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View from the Apollo 11 spacecraft showing the Earth rising above the Moon’s horizon forty three years ago this week.



Serving Cerritos, Artesia, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Lakewood, Pico Rivera, La Mirada, and La Palma • 45,000 HOMES EVERY FRIDAY • JULY 20, 2012 • Volume 27, No.31 •

Settlement Fails Between ABC and Former Stowers Principal

Moskowitz Foundation Donates $6,000 to Adult Education Program

By Jerry Bernstein

Case goes to Trial Court Oct. 31st


By Jerry Bernstein


ormer Stowers Elementary School Principal Eileen Blagden and the ABC Unified School District failed to agree on a settlement over her demotion. Judge Rex Heeseman, presiding over a Mandatory Settlement Conference on July 17, following a series of interviews with both parties in his chambers ruled a settlement could not be reached because both sides were to far apart. The case will go to trial on Oct. 31 of this year. At the school board meeting scheduled that night, Lakewood resident Larry Andre accused the District of covering up the events leading to Mrs. Blagden’s demotion. He said he has looked at the de-


Hawaiian Gardens Veterans Memorial Contract Awarded


ale Flores representing the Irving Moskowitz Foundation presents a check in the amount of $6,000 to the ABC Adult School for ESL classes in Hawaiian Gardens at the school board’s July 18 meeting. Board President Olympia Chen presented a Certificate of Recognition to Flores thanking the Foundation for its continuous support of the District. Present were [l-r] Adult Principal Dr. Pao-Ling Guo, Flores, Adult School teacher Jane Quest and ESL students with President Chen.

he Hawaiian Gardens City Council awarded a low bid of $495,336 to Southbay Landscaping, Inc. of Inglewood to construct a new Veterans Memorial Plaza located at Civic Center Drive and a new public library service memorial located at the Public Library Plaza on Carson. In his report to the council, Community Development Director Joseph Colombo said the city has received a grant in the amount of $150,000 that will be used for the new two memorials. Councilmember Reynaldo Rodriguez commented he was glad to see the memorials would soon be getting underway. He said originally the idea was to build the memorials together, but that was later changed to have them separated. In other business the council authorized the firm of White Nelson Hartzheim LLP to conduct a three-year audit of the city’s fiscal services beginning immediately. Funds in the amount of $45,000 were allocated


Engelbert Humperdinck Kicks Off New Season at the La Mirada Resident Artesia Amends Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Ordinance on Food Trucks Headlines O.C. Fair By Rico Dizon


rammy nominee Engelbert new ordinance (No. 12-784) “reguHumperdinck charms his way lating the sale of food, food prodback to the Cerritos Center for ucts, ice cream, goods or merchan- the Performing Arts (CCPA) with a twodise from motor vehicles, and amending the day concert kicking off the 2012-2013 Artesia municipal code” might be adopted Season. The legendary balladeer presin the near future following its introduction, ents his greatest hits on Saturday, August discussions and public hearings. 18, 8:00 PM and Sunday, August 19, The ordinance proposes a $500 permit 3:00 PM. Tickets, ranging from $90-$40, fee for ice cream trucks, along with finger are available at the CCPA Ticket Office, printing and a background check. The draft at, or by calling ordinance proposes to allow mobile food vending trucks in certain limited areas of the (562) 467-8818. Engelbert Humperdinck, “The King City and not in commercial zones. Specifiof Romance,” has wooed generations of cally, mobile food vending would be allowed fans worldwide with love songs such as as follows: the No. One The Last Waltz, Am I That 1. Food trucks would be permitted to Easy to Forget, A Man Without Love, and vend in the City’s Light Manufacturing and I’ll Walk Alone. His Top 10 hit, After the Industrial or Heavy Manufacturing and InLovin’, was nominated for a Grammy dustrial Zones. and achieved Gold status. In all, Hump2. Ice cream trucks would be permitted erdinck, whom Billboard called “a sensito vend in the City’s residential zones in adtive lyric interpreter with excellent vocal dition to the Light Manufacturing and Industechnique,” has enjoyed 63 Gold albums trial or Heavy Manufacturing and Industrial and 24 Platinum records over the course docTODAY_AD10X3:Layout 1 6/14/11 10:58 PM Page 1 [See FOOD TRUCKS page 8] of his career.


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Romance has long been at the core of Humperdinck’s repertoire and lasting success. Born Arnold George Dorsey, the crooner changed his name to Engelbert Humperdinck, after the 19th-century Austrian composer. With a three-and-a-halfoctave vocal range, the singer worked his way into hearts and charts with an endless string of hits that included Help Me Make It Through the Night, The Way It Used to Be, and There Goes My Everything. Humperdinck’s Pop-ballad version of Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) rocketed to the top of the British charts, selling more than a million copies and eventually landing on the Top 10 in the United States. Other hits for Humperdinck, who won a 1988 Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year,” include This Moment in Time and Til You and Your Lover Are Lovers Again. For tickets or info on Humperdinck’s concert at the CCPA, call (562) 467-8818 or go to

By Tony Aiello


a Mirada resident Kenny Metcalf who “was at death’s doorstep” just a few short years ago, will headline at the Orange County Fair July 27th and the Los Angeles County Fair September 7th with his tribute band “Elton- The Early Years.” He is another of one of the many teen musicians in La Mirada from the 1960’s and 70’s that still play music in one form or another today. Metcalf’s family moved to La Mirada in 1964 from an area in Inglewood that was directly affected by the Watts riots that year a short time later. “For me growing up in the 70’s in La Mirada; it was party central. We all grew up at the same time and the city didn’t know what to do with all of us. I lived here when you could ride motorcycles at Regional Park before there was a Regional Park. It was a small town, everybody knew everybody, and it was full of kids.”

[See KENNY METCALF page 9]

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