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Crime Rates Down and Spirits are Up at Foothill Division By David DeMullé On Monday, December 31, 2012, Captains Sean Malinowski and Steve Carmona thanked officers for their hard work last year by serving cake, coffee and sparkling cider. The Foothill Area’s overall crime reduction for 2012 was 9.4%. Foothill Area lead the rest of the City all 52 weeks with the lowest crime rate. Captain Malinowski told all that in addition to the reduction in crime, arrests and

citation issuance were up which helped with the overall numbers. He also thanked community members as well as volunteers with the Volunteer Surveillance Team and the Community-Police Advisory Board for their assistance this past year. “ Overall, the relationship that has been established with many community members assisted us in making a safer Pacoima, Sun Valley, Shadow Hills, Lake View Terrace, Sunland and Tujunga.” he said.

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On January 8 and 9, an investigation of blood stains on a hiking trail and rocks leading to a shallow depression where someone had dug a six-foot by three-foot trench, left more questions than answers. A woman that lives above the area, noti-

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fied a County worker that while hiking, she and her dog found the dried pools of blood. The Foothills Paper staff went to the site, and with a LAPD Detective and members of LAFD Engine Company 74,went down the trail see Blood, page 8

A pat on the back and goodies for having the lowest crime rate in the city. Left to right: Captain Steve Carmona, Lieutenant Julie Rodriguez and Captain Sean Malinowski.

A Notice from The Lions Club

“There will be a S-T Lions Club Watermelon Festival this summer, but it will not be held at Sunland Park. It will only be a 10-15 minute drive away in Pasadena. There will be fantastic parking! After last year’s Festival, the park officials asked us to find a different venue. After they calculated what we owed them under the B permit, and following some hard negotiating by two members of the Lions Club, we actually managed to come out in the black, just barely. The Watermelon Festival, the only fund raiser the Sunland-Tujunga Lions has, normally provides the Lions Club with $10,000 to $25,000 to be used to help local organizations, sight conservation and vision programs, and Lions Projects. This year, because about 85% of the money went to the park, the Lions only realized about $1,000 to be used to support sight conservation (eye exams, glasses, etc), help

What? no mo free wotomelon? local organizations and meet local needs as they arise. We were not able to find any other venue locally that was large enough and had adequate parking. Hansen Dam was considered, but we would again be working with L.A. Recreation and Parks and they are charging so much that we felt that there was no way we could make any money at any see Watermelon, page 10


Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program Scholarship opportunity for local high school students to spend an academic year in Germany! Learn German, experience a new culture and school, represent the USA as a Youth Ambassador! ASSE’s Congress Bundestag Program is currently receiving applicants ages 1518 for the 2013-2014 program year scholarship competition. There is still time to apply! The application deadline is January 15, 2013. Call 1-800733-2773 or email cbyx@ to apply. •••

Head Painting with Rick Rotante FREE DEMO on Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m.

Watch as one of L.A.’s top contemporary Impressionist masters creates an expressive portrait in oils directly from a live model. This is a great sneak preview of the skills you will learn in Rick’s class that begins January 24! (Beginning students who wish to work in charcoal are welcome to join this class too!) Attend this event and you will get a coupon for $100 OFF! Please RSVP by e-mail or phone 626-993-4021 •••

Santa Monica to Host Investing in CA’s Water

We invite you to attend the Investing in California’s Water conference to be held February 5 at the Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica, CA. Water is our most essential resource and is at the center of California’s economy, yet its • VOLUME 9 • NUMBER 1

availability is often taken for granted. However, movements of large amounts of water are essential for California’s massive agricultural economy and for Silicon Valley as well as all of southern California. This program will discuss how public and private investment will help California meet its present and future water challenges. The program is designed for business people interested in learning more about the opportunities and pitfalls in water investments, as well as water professionals interested in a perspective that often receives little attention at traditional water conferences. Thank you to the Reception Sponsor Best Best & Krieger LLP. Want to promote your company by becoming a Sponsor of this seminar? Call The Seminar Group at 800-574-4852 for more information.

Kevin James for Mayor!

Mayoral candidate Kevin James makes a point! Mayoral candidate Kevin endless waste she claims to have James met with the media Tuesfound. Unfortunately, there are day at City Hall to discuss his two problems: 1) She voted for findings on how Controller spends most of these problems while on her time on taxpayers money. the city council, and 2) when she In addressing the media, he ‘finds” all of this waste, she does said “City Controller Wendy nothing about it. Greuel makes over $200k per With all of this auditing goyear of taxpayer-funded salary. ing on you would think she must But the question is, does she rekeep long hours at the office. ally even work from 9:00 to Recently, the Los Cerritos Com5:00? It’s common knowledge munity News published on their that most of her work consists of website Wendy’s entire calendar issuing countless press releases for the term she has been Conabout audits “she” (or her city troller. We took a look and think staff and highly paid consultants, you should too.” rather) conducts regarding the

I have really gotten to love eating tamales. For breakfast you can have “Sweet” tamales; for lunch, pork; for dinner, chicken or beef. There is a tamale for every occasion. Harmony Farms has some of the best in town. Happy New Year from HARMONY FARMS and owner Sonny.


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If you get bored easily, you should go read the Voice of the Village. Today’s editorial is serious. One of the things that we tend to forget is history. There is an old saying that goes “The victor writes the history books,” and forgetting that, we’ve forgotten how important it is to have friends in the world. But you can’t buy your friends. `Not too long ago, GM President Troy Clarke cried: “… over the last few years, we have closed the quality and efficiency gaps with our competitors.” So what in the hell has Detroit been doing for the last 50 years? I’ve been around that long. I remember the joke about


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how the Asian cars and motorcycles were coming to the US and they “were cute.” I even remember the Volkswagen and the Morris Minor. They were cute, and they worked. No frills, just good workmanship, and no oil stains on the driveway. Remember the battle over the K-Mart site? Who really won? Every time I look around, I see empty store fronts. We have a chamber of commerce that appears to be hell bent to put people out of business. The food trucks could have been a great, (not good,) thing for the community. But the chamber just had to create lies and distrust in our community. It was good people doing bad things, and bad people doing even worse things. We have a whole new line of officers at the LAPD Foothill Div. They have new technology, new ideas and the ability to get things done. Then you have the bad apples in their midst that make their efforts look slipshod. We have so-called community alliances run

by people that can’t stay sober long enough to be meaningful, but they have convinced people that “They” know what is best for the rest of us. I watched the rise and fall of Paul Krekorian. He was led by the nose and promised votes if he believed in certain groups. He was made to look the buffoon and it affected no one here. Now we have Alarcon that is on his way out. His “open door policy” has been shuttered and is open only to the chosen few. And we, the citizens of S-T are the ones that get hurt. People are up in arms over the street people. The elected officials make wild gestures and promises on how they are going to help them. Bullshit, there is a safe and sane way to handle the street people, but because it doesn’t make money for our elected officials and those with vested interests, it won’t happen. Is Mr. Clarke really trying to say that our overpriced city council members who have been overpaid for decades for

their horrific underhanded dealings, can continue siding up with big business and the IBEW to the detriment of our homes and lifestyle? And this is not mismanagement? I look around me at all the people who lost their homes because certain Realtors showed them how “to play the game.” I look at the corrupt chamber of commerce that has no feelings toward our residents or the local businesses that they are supposed to support. I look at our local service clubs that spend their money on people who live out of the area instead of helping our neighbors. I look at the Lion’s Club that is pulling the Watermelon Festival out of Sunland-Tujunga so it can make more profits for its chosen few. And it is all corruption. Well, boys and girls, if you read this far, you are the intelligent 1%. For the rest of you, maybe you should get back to basics and learn how to be a good neighbor, how to participate in your Neighborhood Council, or maybe even turn back to God.


ROCK It’s going to get much worse before it gets better. And as the lies get bigger and more frequent, it will be the lies that will come across as being the truth. I was laughing at the local internet forums and their little psychodramas this week. All I can say is “Thank God for the internet, that way every nut case in SunlandTujunga can feel like they are important.” It’s time for you to be all that you and your family can be. And remember, if someone needs someone to blame, you can always say: ... “It’s The Water!”

The Foothills Letters & Perspectives Spitting Mad over Watermelon Fest Dear Editor, What’s wrong with these people? They seem to be going out of their way to wipe out our way of life. I guess its been such a flop (because they started charging for admittance + cost of rides) that the greedy vipers have decided to take another long time

activity away from S/T. Go to the rose bowl, open it up to more people and hope to make a profit that they can skim funds from. Maybe they will include a swap meet/flea market. These people don’t care about S/T their only interest is the almighty dollar. I’m sure there will be people that are pissed that this tradition is going by the wayside, but I don’t think it will change anything. What will they take next ,the 4th of

July? Without Marynance, there are no old Lions left, and shes too busy taking care of her husband. Go ahead and run the story, at least you should shake some people up, maybe even start a dialogue between the Rotary, Lions, STNC and chamber (if they are not all in on it already). -C.H., Tujunga

Stomp Out the Seeds of Hate Dear Editor, What do you expect when we are not a business-friendly community, we are not kind to one another? We have urban terrorists in our community that go after people who want to get involved in the community, but see Letters, page 11 PRODUCTION and DESIGN Randall Fleming WITH THANKS TO Claudia Holloway

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China’s Ambassador to US Endorses Local Author’s Book on Understanding America Pasadena/--Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena will hold a book launch on Sunday, January 13 for Lance Johnson’s unique new book: What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, businesses, language and more. The book signing/reading will also offer a free handout that provides tips to add sparkle to one’s English speech and grammar. It paints a revealing picture of America and its culture for those who will benefit from a better understanding. This includes immigrants, naturalized citizens, and first-generation Americans whose immigrant parents did not fully expose their children to American culture. Southern California has one of the largest concentrations of foreigners in the nation. Zhou Wenzhong, China Ambassador to U.S. said, “I

greatly appreciate your efforts in sharing with other people your opinion and experience on the exchanges between different peoples and cultures.” Other ambassadors, educators, and editors say the same thing, including Clark T. Randt, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to China and Tommy Koh, Singapore Ambassador to the U.N. and U.S. who said, “I congratulate you on writing this timely work.” Having visited 82 countries and always comparing their cultures to America’s, he was in Morocco when he became aware of his own warped perception of Muslim culture caused by our media’s focus on Islamic extremists and terrorism. He asked his Muslim tour guide why their Islamic mosques had three small metal balls stacked at the top of a pole on their roofs. He was told that for centuries they signified that Jews, Christians, and Muslims were sisters and brothers who got

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along together. The guide was angry at the militant Islamic minority that has caused the world to have a negative view of Muslims today. The cultural lesson he learned: “The actions of a minority, no matter where they are in the world, do not necessarily define the culture of the majority.” This book answers questions foreigners have, like the one he had from a tour guide in South America: “Why do Americans dare call themselves “Americans” when all people in North and South America are Americans?” Author Lance Johnson also consults, teaches, and conducts seminars about the subjects in this book. He has an Ivy League graduate degree and studied at Oxford. He was a corporate president for 26 years before taking up acting and writing. He has appeared in movies, stage see China, page 10


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A motion by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Mark Ridley-Thomas directs the Chief Information Officer and the County Counsel to determine the technological and legislative changes required before the Board of Supervisors can direct the adoption of recommendations suggested in the Auditor-Controller’s management audit. “To restore integrity and the public’s trust, the audit found that the assessor’s office requires comprehensive reforms in policies and procedures,” said Antonovich.  “This report will give us information on what is required before the recommen-

dations can be adopted.” Along with a County Counsel report back to the Board on any ordinance or legislative changes that would be required to implement the recommendations, the motion also includes a report back to the Board of Supervisors by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Information Officer on any budgetary or technological changes that would be required to implement the Auditor’s recommendations. The report is saved as: 2013/01/03 Office of the Assessor - Management Audit (Board Agenda Item 36-A, April 10, 2012).

Valley Coalitions Vote to Oppose Storm Water Tax The sneak attack to raise additional taxes on property owners has suffered another setback with the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Coalition of Chambers and the West Covina Unified School District voting to oppose the Flood Control District’s effort to impose additional storm water fees, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced. “Despite the fact that the flood control district is making deals with schools with promises of funding in exchange for support, the new tax effort is losing the sup-

port of school districts and businesses,” he said. “At a time when families are struggling, schools are hurting, and businesses are fleeing the state, they are asking property owners, schools and businesses to fork over more money.” The “Official Notice to Property Owners of Public Hearing” was mailed last week.  County property owners may protest this new fee by returning the enclosed protest form.  “While the mailing looks like junk mail, see Tax, page 9

Funding for Cutting Edge Piezoelectricity Project

After two years of work, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (DLos Angeles) has found a new partner in the fight for green transportation and domestically produced alternative energy. Building on an idea of Gatto’s, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has announced that it will fund preliminary research on the potential of us-

ing California’s roadways to generate green electricity. The research will focus on the large-scale energy-harvesting capabilities of piezoelectric materials, which are currently used in everything from lighters to smart phones. The research stems from a bill authored by Gatto, see Pizeo, page 11



“A Celebration of Writers and Artists” - Spring 2013 Join us for another year of a Celebration of Writers and Artists. Creative Communication is pleased to announce our Spring 2013 Essay, Poetry and Art Contests. Thousands in prizes and awards will be awarded to students and schools in your area. The Essay Contest divisions are: Grades 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12, with 10 top winners in each division. To enter an essay, write between 100 and 250 words on any non-fiction topic. The deadline for the Essay Contest is February 19, 2013. The Poetry Contest divisions are: Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12, with 10 top winners in each division. To enter a poem, submit one original poem in English, 21 lines or

less. The deadline for the Poetry Contest is April 11, 2013. To submit your Essay or Poetry entry, you may enter online at: or mail your entry labeled Poetry Contest or Essay Contest to: 159 N Main, Smithfield, UT 84335. Please include the author’s name, address, city, state, and zip, current grade, school name, school address and teacher’s name. Selected entries of merit will be invited to be published in an anthology. These are not contests where every entry is published. There is no entry fee to enter the contest or required purchase to be published. Teachers can qualify for a free book and win

awards for the quality of their entries. To view the students in your area who were selected as winners in previous contests or to view the schools in your area who were awarded a $250 Language Arts Grant, go to: http://www.poeticpower. com/winner.php We are also sponsoring an art contest for students in grades K-12. Over $5000 in prizes will be awarded to students and their teachers. To enter, take a photo of your original art and go to www. to enter and for full contest information. The art contest deadline is April 9, 2013. If you have any questions, feel free to call (435) 713-4411.

New Hope Community Church Launches Groundbreaking Bible Reading Series Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully-selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel. “The Bible is central to our faith,” explains Pastor John Smyser of New Hope Community Church, but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. The Story,which has been sweeping communities of faith by storm, is a great tool to increase Biblical literacy that will help readers understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God’s. We will explore the Old Testament chapters February through June, break for 3 short 3 week series during the Summer months of July and August and then pick up with the New Testament chapters of THE STORY in September, which will finish the series up right before the

Thanksgiving Holiday.” “We want those in our congregation, as well as those in our Sunland-Tujunga community who are seeking a fresh and engaging scripture series, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story,” adds Worship Arts Director Tim Borquez. “The New Hope Tapestry Devotional Arts Team will support our weekly services by incorporating a blend of traditional scripture and music with contemporary media, music and drama. The whole team is excited at the opportunity to use every arts genre available to us, in support of each week’s chapter of The Story and Pastor John’s message.” Besides their weekly Sunday service messages, New Hope Church will be integrating “The Story Series” into their Wednesday evening Bible Studies (6:30 p.m.), Tuesday evening Kids Club

(6 p.m.), Tuesday evening Teen Meet-ups (6 p.m.) and Adult Sunday School (after Sunday Service- 11:15 a.m.). When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church will be literally on the same page for the series throughout the year. New Hope Community Church would like to invite you to experience The Story beginning Sunday, February 3 at the 9:30 a.m. service. Copies of THE STORY are available at a low cost in the New Hope Church office and at January 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship services. For more information on New Hope Church, visit www.newhopesunland. com and www.facebook. com/pages/New-HopeCommunity-Church-Sunland/140472912689549.
















Art vs. Music (part 1 of 2) I have always wondered why it is that when I listen to music and when I view art, their effects on me are so different. Why don’t I look at art and get the same relative feeling as when I listen to music? I am deeply moved when seeing a beautiful work of art. This is true whether by a master of old or a contemporary master. But my feelings differ dramatically when experiencing each. I have experienced this when watching others listening to music or viewing art. Why is that, I wonder? I have asked this question to myself for some time now and wondered about the answer. I would like to explore a theory that has been formulating in my mind over a period of years and see what you think. First let me tell you my thoughts about art and then I will present the ideas I have about music. In my youth I trained and preformed as a musician before moving permanently into Fine Art. When we look at a work of art, there seems to me, to be a lapse of time between the viewer’s feeling for that artwork. The views response is seldom immediately affected. A feeling about the artwork becomes more apparent to the viewer the longer he views the work or the more he knows about the work. But the instant emotional feelings they get will be minor or more accurately subdued. Conversely, the opposite may also happen and no

feeling about it will take place. We sum up the experience as one where we either liked the art or not and go on with our day. Why don’t we get a visceral experience right off the bat? There are things about art we need to know in order for it to affect us before we can have an emotional reaction to it. Sure we may like the subject matter, or the colors may be pleasing, but we remain distanced. Something is missing within us that has not been brought to bear. We see the art but have to process it intellectually. We need to know what it is saying. We appreciate and understand the techniques applied by the artist and effort put into it but we remain apart from it. Over time and with more study we begin to appreciate the work and/or the artist. But still we are not emotionally invested in the art. Why not? With music there seems to be a different effect. People listening to a piece of music have an immediate effect upon hearing the music whether they recognize it or not. Based on our exposure and experience with the music being played, our emotional responses to it may be intensified. We may not know anything about the piece being played or the author or in what context it belongs, yet we feel something stir within us that makes an emotional connection. Why doesn’t this happen when we look at art?


CCNS Celebrates the Bolton Hall is 100 Years Old Birth of Jesus The Children at the Crescenta-Canada Nursery School (CCNS) got to experience a very special Christmas this year. The Nursery School shared the celebration of the birth of Jesus with their friends and family. The celebration began with the story of Jesus’s birth by Pastor Bruce Johnson, followed by a program of singing by the Busy Bears (4 – 5 year olds) and Darling Ducklings (3-4 year olds). Children at the school spent the week’s prior learning about the history of Christmas and its true meaning. They also worked hard learning songs such as ‘There

Darling Ducklings and Busy Bears perform for family and friends. Was a Little Baby’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Twinkle-Twinkle Christmas Star’. Families delighted as their children

proudly sang their songs and shared their Christmas spirit! A special surprise visit by see Jesus, page 10

2013 marks the Centennial year for Bolton Hall, the beautiful river rock building constructed in 1913 to serve as a meeting place for the members of the Little Landers colony. The volunteers at Little Landers Historical Society invite you to join us for special events and celebrations starting with a re-enactment of the laying of the Bolton Hall cornerstone on April 13, 2013. In the meantime, Centen-

nial mementos are available in the Bolton Hall Museum Gift Shop, including the 2013 Community Calendar. This year’s calendar has a full-color cover and is full of early pictures of Bolton Hall, narratives describing each historical picture and special notations on calendar pages of significant dates in Bolton Hall’s history. Visit Bolton Halls’s Musee Centennial, page 8


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Phyllis Hutton, a SunlandTujunga Living Legend

FedEx truck driver lost control on a rainy Day street in Sunland, no injuries, but delayed packages. Phyllis Hutton celebrated her 100th birthday this January 1st with family and friends. She was also feted at the Chapel of the Hills Church on Sunday so that everybody there could share with her. WOW! Makes you think about tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow... By Nancy Jo Perdue

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“If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It!”

Phyllis Hutton is a very determined woman who insists that she has always enjoyed her freedom and a sense of adventure. Living at the New Vista Nursing Home in Sunland, she related a few incidents that indicate she has always been a liberated and determined woman. During the 1940s, she was living in Massachusetts when she became one of the first women to support the World War II effort by taking an assembly line job in a United States Navy facility. “I was about 20 years old, and I became a civilian employee in a secret job. The United States had a secret weapon used as a beach head in the Navy. If you dropped something, the whole place would just shut down until you found the piece that was missing. One night we worked until about 10

p.m. I think we started at 8 a.m.” The job was also dangerous as Hutton and her colleagues worked with TNT, a chemical she described as being so deadly that she watched a coworker become so ill that the woman became a subject in a New England medical journal. Hutton also suffered from contact with toxic gun powder. “I got a sore throat, and I had to call in sick for two days,” she said. “That powder was so dangerous that when people with white hair came in direct contact with it, their hair turned canary yellow. It wouldn’t wash out. They had to just wait until their hair grew so they could cut it.” Hutton, who now has silver hair, said she was never worried because she had dark hair at the time. In 1951, Hutton did another brave thing. She packed up, sold all of her belongings and see Hutton, page 11

The History of Knott’s Berry Farm In 1920, what we know today as a major Southern California theme park was a 20 acre farm growing boysenberries. The boysenberries were a hit and the Knott family expanded operations to include a tea room and a restaurant serving fried chicken and tasty boysenberry desserts. Our speaker for this program is urban anthropologist, Eric Lynxwiler who has made a study of the Knott’s Berry Farm phenomenon. He even worked at Knott’s Berry Farm while in college. His book, Knott’s Preserved….the History of Knott’s Berry Farm, will be available for sale after the program. This program is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Saturday, January 12, 2013 1:00 p.m. Bolton Hall Museum 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga,

Little Landers Historical Society Presents

The History of

Knott’s Berry Farm In 1920, it was a 20 acre farm owned by the Knott Family. With the success of the boysenberry, the family expanded the farm to include a tea room and then a restaurant serving tasty fried chicken dinners. It is so much more than the theme park we know today. Urban anthropologist, Eric Lynxwiler is the co-author of the book Knott’s Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, the History of Knott’s Berry Farm. Mr. Lynxwiler is also the host of “Neon Cruise” for the Museum of Neon Art as well as a docent for the Los Angeles Conservancy. He even worked behind the counter of the shooting gallery at Knott’s Berry Farm while in college.

Bolton Hall Museum Saturday January 12th, 2013 1:00 PM 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga (Corner of Commerce & Valmont) (818) 352-3420 Parking available uphill at the Elks Lodge

Free Admission Everyone is Welcome

Please join us for this wonderful and interesting program. The book will be available for purchase after the presentation.

CA 91042 Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge. Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or www. or Email


Training Your dog- part I of II Training should be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog. If you are not in the right mood for training, don’t even start. Keep training sessions short, on the order of 5-10 minutes, to maintain your dog’s motivation. If your dog doesn’t respond appropriately to a command after several attempts, don’t reward him. Resume training a few seconds later using a simpler command. Return to the more complex task later. Always end training on a positive note. Ask your dog to respond to a command you know he will obey. Then reward him for a job well done and issue a finish command such as “free” or “release.” Avoid common words such as “okay.” Following a training session, both owner and dog should be left with a feeling of accomplishment. Every dog should be familiar with the basic obedience commands, including come, heel, sit, down and stay. Teaching your dog to sit-stay and down-stay off leash is also a valuable lesson. Additional commands that are useful include: leave it, give it, stop it, and enough or cease. Keep in mind that a dog’s motivation to respond to a command decreases as the complexity of the task increases. The odds of success, hinge not only on the degree of sophistication of the task but also your dog’s motivation to respond. From a dog’s perspective the question is, which is more rewarding, chasing the squirrel or returning to the owner? Understanding this aspect will increase your patience and chances for success. Training should not involve any negative or punishmentbased components. There should be no yelling, no hitting, no chain jerking, no hanging, and absolutely no electric shock. Each session should be upbeat and positive with rewards for jobs well done. Remember that the opposite of reward is not punishment; it is no reward. If you ignore unacceptable responses, your dog will not be rewarded for his failed response. Most dogs want to please their owners or, at the very least, to obtain highly valued resources (food, attention and toys). Ensure that your dog’s motivation for reward is highest during a training session. If food is the reward, train before a meal, not after. If praise, petting and other aspects of your attention are to be used as a reward, schedule the training session at a time when your dog hungers for your attention (for example, after you have returned from work). For complex tasks, such as the off leash down-stay, your dog will be more motivated to comply if he has received moderate exercise before the training session. Asking a dog that is bursting with energy to remain in a prolonged reclining position is asking for failure during the early stages of training. Make sure the reward you offer in training is the most powerful one for your dog. Food-motivated dogs work well for food, but the treats used should be favorite foods for the dog, such as small pieces of cheese or freeze-dried liver. You want your dog to be strongly motivated to obey commands to receive the treat…to be continued. ••• Auntie Gail has a B.A. in Philosophy, is a certified veterinarian assistant and has a pet sitting and dog walking service in the area. She can be reached for appointments at 818-605-9675, or at her website: • VOLUME 9 • NUMBER 1

Free Income Tax Preparation Beginning February 1, residents can receive free income tax preparation under the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program provided through AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, a tax-exempt charity of AARP. Membership in AARP is not required. Free income tax preparation can be obtained at La Crescenta County Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd. (corner of La Crescenta Ave.) from Friday, Feb. 1 through Friday, April 12. Services will not be offered on Friday, April 5. Enter from the upper level parking lot. The hours areWed’s: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Fridays: 8:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Taxpayers will be helped on a “first-come-first-served” basis; no advanced reservations are available. The mission of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is to provide high quality free income tax assistance and tax form preparation to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. However, as a practical matter, very few taxpayers are turned away if their return is within the scope of

statements, and other 1099 forms showing interest, dividends, and other income • Expense related documents: cancelled checks and forms showing federal and state income taxes paid, 1098 forms, documentation for medical, dental, prescription, charity, or business expenses, property and vehicle tax statements, property taxes and home mortgage interest paid. Receipts for expenses need to be in reasonable order and legible • Brokerage statements or other documentation showing the cost basis (purchase price) and date purchased for all securities or property sold or transferred during the tax year • A check with your name on it, if you want direct deposit or debit for any refund or balance due • If you receive a pension or annuity from a former employer, please bring the date you began receiving these payments. You can find other AARP Foundation Tax-Aide locations at applications/VMISLocator/ searchTaxAideLocations.action.

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Centennial, from pg 6

who helped make our community what it is today. Entrance to Bolton Hall Museum is free and everyone is welcome. Museum Visitor Hours Program: (2nd Saturday of every month) Tuesday & Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 1 p.m. Bolton Hall Museum

10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042 Parking is available a few doors uphill at the Elks Lodge. Additional information is available from Little Landers Historical Society, (818) 352-3420 or or e-mail

was secured. The investigative photos were shown on the Foothills Paper facebook site and shared with the Sheriff’s department. The other media arrived early Wednesday morning, but were not allowed near the trail. What was of major concern, was the previous disappear-

ance of Sarah Alain January 1st. Using a specially trained K-9 on Wednesday, the combined agencies searched the area for a possible body. As of press time, none was found and no determination was made of how the blood got there. (see thefoothillspaper)

seum and Gift Shop and take a look at the Calendar, Centennial logo lapel pins, children’s grab bags and an extensive collection of books about the history of our community. The current exhibit, ¨Who Are We?” calls attention to many of the people

Blood, from pg 1


services established by AARP Foundation. All tax returns, both federal and California, are filed electronically using IRS-provided tax preparation software. Tax returns are prepared by volunteer-counselors who are trained and certified by IRS; all returns are subject to a quality review by a second certified counselor. After the tax return is prepared and reviewed, it is e-filed within 24 hours; copies of tax returns are provided to the taxpayer. All tax counselors must adhere to IRS Volunteer Standards of Conduct as well as AARP’s Standards of Professionalism. This means taxpayers can be assured their tax information is treated with strict confidentiality and security. Taxpayers should bring: • Last year’s tax returns • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse (if filing a joint return), and all eligible dependents • Picture identification issued by a government agency • Income related documents: SSA 1099, 1099R, W2s, Unemployment Compensation

looking for what caused the blood pools. The trail led to the shallow grave like depression. Later in the day the LA County Sheriffs arrived and took over the crime scene investigation. Everyone stayed until sunset and the scene




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Tax, from pg 4 it is an important document that allows one to protest the proposed parcel tax,” Antonovich added. Residents have until January 15 to file their objection by re-

turning their protest form or protesting at the public hearing on January 15, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearing Room of the Board of Supervisors at the Hall of Administration. If a majority of the property owners do not object, the Board of Supervisors can ap-

prove a mail-in-ballot to be sent to all property owners in March. Passage requires only a simple majority. If the mailer has been misplaced, a new mailer may be requested by calling (800) 2180018 or emailing

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Jesus, from pg 6 Santa capped off the occasion! Santa generously brought books for each child in attendance and took the time to pose for photos. The school Director and Teacher, Mr. Nita states “this is my 15th Christmas celebration here at CCNS, they get better every year!” The Crescenta-Canada Cooperative Nursery school has

China, from pg 4 plays, national commercials, and TV, including a lead American role in a 28-part China TV production. He now volunteers his services to non-profit organizations and immigrants. Among his heroes are those foreigners who, despite discrimination, sacrifice, and deprivation contributed to the rich early history of America. • VOLUME 9 • NUMBER 1

been teaching and caring for preschool aged children for over 50 years. The goal is to provide rich experiences and opportunities for children to develop sound relationships with their peers while providing a nurturing environment where children can develop good feelings about themselves, their abilities and the world around them. As a cooperative, the

CCNS is guided by a volunteer board of directors to establish policies and guidelines. The parents join together to manage the day-to-day activities and maintenance of the school. The CCNS is Christian based and is nondenominational. CCNS is located at 1700 Foothill Blvd. La Canada, CA 91011-2021 Phone: 818.952.2524

He will read from the book’s Introduction why he wrote it, which centers around the difficulty his immigrant friends in Los Angeles—and foreigners overseas—have with their English, coupled with non-stop questions about “crazy” American ways, as some call it. They now give the book as a gift to their friends who can learn from it, too. Johnson will be a guest speaker at the

Lumberton, NC book fair in February. In addition to Johnson, two other authors will read from and sign their books, and there will be a Q&A time. Link to event: The website is and worldwide on The event is on January 13, 4:00 p.m., at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, California 91101.


Toy Junk Sale

One day, I looked into my 8-year old’s bedroom and saw… a challenge. On every available surface was laid out, with precision, his rock collection, a selection of broken water balloons, a dozen or so Hot Wheels cars that had been run over by the mail truck, four spent ink pens, half of a bicycle helmet, a beach ball with a hole in it, a calculator that was missing the 4, 8 and = buttons, a teddy bear that had been unstuffed and used as a puppet and various other broken or damaged items. Okay, I was pretty sure who did this, given that it was in one child’s bedroom. The question was WHY? The inhabitant of said bedroom entered as my mouth was still hanging open and asked “Is Liam coming today? He said he’s going to buy something from my junk store.” “You’re selling your junk to your friend?!” “Yep. Do you see anything here you wanna buy? You can pick something before he comes.” I choked a little at his gall. How do you explain to your child why you shouldn’t sell something that you think is worthless to your friends and family? I concluded that he got the idea when I had a garage sale several weeks ago. When he asked me “Why are you selling all that stuff?” I told him that I didn’t use any of it so I might as well sell it to someone who can use it. Some of it might have been a little worse for wear, but none of it was broken. “Honey, you can’t sell junk to your friends and family. It will eventually cause hard feelings. I didn’t sell anything to my friends and family at my garage sale. If they wanted something, I just gave it to them.” “But who else am I going to sell this stuff to?” he asked tearfully. He had a point. It’s not like total strangers would just happen to be strolling past his bedroom and pop in to have a look. Proooobably not gonna happen. I didn’t want to crush his entrepreneurial spirit, though. After all, he could be the next Sam Walton. He was obviously trying to make money for some coveted it em he saw in a TV commercial. Better that he tries to earn the money than beg me for the toy. He knows that never works anyway. Hmmm… what to do? A light came on in my head. I could kill two birds with one stone. Not literally, of course. There were no birds in his junk sale. If there were, they would have been missing a wing…or a beak…or something. “How much do you want for the whole lot?” I asked him. “Really?” “Yeah, I’ll buy it all.” “Hmm… I think it’s worth about $300.” I choked again. So much for entrepreneurial spirit. He was a con artist! “I’ll give you ten bucks.” “Okay, deal!” As we packed all the junk into garbage bags, he picked up a squirt gun with a broken trigger and said, “I could prob’ly still use this. Are you sure you want it?” Determined to get the junk into the trash bin, I offered, “You can buy it back for a dollar.” “You want a whole dollar for a broken squirt gun!?” •••

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Watermelon, from pg 1

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L.A. venue. So, we have reserved the Rose Bowl for the third weekend in August. We are negotiating with a couple of major groups to be sponsors. If it comes together, we potentially will have the ability to raise a goodly amount of money so we can provide some substantial help to groups in our community who really need it, like the Temporary Aid Center, McGroarty, Bolton Hall, etc.. The Rose Bowl was actually closer than most of the venues that were available, and the money raised will still be

coming back into our community. We will be making every effort to make sure that it continues to be known as the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Watermelon Festival. We really hated to take it out of our community, but our other option was to cancel it. We didn’t feel that scaling back significantly was a viable option because of the fees being levied by Parks and Rec. It was grow or cancel... The Lions Club decided to take a big risk and grow to better serve our community. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.” -Lion Marynance (818) 353-4554



Hutton, from pg 7 moved her family to Sunland. She moved west because her son, Robert, had asthma and she heard the Southern California climate would be beneficial to her son’s health. “We got here September 10, 1951. His asthma improved. And, I love it here.” For more than two decades, her nest has been empty as Robert and his sister became adults and left to live their own lives outside of the family abode. Hutton said that while she has lived alone, she

Pizeo, from pg 4 AB 306, which passed the legislature in 2011 with bipartisan support but was vetoed by Governor Brown because of a lack of funding for the project. In the veto message, the Governor encouraged Gatto to work through the CEC’s grant process to obtain funding for the project, and a year later, the assemblyman has successfully secured the funding. “I am excited to see movement on this important research,” said Gatto. “California is the car capitol of the world. Just think how much energy we could create if we can harness some of the wasted energy produced by cars and trucks as they rumble down the roads.” The science of piezoelectric roads works as follows: When a car or truck passes over pavement, the pavement vibrates. By placing relatively inexpensive piezoelectric sensors underneath a road, the vibrations can be converted into electricity to power

has never been lonely. She maintained an open door policy so children living in her apartment complex could visit at will. “There were these cute little twins who always came over so I can give them cookies. I don’t eat cookies myself. I don’t really eat that much because I had cancer two times and about four feet of my intestines had to be removed. But, I always had cookies for the children.” Hutton contends that she stays young at heart because she spends as much time as

possible with children. She also sits on the edge of her bed and does arm and leg exercises. However, she credits her sense of humor for getting her through life “I collect jokes. I have a whole box of them. I tell jokes to everyone. People like them.” Now she is looking forward to what the next decade will bring. She is able to get around in her wheel chair, and she knows her friends will be there to visit and offer assistance. Her 100th anniversary was truly a milestone in her life.

roadside lights, call boxes, and neighboring communities. It may sound like something out of science fiction, but this technology has been used for years in sonar, and is used every day in touchscreen phones to convert pressure into electrical impulses. There is no extra energy needed for the car to transverse piezoelectric highways, because the sensors are located in the pavement itself. Several countries have experimented with a road-based version of piezoelectric technology, including Israel, which has already placed this technology under some of their highways. In 2009, the East Japan Railway Company installed piezoelectric flooring in their Tokyo railway station. The energy generated by passing pedestrians is sufficient to power all the displays in the station. More recently, Italy has signed a contract to place the technology under a stretch of the Veniceto-Trieste Autostrada and a dance club in San Francisco

has piloted the technology under their dance floor to run their lighting. Then-Mayor Gavin Newsom worked on piloting the technology in pedestrian walkways in downtown San Francisco. “Now, California can join the ranks of nations who are actively seeking uses for this exciting new technology,” said Gatto. “Thirty years ago, very few people would have believed that black silicon panels left in the desert could generate ‘solar’ power. And just ten years ago, people were skeptical when you described a Bluetooth device. This technology is very real. I’m glad the state is taking steps to keep California on the cutting edge of energy policy and I’m very pleased the CEC has embraced the possibility.” The Energy Commission should complete initial research on the technology by the end of January, 2013 and will determine, based on their findings, if a small-scale-test project will be conducted by the State.

Letters, from pg 3 may have a different view/ideas than Cindy, Tomi, Joe, Abby, Mark, Robin, and then try to destroy them and their views. People like Cindy that use their political power to bad mouth people to local government. The city is not making money in our community. We don’t bring in the tax revenue, so of course cost are going to go up. Until we stop attacking one another, stop attacking business, stop attacking growth, stop attacking people who may have better ideas to move this community forward than the same old group of people that have egos to burn...nothing will get done. Sunland-Tujunga is in the worst shape it has ever, ever been in. There is too much hate in this community, gossiping, backstabbing, and people out for themselves to try and be the savior of Sunland-Tujunga! No one person will ever be the

savior. This is a community of people, and we should all work together for a common good. Ya Mop and Bucket you don’t have to post this, but the truth hurts, and we have now lost a 51-year-old event that was ours. You may not think this is true, but because of all that was mentioned above and the community is not stupid to the antics of certain groups in this community (word gets around to the those not involved in community activity of the harmful acts of some to others), no one cares about this community anymore, no one wants to get involved, and the last Watermelon Festival had very low attendance. There are about 80,000 people in the area. Where are they? They don’t care. There are only 1,000 of us that really do care and that’s not enough to make a difference. -Andrew Collins

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Homeless Camp Fire Scare

Heavily armed officers backup LAFD firefighters investigating a fire call about the street peoples camp in the Big -T.

A fire call resulting in 8 firefighters and 4 armed police officers being called out, was only a “warming fire.”

Church of God Clean-up A Regal Trip to the Shelter!

The Church of God ministry is making a difference in our community. As part of their ministry, the church members go out and have a great time showing their love for the commu-

nity and their commitment to God! Their work leader, Tony Rangel, is looking for more community places that need a clean-up. Please contact Mr. Rangel at 818-951-6546.

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The Sunland-Tujunga Street people got the thrill of a lifetime last Sunday night. The Sylmar shelter van broke down and Morris Robert of Chaisson limo service performed the pick-ups. Now this is really arriving in style. (Photo take in front of the SOS gas station-Tujunga)



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