eat twelve!” A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor’s office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.” Impossible!” the doctor said, “Show me. “ The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder, and screamed, and then she pushed on her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed. Every part of her body that she touched made her scream. The doctor looked at her and said, “You’re not really a redhead, are
Continued on page 7
M E D I A ,
I N C .
PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Von Raees
PHOTOGRAPHER Terry Miller
COLUMNISTS Dorothy Denne Wally Hage
SOCIAL EDITOR Floretta Lauber
Susan Motander Bill Peters Tom Gammill Sue Behrens Candyce Columbus Greg Aragon Jeff Couriveau Dawn Rickabaugh Erin Vosti Lal
Amy Leong Kristie Tom Elaine Tsui
SALES MANAGER Andrea Olivas
Brad Healy Victor Buell
LEGAL ADVERTISING Annette Reyes
ACCOUNTING Vera Shamon
125 E. Chestnut Dr., Monrovia, CA 91016
SUBMISSIONS POLICY All press releases, story ideas and announcements should be submitted, as a Microsoft Word attachment, to one of the following e-mail addresses:
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org This paper is published every Thursday by Beacon Media, Inc. All content herein is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in any manner, either in whole or in part, without the express written consent of the publisher. The Views and opinions expressed in this paper are not necessarily that of the management and staff at Beacon Media, Inc. The Arcadia Weekly has been adjudicated as a newspaper of general circulation in court case number GS 004333. The Monrovia Weekly has been adjudicated as a newspaper of General Circulation in Court Case GS 004759.
August 12 - August 18, 2010
All You Need Is Love ... and a Laptop
Go to class.
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
The Smart Money Goes Metro To School
Connecticut couple Sheri Inferrera and Rob Wilber celebrated their love with a wedding where it all began, on a computer at eHarmony.com
BY TERRY MILLER For many lonely hearts at eHarmony, love is better the second time around. Many of eHarmony’s clients have decided they’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places and then decided to try the worldwide phenomenon cleverly titled eHarmony. The modern day personals column albeit via computer, eHarmony, boasts 200 plus a day marriages as a result of their computer dating services. This was certainly the case for a Connecticut couple who lived merely 20 minutes from one another but didn’t actually meet until the eHarmony gurus and algorithm charged computer(s) gave them a second chance at eternal
love. The couple who met via the online dating service had done this before, but in a more conventional way. Sheri Inferrera and Rob Wilber celebrated their love with a wedding where it all began – the eHarmony corporate offices in Pasadena. The eHarmony HQ lunchroom was transformed into a beautiful setting to which any bride would have been proud bring her Mom and Dad. The beautifully printed ceremonial schedule, which was complete with a selection of fine wines and Champagnes, topped off the story e-book romance. About 80 guests which included friends and family of the bride and groom
as well as a large contingent of eHarmony employees waited patiently for the blushing bride to stroll down the aisle at the allotted 4pm in her formal wedding gown - to the alter where two HP laptop computers were strategically placed with white rose petals carefully arranged around the very machines that brought them together in the first place. As the Bride approached the alter as well as dueling laptops, the groom grinned from ear to ear as his new bride garnered the spotlight. It wasn’t long before the “officiant” minister, Dr. J. Zink of the church of “eHarmony” as he quipped, started the service with the traditional words…
This was the first-ever wedding ceremony and reception to take place at the company’s headquarters. After the time-honored vows were uttered, a new twist was added. The bride and groom each typed “I do” on their respective laptops and the deal was signed, sealed and emailed! Sheri and Rob made it legal the knot in the company of their closest family and friends. CEO Greg Waldorf toasted the new bride and groom and eHarmony Senior Director of Content Grant Langston, played the guitar and sang for the ceremony and reception. The wedding kicks off eHarmony’s 10th anniversary celebration in August.
Whether going back to school this fall means K-12 or college/vocational, visit metro.net for the convenient routes and reduced fares that make going Metro the smart choice. Or for busy parents, let the Metro School Pool free ridematching service set you up in a carpool with other students. Call 213.922.2811 for more information.
Go Metro To Free Pasadena Concerts Enjoy the summer nights at the Memorial Park band shell in Old Pasadena with Levitt Pavilion Pasadena’s eclectic summer lineup of 50 FREE concerts now through August 29. Take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. For more information, visit metro.net/discounts.
Construction To Start On New El Monte Station Groundbreaking is expected this month on construction of the new $45 million public bus and terminal station at Santa Anita Avenue and Ramona Boulevard. The project will double the capacity of the original El Monte Station it is replacing that opened in 1973. Find out more at metro.net/elmonte.
Soundwall To Bu=er Duarte Schools It’s hard enough to concentrate in school without having to put up with the noise of freeway tra;c. So to help some students in Duarte, Caltrans and Metro broke ground last month on construction of a 14-foot-high, half-mile-long soundwall along the I-210 Freeway adjacent to Duarte High and Northview Middle schools.
Enjoy Summer Artsfest 2010 In East LA
If you’d like to know more, please call us at 1.800.464.2111, or visit metro.net.
SGV-LE-11-002 ©2010 LACMTA
Go Metro to Summer Artsfest 2010 at the East LA Civic Center every Saturday during August and enjoy the farmers market, art walk, dancing, and live concerts. Take the Metro Gold Line and exit at East LA Civic Center Station. For more information, visit lacountyparks.org.
Merchant Credit Card Processing .25% That’s 1/4 of one percent over actual Visa and Mastercard Wholesales rates!
Sheri Inferrera and Rob Wilber celebrated their love with a wedding where it all began – the eHarmony corporate offices in Pasadena. Sheri is pictured here listening to Dr. J. Zinc who opfficated the ceremony - Photos by Terry Miller
4 August 12 - August 18, 2010
Proposition 8 Overturned
Quarantine Declared in Pasadena Area for Oriental Fruit Fly - 89 Square Miles Affected in Los Angeles County
Continued from page 1
on antiquated and discredited notions of gender.” California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (DA quarantine is in Kawamura. “We urge ental fruit fly primarily reLos Angeles), the state’s first place in the Pasadena/SanMOSt home gardeners to com- lies upon a process known openly gay legislative leader, ROSEMEAD’S gRAciOuS issued the following statement Marino area of Los Ange- ply with these measures as “male attractant,” in ASSiStED living cOMMunity. invasive by consuming homegrown which workers squirt a regarding lastfull-SERvicE week’s federal les County, where court ruling that Proposition Oriental fruit flies have produce at home and not small patch of fly attractant been detected. moving it from their prop- mixed with a very small 8 is unconstitutional: Care, Independent and Assisted Living The quarantine mea- erty. This will protect their dose of pesticide approxi“Judge Memory Walker’s thoughtful, eloquent decision sures 89 square miles and fellow gardeners and help mately 8-10 feet off the bordered oninthe west by care ensure thatmost the infestation ground to light poles, street in Perry v. Schwarzenegger We isspecialize service, and of all value! is a powerful validation of Figueroa St; on the south will not spread to nearby trees and similar surfaces. Contact to learn our itcampus environment. Interstate 10; onmore the about areas where could affect Male flies are attracted to our nation’s tradition of full usbytoday equality in the eyes of the east by The Big Santa Ani- California’s food supply.” the mixture and die after At California Mission Inn, we not only ta Wash; and on the north While fruitcare fliesfor andyou… consuming it. law. This is a decision which the about other pests The treatment is nonreaffirms the principles and by an imaginary line we incare you. threaten Caliideals enshrined in our Con- foothills. Additional infor- fornia’s crops, the vast ma- intrusive and has repeatstitution, and only serves to mation about this quaran- jority of them are detected edly proven successful underscore the fact that rec- tine, including a map, is in urban and suburban over many years. Treatognition of full equality for available at: http://www. areas. The most common ments will be repeated at LGBT Americans is simply cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/PE/Inte- pathway for these pests two-week intervals for two riorExclusion/off_quaran- to enter the state is by life cycles beyond the last at matter of time. “hitchhiking” in fruits and fly find, with a minimum of I also want to express tine.html The movement of host vegetables brought back four applications. my congratulations to the A detailed map of the legal team of David'RAND !VE Boies fruits and plants grown in illegally by travelers as and Ted Olson, as well as the quarantine areas is re- they return from infested treatment area is available CALIFORNIA MISSION living regions aroundINN the world. online at: Therese Stewart and Dennis stricted. Residents within the boundaries are The Oriental fruit fly is http://www.cdfa. Herrera representing the -ISSIOCity N $R Drive asked not to 8417 move Mission host widespread throughoutTOURS ca.gov/phpps/PDEP/treatand County of San Francisco Rosemead 91770 fromCAmuch of the mainland of ment/treatment_maps.html for their brilliant, inspiring plants and materials DAILY! their property. Southern Asia and neighResidents with quesand historic arguments in this LVD License# 197606182, 197607175 6ALLEY " “All of us must work boring islands including tions about the project may case. They have won a major S ciOu unity. gRAConSri Lanka and Taiwan. It call the department’s Pest M together to carry out an victory on behalf of M Stour O O c M ’S ing MEAD LGBT D liv Ameri- Liveffective g E in t program,” said is also found in Hawaii. Hotline at 1-800-491-1899 stitution iS ROSE and ASS sisted RvicE nd As ent a ll-SEeverywhere.” e!CDFA Secretary A.G. d Treatment of the Orilu n cans e fu va p l t of al ment. , Inde
MeNtION thIS Ad ANd SAve up tO $1,500*!
7ALNUT 'ROVE !VE
Call us today at (626) 287-0438
riage as the union of one man and one woman unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution: “Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.” “Rather, the exclusion exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage. That time has passed.” “The gender of a child’s parent is not a factor in a child’s adjustment.” “Indeed, the evidence shows beyond any doubt that parents’ genders are irrelevant to children’s developmental outcomes.” “Proposition 8 thus enshrines in the California Constitution a gender restriction that the evidence shows to be nothing more than an artifact of a foregone notion that men and women fulfill different roles in civic life.” “Rather, the evidence shows that Proposition 8 harms the state’s interest in equality, because it mandates that men and women be treated differently based only
3AN 'ABRIEL "LVD
motes healthy marriage for all people. Here at All Saints Church we are all about turning the human race into the human family. And we rejoice with the gay and lesbian members of that family who today heard from Judge Walker the message we send every day from All Saints Church: that they are equal in every way and entitled not only to equal blessing by the church but to equal protection of the Constitution.” On Sunday, August 8th All Saints Church will hosted an informational forum including legal experts and faith leaders speaking in response to last week’s ruling. In recent years local church groups including Throop, All Saints and The Neighborhood Church have steadfastly opposed Proposition 8 and many marches and protests helped voice those opinions in no uncertain terms. The following excerpts are from the federal district court opinion issued in Perry v. Schwarzenegger last Wednesday, which declared the California constitutional amendment affirming mar-
*must move in by March 31, 2010. Restrictions apply. ROSEMEAD’S SEMEAD’S MOSt gRAciOuSMOSt gRAciOuS ! full-SERvicE living cOMMunity. icE ASSiStED livingASSiStED cOMMunity. ,500* tO $1 mos re ron re and campus envi ry Ca rvice, ca Memo our r you… lize in sen more about fo ia ec re sp ca We ot only y to lear n, we n you. us toda t ission In Contact ornia M we care abou At Calif
ve up Nd SA 438 Ad A IS h 287-0 t tION (626)
Memory and Care,Assisted Independent Care, Independent Livingand Assisted Living RS MeN
y at s toda Call u
N ON IN MISSI RNIA CALIFO rive sion D is M 0 8417 A 9177 175 ead C 197607 Rosem 06182,
TOU ! DAILY
Coyote Attacks Prompt Council Action in Arcadia
VE %ARLE !
VE $ELTA !
LVD ABRIEL "