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Freshman councilman Vincent Yu urged that the city appoint Cynthia Sternquist (left) as the alternate representative to the COG. Sternquist was recently appointed to the City Council following the resignation of David Capra. - Photo by Terry Miller

San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments to Assist City in Regional Planning At last Tuesday's meeting of the City Council, the longdebated issue of whether or not to rejoin the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG) was at last resolved, with the Council voting pay the $60,000 in backed dues necessary to rejoin the advisory and advocacy group. The decision by the new city council, elected to their

offices in the recent March election, is a marked departure from the decision of a past council in 2005 to leave the COG. The four year period in which the city was not a member of the COG represents the longest period of time any city has gone without an official membership in the COG. West Covina and Bradbury each left the COG for two years each, and when

Bradbury rejoined last month, Temple City was left as the only San Gabriel Valley city not to be a member. The Debate had gone on for weeks as the council members weighed the costs of rejoining. Those costs will include not only the $15,000 per year membership fee going forward, but also payment in full of the dues left unpaid while the city was not

TCUSD Celebrates Student Artists The TCUSD Board of Education recognized the accomplishments of two talented artists at their regular meeting on June 24, 2009. Thalia Loi, a second grader at Emperor Elementary School was recognized for her artwork being selected as the first place winner from kindergarten through second grade entries in the Water is Life art contest sponsored by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. The TCUSD Board also recognized Isabel Tian, a 2009 graduate from Temple City High School. Her artwork received a third place award from all Water is Life high school entries. Isabel was

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unable to attend the meeting because she left yesterday to attend an out-of-State college. Thalia and Isabel’s artwork will now be entered into the annual art contest sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Both students are gifted artists who have a natural ability to express their ideas in an exceptionally creative way. All eligible art entries were displayed during the Upper District’s Board Meeting on May 18, 2009 where Board members, staff, and public attendees voted by ballot for their top five choices in grade level categories.

Thalia Loi proudly displays art award.

a member, with four years absent leaving the city with a $60,000 tab, should they wish to rejoin. At past council meetings, representatives from the COG had been unwilling to negotiate the penalty fees to a lower amount, arguing that they had never done so before and to do so now would set an inappropriate precedent for other cities who might be tight on cash and decide to leave the COG for a period of time in order to save money. City Officials have said that they intend to pay as much as 60% of the $75,000 total cost by using funds acquired through Proposition A transportation funds coming from the county. Councilman Tom Chavez said that he was concerned about the move largely because of the high costs involved, but that he was pleased to know that the city had a way to pay for it without jeopardizing other city services or accounts. As delegate to the COG, the council selected veteran councilman Fernando Vizcarra who had been a supporter of rejoining the COG, provided the money could be found without dipping to heavily into

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Air National Guard Band of the Southwest to Perform in Temple City

Enjoy a patriotic evening at Temple City’s Independence Day Celebration We d n e s d a y, Ju l y 1 featuring the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest Temple City Park, 9701 Las Tunas Drive Schedule of events 6p.m.– 7 p.m. Free hot dogs & chips (limited quantities) 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket and participate in Shape Up TC 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free Patriotic Concert The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest will be performing a very special concert in Temple City to celebrate Independence Day. The band

is stationed at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, in Port Hueneme, California and will be under the direction of Major Eric Patterson and Associate Conductor, Master Sergeant Gregory Robinson. As musical ambassador, the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest is proud to represent the State of California, the Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force. Make your plans now to join with your friends and neighbors in Temple City Park for this special community event. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information please call the Parks & Recreation Department at (626) 285-2171 ext. 2328.

Upcoming Events Tuesday • Kiwanis Club

Wednesday • Pre-Concert Activities (Concerts in the Park) • Concerts in the Park - Air National Guard Band of the South West

Friday • High Twelve

Next Monday • Temple City Schools Foundation Meeting

Next Tuesday • Kiwanis Club • City Council Meeting

Next Wednesday • Pre-Concert Activities (Concerts in the Park) • Concerts in the Park - Suavé The Band Swing~ Blues & Oldies For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit templecitytribune.com and click on Calendar. Online listings include important information such as event times and locations.


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June 29, 2009 Parks & recreation department: Summer Concerts – The Wednesday night summer concert series is in full swing. This week, the Air National Guard Band of the South West will be performing a special Independence Day concert beginning at 7 p.m. in Temple City Park. Free hot dogs and chips will be available on a first come basis. Camp-A-Palooza – If you’ve ever wanted to take the family camping, but weren’t sure how they’d handle it, now you can try it out, close to home. Bring your tent, sleeping bags and the family, and we’ll take care of the rest. Live Oak Park will be turned into a campground July 24-25. Fee is $40 per space and includes a BBQ dinner, continental breakfast, movie, family scavenger hunt, talent show and family competitions. Staff will be on duty throughout the night for security. Registration is currently being accepted at the Live Oak Park Community Center. You may register for your family only. Only a few spaces are left so don’t wait. For additional information, contact Frances ManzoPimentel at (626) 285-2171 ext. 2327. Community development department: The next Planning Commission meeting will be held on July 28, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Civic Center, 5938 Kauffman Ave. Public services department: Parking Control Officer – The City of Temple City is currently accepting applications for a part-time Parking Control Officer. Applications and additional information may be obtained at City Hall, 9701 Las Tunas Drive (626) 285-2171 or on the City’s website at www. templecity.us. Applications must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2009. Public Safety Volunteer – The City of Temple City is looking for people interested in becoming a Public Safety Volunteer. Two programs are available in the Public Safety Volunteer program. They are the Resident Safety Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) and the Temple City Emergency Radio Team (TCERT). Applications and additional information for the RSVP or TCERT programs may be obtained from the Public Services De-

partment at the Civic Center, 5938 Kauffman Avenue, by calling (626) 285-2171 or by e-mailing Public Safety Officer Bryan Ariizumi at bariizumi@templecity.us. Water conservation tip: Run dishwashers only when full. This saves an average 2-4.5 gallons per load! Management services department: Planning commission vacancies: There are currently 3 vacancies on the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission consists of five members appointed for two-year terms and act in an advisory capacity to the City Council. Commissioners must be residents and qualified electors of Temple City at the time of their appointment and remain so for their entire period of service. The City Council is scheduled to interview applicants and make appointments at their Special Meeting of July 6. 2009. If you are interested in serving on the Planning Commission, please call (285-2171) or come by the City Clerk’s Office for an application. The deadline for receiving applications is Tuesday, June 30th at 6:00 p.m. Yard sales: Temple City residents wanting to conduct a yard sale MUST have a permit.  They are available from the receptionist desk at City Hall, 9701 Las Tunas Drive, during normal business hours, which are Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. City Hall is closed on Fridays.  The permits are FREE, and residents may only conduct one yard sale within a six-month period. Free yard sale advertising: If you get your yard sale permit by Thursday noon (or earlier) the week prior to the sale (i.e. about nine days prior to your sale), you’ll get the sale listed in that week’s Temple City Tribune newspaper in the “Temple City Spotlight” section for free. The Temple City Tribune comes out every Monday, and is available at many popular locations throughout Temple City. If you have any questions, please call the reception desk at (626) 285-2171. Yard sale permits: There are no yard sales to report for the weekend of July 3-5, 2009. (Information is current as of 12:00 noon, Thursday, June 25, 2009. Yard sale permits issued after this publication cutoff time are not listed.)

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FamilyAffair By Wally Hage

4th of July Independence Day … commonly known as the Fourth of July is our National Holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. It is often referred to as the Birthday of our Country declaring our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Once again it is a time to celebrate by displaying our National Flag, symbolizing that we are … One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice For All! This is a time to remember our forefathers whose loyal commitment and their valiant efforts fighting and dying to make this a Great Nation of Americans. Yes, it is also a time to express our “Deepest Thanks” to all our Military personnel stationed here and around the world, who are loyal, dedicated Men and Women of all races continuing to Keep This Nation Free. This year Independence Day will occur on Saturday making it easier for families to celebrate a long weekend with friends and relatives. It

can be a great time for family picnics, barbecues or a trip to the beach to relax. Fireworks displays, parades, baseball games and hot dogs are all part of the celebration. It is a favorite holiday for both young and old. I still remember enjoy ing those w o n derful family picnics of my childhood. H o t dogs, potato chips, pickles, potato salad and watermelon were all bountifully consumed. Oh… that ice-cold soda pop floating around in a barrel of ice awaiting your selection was a kids dream come true. Potato sack races, Pie eating contests, horseshoe throwing and softball games were all

part of those exciting family gatherings. The fireworks displays in the evening included sparklers for the children and big bang firecrackers for the young adults and Dads. I remember the days leading up to the picnic day; f i r e works st a nds w e r e c o m m o n throughout the city. My brothers and I would stand for hours gazing at all those wondrous explosives. The stands offered great assortments of hand fireworks. Firecrackers, cherry bombs, roman candles and skyrockets. Many of which were way to dangerous to be ignited by youngsters our age, but we did so anyway. I can vividly remember

twisting two or three firecrackers together and putting them under an old tomato can, igniting the wicks and running away as fast a possible. Just to see how high that it would rocket the can into the air. Many times blowing the bottom completely out of the can! Fortunately, we were never injured, and of course Mom never suspected that her little angels were capable of such dangerous behavior. As we approach another 4th of July Holiday we are reminded that it is the privilege of ALL AMERICANS to celebrate the great progress this nation has accomplished in the span of a little over 200 years. The values and ideals that we have fought for are far too precious to be lost or forgotten in light of the fears and the financial struggles that we are experiencing today. Let us also celebrate this Fourth of July by giving thanks to God, for this Country, which is … One Nation, Under God, with Liberty and Justice for All. I wish you a Happy and Safe Fourth of July.

When All Is Said And Dunn By Bill Dunn

Public Enemies If you are into cinema or 1930’s gangster lore, you may think that I am about to give you a review of Johnny Depp’s upcoming feature with the same name as the title of this week’s column. Unfortunately if that is what you were hoping for, I’m sorry, but you are going to be disappointed. No, this is not about the John Dillinger biopic, although I wish it were. This is about the shenanigans and outright carnage going on in the Council chambers at City Hall in the City of Temple. The citizens, the ones who are aware enough to know what’s going on in their city, are reeling over the recent indictments handed down against former and current council members. To add to the embarrassment factor, the current sitting mayor was the winner in the indictment derby with a whopping six counts of bribery and three counts of perjury. But who’s counting. I am for one. It is absolutely outrageous that she,

Judy Wong, has the unmitigated gall to continue to show up for council meetings. Sure, she is innocent until proven guilty, but for someone who has professed that she has the best interests of the city in mind, she should resign immediately. We cannot have someone whose character has been called into question continue to make decisions for our citizens. The very next day after the indictments were handed down she cast the deciding vote for the replacement for former Councilman Dave Capra. In his sweetheart deal with the District Attorney, he pled guilty to a misdemeanor and was forced to resign. He also was forbidden from seeking elected office for four years, but something tells me that he has seen enough time in the spotlight. My guess is that his fifteen minutes of fame are up. During the special council meeting that was called to find a replacement for Capra, more madness continued when from out of the blue they ap-

pointed Cynthia Sternquist. All I know about Ms Sternquist is that she and Councilman Viscarra are comrades in arms in their objections, from the beginning, to the Fiasco, I mean the Piazza project. What I find completely mystifying in the council’s decision making process, if they indeed had one, is that in everything that I read there was not one mention of the candidate who just narrowly missed getting elected in the last election, Chuck Souder. If anyone should have been at the top of the list of replacements it should have been him. With all the talk about finding someone with unquestionable integrity and experience to boot it is Mr. Souder. This makes me question whether the current members of the council, with the exception of Tom Chavez who dissented on the vote for Sternquist, truly have the desires of the citizens in mind. Souder only lost to Chavez by 318 votes, so obviously there

were a lot of people in the city who voted for him, and many more than the three who voted for Sternquist. He should have hands down been the logical and fair choice as the replacement. Which brings us full circle to the beginning of this disaster, the resignation and replacement of Ms. Wong. As was reported in another paper just a week ago, her mere presence on the dais has become a paralyzing specter over the decision making of the council. Everyone on the council is being held up and afraid to make a move on the Piazza as long as the litigation against her is ongoing. If she truly cares anything for the people of Temple City she will lower her guns and give up her seat to someone who can help get us out of the mess she had a hand in getting us into. Until she does, she is John Dillinger and we are the bank.

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So this weekend there was so much positive stuff going on I almost couldn’t believe it. Up until, “The envelope…please.” Thursday (the new Friday) got things rolling with Twin Tower of Hygiene Jen and me attending a Pete Carroll Circle of Friends event at LA Live’s Lucky Strike. And if you’re starved for inspiration, I suggest sharing some time with folks who’re committed to transforming young lives often found in the “presumed lost” column. Coach Pete might be the highest paid educator in The Land and what’s the going price for hope? Yesterday, I met with author David Clow. David’s journalism has appeared in national, local, business and scientific publications. His corporate communications have served Fortune 100 market leaders. David has written a documentary film series Understanding Cities and co-authored a novel Six Lessons for Six Sons. Last week, I opened a package to find David’s latest work A Few Words from the Chair. The book provides an eloquent human insight into what’s missing and the miracle of what’s possible out of the dental “caring” experience. The book needs to be required reading for dental students and graduates, period. And in his note, David actually admitted to

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to relinquish her phone number and e-mail address. And when I can’t speak or write to folks covered by the WF Witness Protection Program, I start wondering. I wondered how my balance that wasn’t close to the limit or my payments that were exponentially more than the minimum posed a threat to the Stage Coach. I wondered how my retaining full employment and benefits with no salary cuts was endangering the economy. Couldn’t help but wonder if Wells Fargo was doing as well as TCDC; wondered if Ms. Wofford was surrounded by happy co-workers and had been on the job for the last 33 years. Every practice management consultant I’ve met has advised against my being “the bank.” But in the interest of helping my patients live long healthy lives and in the absence of a human banking institution that deserves any trust at all, I politely disagree. Tomorrow is Father’s Day and my Dad always suggested, “If you can’t say anything nice…” Sorry Dad, just this once: “Dear Ms. Wofford and the Wells Fargo Gang, To paraphrase Mr. Bart Simpson, hope you don’t choke on my shorts. You r fa it h f u l sma l l business servant, JVB…or #2468”

So Cal Road Runners Set 5K Race for City of Industry on July 4 City of Industry—Southern California Road Runners of Walnut, Inc. has scheduled a 5000 meters (5K) run or walk for Saturday, July 4, at Valley Boulevard and Grand Avenue in City of Industry. The event is the Southern California Road Runners 1st Annual Race to Summer Camp as the event is a fundraiser to help send the team’s runners to the annual training camp at Mammoth

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admiring my stuff. And tonight, if I can get my already over-sized head through the door, my TCDC gang and 200 or so close friends will be rolling out to Rancho Cucamonga for our eighth annual Oral Cancer Awareness Night at the Ballpark. If you can find something better to do than hang out with your buddies and share about life saving opportunities that are as easy as a trip to the dentist, let’s get in touch soon. A nd t hen…I opened the mail. First up: the Stage Coach. I guess I’m just a “bad news first” kind of guy. And more often than not these days, banks’ copy seems to occupy my negative leadoff spot. I’m a little intrigued and puzzled when the institutions we trust with our life hopes and dreams take on a casual regard for responsibility but retain the role of judge and jury over our businesses. Lately, the relationship has almost been the equivalent of our turning over the keys to the family car to a mechanic wearing a mask and carrying a gun. So when I opened the Wells Fargo envelope I saw a certain VP named Ms. Sheri Wofford had cut my business card limit. Now I guess Ms. Wofford was just doing her job and she must be pretty busy these days because she’s apparently been forced

Lakes. The top three overall male and female winners will receive $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. The top three runners in each age division will receive a medal award. There are 13 age divisions from 10 and younger to 70 and older. A Southern California Road Runners coach said the course is about 95 percent

flat, out and back. Registration is $20 for runners and $18 for walkers and includes a tee-shirt. Participants can register between 6:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. at Valley Boulevard and Grand Avenue on race morning. The race will start at 8 a.m. for runners and walkers. More informat ion is available and the team can be contacted at scrrcoachdanny@yahoo.com.

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By Dawn Rickabaugh

When Even ‘Free and Clear’ is Too Much I recently received this email: “Dear Dawn, I saw your recommendations in the Tribune article on waiting for Recovery. My question to you is should we sell our home now or next year? We bought this home 7/2007 for $950,000. We have spent $150,000 plus. The last project is to have the outside of the house painted, which is scheduled for July. We have been told that we could probably sell for $950,000. The lot is about ¾ acre, the house is about 2500 sq feet. We realize we are losing money and our proposition 60 taxes. But the lot has proven too much for us. We would expect to buy a replacement home for about $850,000. Our property taxes will increase ($6,000 to about $11,000 a year). We will look for the same size house, but a smaller piece of property in the same city. If we wait, replacement house prices could rise and the property taxes could also rise. We do not have a mortgage. We are retired. Thanks so much for any help you can give us.” First off, it's encouraging that they have a realistic view of the market and the value of their home. Too many sellers these days would insist that the value of their home is $950K + $150K = $1,100,000. This couple seems to understand that the market doesn't care how much you put into it. The market is just the market. A stock is worth what Mr. Market says it is, whether you're making money or losing it. [But wouldn't it be great if the government would step

in and make sure we don't lose money in the stock market any more? Maybe they could set up a special fund and buy GM shares at $30 a pop for anyone who paid that much or more for them . . . it's only fair] And then those property taxes . . . it makes my stomach churn to think of this couple losing their Proposition 60 base year value transfer. If they could somehow manage to become ‘severely and permanently disabled' they could transfer the tax basis one more time . . . but, um, that's probably going a little too far. The market is not going to be better next year. Of course, I could be excruciatingly wrong, but I don't buy the ‘green shoots of recovery' story. If you can wait 7-10 years, maybe . . . but in a year we'll still be unwinding, and things could be the same, and they could be much worse. What happens if interest rates have a sudden change of heart? Jumbo loans are already difficult for many people to qualify for. So back to the couple at hand. Because they own their property free and clear, they have more options than the average seller. If they are willing to offer terms, they could get top dollar regardless of market conditions. My guess is that they could easily inch up to $1mil if they agreed to finance a buyer who just couldn't qualify for a conventional loan for some reason. They could take a $250K down payment, and carry a $750K first at 7.5%, due in 5. Then they'd have a monthly cash flow of $5,244.11. (If they wanted to preclude the possibility of foreclosure,

they could put the property in a land trust first. This would also preserve the existing tax basis on the property just in case they ever got it back again). And if they have other cash reserves to buy their replacement property outright, then they're set, because cash is king, and they should be able to get the lowest possible pricing. But what if they don't have $600,000 sitting around to polish off the cost of their new home? What if they could find someone with a nice 5.5% fixed and ask them to leave it in place? Purchase price $850K, down payment $250K, take over the existing financing at $600K (or less), for a monthly liability of $3,406.73 plus taxes and insurance, so $4,000 (for an overall positive cash flow of about $1,200 per month). If the replacement property is also in a land trust, then the existing loan cannot be accelerated by the lender, and the existing tax basis (probably lower . . . $6,000?) could also be preserved to give this couple the equivalent of their Prop 60 base year value transfer. I call the title holding (land) trust “Seller Financing on Steroids.” Especially in the jumbo markets, this strategy is empowering buyers and sellers and putting deals together where they otherwise wouldn't be possible. Always consult with your CPA, tax attorney and/or financial advisor before selling any real estate. Dawn Rickabaugh is a real estate broker with expertise in seller financing and real estate notes. www. NoteQueen.com 626.641.3931 dawn@notequeen.com.

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6 June 29 - July 5, 2009

TEmple City City Manager’s Weekly Report For the Week Ending Noon on Thursday June 25 2009 Cathy Burroughs, Interim City Manager

General Council Information 1. We have been notified by California Contract Cities Association that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the Tolling Agreement and extension of the contract with the Sheriff’s Department through August 31, 2009. This is good news and allows time for negotiations between the contract cities and the Board of Supervisors. 2. Attached is an invitation to the 35th annual California Contract Cities Association Board of Director’s meeting and dinner, hosted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Please let Eva know if you will be attending so reservations can be made. 3. The League of California Cities has provided a summary of major budget items affecting cities. We will continue to keep an eye on the State’s budget as it may have significant impact on ours. Please see attached flyer from the League (“Save Your City”). 4. There has been some question lately as to whether the Blue Star Banner program is considered part of the City, specifically whether the program is covered under the City’s insurance. We reviewed the minutes of the City Council meetings of June 1 and June 15, 2004, when the Blue Star Banner program was first presented to the Council. The motion to approve the proposal stated that the City would co-sponsor the Blue Star Program. The City Attorney has also reviewed the minutes and his interpretation is that the City is a co-sponsor, and, therefore, the Blue Star Banner program would be covered under the City’s insurance. This would also mean that since the program is co-sponsored by the City, the City could have some voice in the operations of the program if the Council so desired.

revenue since that time. 3. With the July 4th holiday next weekend, we are reminding everyone that fireworks, even safe and sane fireworks, are not allowed in any City park (including the parking lots). Signs will be posted throughout the parks. The Sheriff’s Department will schedule extra patrols to assist with enforcement.

Department of Community Development (Community Development Manager Lambert)

1. On Wednesday, our Program Manager from the Community Development Commission (CDC) performed an audit and review of our CDBG programs, focusing on our two housing programs and the youth scholarship program. The two housing programs that we fund or partially fund with CDBG funds are the Handyworker Grant ($10,000 per household) and the Home Improvement Loan ($25,000 per household). After the review, our Program Manager was quite positive, and had no negative comments regarding our administration of the CDBG programs. His written findings will be filed in the near future. 2. On June 23, the Planning Commission discussed the draft Housing Element, and specifically focused on the “Adequate Sites Program” portion of the Housing Element: On September 17, 2008, the first draft of the Housing Element was sent to the Department of Housing and Community Development in Sacramento. In November 2008, Staff received a written response from HCD. A few months ago, Staff received additional clarification that was needed from HCD to move forward with a revised draft. At this time, Staff and the housing consultant, Ralph Castañeda Jr., are focusing on the “Adequate Sites Program” portion of the Housing Element. This section of the Housing Element includes the sites that will be used to “make up” the projected housing shortfall of 224 housing units. As part of our Housing program, certain sites will have to be zoned to accommodate a minimum of 30 dwelling units per acre (du/ac). Table 2-4 shown below describes the sites that have been earmarked for rezoning to a proposed 30 du/ac R-4 zone. (something that is seemingly unavoidable according to HCD) Keep in mind that last year, the Planning Commission confirmed that the preferred strategy would be to rezone the sites first, and adopt the Housing Element later. This is in an effort to retain more discretionary review controls and have the power to review R-4 developments when they are submitted in the future. Table 2-4 City of Temple City Adequate Sites Program - Housing Unit Capacity (please see next page for table)

Administration 1. The City Council will be considering the Agreement for Use of Facilities with the Temple City Unified School District at your meeting on July 7th. The agreement includes wording that provides for the City to pay $20,000 to the District in fiscal year 2009-2010 for City use of District facilities. As you are aware, the ad hoc committee has been meeting to negotiate an equitable fee. The School District’s Board approved the agreement on Wednesday evening. 2. The Director of Government and Community Relations from the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority has requested a meeting with City staff for a briefing regarding the Baldwin Avenue grade separation project. They anticipate construction will begin later this year.  Attached is a copy of the fact sheet regarding the project and the detour route for your information.  This project will have a significant impact on traffic in, and around, the southern border of Temple City. We will keep you updated as more details become available. 3. Don’t forget, your Council agenda packet will be available next Wednesday, July 1st. The City Manager’s report, however, will not be available until Thursday. We will not be changing the day for release of the Manager’s report. 4. With the end of the 2008-09 fiscal year next week, I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their hard work and dedication the past 12 months. I also want to ensure the Council that the staff will continue to provide the best service they can to the residents of Temple City, in conformance with the policies set by the City Council. Since May 5th, when the Council appointed me as Interim City Manager, I have had to rely heavily on many staff members. All have been extremely cooperative and helpful. The indicated writers have submitted the following items. All have been reviewed and approved (but may have been edited) by the City Manager.

Department of Parks & Recreation

(Dir. of Parks & Recreation Director Burroughs) 1. Our Independence Day Celebration will take place next Wednesday evening, July 1st, in Temple City Park. The Air National Guard Band of the South West will be performing a special concert at 7 p.m. Free hot dogs and chips will be given out on a first come basis to the first 700 attendees. We hope you will be able to join us next Wednesday as we celebrate the red, white and blue! 2. As we reported last week, the Parks and Recreation Department was close to meeting its revenue projection of $541,530 for fiscal year 2008-09, even with the sluggish economy. Through last Wednesday, we needed just over $41,500 to meet our projection. I am glad to report that the department has collected over $50,000 in

Staff asked the Planning Commission to reaffirm their previous direction to proceed with the Adequate Sites Program as shown above and to complete the zoning actions shown above prior to adoption of the final Housing Element. Our second draft Housing Element is nearly ready for a second review by HCD and Staff wanted the Planning Commission to be on board with the direction of the Housing Element. The Planning Commission voted 4-0 to reaffirm their previous direction and directed Staff to continue to move forward with the second draft of the Housing Element with the Adequate Sites Program and zoning actions outlined in the above table. Staff wants the City Council to be aware of the progression of the Housing Element, and I would be happy to address any questions or concerns that the Council may have regarding the Housing Element. The City Council will be the body that approves the final Housing Element in the future. 3. The Planning Commission moved to cancel their regular meeting of July 14 due to a lack of scheduled public hearings for that date. The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for July 28, 2009.

Department of Public Services (Public Safety Officer Ariizumi)

Division of Public Safety

The Sheriff’s Department has contacted the City to see if we would be interested in participating in a program that allows residents to surrender narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia, prescriptions, etc. at a collection location, no questions asked. The program would be similar to the recently held “Gifts for Guns” program. Details of the program are currently being developed and are unavailable at this time. Interim City Manager Cathy Burroughs and I have notified the Sheriff’s Department that the City would be interested in participating in the program. If any Councilmember does not want the City to participate, please let us know as soon as possible.

Office of the City Attorney 1. We are assisting the City Council and Interim City Manager with the process of welcoming Cynthia Sternquist to the Council and the process of reviewing and appointing new Commissioners. In addition, we continue to work with City Staff on contract renewals and new contract approvals and on planning and development items.


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Dining Under The Stars, “Hollywood Nights” will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Temple City Park, 9701 Las Tunas Drive. This annual event is a great opportunity to showcase your restaurant, bakery or catering company. Temple City Park will provide the perfect ambience for guests to enjoy festively decorated tables, a variety of food samples and live entertainment by the Ernie Marchain Quartet and Bill Chico singing your favorite Sinatra tunes. Enjoyed by 200 guests from the community and surrounding areas, this event is always a sellout! Pre-sale tickets will go on sale to the public beginning July 13, 2009 for $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, 9701 Las Tunas Drive or at each summer concert, while supplies last. Restaurants, bakeries and catering companies are asked to provide food samples for 200 guests. Each restaurant will be eligible to receive up to $100 as a “thank you” for participating! Space is limited! Please reserve your space early! For additional information, please call Debbie Ingram at Temple City’s Parks and Recreation Department (626) 285-2171 ext. 2328.

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Temple City presents… “Sounds of Summer” concert T-Shirts are a must have! Get yours while supplies last. T-shirts will be available at each Wednesday concert and at City Hall for $6 each.

For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department, (626) 285-2171 ext. 2328.

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Arcadia For the period of Sunday, June 7, through Saturday, June 13, the Police Department responded to 1,027 calls for service of which 139 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, June 7: A traffic stop was initiated around 12:11 p.m. at Duarte and Sixth for no license plates. A 30-year-old male Hispanic driver was contacted and a record check revealed that he had a felony warrant and was taken into custody. Around 6:00 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Nordstrom advised that they had detained a man for identity theft. Investigation revealed that on May 19, the suspect opened a fraudulent credit account by using another individual’s personal information. On this date, the suspect attempted to open another account by using a second individual’s personal information. A check of the store’s computer system revealed that the suspect had made many cash refunds that totaled over $1,760. A private person’s arrest was made, and the 38-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for commercial burglary, forgery, possession of forged driver’s license, and acting in assumed character.

Monday, June 8: Units were dispatched to the 400 block of East Live Oak around 2:00 p.m. in reference to a fight in progress. Three male Asian suspects accosted a male victim for apparently no reason. The suspects sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray and broke the victim’s car windows. Between 8:00 a.m. and 4:23 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 100 block of Las Tunas. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home by breaking a rear window. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked rooms and took five World War II era rifles and other property.

Tuesday, June 9: Shortly after 10:00 a.m., officers responded to Subway located in the 700 block of West Naomi regarding a suspicious man walking back and forth in front of the business and peering inside. A 26-year-old male Hispanic was located and a consent search revealed a kitchen knife concealed in his jacket pocket. The suspect was arrested for possession of a dirk/dagger and a $30,000 outstanding misdemeanor warrant. A 25-year-old female Caucasian was arrested in the 00 block of Bonita around 9:00 p.m. for inflicting corporal injury to cohabitant. Investigation revealed that during an argument, the suspect punched her boyfriend in the face.

Wednesday, June 10:

A residential burglary occurred in the 2800 block of South Baldwin between 7:45 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home via an unlocked door and stole jewelry, cash, and computer equipment. Around 2:52 p.m., victims came to the station to file an identity theft report. The victims advised that they tried to file their tax return on February 19 via Turbo Tax and discovered that unknown suspects had used their personal information to file a tax return on January 28 for a tax refund of over $40,000. Currently the IRS is examining the claim.

Thursday, June 11: While on routine patrol, officers located a vehicle with outstanding warrants attached to the vehicle’s license plate number. A vehicle stop was initiated at South Eighth and Daines, and two male African-Americans were arrested. A 47-year-old was arrested for a felony and a misdemeanor outstanding warrants; a 44-year-old was arrested for 2 misdemeanor warrants. Around 5:40 p.m., units responded to the 99¢ Store, 140 East Duarte, regarding an assault with a deadly weapon incident. A male Hispanic suspect parked his gray Mercedes in the blue hash marked area of the handicapped parking stall. Two male subjects tried to detain the driver by blocking his path; however, the driver backed his vehicle into the victims, pushing them aside until there was enough room for him to drive away.

Friday, June 12: Around 4:40 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft. The suspect was seen concealing merchandise in her purse and then leaving the store without making payment. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 19-year-old Hispanic was taken into custody for commercial burglary. Additional stolen property from H&M, Fredericks of Hollywood, The Body Shop, and Forever 21 were recovered, and the suspect also had a fraudulent driver’s license in her possession. Officers were called to Dave & Buster’s around 10:45 p.m. in reference to a fight at the location. During the physical altercation, one victim was pushed to the ground and kicked repeatedly and another victim was struck several times in the face. Private persons’ arrests were made, and a 34-yearold male Caucasian was taken into custody for battery and a 29-year-old male Hispanic was taken into custody for assault.

Saturday, June 13: Units responded to Huntington and Gate 1 around 5:24 a.m. regarding a solo traffic collision. A 24-year-old male Hispanic driver was contacted and officers detected the odor of alcohol emitting from his person and burnt marijuana was also detected in the vehicle. A field sobriety test revealed that the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated, and a search of the vehicle revealed a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana. The man was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana. Around 6:22 p.m., a grand theft auto was reported in the 1000 block of Catalpa. Between 7:00 p.m. on June 10 and 10:00 a.m. on June 11, a 1998 white Ford Expedition

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Sierra Madre During the week of Sunday, June 7th, to Saturday June 13th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 196 calls for service.

Monday, June 8th: 8:46 AM – Petty Theft, 400 block West Sierra Madre Blvd. A blue, “Giant” mountain bike and a horseshoe type lock, which secured the bicycle, were stolen from the rear carport of an apartment complex. The crime occurred between 7:30 pm, on Sunday, 6/7/09, and 8:15 am, Monday, 6/8/2009. The total loss was estimated at $325.00. 5:01 PM – Hit and Run, Non-Injury, Traffic Collision, 40 South Baldwin Ave. A white, 2009 Lexus was damaged by a hitand-run driver. The Lexus was parked in the city public parking lot. The crime occurred between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, on Monday 6/8/2009. No witnesses were found and the damage estimate was not available. 6:45 AM – Residential Burglary, 300 block Olive Tree Lane. Thirty-five dollars in coins were stolen during a residential burglary that occurred on Monday, 6/8/2009, between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. The perpetrator(s) entered the home through a locked rear door.

Tuesday, June 9th: 8:02 AM – Vehicle Tampering, 300 block Auburn Ave. The rear window of a 2010 Ford Escape was smashed. The car was parked in the resident’s driveway. The crime occurred between 6:00 pm, on Monday, 6/8/2009, and 7:45 am Tuesday, 6/9/2009. The damage was estimated at $200.00.

Thursday, June 11th: 5:21 PM – Commercial Burglary, 00 block North Baldwin Ave. Officers responded to a jewelry store regarding a theft of a purse. The theft occurred earlier in the afternoon, between 3:46 pm and 3:51 pm. The suspect entered the business and appeared to browse. When an employee offered to help the suspect, she replied that she had just come from a nearby business. Officers later checked that business and learned that no one had seen the woman inside that business. The suspect took the victim’s purse from the floor while the victim sat next to it. The purse contained several personal items including credit cards. The suspect is described as a black female, heavy set, 40 to 50 years old with black hair. The loss was estimated at $200.00.

Friday, June 12th: 4:46 PM – Arrest, Solicitation Without A Business License, 400 block Santa Anita Court. Officers responded to the area regarding a female solicitor. Officer found a woman matching the description accompanied by a man. Both suspects were soliciting without a business license and were subsequently arrested. They were transported to the Sierra Madre Police Department, booked and later released on a written promise to appear.

Monrovia

During the last seven day period, the Police Department handled 581 service events, resulting in 128 investigations. Following are the last week’s highlighted issues and events: Suspicious Circumstances. On June 11 at 10:39 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of Briarcliff after the resident reported hearing gun shots somewhere to the rear of her house. Officers located what appeared to be a bullet hole through a large, thick plate glass window located at the rear of the residence. No suspects were seen and the investigation is continuing.

Indecent Exposure / Suspect Arrested. On June 11 at 11:49 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of West Walnut when a female caller reported a male subject standing nude in the street masturbating. Upon arrival, officers contacted the suspect, who was now sitting in a vehicle in his boxer shorts. A field show-up resulted in a positive identification of the suspect by the victim. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Monrovia Jail.

Riding a Bicycle Under the Influence of Alcohol / Subject Arrested. On June 12 at 12:08 a.m., officers responded to a possible injury traffic accident at the intersection of Stedman and Foothill. When officers arrived, they found an adult female that had fallen off her bicycle at the scene. She stated she was not injured. She displayed the objective symptoms of intoxication, and a witness reported seeing her riding her bicycle when she fell off of it. The subject refused to cooperate with any and all field sobriety tests. She was arrested for riding a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol.

Loud Party / Battery on a Peace Officer / Resisting Arrest / Drunk in Public / Receiving Stolen Property / Suspects Arrested.

On June 14 at 10:08 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of West Cypress on a party disturbance, receiving complaints of subjects yelling and urinating in the alley. Upon arrival, officers saw numerous subjects fighting in the alley. As officers approached them, the fight broke up. Moments later, another fight started inside the residence. As officers were responding to break up the fight, a male subject in the crowd threw a bottle at the officers. An officer attempted to arrest the suspect for throwing the bottle, and a fight ensued. The officer’s flashlight and pepper spray fell to the ground during the struggle. Arcadia and Sierra Madre Police Departments arrived to assist our patrol officers, along with the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter. After the officers handcuffed the suspect who had thrown the bottle, they noticed the officer’s flashlight


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Vandalism Investigation. On June 15 at 6:48 a.m., officers responded to an elementary school in the 400 block of West Colorado. Unknown suspects had vandalized the school’s kindergarten building and jungle gym with graffiti. The investigation is continuing.

Fraud Investigation. On June 15 at 10:16 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of West Foothill regarding a fraud in progress. A female adult was attempting to cash a fictitious check. It was determined through investigation that the female adult was actually a victim of an internet scam.

Trespassing Investigation / Suspect Arrested.

On June 15 at 2:11 p.m., officers arrested a male subject who was trespassing on the railroad tracks in the 700 block of East Duarte. The subject had no identification and was identified during the booking process.

Incident Report / Mental Evaluation. On June 15 at 3:16 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of West Foothill regarding a female juvenile yelling, screaming and crying inside a laundromat. Officers attempted to help, but she refused to talk to the officers and became combative. She was restrained with no injuries and taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Attempt Burglary / Suspect Arrested. On June 16 at 1:45 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 200 block of West Walnut. Officers arrived and observed a subject matching the description given by the reporting party walking away from the area. The investigation revealed that the suspect was looking into the window of the residence, attempting to watch a female getting out of the shower. The suspect partially pried the screen from the window. The suspect was positively identified. The suspect has a long criminal history for burglary and rape. He was arrested, booked and confined.

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Spousal Abuse / Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Suspect Arrested. On June 16 at 4:52 a.m., officers responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 200 block of West Olive. A husband and wife got into an argument and the husband punched his wife in the face and shoved her several times. As the wife called police, the husband approached her holding a knife and threatened to kill her if she called the police. Officers arrived quickly and took the husband into custody. The wife denied medical

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the city's general fund. Mayor Judy Wong then volunteered herself as the alternate for the position, but councilman Vincent Yu urged that Cynthia Sternquist instead be the alternate. Sternquist was appointed two weeks ago to the position left open following David Capra's resignation. Capra resigned under fire and as part of a plea bargain with the L.A. County District Attorney to avoid more serious charges like those levied against Mayor Wong and two others only one day later. Councilman Yu said that he felt Sternquist was a better choice for the position since,

Medical Assist / Warrant Arrest.

On June 16 at 4:34 p.m., police responded to a park in the 700 block of South Shamrock. A 16-year-old female who was extremely intoxicated was taken to the park by her friends. The female was unconscious and had a bloody nose. She was transported to a hospital and her parents were notified. One male adult who was with the juvenile was arrested for a warrant. The investigation is continuing.

Identity Theft / Possession of Stolen Property / Grand Theft Auto / Suspect Arrested. On June 16 at 11:20 a.m., Monrovia detectives, patrol officers, and the regional auto theft task force, TRAP, responded to a car dealership to investigate a suspect who had purchased a vehicle with someone else’s identity. The victim’s identity was stolen in a recent carjacking in another city. The subject is suspected of opening a checking account and purchasing other vehicles from other dealerships with the victim’s information. The suspect had returned to this dealership to add accessories to the vehicle. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Carjacking. On June 17 at 2:20 a.m., a man called to report he was the victim of a carjacking. He met a female subject at a liquor store in Duarte who asked him for a ride. He and his two male friends took her to a motel and rented a room. She then asked the victim to take her to buy cigarettes. When the victim and female returned to the room, the two friends had gone. The victim and fema le were confronted by four suspects, two male and two female. One of the male suspects produced a knife and demanded the victim’s car keys. The victim handed over the keys and ran away. His vehicle was stolen. When police investigated, the victim said it appeared that his female companion knew the suspects, and that she had set him up. The suspects appeared to be gang members. With the assistance of Sheriff’s deputies, one of the female suspects was identified. She is a 14-year-old, known gang associate. Investigation continuing.

as a new appointee, she has relatively few responsibilities compared to the other members of the council. According to the COG's website (www.sgvcog.org), the council is actively involved in a number of issues currently facing San Gabriel Valley Cities. Those issues include possible water rationing as drought continues to plague Central and Southern California, the closure of the Puente Hills landfill in 2013. Also on the COG's agenda is helping SGV cities deal with the implications of SB 375, the so-called anti-sprawl bill passed by the legislature last year in an effort to promote more sustainable regional growth plans.

Monrovia Council Adopts Austere Budget Cutting Employees, Programs Monrovia’s City Council has adopted a balanced but austere two-year budget that cuts employees and trims programs in the face of continued revenue losses due to the national economic downturn. The Council, in a unanimous vote Tuesday, June 16, closed a potential $2.6 million gap in the budget caused primarily by decreasing sales tax revenues. As many as 22 current City jobs are being eliminated, including a round of layoffs this month that cut four positions on top of the 10 spots that were either eliminated or not filled during the past two years. In addition, 12 current employees are taking an earlyretirement buyout between now and October. Their positions will not be filled. Other cuts will come through attrition, and some currently open spots will not be filled. The City is still negotiating with employee associations, seeking changes in labor contracts that will provide additional savings and complete the budget balancing. The negotiations center on eliminating merit raises and performance bonuses for at least the next year to ward off further personnel cuts. The new fiscal plans take effect July 1. Negotiations with employee groups are expected to be completed before that date. Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said that, “We’ve had to make some very hard choices, but the result is that Monrovia remains strong, it’s finances are secure and we can continue to move forward. These are difficult times, but with careful management, we’ll weather them just fine.” She said that, “The budget has been balanced through personnel cuts and cost savings, the freezing maintenance and operations budgets at previous years’ levels, the

deferring of capital expenses wherever possible, and few if any new programs.: The new budget, which covers fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, calls for expenditures of about $60 million each year, about half of that involving the General Fund, which is financed through sales taxes, property taxes and charges for services. Cutting back on personnel, explained City Manager Scott Ochoa, will mean some decline in City services – a longer turnaround time on engineering plan checks and longer periods between trimming of parkway trees, for instance. Other anticipated consequences of the cutbacks include a scaling back of community events such as the Fourth of July fireworks show, which has been cancelled this year; a cutback in the number of summer concerts; elimination of the Food, Wine and Jazz Festival; the Canyon Park Haunted Hike and the Halloween Home Decorating Contest. Passport services in the City Clerk’s Office will be affected, as will the turnaround time on public records requests. The Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team will be limited to just two classes. The Library will reduce Children’s Story Times to just one per age group. City Departments are also being reorganized in the face of personnel and funding cuts: (1) Public Works is consolidating its Operations Division into Infrastructure Maintenance and Engineering Divisions. (2)Community Services has consolidated mid-management positions in its Recreation and Library Divisions. (3)Community Development will be using consultants

Arcadia Municipal Workers Reduce City Budget Deficit In response to the city’s concerning budget shortfall, Arcadia’s police officers, firefighters, and other municipal employees have conceded to reduce their annual salaries and forgo certain health benefits, a move that city officials hope will significantly reduce the deficit. Arcadia is not the first city to implement such a policy. In light of the state’s financial crisis, cities across California have resorted to cutting the salaries of municipal employees in order to close gaping budget gaps, often against the adamant protests of worker unions. In the case of Arcadia, city employees met the salary deferral proposal with amicability, peaceably consenting to assist the council’s efforts in eliminating the gap in the recently passed $48 million budget. City Manager Don Penman approached the four city employee unions—the Arcadia Police Officers’ Association (APOA), the Arcadia Firefighters’ Association (AFA), the Arcadia City Employees Association (ACEA), and the

Arcadia Public Works Employees Association (APWEA)— and explained the budgetary shortfall, requesting that union members chip in to help close the city budget gap. Each union agreed to accept deferrals in salary increase and worker compensation benefits. “The employees understood that it was better to be proactive and address the shortfall,” said Penman. “This is a very serious recession.” In a membership conference, the APOA voted almost unanimously to assist the city in its state of financial need. APOA members, including all of Arcadia’s police officers, agents, and sergeants, will take salary cuts of approximately $1000 apiece and forgo medical care. Some officers will lose valuable revenue as a result of the new policies, but they are willing to help alleviate the city’s financial crisis in spite of the potential drawbacks. Arcadia’s fire department is equally willing to make financial sacrifices for the sake of the city’s welfare. A statement from the AFA informed the public that the de-

partment will be taking a 1.25 percent pay reduction in hopes that the budget will be completely balanced by 2010. “We have a great working relationship with the city,” said Drew Pryor, second vice president of the union. “We’re happy to help them meet their financial obligations and goals.” The total employee deferment benefits will total about $300,000; deferments from the police and fire departments will amount to more than $50,000 each. The city council has worked diligently to reduce Arcadia’s budget deficit from $2.5 million to roughly $600,000, an accomplishment achieved through a combination of multiple budget cuts and revisions, frozen officer positions, and limitations on employee travel. With the new employee wage restrictions in place, the deficit for the following fiscal year will decrease to about $286,000. Thanks to the efforts of Arcadia’s workers, the financial crisis has not yet mandated the layoff of any municipal employees.

New District Ranger for Angeles National Forest

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and contractors to make up for the loss of personnel. (4)The Administration Department is downsizing Records Management. Although there are some new programs and initiatives called for in the budget, few of the dollars to pay for those will come from the City’s General Fund. Nearly all of those new projects will be funded by grant monies and other restricted dollars already set aside and allocated.

rangers on the Angeles National Forest. In his new position, Blount will oversee operations on the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger District, which stretches from Interstate 5 between Castaic and Pyramid Lake, east to Wrightwood, CA, on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains. The area encompasses 370,000 acres of public lands, much of it bordering on the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Wrightwood. Blount is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and is a decorated Fire Control, Safety

and Weapons Officer in the United States Navy. After nine years of active duty, including tours in Vietnam, Blount spent most of his career in the real estate business. He also obtained a post graduate degree from Duke University. Having spent several years in the private sector, Blount is excited about returning to public service. “I’ve had a wonderful career and now I’d like to give something back,” he said. An avid fisherman, Blount and his wife have been frequent visitors to several national forests and parks. “I love the outdoors and I want my grandkids to be able to enjoy the same experiences in nature that I have.” Blount a nd his w ife have three daughters, two of whom live in Virginia and one of whom is currently working for the State Department in Pakistan.

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