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Duarte to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ; Join a Community March This Saturday @ 10 am

In This issue January 13, 2020 Vol.3 No.1

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urged people to join hands and work together for positive change. Embracing that spirit, the City of Duarte invites members of the community to join this Saturday, January 18th to remember the civil rights leader through a community march. Starting at 10 a.m., meet at the corner of Royal Oaks Drive and Buena Vista Street to march the recently named Donald & Bernice Watson Recreation Trail. The march will conclude at Royal Oaks Park, where guest speakers, music, and live performances will take place. Sponsored by the City of Duarte and Duarte’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth (AmeriCorps), the event will also feature the winners of the annual Duarte Teen Center Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest. For more information on the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance event, contact Lupe Valerio at (626) 357-7931 ext. 260.

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El Monte, California. Are you interested in meeting new people, making new friends, and helping good causes? Do you want to make a difference in the community and enjoy networking? El Monte Women’s Club is a local philanthropic service organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life. On January 28, at 11:00, El Monte Women’s Club will have a General Meeting and Luncheon. This “meet-and-greet” will be held in the Grace T. Black Auditorium, part of the El Monte Community Center, 3130 Tyler Avenue in El Monte. The meeting is a great way to meet the members of El Monte Women’s Club and learn about the club's wide variety of service and fun activities. Club members volunteer their time to improve the community while making new friends, learning new skills, and having fun. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. You can bring a friend along or just come and meet your future friends! The lunch following the meeting is a potluck, so bring something and eat with us. Also, you’ll be entertained when talented high school students perform individually to win music scholarships. FREE tickets are available from Eventbrite, www.eventbrite.com/e/el-monte-womens-club-general-meeting-tickets-89519241461 El Monte Women’s Club is a friendly, caring group of women of diverse ages. This club has existed since 1902 and currently has 47 members. You can choose to be as actively involved as you like, based on your time and interests. At a recent convention of San Gabriel Valley’s Women’s Clubs, El Monte Women’s Club attendees won the Spirit Award and the Club won awards for Public Issues, Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention, Education, International Outreach, Conservation, Membership, Arts, Poetry, Advocates for Children, and Fundraising. To learn more about El Monte Women’s Club, visit them online at www.elmontewomensclub.org and www.facebook.com/emwomensclub


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SGMHS 70th Anniversary Gala February 1, 2020 Celebrate faith, service, education and community with the San Gabriel Mission High School on Saturday, February 1, 2020. About this Event

INAUGURAL GALA San Gabriel Mission High School is proud to celebrate 70 years of serving the Greater Los Angeles Area and San Gabriel Valley community. We are a non-profit Catholic College Preparatory High School for young women, providing affordable quality education for students and families. We recognize that we could not have reached this milestone without the support of our faculty, staff, residents, volunteers, alumni, partners and communities that we serve. On Saturday, February 1, 2020, SGMHS will commemorate its 70th anniversary by hosting a fundraising gala at the San Gabriel Hilton Hotel. We would like to extend an invitation to you to be a part of our celebration!

HONOREES

Faith | The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Community | The Catholic Education Foundation and Andrew Garcia Education & Service | Sr. Beatrice Marie Garcia, RSM and Mr. William Masterson

SCHEDULE 6pm Cocktail Hour 7pm Dinner, Program, and Silent Auction

BENEFIT Since 1949, SGMHS has developed students and graduates that maintain vibrant communities by producing leaders that grow and thrive. We have graduated over 6,000 students.

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New Decade, New Career By Dr. Edward C. Ortell, Citrus College Governing Board Member; background: first responders at HASMAT emergency in Azusa, CA, September 2019 Guest Columnist

Employment in the U.S. is expected to grow by 8.4 million jobs in the next decade, according to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS’s list of the 20 fastest growing occupations sounds a bit like futuristic fiction. Solar photovoltaic installers lead the list at 63 percent job growth, followed by wind turbine service technicians at 57 percent. Other high-tech jobs in top 20 list include information security analysts, genetic counselors and operations research analysts. These are all high paying jobs, and most require at least some college. The BLS cites an aging population as a factor in its projected changes in workforce demographics. That population also will result the need for more healthcare workers. It’s interesting to note that while there will be an exodus of retiring older Americans in the next 10 years, the share of baby boomers and those over 55 remaining in the workforce longer is expected to increase from 23.1 percent to 25.2 percent. For those searching for a new, profitable, in-demand career, here are a few options to consider: Wind Turbine Technician – Wind turbine service technicians install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. These jobs typically require a postsecondary non-degree award (i.e. some college) and pay a median annual wage of $54,370. Information Security Analyst – These workers plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Most positions require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. The median wage for these jobs is $98,350. Physical Therapist Assistant - Physical therapist assistants entering the profession need an associate’s degree from an accredited program. The median annual wage for physical therapist assistants is more than $58,000. Medical Assistants - Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other healthcare facilities. These jobs typically require a postsecondary non-degree award. Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent in the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median wage is about $33,610. Community colleges throughout California provide low cost, high quality academic and career training to prepare students for the jobs of the future. Whether it’s an associate degree, a vocational certificate or the first two years of a Bachelor’s Degree that’s required, a community college is a great place to start. About the Author: Dr. Edward C. Ortell is the senior governing board member at Citrus College and a Professor Emeritus at Pasadena City College. He has served on the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) state board of directors and 11 terms as president of the Citrus College Board of Trustees.

El Monte Union Awarded $9.8 Million to Promote Zero - emission Vehicles, Programs EL MONTE – El Monte Union High School District is one of three school districts across the state to be awarded a combined $24 million to promote zero-emission transportation options for students, parents and staff as part of a two-year Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project program. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) awarded El Monte Union $9.8 million to kick off the pilot program, along with San Diego Unified ($9.75 million) and Stockton Unified ($4.8 million). “These projects will set up the schools to address climate change, reduce air pollution and lead the next generation in learning about and using clean mobility options,” CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said. “Congratulations to these first grant winners.” The Clean Mobility in Schools Pilot Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

One major goal of the project is to provide lessons learned and “how-to” guidance for school districts interested in implementing similar projects. CARB staff will use the lessons learned to develop a blueprint for success for school districts and other facilities. Districts will pilot small- and large-scale long-term school initiatives. Smaller projects include curriculum to teach students how zero-emission vehicle technology works. Large-scale initiatives include developing vehicle-to-grid charging infrastructure and pathways to zero-net energy school districts. “This grant will be transformative for El Monte Union, giving us the chance to generate research, compelling education and community outreach in support of our efforts to be a green district,” Superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga said. “We plan to complete a menu of initiatives, including adding zero-emission buses to our fleet, electric maintenance vehicles and battery energy storage, and build awareness of our initiative among our entire community.”

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Dead-End Home by Rebecca Mardiross

I put my foot on the gas pedal and drove off. I had never felt more empowered as I did in that moment. Sometimes, the way out of something negative is to literally step out of it. Often times, I let unhealthy habits linger until they settle into the depths of my mind. The longer I hold on to that negativity, the longer it holds me back from getting to where I want to be. Eventually, its weight becomes what I’m accustomed to; it becomes where I feel most comfortable. This is how I felt as I sat in my room waiting. Waiting was my way of trapping myself in an ongoing cycle of disappointments. It was my way of putting my life on hold and sitting in the comfort of the house’s confines. It was as if I continuously kept limiting myself to a dark, dreary dead-end house where others rarely made an appearance. Most didn’t even know it existed. It sat at the end of the road, its paint peeling off the wood, with dark stains remaining within the cracks. It wasn’t so worn down that you turned back at the sight of it, but it wasn’t the most ideal house either. Regardless, I stayed in it willingly year after year. It might have been a dark, dead-end house, but in a way it was home. It might have been lonely at times, but it was what I had always known and what I wanted—or at least what I thought I wanted. Sometimes our fears have a way of convincing us we’re content with what we have. It makes us believe that we don’t want certain things, when in reality, we are just scared because those things resemble something deeper to us. What I wanted in life was so much more than what I was allowing myself a chance to experience. I wouldn’t have known what I truly wanted because I hadn’t experienced that before. I was limiting myself to certain things because that’s what made me feel good in that moment. That same thing was also causing me more pain, however, as I sat there wondering why I wasn’t doing more with my life. I wasn’t trying to leave. I might have ventured out a street or two, but as long as there wasn’t an instant result or gratification, I’d turn right back and go where I knew I felt safest. I wanted the feeling of comfort and happiness, even if it was just a cover-up or it was temporary. A lot of times we want an easy way out of the things holding us back or bothering us, but maybe comfortably attaining that isn’t realistic. Maybe it takes rushing out and making your way past various roadblocks; staying determined to keep going before you change your mind. Today, I did just that. I made the decision in the spur of the moment rather than waiting and giving my doubts a chance to interfere. I got in the car, and drove off into the distance.

After getting so far and having time to see the whole picture, along with all the possibilities and opportunities, there is no way I’m going to turn back to go to a dead-end house on a dead-end road. I’m going to keep driving, and at one point I’ll know where I’m going, and I will see it clearly. When I park the car and step out, I will finally be able to say that I made it, and it was worth it—I’m worth it.

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CARDON Media Inc. introduces CMI Table Tops. CMI Table Tops partners with local restaurants for a winning marketing strategy. Restaurants patrons will have some interesting reading material to view while they wait form their food at their local favorite restaurant. CARDON Media Inc. has partnered with ABC Table Tops to roll out new custom tabletops tailored to a select few locally owned restaurants in your community without any cost at all in money or food to the restaurant ever. It all starts with a Restaurant Survey that CARDON Media Inc. is conducting in the streets of San Gabriel Valley or you can take this anonymous Restaurant Survey online at www.cardonmedia.com. This survey is conducted once every two months and the top 5 locally owned restaurants with an “A’ or ‘B” health code rating are chosen. These custom-made tabletops are high quality with custom artwork chosen by the restaurant to match their restaurant theme, supported by local business who purchase advertisements inlaid into the tops of the tables. These tabletops are manufactured by ABC Advertising Agency, a fullservice Sedalia, MO based company. ABC started doing the tabletop strategy about 25 years ago, the idea is that it’s 18 inches from their noses, from their faces for 15 to 30 minutes. They can’t change the channel, can’t turn the page or can’t throw away.

Advertisers get a full-color, high-quality ad for 3 years, and can even make them interactive by adding a QR code. Customers can scan the QR code with their smartphones and it will take them directly to the business website. Space is limited to only 20 local businesses on 20 to 40 tabletops per restaurant depending on the size of the restaurant for 3 years, then CARDON Media Inc. will come back and offer to renew the project. “It’s something that ties in with local businesses supporting each other” said Carlos Puente of CARDON Media Inc. of the ad strategy. The concept came from ABC Agency founder William Crabtree, who found himself reading the back of a ketchup bottle while he was waiting for a lunch meeting in a restaurant. As the story goes, Mr. Crabtree noticed other diners reading sugar packets and other items on the table, and figured that “if they’ll read that, they’ll read anything” Mr. Crabtree said. CARDON Media Inc. and ABC Table Tops will only work with restaurants that rank in the top 5 for their area based on an intensive survey that CM Table Tops conducts. ABC Table Tops are in over 4,000 restaurants nationwide. For more information call CARDON Media Inc. at (626) 941– 6674


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