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Pasadena City Council called for the drafting of a smoking ordinance that could ban renters from smoking in their own apartments. City Council directed staff to draft a ordinance that would ban smoking in common areas of apartment buildings by the summer; ban smoking in all proposed multi-unit housing; require a disclosure of the law in rental, lease or purchase agreements by January 2012 and all out ban of smoking in apartment units by January 2013.
Temple City’s Council Discusses Road Issues and Green Initiatives BY MICHELLE R. BROWN Temple City Council made a number of ceremonial announcements and presentations during
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Rosalind Schoen (aka Rosie), 17, was overwhelmingly selected by the Doo Dah judges to be the next Queen to preside over the parade April 30 - Photo by Terry Miller
BY PATTY HURLEY AND TERRY MILLER uring this year’s eclectic and truly outrageous Doo
Keep the Lights On Second in a Series of Reports from Japan BY MIKU KOACH The duration of the past weeks following the tragic earthquake that hit Japan on March 11th has been one strife after another with the tsunamis that swept away cities and the subsequent nuclear crisis in Fukushima. Unfortunately though, the aftermath of the quake still arises as Japan’s efforts to recover progresses. One of the more preva-
lent after effects has been the power rationing in the form of scheduled blackouts in the Kantou region of Japan, which includes cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama. Though it has not been officially stated, the rationing of power has been said to lasting well throughout the summer and is approximated to end in the winter
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Dah Queen Tryouts, a delightful and bubbly 17-year old Alverno High School
student, who dubbed herself “Red Rosie”, was selected to reign over The
2011 Doo Dah Parade, April 30. Sierra Madre’s Rosalind Schoen, 17, was
selected as Pasadena Doo Dah Queen to a standing
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Suspect Threatens Fruit for All Celebrates Girlfriend - Now Held for First Anniversary Psychiatric Evaluation BY SUSAN MOTANDER On Sunday, April 3, 2011, just before 8:00 p.m., the Monrovia Police Department received a call from a woman living on Shady Oaks Drive. She said she had fled her home when her boyfriend, Daniel Simpson, threatened her with a sword. She and a female friend left leaving the suspect inside. She reported that Simpson was also armed
with a handgun and a rifle. The girlfriend told police that she had seen Simpson with ammunition for the pistol. When police arrived at the residence, they found the suspect barricaded in the house and refusing to cooperate with them. MPD Officers surrounded the location and
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-Photo by Terry Miller Fruit for All picks and distributes fruit to area food banks
As we told you a few months ago, not every teenager is preoccupied with texting, computers, video games and Facebook. In
fact, when we met Arcadia High School student Zach Selby who spends a good
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A Day at the Races –MHS Alumni and Wildcat Band Scored Sunday
The Monrovia Wildcats get into the winners circle with jockey Joeseph Talamo who rode “Scored” to victory in race number 3 on Sunday -Photo by Terry Miller
onrovia High School’s Alumni Day at the Races was held last Sunday at Santa Anita with over 150 people attending. Although Groucho Marx
wasn’t there to help there was Coach Arvin Wenzelberg and Elizabeth Booth (Class of 79) who were among the many guests who enjoyed the races and
the action on the infield. Booth was one of the major coordinators of the event. Attendees consisted of Alumni, current MHS Band students, families and friends
The board members have worked tirelessly in fundraising to keep the program running as well as working on raising funds for their planned trip to Carnegie Hall
On Sunday April 3, MHS Alumni Day at the Races was a well attended event which gave the Wildcat band an opportunity to meet a jockey in the third race and get into the winners circle. The band will be headed to Carnegie Hall in February next year. The Symphonic Band of Monrovia High School has been invited to perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall at the New York Wind Band Festival in February 2012. The fifty student musicians that comprise the Monrovia High School Symphonic Band will perform at the five-day festival along with seven other scholastic ensembles. The Symphonic Band secured their performance invitation following a rigorous application and audition process. Applications were received from throughout the country as well as from Europe. Director of Bands, Daniel J. Magallanes, is in his fifth year leading the instrumental music ensembles of Monrovia High. “This in an incredible honor,” says Mr. Magallanes.
“I’m very proud of my students, and I hope that everyone at our school and in our community shares that pride. This is a once in a lifetime experience that I hope we can afford to make happen.” In addition to preparing concert repertoire for the festival, the MHS Music Department now has the challenge of raising funds to cover the cost of the trip, including festival fees, airfare, and lodging. The total cost for students, staff, and chaperones is estimated at $120,000 for the five-day trip. The Wildcat Band Booster Club is actively seeking grants and sponsorships from the San Gabriel Valley business community to ensure that the Symphonic Band will participate in this prestigious event next year. The Wildcat Band Booster Club is a parent-run, non-profit organization which supports the Monrovia High School Music Department by fundraising the music programs $75,000 annual operating expenses. April 23rd, Car
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nized. No matter what he took up first, he always had at least one thing left over with no way to pick it up. Finally satisfaction shone on his face as, umbrella in his arm-pit, money rolled into one hand, cartons stacked oneon-top-of-the-other, check in between them, all balanced with both hands, he headed for the cashier. I envisioned the poor guy having to set everything down once more to get to the check and unfist the money, then start all over again. That struck me funny too. My friend returned and sat down. She got an expression on her face similar to the Daddy with the finger in his ear. She said, “Ooops, I was talking to Betty and forgot to go wash my hands.” Now that really struck me funny.
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thing eminently more important. He began picking his nose. A good dig and he pulled his finger out of his nose and stuck it directly into his surprised Daddy’s ear. Not the injury I had originally envisioned. This one struck me funny. I was still chuckling about that when the guy in the next booth began his preparations to leave. His breakfast had apparently been bigger than he could eat so he had a couple of plastic containers filled with the extra. I began speculating if he had a dog at home, or if he was planning a little mid-morning snack, or would the leftovers be his lunch. Meanwhile, he had his problems of the moment. See, it was raining so he had two containers, the check, his money and an umbrella. It took some doing to get it all orga-
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My friend and I went out for breakfast as we often do. She had gone to wash her hands and had stopped to talk with another friend. I was left alone to engage in one of my favorite pastimes, watching and listening to people. There was a cute little kid, about eighteen months to two years, in the booth across the way. Daddy and Mommy were chatting, so he busily entertained himself. He stood on the booth beside Daddy and played with the cord of the window shade, wrapping it round and round his arm. Occasionally he would lift his little fist and bat a hanging plant to watch it swing back and forth. The thought crossed my mind that either action could create an injury. I guess he got bored with the cord and plant or he became aware of some-
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PUSD Principals Announce Retirement
Rose City High School, Sierra Madre School
Principal to End Decades of Service to Students
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Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Edwin Diaz announced today that two school principals will retire on June 30. He thanked them for their work and dedication to PUSD students, and wished them well in their future endeavors. Retirees this year include Gayle Bluemel, principal of Sierra Madre Elementary and Middle Schools, and Irene Quiñones, principal of Rose City High School. “I would like to thank Ms. Bluemel for her lifetime of service to Sierra Madre School and PUSD,” said Superintendent Diaz. “Sierra Madre continues to be one of PUSD’s greatest success stories due to Gayle’s consistent focus on delivering powerful instruction in every classroom and putting students first. Her work with students, staff and parents sets a great example of the spirit of collaboration, celebration and community described in the District’s culture statement.” Ms. Bluemel has served as a member of the Sierra Madre staff since 1990, as a classroom teacher, community resource teacher, Assistant Principal and, since 2006, Principal. In her first year as Principal, the school established the core values of Academic Achievement, Creative Culture, and Safe and Nurturing Environment, which have guided planning and improvement efforts over the past five years. Sierra Madre’s Academic Performance Index scores have increased by 112 points from 786 to 898 during Ms. Bluemel’s tenure. Much of that growth may be attributed
to a 153-point increase for Hispanic students and a 139-point increase for socioeconomically disadvantaged students during that period. As a strong advocate of arts education, Ms. Bluemel established the PUSD Summer Musical Theatre program in 1995 and integrated the arts into instruction at all grade levels. Ms. Bluemel has engaged parents to actively support enrichment, fundraising, and governance through such programs as the Sierra Madre School Annual Fund, Parent Leadership Summit and Volunteer Training program. Sierra Madre School won the 2009 California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll award and Sierra Madre students consistently participate in and win awards in district, county and state level competitions, such as spelling bees, essay contests, science fairs and math competitions. “I have treasured being part of the Sierra Madre School family since 1990. What a privilege it has been for me to spend the culminating five years of my career at the helm of this special place we all know and love!,” Ms. Bluemel stated. “I am so proud of what we have accomplished together, and thank you all, parents, students, and staff, for sharing with me our common commitment to academic excellence, creativity and community.” Ms. Quiñones is completing her eighth year of service to the district, first as principal of McKinley School, and as principal of Rose City High School for the past four years. During her tenure, Rose City achieved accreditation for the first time in its history,
increased the Academic Performance Index score by 126 points, and expanded options for students to recover credits. “Irene’s combination of strong leadership, high expectations, unrelenting focus, and love for kids has transformed Rose City,” said Superintendent Diaz. “I am proud to say that Rose City has become one of the best continuation high schools in the region, and an essential component of a comprehensive alternative education system that is lowering dropout rate sand enabling more students to graduate.” While Ms. Quiñones was principal of McKinley, the school received a Title I Academic Achievement award and won PUSD’s first-ever Bravo award for excellence in arts education in 2005. In 2010, she was selected as a one of “50 Fabulous Women of Influence,” honored by THE Magazine in Pasadena. She has served as a teacher and an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in a career that spans more than two decades. Ms. Quiñones was named teacher of the year for Rowland Unified School District, and was principal of the first middle school in Hacienda La Puente Unified School District to receive a California Distinguished School award. “My years at McKinley School and Rose City High School have been truly amazing,” said Ms. Quiñones. “Together with dedicated parents and staff, our sole purpose has been to provide students with a great education, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished. I have been blessed to work with K-12 students throughout my career; these children have been the reason I have woken up every morning, happy to come to work. Thank you, Pasadena Unified School District.” A search process for new principals at Rose City and Sierra Madre Schools will commence next month, and will include input from students, parents, and community members.
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BY WALLY HAGE Most everyone has forgotten a birthday, anniversary, or some very special event at sometime in life. Probably the most certain way to remember a special date... is to forget it once ... as the consequences are usually awful enough that you will never forget the date again. March 14, 2011, was the date of my wife’s forgotten and unheralded birthday that will go down in infamy. I woke up and absent-mindedly forgot to greet her with birthday wishes and presents while serving her usual breakfast in bed. The angry good morning greeting, “Don’t you remember what day this is?” That she shouted at me in a most acrimonious tone set the stage for my most unforgettable day! Quickly I made the excuse ... that a surprise-shopping day was awaiting her since she had been confined to a wheelchair for the past four weeks with a leg injury. She began to warm up to me as I outlined an exhausting itinerary for the day, but I was expecting her to decline most of the plans. Instead she quickly replied, “Well Honey, Let’s Get Started. I sure hope your Credit Card has no limits! The first stop that she pleaded for was a “One Day” annual clearance day sale at her favorite department store. Pushing and shoving my “Shop-A-Holic Damsel” in a wheelchair through the frantic crowd, was similar to the hysteria expressed during
this past New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. At the conclusion of our first shopping stop, I was ready for lunch and a nap. I was hopeful that we could have a restful lunch at a nearby quiet intimate place, but that idea was immediately rejected. Instead, she selected the shopping mall food court during the busy noon hour rush so that she could browse the many others store sales going on within the mall. After lunch, as I was laboriously pushing here in and out of the various mall stores, her silly comment at that point was discussing. “Gosh, honey, this wheelchair ride through the mall is like taking a ride on a favorite attraction at Disneyland, we’ll have to do this again soon. “Oh, sure ... “I can’t wait”, I snarled under my breath. Well, at this point of the shopping expedition, I pleaded mercy! I told her that I wanted to leave the mall and surprise her by buying a Power Spin Exercise Bike, similar to the one she had been using during her weeks of Therapy. This was agreeable that we go look at the sporting goods store, but that she was now tired and wanted to sit in the car while I purchased it. During the purchase process, I excused myself from the salesperson, explaining that I wanted to bring my wife into the store to get her approval. Her inspection and approval to purchase was quick, so I told her to stay by the equipment while I made arrangement to purchase it and possibly take it home with us. But several visits to the car by the salesperson confirmed that the bike would not fit in the
car and that it would have to be delivered. The paper work at the register was a long process to finalize the purchase and delivery agreement. Unknowingly my wife had left the bike area to visit the lady’s room so at completion of the sale I presumed that she had gotten tired and returned to the car. While leaving the store, I took one last glance around the store but she was nowhere in sight. Arriving at the car she was obviously not there! Now somewhat dismayed I figured that she may have gone to the restaurant next door to use the lady’s room. While sitting in my car half worried, my wife returned from the Sport store restroom to wait in the bike equipment area as agreed. After several minutes she asked the salesperson if I was still purchasing the exercise bike. He emphatically told her that I had left about five minutes ago! WOW... she was in immediate tears.... and panic had spread throughout the store. Quickly, the salesperson and two other employees rushed out to the parking lot to see if my car was still there. When I saw the commotion of the store employees running toward me ... I was stunned. They pleaded ... “please Mister, don’t leave your wife ... she is still inside the store waiting for you”! Needless to explain, the ride home from the sports store was cooler than a freezing winter day in Arctic. Well this obviously, concludes the saga of the “FORGOTTEN birthday and the nearly FORGOTTEN, birthday girl.
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done themselves with this retrospective. From Pulitzer Prize winner images by local legend Nick Ut to “Presidents and Politics,” shot by a variety of tremendous photographers, the exhibit is a brilliant and vibrant selection of images shot by PPAGLA members over the past 75 years.
PPAGLA members David Sprague and Gerald Burkhart are the exhibit’s co-curators of the show on the legendary liner that brought yours truly to these United States back in 1965. The gallery is open from 10-6 daily. An admission fee is charged to visit the Queen Mary, but once aboard, the exhibit is free.
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Eve Ensler’s, The Vagina Monologues, recently debuted at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Performed and presented by Planned Parenthood Pasadena of San Gabriel Valley, the two night sold out event was in support of V-DAY 2011 Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls. Proceeds from the two performances went to support the life-saving cervical, breast and testicular cancer screenings, contraceptive services, wellwoman exams. Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, education and counseling visits that are also some of the many preventative health care services provided by Planned Parenthood. Going into the performance, I was a bit nervous because of the negative stigma and publicity surrounding Planned Parenthood in media. To my
surprise, I discovered all of the services and good things that Planned Parenthood does in fact provide. Planned Parenthood was established in 1933. Planned Parenthood’s Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley offices are nonprofit organizations whose mission is to ensure broad public access to reproductive health care and family planning through medical services, education, and advocacy. Planned Parenthood provides birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, screenings for common health conditions, annual exams, vaccines, and more. All services are offered at low-to-no cost to individuals and families, and 99% of our patients have no health insurance. Our service area extends east to west from Glendora to Glendale, and north to south from the San Ga-
briel Mountains to the San Bernardino Freeway. Politics aside, I think it is extremely important to provide people with education and services in health care especially with the unemployment rate at about tenpercent. V-Day’s Spotlight Campaign for 2011 will be on the Women and Girls of Haiti. The Spotlight will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national program in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists - including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene - that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter, and legal services.
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Driven to Distracted Driving? Zero Tolerance Enforcement Days this Month Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Joins Effort to Crack Down on Cell Phone Use and Texting during the month of April How often do you see drivers’ texting or talking with hand-held cell phones and wish they would be stopped and cited? As part of California’s first Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement in the Southern region including Los Angeles County is holding zero tolerance days for cell phone use and texting. A ticket for violating either the hands-free or no texting law costs a minimum of $159, and subsequent tickets cost $279. Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk, and has joined speeding and alcohol as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes. As a result, law enforcement officers throughout the state are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. Starting April 4th and throughout the month, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has joined over 225 local agencies plus 103 California Highway Patrol Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements. “We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously.” said Captain Shaun Mathers, Sheriff’s Risk Management Bureau. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting officers on the road to enforce zero tolerance. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?” Drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distractionrelated fatal crashes. In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. “We recognize that convincing drivers to refrain from using cell phones or
texting while driving isn’t easy,” said Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy. “It’s very difficult to resist the urge to check an incoming text or answer a cell phone call. That’s why we are stepping up enforcement and public awareness efforts. Convincing California drivers to wear seat belts 20 years ago wasn’t easy either, but in 2010 more than 96 percent buckled up and thousands of lives were saved.” Studies show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road. There are simple measures drivers can take to minimize distractions in the vehicle: Turn your phone off or put it out of reach before starting the car Alert callers that you are unable to take calls when driving by changing your voicemail message. Make it a point not to call or text anyone who may be driving, such as during their commute to and from work or school, especially parents calling teen drivers. If you do need to make an important call or respond to a text message, pull over to a safe place to do so. If going “cold turkey” is too difficult and you just can’t turn your phone off, consider using one of the available mobile phone apps that holds calls and incoming texts. “We just want drivers to use some common sense when they’re behind the wheel and focus on driving,” said Murphy. “Think about the vast majority of calls and texts you send or receive every day. Were any really worth a $159 ticket or worse, a crash, injury or death? It’s just not worth it.”
Monrovia Cinco de Mayo Celebration Highlights Culture of Mexico Monrovia’s Cinco De Mayo Cultural Art and Music Festival will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Colorado and Myrtle Ave in charming Old Town Monrovia from 2PM to 8PM. The all-day celebration will transform the city streets into a festive street festival with educational and cultural exhibits, musical performances from Grammy-award winning entertainers and an array of dance performances from popular Folklorico and Oaxacan dance troupes. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend this inaugural free, familyfriendly block party making it San Gabriel Valley’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration and the first event in Monrovia’s 125 years of
existence to pay tribute to Latino heritage. Monrovia will join over 100 US cities celebrating the rich culture, heritage, and history of Mexico. The event is a community led effort comprised of over a dozen person committee and led by Committee president Rudy Castrellon to pay tribute to the history and contributions that the Latino community has made to the City of Monrovia. “I invite everyone to Monrovia to be part of history,” says Castrellon President of Monrovia Cinco De Mayo Committee and local business owner. The event kicks off with performances from CaliMex roots quartet Los Fabulocos, and popular Latin Jazz ensemble the Banda Brothers. The fiesta
continues at the children’s stage where Folklorico and Oaxacan dance troupes will perform into the early evening. Throughout the celebration, attendees can enjoy works from over 75 local artists displaying a variety of media including: watercolor, oil painting, photography, ceramic, and glasswork. Visitors can also sample popular Mexican fare from a variety of Monrovia restaurants including Rudy’s Mexican Food Restaurant participating in the event. The event continues with special performances from the Delgado Brothers performing their Latin infused blues. The cultural and arts festival will culminate with a very special performance from the Grammy Award winning group The Mariachi Divas,
a unique, multi-cultural, all female mariachi ensemble. The Monrovia Cinco De Mayo Cultural Art and Music Festival is produced by the Monrovia Cinco de Mayo Association in partnership with the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the diversity that is Monrovia, and to promote an understanding of all peoples and their cultures. Monrovia’s Cinco De Mayo Cultural and Art Festival is a free, all-ages cultural event, open to the public. For more information including a schedule of the event please visit www.monrovia5demayo. org.
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Monrovia City Councilman Adams Explains Controversial Email
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ouncil Member Tom Adams created a stir at the special meeting two weeks ago when he sent an e-mail to the City Manager and City Clerk, but not to fellow council members. Adams was not present at the meeting as so sent the e-mail to the city staff members to be read at the meeting stating his opinion on the sale of redevelopment property to the Gold Line Construction Authority (GLCA). At the regular council meeting this Tuesday, at which the entire issue of the sale was removed from consideration and therefore discussion, Adams explained his rational for sending the e-mail. He said that he believed that send-
ing it directly to his fellow council members would be a violation of the Brown Act which prohibits private consultations without public notice or input. Earlier, Adams had told this paper that his reason for absenting himself from the special session was not just his business conference in Las Vegas, but also the serious illness of his sister who lives in that area. Other council members who requested to speak off the record, but who wished their thoughts to be shared characterized Adams remarks which were made during the council member reports segment of the meeting as “more of an explanation than an apology.” Those contacted by this paper all noted the same thing. Adams did not violate the Brown Act, but by sending the e-mail to the Pasadena Star News and a local blog, the information in that message was city wide by the time of the meeting. The result was that the contents of the message were known by all. At the meeting other council members were
critical of their colleagues’ choice of venue for the distribution of his opinion on the issue. on Wednesday, City Manager Scott Ochoa explained that the sale of the property was pulled from the agenda, but that it had nothing to do with the Adams objections. “The agenda item was not continued or tabled because the agency and the Gold Line Construction Authority could not reach an agreement on one issue. The city has also been served with a law suit by the owner of a property adjacent to the proposed maintenance yard. The attorney for the owner’s field for “anticipatory breach of contract.” Their position is that if the city sells the redevelopment property to the GLCA it was result in that agency seeking to acquire the adjacent by property by eminent domain. They maintain that this would be a violation of a settlement reached with the city in 2004. Needless to say, the city must be taking this law suit into consideration while negotiating with the Gold Line.
2011 Sierra Madre Dolphins Swim Team Springs into Action The Sierra Madre Dolphins are starting a brand new spring swim team! This is a great opportunity to start swim team training before the summer and be in the best possible swim shape. The spring swim team will begin on Monday, May 2, 2011 and run through Friday, June 3, 2011. Practices are held Monday through Friday
from 5:30pm-7:00pm. The cost of the program is $100 per swimmers between the ages of 5-17 years who can swim the length of the pool. The spring swim team will focus on building endurance and refining swim skills and techniques. There are no scheduled swim meets against other swim teams for the spring season, but inter-squad
meets will be held. Please note a minimum of 30 swimmers must enroll in the spring swim team by May 2, 2011 for the program to run. Please register online at www.cityofsierramadre.com/onlineregistration or at the Community Services Office, located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., next to the Aquatic Center. For more information call 626-355-5278.
Arcadia High to Host Battle of the Badges April 22 The Arcadia Police Officers’ Association (APOA) and Arcadia Fire Fighters’ Association (AFFA) plan to participate in a special event to raise funds for Special Olympics.
The Battle of The Badges charity basketball game will be held on Friday April 22, 2011 at 7:00PM. At Arcadia High School (Main Gymnasium) 180 Campus Drive, Arcadia.
The APOA & AFFA are going to battle it out on the court in an all-star basketball game to benefit the Special Olympics of Southern California.
Thousands turn out to order from the 80 Gourmet food trucks on the infield this past weekend. -Photo by Terry Miller
The rise in popularity of trendy food trucks in Los Angeles was echoed this past weekend at Santa Anita when thousands of people drifted from truck
to truck to try their particular favorite specialties. Whether it was the Grilled Cheese truck or the Baby’s (with the attention grabbing artwork) it seemed
there was no shortage of customers. While the lines were long, most people didn’t seem to mind wait-
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Pasadena Gastropub, Kings Row, Opens Thursday Old Town Pasadena has a new gastropub called Kings Row. Housed in a century old building on Colorado Boulevard and restored to its original state, the aptly named pub is set to open to the public on April 8, 2011. From the team behind NEOMEZĒ, the former restaurant turned Gastro Pub has put more of its emphasis and talent behind the food it serves with expanded artisan food and drink menus and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that includes all new furniture, large communal tables, hanging lights, and a redesigned spacious outdoor patio that they call their “beer garden”. “Customers walk down an anonymous looking hallway before stepping inside the beautiful and historic venue that was built at the turn of last century,” said Shivie Dhillon who owns Kings Row along with Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and Aidin Yousif. “There is a new and hip vibe at Kings Row that is unique from any other in Pasadena.” “Our passion for fresh
food combined with our commitment to customers inspired us to create what will become the city’s “go to” hot spot for unparalleled comfort food and service,” said Giragossian who is also currently a student at the prestigious Ecole de Cuisine in Pasadena. “By returning to our roots and with some light starting to shine on a new economy Kings Row has evolved into a serious dining destination for people seeking a return to timeless cooking in what may be one of Old Town’s best kept secrets.” Chef Thomas Jesse, an expert at the art of gastro fare who was nicknamed “escargot” by his Grandfather because of how slow he walks, enjoys the labor involved in slow cooking. “We have spent month’s fine tuning the new menu,” said Chef Thomas who also understands the need to modernize, update, or even slightly reinterpret a classic dish or cocktail in order to draw attention. “Kings Row’s well-prepared comfort food has the feel and style like no other. I like to
take my time in the kitchen and begin very early so I can focus on single preparations one by one without much interference. Some items can take 3 or 4 hours to finish.” The expanded Kings Row menu also includes a foray of classic dishes with some slight reinterpretations including Portobello Banh Mi, Pulled Pork Sandwich made with wild boar and the Asian Duck Burger among others. Kings Row completes the gastro pub experience with a full bar of cocktails made from their own infusions, cordials, and bitters plus the restaurant has expanded its draught beers selections to offer more local, small batch beers. In the future GM Rice plans to host a free Home Brewer’s Night. Kings Row is open from 4:00pm to Midnight Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 4:00pm to 2:00am Thursday and Friday and Noon to 2:00am on the weekends. Kings Row is located at 20 Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91105. (626) 793-3010.
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“The Rosie Parade” Continued from page 1
ovation Saturday. The newest member of the Doo Dah Royal Family wooed over 30 judges by morphing from a demure Catholic school pupil into a red-lips ticked, red-caped Wonder Woman. She began her saucy metamorphosis by singing “The Man Upstairs” by Kay Starr. Rosalind Schoen, a student at the Sierra Madre Catholic School, is now Doo Dah’s perfect counterpart to the more primand proper decorum of the Rose Queen. Some pundits, i.e. yours truly and some other journalists, are already dubbing the Doo Dah Parade 2011 – “The Rosie Parade.”
Upon receiving the royal nod of approval, Schoen said, “I wish could put this on my college application. It’s one of those dreams come true you never expect.” In second place was Diane Patrizzi, otherwise known as “Princess Ha-Ha-Mongna Cowabunga Intergalactica” who channeled the native mating call of an early Indian tribe and told judges “we are all on…on one soccer field.” Referring, of course, to the controversial sediment romal plan at Devils Gate dam. A couple dozen Queen Hopefuls threw their hats in the ring and provided hours of silliness for the audience and
judges to mock. While the audio problems left a lot to be desired - many of the judges’ questions were not heard due to faulty mics or a wireless problem of some proportions. Meanwhile Queen Tequila Mockingbird did her very best rendition of the late British comedian, Tommy Cooper, we’ve ever heard…”Just Like That…I told you I was sick”…referring to Cooper’s catch phrase and the immortal words allegedly inscribed on his tombstone in England. If you care to relive those priceless moments of Doo Dah: go to: www. sierramadreweekly.com for some YouTube videos,
slides and captured memories. Everything from humungous hoop skirts that could fit a small army, to barely nothing graced the stage at Post 280 at this year’s tryouts. Contestants included the likes of Saint YOU, Sabrina the Stimulus Package, Mimi Mar GO-GO, Fulkusiahh Whatzit, The World’s Whistling Champion, Black Widow and Post 280’s own “Weenie Slinger” among other unmemorable acts. During the evening, the musical entertainment was provided by Snotty Scotty and the Hankies
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Doo Dah Queen Rosie really is a wonder
Donnelly Bills Killed in State Assembly Two bills penned by Tea-Party favorite Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) proposing measures modeled on Arizona’s controversial immigration legislation were voted down in the State Assembly’s Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning. Only three members out of 10 supported AB26,
which would have introduced harsher penalties for both undocumented workers and the employers who knowingly hire them, and allowed individual citizens to sue government for lax enforcement. Assemblywoman Alyson Huber (DEl Dorado Hills) did not vote. Count Smokula belts out his famous song before the judges Saturday night – Photos by Terry Miller
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DEA Holding Second Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30th The Drug Enforcement Administration and its Los Angeles area community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and its partners will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites throughout Southern California. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds—121 tons— of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. The agency hopes to collect even more this spring by opening the event to long term care facilities. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in
home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. “The Prescription Drug Take-Back program provides area residents with a safe way to dispose of their unwanted medication,” said Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “Unused or expired medications are a public safety issue, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. That is why we are committed to helping keep homes in our communities safe, by ridding our medicine cabi-
nets of expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.” The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database, where they enter their zip code. Four days after last fall’s event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act. For additional information pertaining to DEA and prescription drug abuse, visit www.dea.gov, www. justthinktwice.gov, or www. getsmartaboutdrugs.com.
Temple City's Council Discusses Road Issues Continued from page 1 their regular meeting Tuesday. Council members heard from citizens about community issues, and addressed the business of appointing council members to various committees and ad hocs. Joel Garmica was announced as the winner of the Bike Raffle, and a proclamation was made declaring April 10 – 16 National Library Week. Temple City Mayor Tom Chavez presented the official proclamation to Library Manager Susan Schlaeger at the meeting. Each year, the Mayor chooses City Council members to serve on committees and ad hocs. Members then report back on committee progress at the City Council meetings. Two committees were removed from the list; Athens Waste Disposal Sub-Committee and National Retailer Pursuit Pkgs Ad Hoc Committee, and a new “Budget Ad Hoc” committee was formed. City Attorney Eric S. Vail brought up the point that Ad Hoc committees
must be short term, impermanent committees, and planned to discuss with Mayor Chavez and City Manager Jose E. Polido whether any of these committees should become standing committees that the public would be able to attend. Councilmember Cynthia Sternquist had one such report on her Foothill Transit Authority meeting, and brought news of the fleet’s first “ecoliner” electric bus. This bus, which is a green alternative to diesel busses, will stop about 10 minutes every 30 miles to recharge its batteries. FTA hopes to make the transition to a fully electric fleet of busses in the near future. The ecoliner bus is also more durable than the standard busses, and will need replacement in 18 years, instead of the usual 12. In the public comments section, Mayor Chavez addressed the concern about street conditions and ongoing road construction, a job contracted out to LA County
Public Works. He promised better communication to the citizens regarding future road construction in their neighborhoods, and planned to look into options for repaving streets rather than putting in patches or repaved stripes on streets that have had pipes dug up and inspected for damage. Also to be investigated by a City engineer are the crosswalk timers, and whether pedestrians have adequate time to cross the street safely. In further efforts to go green, Councilmember Fernando L. Vizcarra urged the community to start a new “buzz” about the possibility for a community garden. A property would need to be contributed, and the garden would need to be approved by City Council. City council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the Civic Center, located at 5938 Kauffman Avenue.
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13th Annual Curves Food Drive Now Underway During the first two weeks of April, Curves of Duarte, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Altadena and Pasadena will participate in the 13th Annual Curves Food Drive to collect nonperishable food and cash donations to benefit Foothill Unity Center and other local food banks. Current members who make a $30 donation or an equivalent donation of food are eligible to receive a Curves reusable Food Drive grocery bag. And, from April 4-17, Curves will waive the membership fee for new members who donate a bag of non-perishable food or make a minimum donation of $30. “Our goal is to top the
donation that we made last year,” said Stacey Park, owner of Curves serving Duarte and Monrovia. This is a great opportunity for the members of the Curves community to help strengthen the local community, too. Everything that our members donate at our clubs will benefit local families in need.” This year’s Food Drive got off to a strong start when Curves International founders Gary and Diane Heavin were featured on ABC Television’s inspirational new show, Secret Millionaire. The Curves founders’ moving episode helped Curves members understand how the Curves Food Drive is
the perfect opportunity for each of them to give back to their own communities. Curves clubs have donated more than 61 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada since 2004. “The past few years have been difficult for many families,” said Curves founder Diane Heavin. “Curves annual Food Drive is one way that everyone can make a real difference for a local family that is struggling. We encourage everyone, not just our members or those who are thinking about joining our gym, to make a cash donation or drop off a bag of non-perishable food items in April.”
No Matter how Thorny, Doo Dah Picks a Rose Continued from page 9
Former Doo Dah Queen, Tequila Mockingbird voices her displeasure with one of the contestants. -Photo by Terry Miller
plus Horses on Astroturf.. two bands synonymous with Doo Dah parties and parades since the beginning of time. Dressed in her best referee outfit, Sierra Madre Sue kept the contestants from veering off course, as they tended to do more often than not, and Doo Dah’s official PIO: Ann Erdman kept us in the loop of what was going down. Another well
known judge, Tom Coston of LightBringer fame kept the evening moving swiftly with his effervescent wit and repartee. In the background, although never too far from the action was their irrelevant Count Smokula. Emceed by Dr. Demento, the event brought about 300 people to their collective knees with some of the best acts in the Doo Dah business.
All Queen Contestants will be seen again as part of the Queen’s Royal Court at the 34th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, to be held on Saturday, April 30th, at 11:00am. For more details on the parade and the new queen, please contact Light Bringer Project at 626.590.1134. Photos taken by Paddy Hurley
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Middle School Science Fair Winners Announced Former Iraq Hostage James Loney to Speak winners are: in grade 6, Families, teachers note address, Caltech’s Christopher Rodriquez of McKinley School; 7th grade: Gavin Kyte of Wilson Middle School; and in 8th grade, Nathanial Thompson of Sierra Madre School. A full list of second-, third-place, and Sierra Madre Middle School stu- honorable mention windents fared well at the recent Sci- ners is provided below. ence and Math fair. Students from the Judges Include Scien- PUSD’s seven middle tists from Caltech, the Jet school campuses first prePropulsion Lab, and City sented their projects at of Hope Pasadena Unified their schools, and ninety School District (PUSD) an- students were selected to nounced the winners of the participate in the all-district annual Middle School Sci- fair held March 24-25. On ence Fair, held recently. Thursday morning, stuStudents prepared dents boarded buses to and presented their sci- the Community Education ence projects toa panel of Center, where they prejudges and heard about sented their posters and the importance of sci- projects to scientists from ence training from Nobel- Caltech, the Jet Propulsion prize winning Theoretical Lab, City of Hope, and physicist Dr. Hugh David the Pasadena community. Politzer during the two- The judges challenged the day event at Pasadena City students with questions, College. First, second and made constructive suggesthird prizes were awarded tions for experiments and at the sixth, seventh and projects, and offered eneighth grade levels. couragement to the young This year’s first place scientists.
and school principals attended the public exhibit on Friday evening. PUSD middle school robotics program students demonstrated some of their work, which is engaging 6-8th grade students in science. PCC’s Dr. Wendie Johnston made a presentation about the biotechnology program she provides for district middle and high school students. In his key-
Dr. Politzer stressed the importance of developing scientific thinking skills, and led the audience in singing a banjo rendition of a song honoring Albert Einstein. PUSD’s middle school science fair was made possible by the Division of Natural Sciences at Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative.
Sierra Madre Middle School students fared well at the recent Science and Math fair.
James Loney, a Canadian Catholic worker with Christian peacemaker teams in Iraq and Palestine for years was kidnapped on November 26, 2005 in Baghdad along with three others. The hostage crisis ended March 23, 2006 when Loney and two of his friends were rescued in a clandestine military operation lead by British Special Forces. The American on the team had been killed two weeks prior to rescue. Mr. Loney will discuss his “terrifying, profound, transformative and excruciatingly boring experience” of being a captive. And how he arrived at his
hope-filled cry for peace, human solidarity and – hardest of all – forgiveness. Friday, April 15, 10 AM at The Peace and Justice Academy 1041 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 RSVP at (626) 345-0504 This is a free event intended for middle and high school students. Sunday, April 17, 11 AM at Pasadena Mennonite Church 1041 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107 Loney will be delivering the sermon on Palm Sunday. Sunday, April 17, 3 PM to 5 PM The 9th Annual Pasadena Palm Sunday Peace Parade Gather at Messiah Lutheran Church 570 E. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA Mr. Loney is the keynote speaker for the parade and will make his remarks at The Paseo at the end of the parade.
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Fruit for All Celebrates First Anniversary
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Zach Selby, founder of Fruit for all. -Photo by Terry Miller
deal of his spare time outdoors in the fresh air helping his fellow man, we were very impressed. Selby, 17, gets into some physically exacting work, picking fresh fruit from trees, boxing that fruit and delivering the copious yield to places such as the Foothill Unity Center and Los Angeles Mission. – all with a little help from his friends and family and now that dream of his has grown exponentially thanks mostly to the tenacious work ethic of a teenager and the kindness of strangers Last year Selby, and his brother Jackson, who is a freshman at Arcadia High, decided they needed to do something with the excess fruit their own trees were producing. There was no way they could consume all the trees’ bounty each season so what better thing to do than donate to a food bank. Consequently a new business grew out of a relatively simple premise. The company – Fruit For All – as it is now known was inescapable. The not-for profit group has been growing gradually but progressively each month as word gets out of this extraordinary endeavor. This past Saturday, we met up with Zach, his mum Judith and a friend of his from La Canada Flintridge, Casey Thompson, who helped pick 280 pounds of tangerines from a single tree on south Mayflower at the home of Lisa Brock, PTA President of Dana Middle School. Fruit for All is a nonprofit, community harvest group, organized and run by
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a Zach Selby his family and a growing list of dedicated volunteers. Their main objective is to find people with an abundance of fruit or vegetables, harvest them, let the owner keep what they want, and finally take the fruit to the Foothill Unity Center. Foothill Unity Center’s executive director, Joan Whitenack said Fruit For All is “an answer to our prayers.” A strong believer in fresh fruits and vegetables, especially local fruit, Whitenack said that she is convinced local fruit will help fight off local allergies and other ailments. The not-uncommon theory that has been tested with time and honored by local gourmet chefs who believe in local, seasonal fruit and vegetables. It simply makes sense, when you think about it. Foothill Unity Center serves between 600-800 families per week with their Monrovia and Pasadena locations. Whitenack calls Zach Selby’s efforts a “miracle” as fresh fruit and vegetables have such a short shelf life as opposed to canned goods. By February 5, 2011, the fledgling Fruit For All had donated over 8,000 pounds of fruit to food banks and rescue missions in Los Angeles County. By the end of this school year they hope to have harvested at least 15,000 pounds. If you have fruit or vegetables that you don’t know what to do with, please call Fruit for All and they’d be delighted to harvest your produce at your convenience. In addition they are always looking for volunteers as well as cash donations. Judith Selby says they need to
get a larger truck in which to transport the ever-growing boxes of fruit harvested. According to Zach, Jackson, Judith and Brad Selby “We have picked and donated more than 20,000 pounds of fruit since April 11, 2010, when we took my family’s ladder, a fruit picker and some empty boxes to a neighbor’s house to pick his Washington navel oranges. My family and I picked 300 pounds that day, and it felt wonderful, the hard work and the payoff -- taking the oranges to the Foothill Unity Center where it was distributed to families struggling to fulfill their food needs. Since then, we have met some wonderful people who have helped us along our way. One Arcadia woman set up a meeting with friends who encouraged us and bought us new tools so we could expand. An Arcadia man told his friend at the Arcadia Weekly about us, and we ended up in the paper in March 2011. One family in particular jumped into our endeavor with both feet, pushing us to find more ways to grow and donating countless hours picking and talking about Fruit for All. We’ve collected boxes from many generous grocery stores. And Ace Hardware in Duarte and Sierra Madre has given us a break on tool costs. The organizer for the Monrovia Street Fair gave us table space for a few Friday nights before Christmas so we could tell people about Fruit for All. And many PTA presidents have squeezed us into their schedules. We couldn’t have done it without all of this help” said The Selby family. “ Fruit for all would like to create satellite groups that can operate nearly independently of the core founding members. They will be creating a video manual to help other families get started picking fruit in their neighborhoods. A satellite team would be able to canvass its neighborhood for trees, raise money for tools, and pick the fruit -- all under the Fruit for All banners. Southern California is blessed with an abundance of fruit trees, and Fruit for All hopes to continue tapping into that. Thank you for joining our effort. The best way to contact the group is: fruitforallkids@ gmail.com or Call 626-3596666.
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ing favorite wiener. Along with the Gourmet Food truck trend comes a rise in creative names and artwork on said vehicles such as The Cheesball Wagon; Ragin Cajun; Baby’s ( twice as
good); The Greasy Weiner ( Loads of fun in a bun); Barbie’s Q…the list goes on as long as the lines for the fare coming out of these rolling kitchens. There were actually more people on the in-
field last Saturday than in the grandstands watching the racers. But the good thing is that families had a chance to bet on their favorite horse and dine trackside.
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Keep the Lights on for Japan Continued from page 1 of this year. It is hard to imagine Tokyo without its trademark blaze of neon and flashing lights but, after the quake as a voluntary power-conservation measure, the lights dimmed on the neon city. However the power conservation does not end there, it is affecting all sectors of the Japanese peoples’ living conditions whose lifestyles are so dominated by the usage of electricity. From stoplights to simple lighting and even heating during the cold winter the rolling blackouts are leaving the people in the Kantou area in the dark. With that being said and in living in the Kansai region, the southern-central region of Japan, there is unfortunately little to nothing we can to aid in the current power shortage in the Tokyo area. This is because the electrical utility cannot import power from another region. You may ask why a hyper developed nation such
as Japan could be in a position to be unable to have their electrical units unified. This problem is traced back to the 1800s in which Japan made the consequential decision of not having a unified national power grid that effects Japan’s efforts to keep the lights on today. Tokyo Electric Light Co. Demand was founded in 1883 and thus marked the start of Japan’s electric system. In west Japan the same electric age was starting to take place, and Osaka Electric Lamp was started. However, the problem lies within the sources of the electricity generation. In 1895 Tokyo Electric Company bought electricity generation equipment from Germany’s AEG whilst Osaka Electric Lamp imported their equipment from General Electric. The crucial aspect in the exchange was that the AEG equipment produced electricity at Europe’s 50 hertz standard while General Electric produced the U.S. 60 hertz.
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Though this clearly was not seen as significant at the time, the impact of those decisions is being felt today. Eastern Japan, including the Kantou region and the disaster-struck region to the north, is standardized on 50 hertz while the rest of the nation operates on 60 hertz. When the earthquake shook on March 11, it left those with homes without electricity, as it shut down numerous reactors including three that operated at the Fukushima power plant. With the reactors offline, eastern Japan’s electricity production capacity was left short and other surrounding regions are helpless to the energy conservation efforts. This decision of not including a national power grid made at the dawn of the electric age has made its repercussions clear during the past couple of weeks as Tokyo’s current electricity problems rises and impedes Japan’s efforts to simply keep the lights on.
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popular ‘Homes and Land’ magazine. Jackie Adaimy, a veteran REALTOR has been with Village over 15 years and has consistently placed amongst the top producing agents. When asked about her professional philosophy, Adaimy responded “to be honest and open at all times, buyers and sellers want and need to know all of the facts before they make some of the most important decisions in their lives and it is my job to provide everything they need to help them make those decisions.” When time permits, she loves spending time with her granddaughter. Janet Petit was also con-
gratulated by Bencosme for her sales production. A native Californian, Petit has been working in real estate for more than 18 years. Bencosme said that “Janet specializes in developing creative professional marketing solutions for her listings, a comprehensive program designed to quickly achieve successful results for people who want to sell their homes.” Emily Duggan, Jackie Adaimy, Janet Petit and all of the friendly agents at CENTURY 21 Village Realty can be reached at 38 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre or by telephone 626.355.1451 or on the internet at www. c21village.com.
Man Shoots and Kills Himself at Arcadia Commercial Complex on Las Tunas On Friday April 1, 2011 at approximately 9:20AM, the Arcadia Police Department was contacted by a 9-11 caller who reported a man with a gun in the 500 block of Las Tunas Drive. The caller advised seeing an unconscious man lying on a stairwell at a small commercial
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OPEN HOUSE SUN. 1-4PM 650 ALEGRIA AVE.
This lovely and well-maintained, traditional home is located on a charming, treecanopied street. Within the 2370 sq. ft. home there are 4 bedrooms (including one Master Suite and 1st floor junior Master Suite). 2.75 bathrooms, family room, vaulted ceiling, crown molding, central air & heat, in ground spa. This is situated on an 8,750 sq. ft. lot.
Situated on a generous 12,715 sf lot, this home was completely remodeled in 2005. The exquisite attention to detail is evident throughout: From the vaulted ceilings and custom moldings to the gleaming wood floors. There is a grand family room open to the kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 2,551 sf. Truly an entertainer’s dream.
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This stunning home is fabulous for entertaining or relaxing. 3,757 sq. ft. home, 16, 592 sq. ft. lot with 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, office family room, fire pit and shaded patios. Extensively updated in 1993, and 2009, this house has it all.
Located in the desirable “Meadows” complex in quaint Sierra Madre. This townhome features 3 bedrooms, 2 and on half bathrooms. The square footage is 1,377. Flat screen TV, washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator, microwave all included in price!
This cozy home is nestled on a quiet tree lined street which is conveniently located just a few miles from everything: shopping, major freeways, restaurants, library, and public transportation. It features 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, wood floors, new paint, separate laundry room with sink, and a large back yard perfect for entertaining.
Great location near PCC, shopping, transportation, and freeway. Fresh paint and carpet, free standing range, ceramic tile floors in kitchen & baths, large open floor plan with wet bar, raised entry, formal dining area, fireplace in living room, covered patios off living and dining areas. Includes 1 ½ baths, loads of closet and storage space.
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COMMUNITY FEATURED EVENTS
CALENDAR SPECIAL EVENTS
Fiddler on the Roof La Salle High School 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. April 8 at 7 p.m. and April 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For reservations and tickets, call the La Salle Box Office at (626)-696-4415. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 169 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena Maranatha High School April 7-9 at 7 p.m., with a matinee April 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (626)-429-2780 or at the ticket office prior to the performance. City of Angels Pasadena City College 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena April 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets sold at door only, call (626)-585-7102 for more info. Once Upon a Mattress Monrovia High School 845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Clifton Middle School Auditorium. Tickets available at the door, reservations can be made by calling (909)-262-4893.
WEEKLY EVENTS 3rd Annual Pasadena Chamber Spring Golf Tournament
Friday, April 8 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The 3rd annual Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will take place at the Brookside Golf Club. Golfers of all abilities welcome, and the Chamber will host a raffle, sell mulligan packages, and add special nuances to play. Players can sign up as a single, two, three, or foursome. Cost for individual golfers is $150, foursomes are $600. Reception and award ceremony only is $50. For more information call the Chamber at (626)-795-3355.
Arboretum’s Iris Bulb Show and Sale
The Los Angeles Arboretum will host an Iris Bulb Show and Sale Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Southern California Iris Society and Southern California Hemerocallis & Amaryllis Society will display a variety of irises. Members will be available to answer questions. The event is free for members, and nonmembers pay Arboretum admission only.
Tuesday Night CaféOn-Tour
As a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, organizers of the Tuesday Night Project and artists bring Tuesday Night Café, an event to connect with the community and raise cultural, social, and political awareness through poetry, music, and performing art. Tuesday Night Café takes place Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library, this is a free event. Sign up online at monroviapubliclibrary.org, walkins welcome.
Kid’s Night Out – Egg Scramble Spring 2011
Friday, April 8 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Arcadia Recreation & Community Services Dept. will offer themed games, a movie, dinner, and supervision for children so that parents can enjoy a night out or quiet evening at home. Children must be at least four years of age to attend. Activities will be geared toward elementary school children. Younger children must be toilet trained. Cost is $15/child, and includes snacks and beverages. To register, or for more information, call (626)574-5113.
Sierra Madre Civic Club’s Annual Gala Salad Luncheon and Auc- Chroma: A Concert tion for Children Saturday, April 9 11:30 a.m. La Salle High School Auditorium For tickets and information, call (626)-355-2166
Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m. Vroman’s Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena In celebration of National Poetry Month, Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena is hosting Poetry Night!, an evening of poetry where authors will read and sign their collections. In attendance will be Nolanda Love, A’Salma Vtait, Julie Sophia Paegle and Paul Kareem Tayyar. For more information visit www.vromansbook-
Sunday, April 10 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. Room 200 The Pasadena Conservatory of Music hosts “Enchanted Forest,” their spring installation of Chroma, a fun and interactive concert for young children. Stop by the main office or call (626)-683-335. Tickets are $5 per child, $10 per adult and reservations are required.
Spring Zone 2011
Temple City’s Parks and Recreation Department invites teens grade 6-8 to hang out at TEEN ZONE while on spring break. Open Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. There
will be mini field trips to the mall, movie theatre, Speed Zone, and Magic Mountain. For more information call (626)-285-2171.
Spring Break Dance Party
Sierra Madre’s Youth Activity center will be hosting its annual spring dance on Friday, April 8. The dance will run from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the YAC. For members, the cost is $3, for non-members, $5.
ONGOING EVENTS Classes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
John Lyons will be presenting the following classes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The Summer Garden in Southern California Saturday, April 9 10 a.m. – Noon / Palm Room $25 members/$28 non-members. Prepare the garden for a full and bountiful summer season. The session will cover the transition from spring to summer, soil preparation, composting issues and summer plant selections including their care from planting to harvesting. Organic pest control will also be covered. Birds and the Bees Saturday, May 28 10 a.m. – Noon / Bamboo Room $25 members/$28 non-members. This class is an introduction to having backyard chickens and bees. Learn all the basics about both disciplines including chicken varieties, housing, and feeding and disease control. Learn about bees and their care, beehives, equipment and harvesting honey in addition to the organic care of the bee colony. For more information or to register, please call Jill Berry at (626)-821-4623.
Arcadia Senior Classes
The Senior Services Division of The City of Arcadia Recreation & Community Services Department is offer-
ing spring classes for age 50+ adults beginning Monday, April 18th. Course offerings include yoga, hoopnotics, strength training, line dancing, tai chi, zumba gold and aerobics. Registration is now open. Classes will take place at the Community Center, 365 Campus Dr. and Dana Middle School’s new gymnasium 1401 S. First Ave. For more information call (626)-574-5130 or visit www. ci.arcadia.ca.us.
Sierra Madre Playhouse Presents: ‘Our Town’
Sierra Madre playhouse continues their performance of “Our Town,” a Pulitzer prize winning, minimalist play by Thornton Wilder. The play is set in a small quintessentially American town in 1901. Directed by Sabina Plasznik, “Our Town” tells the story of the everyday loves and lives of the townfolk in a time when the world seems to be changing way too fast. Adult tickets are $20, seniors and students are $17, and children are $12. For more information, visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org
City Council Meetings
Arcadia - First and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located at 240 W. Huntington Dr. Monrovia – First and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 415 S. Ivy Avenue. Pasadena – Every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 100 N. Garfield Avenue. Sierra Madre – Second and fourth Tuesday of each month at ^:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Temple City – First and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the Civic Center, located at 5938 Kauffman Avenue.
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The Sierra Madre YMCA is offering a lifeguard training course. Learn water safety, CPR/AED and life-saving skills. Certified by the American Red Cross. Must be age 15+, fee is $176 and includes course materials. Sign up by Monday, April 11 by calling (626)-355-5278.
Beatrix Potter in the Garden: an Easter Celebration at the Arboretum Saturday, April 16 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Arboretum is hosting an Easter celebration for children ages 10 and younger called Beatrix Potter in the Garden. Day’s activities include the annual Easter egg scramble, Potter stories read by members of the Beatrix Potter Society, live animals featured in the stories, art and gardening, botanic demonstrations, magic, entertainment, games, face painting, and photo opportunities. For an additional cost, a special “Brunch with Peter Rabbit” is offered for the entire family. Event entry fees are $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Regular Arboretum admission fees apply for non-members. For details visit www.arboretum.com.
Monrovia Day: Fountain to the Falls The Fountain to the Falls race is a seven-mile run/walk from the Library Park Fountain to the Canyon Park Waterfall, and back. The race will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 7 a.m. as part of the Monrovia Day festivities celebrating the City’s 125th Birthday. The race is limited to 400 participants and advanced registration is required. There is a $30 entry fee (a registration fee is added to each entry) which includes a T-shirt and participation medal. Registration is available online at www.active.com and must be completed by Wednesday, May 1
Monrovia Day Parade Applications are now available to those who wish to participate in the “Cruisin’ with Samson” Monrovia Day Parade on Thursday, May 12. Participants can include bands, cars, trucks, vans, buses and floats. Rules forbid political statements and hand-outs given or tossed from vehicles. All children’s groups must be accompanied by an adult. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 8. The parade, which is sponsored by the Monrovia Old Town Merchants, will begin at 7 p.m. at the corner of Myrtle and Palm avenues. Applications are available at the Monrovia Community Center, which is located at 119 W. Palm Avenue. For more information, please call (626)256-8246.
Temple City’s Pentathalon – Track and Field
The annual Pentathalon, a mini decathlon combining five track and field events, is now accepting registration for children in grades 3 through 6. The Pentathalon, which originated in ancient Greece, will feature a 50-meter dash, 400-meter run, softball throw for distance, standing long jump, and standing triple jump. Winners will be determined by combined performance in all events. The All-City Pentathalon Meet will be held at Live Oak Park on Saturday, June 4. Training will be held at STARS club sites, and at Live Oak Park beginning Wednesday, April 20. Registration is currently open, and participants can sign up at each STARS Club site or Live Oak Park Community Center Office. The fee for the Pentathlon, which includes a T-shirt, is $8.
Temple City’s Pentathalon – Track and Field The annual Mother’s Day Home tour, which marks the beginning of the Monrovia’s 125th Birthday events, will be held Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This Mother’s Day tour will feature five Victorian houses built prior to 1893, and the Leven Oaks Hotel, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Monrovia Historical Museum, with its revamped exhibits will also be open for viewing. Tickets can be purchased prior to Mother’s Day at Paint n’ Play, Monrovia Bakery and the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce. Beginning April 1st tickets will also be sold Friday nights at the MOHPG booth located near the corner of Myrtle and Colorado. On the day of the tour, tickets will be sold at the Monrovia Historical Museum at 742 E. Lemon Ave.
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Suspect Threatening Girlfriend gets Psychiatric Evaluation Continued from page 1 the Foothills Special Enforcement Team (FSET) were called to assist them. Simpson continued to refuse to comply with the officers’ instructions and made statements that indicated he would take his own life if officers attempted to arrest him. Meanwhile, the helicopters overhead began to broadcast a warning to foothill residents to stay indoors and keep their doors locked. Only sketchy information was available at that time and it was not until the next day that a press release was made available. Unfortunately the contact listed on that release has not been available for comment. Police obtained a warrant was obtained from a judge for Simpson’s arrest. He continued to refuse to come out of the residence. The Special Enforcement Team officers finally used tear gas to get Simpson to leave the house. He was taken into custody, but later its was determined not to charge with anything at this time, but to place him on a 72 hour psychiatric evalua-
tion. He was there for taken to a hospital for the mental evaluation pursuant to Section 5150 of the Welfare and Institutions Code according the MPD Lt. Mike Lee. Neighbor Eric Faith, who with his wife Marty, lives just three doors from where the suspect was barricaded, said “We thought it was a bear at first.” Faith also said that since the next day was trash collection day on their street, and many residents put their trash barrels out the night before the collection, this was not an unusual assumption. Later when several other neighbors were evacuated, the Faiths realized there was more than just a bear. Faith said that he and his wife found it difficult to get to sleep that night between the helicopters and the continuing police loud speaker announcements to the suspect. “I went out the get the paper very early the next morning and found the police loading a man into an ambulance in front of my home,” Faith said.
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This LARGE 23,029 sq.ft. historical property has a cabin and a LARGE barn that was built in the 1880’s. The barn, with its tall steeple, is the landmark structure of the Stonegate community. The property offers beautiful mountain views and the city lights. You must see this unique property. Lots of potential for the right buyer. (B700)
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IRS Offers Tips as April 18 Filing Coffee Kiosk Coming to Arcadia Public Library March 5 Deadline Approaches The Internal Revenue Service reminds Los Angeles County taxpayers that the filing deadline for 2010 tax returns is April 18, not April 15. Emancipation Day is observed April 15 in Washington, DC. By law, the tax filing deadline for the nation is moved to the next business day, Monday, April 18. For those who haven’t filed yet, here are some tax tips from IRS Spokeswoman Anabel Marquez: 1. Don’t miss the filing deadline, especially if you owe taxes. File your tax return or an extension form by April 18 to avoid the late filing penalty. Failureto-File penalties can really be a bother! For example, if you owe $1,000 and file your taxes late, the penalty could be as much as $250. 2. Remember an extension postpones filing, not paying. The filing extension (Form 4868) is generally accepted with or without payment as long as it’s correctly completed and filed by April 18. You don’t have to give the IRS a reason or excuse in order to be granted an extension, which gives you until Oct. 17, 2011, to file your taxes. An extension, however does not excuse you from paying taxes due by April 18. File for the extension online at no cost through IRS Free File at www.IRS. gov. 3. Pay what you can when you file. By paying as much as you can now, the amount of interest and late payment penalty owed will be less. You can request an IRS payment plan for the remainder owed. Visit IRS.
gov to apply for an Online Payment Agreement. 4. Avoid common errors. Now that most returns are prepared on computers and e-filed to the IRS, the most common errors are data input mistakes. If you make sure your Social Security Number and other information are entered correctly, chances are the tax software will give you an error-free tax return and your refund will not be delayed. 5. File past-due returns to avoid losing refunds. There is a three-year window to claim a tax refund. If you have not filed your 2007 tax return yet, you must file it by April 18, 2011, to claim any refund due for tax year 2007. There is no penalty for filing a return late if you’re owed a refund, but you must also catch up on filing for 2008 and 2009 or the IRS will hold your 2007 refund. 6. Don’t miss tax credits for workers. Taxpayers who worked any part of 2010 and whose household income was less than $48,362 may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The credit can be as much as $5,666 and can be refunded to you even if you paid little or nothing in to the IRS. Four out of five eligible workers claim and get EITC, but the IRS would like to make that five out of five. 7. File free online. IRS Free File at IRS.gov allows filers whose household income was $58,000 or less last year to use brandname tax software at no
cost. If your income is above $58,000, use the Fillable Forms section of Free File – anyone of any income level can use it free. E-filing is fast, easy and secure. It provides a fast refund, a virtually error-free return and confirmation of receipt by the IRS. About three out of four tax returns are e-filed now. 8. Get your return prepared and e-filed free. Take advantage of free tax preparation and e-filing at help sites staffed by IRStrained volunteers. Filers whose household income was $49,000 or less or who are age 60 or older are eligible for this free service. Call the IRS Site Locater number, 1-800-906-9887, to find the closest site. 9. Check your refund status online. Visit IRS. gov and use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool. Or get the IRS’ new free phone application for iPhones and Droids. “IRS2Go” allows you to check on your refund and get tax tips, plus more enhancements planned. 10. Avoid tax scams. Even though the IRS encourages e-filing, epayments and provides e-refunds, the IRS never sends e-mails about your taxes. E-mails that ask for your private information are usually phishing scams. Guard your personal information carefully. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Please forward the bogus e-mail claiming to be from the IRS to firstname.lastname@example.org
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and Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Adrian and Nancy Listiawan, the husband and wife team and owners of Just Brewed!, have been residents of Arcadia since their wedding in 2008. They have frequented the Library often and are certain that a coffee kiosk will complement this Library very nicely. After a yearlong pursuit, Just Brewed! Will finally become a reality. “We are thrilled and excited that li-
brary visitors, like myself, can finally have a place to take a break and enjoy a nice drink” said Nancy Listiawan. As part of their “Go Green!” efforts, the Listiawans will be giving out 50 hand-made reusable coffee sleeves to the first 50 customers. Since 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Library, everyone is invited to come out and support the Library and Just Brewed!
Maestro Victor Vener and Top Cal Phil Players Illuminate Noor Sofia The one and only California Philharmonic shine the spotlight on Shimmering Strings this April during the next installment of the popular Cal Phil Music, Martinis and the Maestro concert series. The intimate afternoon will feature two violins, a viola, cello, bass and piano, and will take place at the Noir Sofia in Old Pasadena on April 17, 2011. Cal Phil Founder Maestro Victor Vener, will conduct a pre-concert chat with the audience beginning at 1:00pm. Informative, entertaining and interactive, the unique series allows audience members an opportunity to speak with the Maestro and musicians during the concert experience. Fine wine, cocktails, gourmet cuisine
and a variety of martinis are also available for people to purchase and enjoy while listening to these spectacular chamber music concerts. “I’m looking forward to this concert because it features six of my all-time favorite players and two of the greatest chamber works ever written,” said Vener. Following the Maestro’s half hour introduction, the music begins at 1:45pm with Schubert’s Trout Quintet, a piece the composer based on one of his most popular songs, The Trout. After a brief intermission at 2:45pm, the concert will segue from Vienna to America, by way of Bohemia when the players take up Dvorák’s American Quartet, a work
written by the Czech master during his sojourn in the USA and featuring American themes. The upcoming 2011 season for Cal Phil Music, Martinis and the Maestro continues with Beethoven and More on May 15 with violin, cello, piano, and guitar. Tickets are available for the two remaining concerts, with prices ranging from $30 to $45 for single seats (all seating is table seating). Private tables are available as well. A full bar and light lunch fare may also be purchased. For menus and further information on Cal Phil Music, Martinis and the Maestro, visit www.calphil.org To purchase tickets call 626.300.8200
Sierra Madre School Odyssey of Mind Students Compete at State Level
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The Board of Trustees of the Arcadia Public Library and Just Brewed! are delighted to announce that a permanent beverage concession will open soon in the west patio area of the Library. Serving typical café beverages, including; gourmet coffee, organic teas, nutrientenriched smoothies, and light pre-packaged snacks, Just Brewed! Will be opening in mid April. Hours will be Monday thru Friday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sierra Madre School Odyssey of the Mind team faired well at the State Competition held Saturday 26th March 2011 in Brentwood, Northern California. The students were able to increase their Long Term Problem score over Regional but they scored a little lower in the Spontaneous problem. Thus they came 6th overall (out of 15) in their division (division II, 6th
-8th grade). According to their coach Lisa Milne, the scores for the top six teams were “incredibly close.” Those competing at State included Ashford Milne, 12, Cole Sandefur, 12, Eva Hostetter, 11, Hana Tyszka, 11, and Sophia Cimino, 12, all sixth graders. Cole was a team member the previous two years and a former Sierra Madre School student that moved out of the area.
He was gracious enough to come back to help the team on competition day which was down two members who were competing on the same day in the District Math Field Day competition. Coaching again were Lisa Milne, Maria D’Addario and Andy Milne. No teams from the L. A. Basin Region advanced to World this year.
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POLICE BLOTTERS Arcadia PD
For the period of Sunday, March 27, through Saturday, April 2, the Police Department responded to 889 calls for service of which 104 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period. Sunday, March 27: Shortly after 1:00 a.m., units responded to Tasty Garden, 1212 South Baldwin, regarding a vandalism report. A large glass window was shattered at the restaurant, and three male Hispanic subjects were seen at the location when the vandalism occurred. The total reported damage was about $1,000. A traffic stop was conducted around 1:20 a.m. at Huntington and Santa Clara on a vehicle that was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. An intoxicated 32-year-old male Filipino was arrested for DUI. Monday, March 28: Between 2:00 p.m. on March 27 and 5:30 a.m. on March 28, an auto burglary occurred in the 300 block of Laurel. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle and stole desktop computers, printer, and monitor for a reported loss of about $1,550. Units responded to the 2000 block of Canyon in reference to a fraud report. The victim received her credit card statement and discovered approximately $1,800 in unauthorized purchases made on March 8 from a Macy’s store in Modesto. Tuesday, March 29: A commercial burglary at a construction site occurred between 3:45 p.m. on March 28 and 7:15 a.m. on March 29. Unknown suspect(s) stole three steel beams worth about $10,000 from a fenced location at Second and the 210 Freeway. Around 9:14 a.m., a traffic stop was initiated in the 700 block of West Duarte for excessive speed. A 25-yearold male Asian driver was arrested for speeding and a $26,000 outstanding warrant. Wednesday, March 30: Around 12:02 p.m., units were dispatched to CVS, 188 Las Tunas, in regards to a robbery that just occurred. An employee tried to stop a male Hispanic suspect from leaving the store with stolen alcoholic beverages concealed on his person. He struck the female employee in the chest with his fist and then fled on foot. An area
search was conducted, and the suspect was located and detained at Daines and Welland. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 30-year-old man was taken into custody for robbery. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., officers responded to Victoria’s Secret in reference to a theft. Three female suspects stole a large amount of bras and underwear from the store. Loss prevention agents followed the suspects and later saw four women enter a brown SUV. Officers conducted a traffic stop at Baldwin and Huntington, and hundreds of stolen items from Victoria’s Secret, Disney Store, Bath and Body Works, and ULTA, which is not located at Westfield Mall, were seen in plain view. Over $7,000 in stolen merchandise was recovered, and the African-American suspects, ages 19, 21, 31, and 33, were taken into custody for commercial burglary and receiving stolen property. Thursday, March 31: About 9:00 a.m., a traffic stop was made at Eighth and Norman for an expired registration. A 30-year-old female driver was contacted and during a consent search, officers found a baggie of marijuana, a baggie with morphine pills, papers containing personal information belonging to 25 different individuals, and forms containing medical cannabis authorization. The woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, identity theft, expired registration, and no proof of insurance. A 19-year-old man came to the station around 1:18 p.m. and advised that he wanted to kill himself and/ or hurt others. The man wanted to voluntarily admit himself into a mental facility for psychiatric evaluation, so he was transported by officers to Charter Oaks. Friday, April 1: Shortly before 5:00 p.m., units were dispatched to JC Penney regarding a man detained for purchasing items with a fake charge card. The suspect admitted to signing the fraudulent card, even though he knew that he was not an authorized user. The 35-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for commercial burglary, forged access card to defraud, and theft by use of access card information. Units responded to the 500 block of Las Tunas around 9:30 a.m. on the re-
port of a man with a gun lying near a stairwell. Officers found a 49-year-old male Hispanic in a pool of blood and it appeared that he had shot himself in the head. Investigation revealed that he was distraught and killed himself with a stolen gun. Saturday, April 2: Between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., a residential burglary o c -
curred in the 300 block of Warren. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home by unknown means, pried open a locked bedroom door, and stole a large flat screen television, credit cards, costume jewelry, and also a jackhammer located in a detached garage. Around 5:15 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft. The suspect took merchandise into a fitting room, removed the price tags, concealed the property, and left the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 63-year-old Caucasian was taken into custody for petty theft with prior conviction.
Sierra Madre PD
During the week of Sunday, March 27th, to Saturday April 2nd, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 398 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Tuesday, March 29th: 10:03 AM - Tampering/ Injuring Vehicle or Contents, 700 blk. N. Sunnyside Ave. Unknown suspect(s) or object smashed a car’s front windshield. There was no loss. 7:28 PM- Petty Theft from Vehicle, 100 blk. Auburn Ave. A resident left her car unlocked and the windows down. Between Monday evening, March 28th and Tuesday evening, March 29th the suspect entered the car and stole a Garmen GPS System, Nintendo Video game system,
Target gift card, Toy R Us gift card, and miscellaneous keys. The loss was valued at $415.00. Friday, April 1st: 10:03 AM- Battery, 200 blk. W. Montecito Ave. A victim reported an assault by a tenant’s boyfriend. The victim and suspect had argued about a parking space the victim has been using. The suspect later pounded on the victim’s door. When the victim opened the door, the suspect pushed the door open, hitting the victim. T h e suspect
cursed at the victim and left an unknown
direction. 11:29 PM- Auto Burglary, 500 blk. Acacia St. Unknown suspect(s) smashed a car’s passenger window between the evening of March 31st and the morning of April1st, and removed an HP laptop computer, and a bass amplifier. The suspect(s) fled in an unknown direction. 12:12 PM- Petty Theft, 200 blk. S. Mountain Trail Ave. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked parked car between the evening of March 30th and the morning of March 31st. The suspect stole the victim’s wallet containing two Citibank credit cards, two American Express credit cards and his California driver’s license.
The suspects made two unauthorized purchases with his credit cards.
During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 438 service events, resulting in 79 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events: Formative Years Project The Monrovia Police Department’s classes for the Formative Years Project are scheduled to begin May 5. The Formative Years Project is a program aimed at parents and their children, grades 1 through 3, which introduces important life values and skills to children at an early age. Providing this training when children are young begins the process of building healthy and safe practices that can set the stage for a lifetime of success and healthy living. Robbery Suspect Arrested On March 26, an officer went to a residence in the 700 block of Monterey Court in an attempt to locate a wanted robbery suspect, but no one answered the door. Approximately one hour later, the suspect came into the Police Department lobby. The officer contacted the female suspect, who admitted to committing two robberies in San Dimas. The suspect was arrested and a detective contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and arrangements were made for a deputy to take custody of the suspect. Driving Under the Influence / Failure to Obey a Lawful Order - Suspects Arrested On March 27 at 1:42 a.m., officers were at a business in the 300 block of
South Myrtle at the request of security to provide assistance while a rowdy group of subjects were being cleared from the premises. One of the officers was trying to stop a vehicle for speeding that was approaching him. The vehicle momentarily stopped as it reached the intersection of Myrtle and Lime, the driver rolled down his window, but then sped away traveling the wrong way on a one way street at a high rate of speed. An area search was conducted and the vehicle was located and stopped at Fifth and Chestnut. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested. The three passengers were arrested for being drunk in public. Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested On March 27 at 1:56 a.m., an officer was following a vehicle westbound in the 300 block of East Huntington that was intermittently lane straddling all the way to Magnolia, where the vehicle was stopped. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence. The driver was arrested. He was found to be on felony probation for burglary and had a felony, $250,000 warrant out for his arrest. Driving Under the Influence - Suspect Arrested On March 27 at 3:10 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle heading north on Myrtle under the 210 Freeway. The vehicle swerved, almost striking the curb, and then went through a red light at Central and Myrtle. The officer stopped the driver and through investigation, determined the driver to be under the influence. The driver was arrested
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Public Notices NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF ROSA CHEN aka YUEH HSIA CHEN aka YUEH-HSIA CHEN Case No. BP127611 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ROSA CHEN aka YUEH HSIA CHEN aka YUEH-HSIA CHEN A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Henry Cho-Chang Chen, Yung-Shun Chen and Marian Mei-Hui Chen in the Superior Court of California, Coun-ty of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Henry Cho-Chang Chen, Yung-Shun Chen and Marian Mei-Hui Chen be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administra-tion of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representa-tive to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important ac-tions, however, the personal repre-sentative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or con-sented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on April 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM in Dept. No. 5 located at 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the de-ceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative ap-pointed by the court within four months from the date of first is-suance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hear-ing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: CATHERINE KEN, ESQ. SBN 186470 LAW OFFICES OF CATHERINE KEN 805 W DUARTE RD STE 104 ARCADIA CA 91007 CN852439 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 Trustee Sale No. 246030CA Loan No. 0683497218 Title Order No. 645680 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1227-2004. 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 04-212011 at 10:30 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 01-06-2005, Book , Page , Instrument 05 0038907, , and as modified by the Modification of Deed of Trust recorded on 01-22-2009, Book , Page , Instrument 20090085246 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Eduardo Lopez and Minerva Lopez, husband and wife as joint tenants, as Trustor, Washington Mutual Bank, FA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and
now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The 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 the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: The front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Boulevard, Pomona, CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $322,619.50 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 3146 Center St Arcadia, CA 91006 APN Number: 8571-008-001 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. Date: 03-30-2011 California Reconveyance Company, as Trustee Brandon Royes, Assistant Secretary California Reconveyance Company is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com P818567 3/31, 4/7, 04/14/2011 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: NORMA FAY DROWN CASE NO. BP127689 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of NORMA FAY DROWN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by KATHERINE C. DROWN-JONES in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that KATHERINE C. DROWN-JONES be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 04/25/11 at 8:30AM in Dept. 9 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner DAVID N. WEISS - SBN 79571 LAW OFFICES OF DAVID N. WEISS 21031 VENTURA BLVD 12TH FLR WOODLAND HILLS CA 91364 3/31, 4/4, 4/7/11 CNS-2072511# TEMPLE CITY TRIBUNE Trustee Sale No. 246779CA Loan No. 0730268208 Title Order No. 685682 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 6/22/2007. 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 4/28/2011 at 10:30 AM CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 06/29/2007, Book
Starting a new business? File your DBA with us at filedba.com N/A, Page N/A, Instrument 20071565587 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Christopher Bautista, A Single Man, as Trustor, Washington Mutual Bank, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s 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. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The 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 the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $478,323.28 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 653 Fairview Avenue #2, Arcadia, CA 91007 APN Number: 5778-002018 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. Date: 4/4/2011 CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee James Tolliver, Assistant Secretary CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. California Reconveyance Company 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop: CA2-4379 Chatsworth, CA 91311 800-892-6902 For Sales Information: (714) 730-2727 or www.lpsasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting. com P815133 4/7, 4/14, 04/21/2011 T.S. No.: 10-40465 TSG Order No. 3380165894 APN 8511-019-002 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 9/12/2005. 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 5/2/2011 at 10:30 AM, Old Republic Default Management Services, a Division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company as duly appointed Trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust, Recorded 9/22/2005 as Instrument No. 05 2287896 in book --, page -- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Joseph L. Enos and Tina M. Enos, husband and wife as joint tenants, as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as Beneficiary. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale 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 the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2808 Ashmont Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006 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 in an “AS IS” condition, 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 the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $240,137.60 (Estimated). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any,
will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.5(a) was fulfilled when the Notice of Default was recorded on 10/5/2010 The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.54 is attached as Exhibit A Exhibit “A” SERVICER’S DECLARATION TO NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO California Civil Code Section 2923.54 Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is recorded. The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52.” I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct Date 6/19/09 Litton Loan Servicing By: Debra Lyman Date: 4/4/2011 Old Republic Default Management Services, A Division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee 500 City Parkway West, Suite 200, Orange, CA 92868-2913 (866) 263-5802 For Sale Information Contact: Priority Posting and Publishing (714) 573-1965 Tony Delgado, Trustee Sale Officer “We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.” P820618 4/7, 4/14, 04/21/2011 Title No. 3932029 ALS No. 2008-7441 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT OF A LIEN, DATED 1/22/2009. 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. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that: On 5/5/2011, at 10:30AM, Association Lien Services, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to a certain Lien, recorded on 2/2/2009, as Instrument Number 20090132366, of the Official Records of Los Angeles County California. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR LAWFUL MONEY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR A CASHIERS CHECK at: The front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona, California The street address and other common designations, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 541 Linwood Avenue #A, Monrovia, CA 91016 Assessor’s Parcel No. 8505-011-039 The owner of the real property is purported to be: Roxanne R. Lopez, a single woman The undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designations, 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 a note, homeowner’s assessment or other obligation secured by this Lien, with interest and other sum as provided therein: plus advances, if any, under the terms thereof and interest on such advances, plus fees, charges, expenses of the Trustee and Trust created by said Lien. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $11,082.15. Payment must be in cash, a cashier’s check drawn on a State or National Bank, a check drawn by a State Bank or Federal Credit Union, or a check drawn by a State or Federal Savings & Loan Association, Savings Association, or Savings Bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. The real property described above is being sold subject to the right of redemption. The redemption period within which real property may be redeemed ends 90 days after the sale. The beneficiary of said Lien hereto executed and delivered to the undersigned, a written declaration of Default And Demand For Sale, and a written Notice Of Default And Election To Sell. The undersigned caused said notice of default and election to sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. Date: 3/23/2011 Association Lien Services, as Trustee P.O. Box 64750, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 207-2027 By: Alisher Sabirov, Trustee Officer P821415 4/7, 4/14, 04/21/2011 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS #: CA09-280877-TC Order #: 090334426-CA-DCI YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 3/1/2006. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held
by duly appointed trustee. The 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 the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): DENNIS MACCASKEY, A MARRIED MAN, AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY Recorded: 3/9/2006 as Instrument No. 06-0505406 in book -, page - of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California; Date of Sale: 5/2/2011 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the West side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $977,690.39 The purported property address is: 1415 LINDA WAY ARCADIA, CA 91006 Assessor’s Parcel No. 5780-023-080 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale by sending a written request to OneWest Bank, FSB 2900 Esperanza Crossing Austin TX 78758 Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 . If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 714-730-2727 or Login to: www. fidelityasap.com Reinstatement Line: (877) 908-4357 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. THIS NOTICE IS SENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING A DEBT. THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDER AND OWNER OF THE NOTE. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED BY OR PROVIDED TO THIS FIRM OR THE CREDITOR WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. ASAP# 3958537 04/07/2011, 04/14/2011, 04/21/2011 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF ABANDONED PERSONAL PROPERTY A public auction will take place at 1319 E. Huntington Drive, Duarte, California 91010 on April 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. The following property will be sold:
Property abandoned by Mung L. Yan, formerly a tenant at 1319 E. Huntington Drive, Duarte, California 91010 consisting of the following inventory: (49) top load washers; (15) 25# front load washers; (8) 35# front load washers; (31) dryers; (2) coin changers; (1) soap machine; miscellaneous equipment, furniture and fixtures. The sale will be held pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1988. The terms of the sale are: cash in lawful money of the United States, with sale going to the highest bidder in competitive bidding. The property must be paid for and removed by the purchaser at the time of the sale. Dated: April 1, 2010 Robert M. Scholnick Attorney for Landlord Old Town, Inc. 17422 Chatsworth St. Granada Hills, Ca. 91344 Ph: 818/368-9002 CN853258 4/7, 4/14
NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: CAROL ANN BROWN CASE NO. GP015886 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of CAROL ANN BROWN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by FRANK KEVIN PLACE in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that FRANK KEVIN PLACE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 04/29/11 at 8:30AM in Dept. A located at 300 E. WALNUT ST., PASADENA, CA 91101 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner AARON CHARLES GREGG - SBN 76612 ATTORNEY AT LAW 110 E WILSHIRE AVE #503 FULLERTON CA 92832 4/7, 4/11, 4/18/11 CNS-2076768# ARCADIA WEEKLY
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City of Monrovia Notices NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REVISED MONROVIA CITY COUNCIL 415 South Ivy Avenue Monrovia, CA 91016 This Notice is to inform you of a public hearing to determine whether or not the following request should be granted under Title 16 and/or 17 of the Monrovia Municipal Code: APPLICATION:
Appeal Conditional Use Permit CUP2011-06
REQUEST: Appeal the Planning Commission decision approving a conditional use permit to occupy approximately 25,000 square feet of an existing commercial building with a retail pet supply store (PetSmart) with accessory uses that will include animal grooming, training, veterinarian services and indoor animal boarding for day camp (daytime boarding) and a pets hotel (overnight boarding) in the CRS (Commercial Regional Subregional) Zone. ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION:
Categorical Exemption (Class 1)
APPELLANTS: Gary R. White, DVM Huntington Veterinary Hospital Nicole Gueniat, DVM Monrovia Animal Medical Center, Inc. PROPERTY ADDRESS:
745 West Huntington Drive
DATE AND HOUR OF HEARING: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:30 PM PLACE OF HEARING:
Monrovia City Hall, Council Chambers, 415 South Ivy Avenue, Monrovia, California
Staff Report pertaining to this item will be available on Thursday, April 7, 2011 after 4 p.m. at the Monrovia City Hall, 415 South Ivy Avenue, Monrovia, California, Community Development Department/Planning Division. If you challenge this application in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Division at, or prior to, the public hearing. This case will not alter the zoning status of your property. For further information regarding this application, please contact the Planning Division at (626) 932-5565.
Pasadenans to Show Solidarity with People in Conflict 9th Annual Peace Parade Set for Palm Sunday On April 17 at 3:00 pm, marchers in the 9th Annual Palm Sunday Peace Parade will gather at Messiah Lutheran Church at 570 E. Orange Grove Blvd. to once again decry war and witness for peace. When the organizers met to begin planning this year’s parade, none of them could have imagined the upheaval in the Mideast and North Africa. The idea of America beginning a third war seemed impossible. Clearly, the need to seek peace is greater than ever. “If the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya can find the courage to come together and demand change, then the least we can do here in America is support them with our own Peace Parade. They have risked their lives for their beliefs.
We don’t have to risk anything,” says parade founder Bert Newton. Newton, a Mennonite pastor, explained that participants carry signs, bring instruments, march, sing and pray for social and economic justice for all and an end to war. The march begins at Messiah Lutheran Church and ends at the Paseo. Once everyone reaches the Paseo, there are short speeches and a blessing. This year, with the announcement that James Loney, Christian Peacemaker Teams member and former hostage in Iraq, will keynote the event, 300 people are expected to join in the march. No one is naive enough to think that carrying signs and praying will stop war. But most partici-
pants realize that peace has to begin somewhere. Why not on the streets of Pasadena? If participants learn one thing from the experience, Newton hopes that it is this: “As people get out on the street, marching as a group, one foot in front of the other, they start to feel their own power. Together we can do things that one person cannot. Together we can change the world.” This event is being sponsored by The Peace & Justice Academy, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, Pasadena Mennonite Church, All Saints Middle East Ministry, Church for Others, Urban Village of Pasadena, The Los Angeles Catholic Worker and Progressive Christians Uniting. It is a familyfriendly event and all are invited to participate.
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A Day at the Races Continued from page 2
Joseph Talamo with a few members of MHS Band in the winners circle
Some of the MHS Alumni pause for a snaphot Sunday during their Day at the Races.
Wash at Pep Boys May 21st, Band BBQ at First Presbyterian Church The MHS Symphonic Band is one of several award-winning instrumental music ensembles at Monrovia High School. Made up of woodwind, brass and percussion students, the Symphonic Band rehearses and performs classical and contemporary concert band literature while increasing the musicianship and leadership skills of its members. The many sponsors Sunday included: Santa Anita Race Track- raffle prized and gift bags, Andy Montgomery (Class of ‘78) for donating banners for the event, Monrovia High School Band, Monrovia Floral, Enrique’s Mexican Cuisine, The Monrovia n Restaurant, The Dollmak-
ers Kattywompus, Vons Market, Avon Representative Rachel Salazar, The Paddock Hair Salon, Aromatherapy Package by Barbara Bucy, Basket of skincare and facial from The Skin Care Shop donated by Joanie Carroll Smith (Class of ‘78), OPI Pedicure Gift Bag, Candy Connection, Paint N’ Play, Tri Maids, Denise Guzman Partylite Candle, Tracy Hueth (MHS Class of ‘79) from Images Printed on Chocolate, Sierra Madre gift bag and sweatshirt from Bill Coburn (Class of 76’). Food items were generously donated by Farmer John and Galasso Bakery. MHS Alumni Tracy Dragoo (Class of ’76) donated four season tickets including parking for the Angels vs Texas Rangers game on August 15. The winner of this raffle will be picked at
the MHS Band BBQ on May 21 at the First Presbyterian Church in Monrovia. As an aside, in the 5th race wouldn’t you know it but the winning horse was Runaway Wildcat. Since MHS are the Wildcats, nearly everyone put a bet on that horse and it one. You should have heard the cheers from the Infield. More info to come....... If you would like to help us in raising funds for this amazing opportunity, please contact Daniel Magallanes, Director of Bands at 626/471-2821 Monrovia WildcatMusic@gmail.com or Cristina Samp, Booster President at 626/388-3991, cristinasamp@rocketmail. com. You can also go to the band website for upcoming events: www.MonroviaMusic.org.
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