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Something’s Brewing on Commerce! See Commerce Corner Cafe, page 4



INSIDE: Mark Siegel Cleared! .....................




The Foothills Paper Goes Viral!

Commerce Corner Cafe .....................


Lenten Fish Fry .....................


Edge of Reality! ..........

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Cemetery Escort Duty: A Story .....................


Little Landers’ New Board Members .....................


Dianetics Turns 52 This Month .....................


Wendy Greuel’s “Gold Card” Scandal .....................


DE PA R T M E N T S What Folks Are Doing.................... 2 View from the Rock....................... 3 Letters and Perspectives................. 3 Our Representatives Speak............ 4 Auntie Gail’s Pet Corner................. 8 Take My Card................................ 9 Laura on Life............................... 10 Obituaries................................... 10

The Foothills Paper is going to look different from now on. Although we still have an average of 4,000 readers every other week, we have an Internet following of over 15,000 viewers. The Foothills Paper is now international with people talking and

sharing the pages with their friends. We are developing an Internet advertising program and an interactive Internet site for the newspaper. The Foothills Paper was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. In only 11 months, we took our

community newspaper and spread it all around the world. One woman in Ipswich, England wrote “This is a spoof community, like the ‘Sims, yes?” Our little vortex, with all its see Facebook, page 10

Bullet Tax Will Backfire

By George Runner

If you want to grow government these days, it seems the fashionable thing to do is invent new taxes. Two years ago, legislators conjured up an illegal fire “fee.” Last year, they invented a confusing new lumber tax. Two voterapproved multi-billion dollar tax hikes later, and the politicians still want more of your money. This time they want to tax your ammunition. Two lawmakers—Assemblymembers Roger Dickenson (D-Sacramento) and Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) are authoring legislation to impose a nickel-per-bullet tax on the sale of ammunition in California. Apparently they couldn’t agree on where to spend the revenue, so each lawmaker is introducing his own measure. A nickel per bullet may not sound like much, but it will mean that each box of 100 shells purchased by a huntsee Bullet, page 10

Bargains Galore in S-T Stores!

By Liz Thompson

My new apartment is decorated in what I call “shabby chic” or realistically, thrift store style. I wanted fun furniture so I went to Sun Thrift (818-951-7150) at 8800 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland, my favorite thrift store, and left with a blue theme for my bedroom. Not necessarily to match my mood, just blue. A 4’ x 5’ heavy wood bookcase for $20, a matching light blue stool with a flower painted on it for $8, a blue dresser for $29, a blue shadow box shelf for the

wall, coming in at a whopping $2.99, and assorted blue baskets and blue glass, none more than $2.99. Total spent to decorate my room? Less than $80. But there is a bargain hunters dream just past Sun Thrift. On my way home, I stopped off at the best place to buy produce. Sunland Produce (818-504-6629) at 8840 Glen Oaks Blvd. in Sun Valley, is a wholesaler that is open to the public. The prices are unbelievably low and the quality unbelievably high. They see Bargains, page 11


Mark Seigel Cleared! Cavalia’s Odysseo in Los Angeles Where: Cavalia’s Odysseo White Big Top Downtown Burbank at 777 N. Front Street, Burbank, CA 91502 Opening: Wednesday, February 27 at 8 pm Schedule: Wednesday, February 27 at 8 pm; Friday, March 1 at 8 pm; Saturday, March 2 at 3 pm and 8 pm; Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm Tuesday, March 5 at 8 pm; Wednesday, March 6 at 8 pm; Thursday, March 7 at 8 pm; Friday, March 8 at 8 pm; Saturday, March 9 at 3 pm and 8 pm; Sunday, March 10 at 2 pm Tickets: Prices -- $34.50 to 149.50 + Rendez-Vous VIP

packages available On-line – Phon: 1-866-999-8111. •••

Modest Fly presents “Love of Art” Showing thru March 9. Modest Fly would like to wish you a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! Join us for our LOVE of ART Show opening to SEE some ART and EAT some CUPCAKES!. •••

Annual Lenten Fish Fry Knights of Columbus Famous Wayne Thompson Fish dinners are Back!!! Fried Canadian Cod, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Salad Bar

Punch, Coffee Adults $7.00 Children $4.00. Every Friday During Lent February 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15 and 22. The weekly raffle is split three ways: to the weekly winner, to the final week, and to the Fish Fry proceeds. Tickets are good only on the week sold. Where? Parish Hall 10275 Tujunga Cyn. Blvd., Tujunga When? 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #4438 at Our Lady of Lourdes for many years. Proceeds go to OLL school, church, and to local charities. The dinners are served HOT at your table. Clam chowder and desserts are also available. Eat in or take out. And there is plenty of seating and parking too!

I have to extend an apology to Council President Mark Seigel. A couple years ago, rogue Scientologist Emerson Taboni started posting lies on the now defunct Foothills Forum as part of his and Joe Barrett’s hate campaign. I was led to believe that Mark was the one posting; I recently discovered he was not. I am sorry for any problems that I caused you, Mark. Doc

Mark Seigel really is a nice guy!

Gem Faire Coming to Earl Warren Showgrounds

Gem Faire will be in Santa Barbara on Feb. 15-17 at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Hours are Fri. 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.6.p.m., and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. General admission is $7, valid for the entire weekend. Over 100 world renowned importers, exporters and manufacturers will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, minerals, findings and much more at incredibly low prices. Finished and

unfinished jewelry, rare gemstones, jewelry making tools, supplies & boxes will be available all under one roof. Have your jewelry repaired and cleaned while you shop.  Don’t miss this opportunity.  Buy quality jewelry, gems, and beads directly from the source right in your town at Gem Faire.  For more information, visit www. or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at 503-252-8300 or

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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Yesterday I was playing in the mist with my dogs at the dog park. It’s my personal time: no radio, no iPod, just time to think on what it feels like to be working hard... feeling the aches, hearing the dogs sniffing and patrolling the wet wood chips and every vertical object, the wind blowing and engaged with my own internal dialog. It’s a special time for me in which the disparate parts of my consciousness get their say. I was thinking about the origins of Dianetics and what it has degenerated into. It seems to me that we live in a culture on the edge of rage. A poorly chosen word, a brief angry gesture on the freeway, a thought-


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less profanity, and in the next minute, events can take a leap to the wild side in a way that’s simply not sane. We have all the problems of the city, yet we’re a burg, a township, a bedroom community, a culture. We have all the same problems the large cities have, just on a smaller scale. As my mind began to wander, I began to think of my past life, how everyone I dealt with was a professional of some kind, how orderly we appeared. And yet, I knew that there were some pretty screwed-up people in my ranks. But the discipline helped us keep it together. And I think that is the problem that we in the Foothills Culture are experiencing. It seems to me that someone should take OUR culture, and lead it into a therapist’s office for a nice introductory session and then some intense talk therapy. What we need is an intervention. I know this rage is real because as an editor, I experience it every day. I think we all do. Let’s say you’re in a crowded parking lot at Arco, or Vons or even at a

stop sign, and someone weaves through the cars, crowding in, taking every advantage even when there isn’t one to take, pushing you out of the way because HE/SHE is entitled (or so he/she thinks). And there are other forms that also steal away our inner peace. Talk radio thrives by generating rage. It’s the whole medium’s raison d’être: to make people FEEL something and the easiest thing to make people feel, is outrage and anger. Let it be “us vs. them.” We’re ENTITLED. We need RESPECT. Of course forgetting, that you must grant respect as well as receive it. I’m a product of the ‘60s. I was in the supply business until I went to ‘The Nam.’ I came home to a bitter nation, and I spread some of my rage at the feet of anyone who engaged in violent protest, and who destroyed civility and the way of life I left in the 60s. We had a sort of decorum in our speech and writings that now is so far gone, that most kids think the use of four letter words in public, is a perfectly natural and a proper form of communica-

tion. What if I told you that our popular rappers and video games promote a form of violence. It’s language used to provoke. If our language reflects an expression of our feelings, then we’re a very, very, angry culture. There’s a reason I don’t listen to talk radio, turn away from profanity, work hard to find that “Zen of Editing,” or try to hurt the least amount of people. I’m a writer/editor and I try to show people what is happening here in our little culture so they can make intelligent decisions. It’s difficult. It doesn’t involve revenge or expressions of anger. It just tries to put the spotlight on people and happenings that affect us. Whether we want it or not, our Foothills Culture is being infiltrated by outsiders and run by the mentally challenged. Some passively, some aggressively, with each trying to make their way of life survive. Our recently discovered corrupt pastors, Home Depot, scofflaw businesses and the deficient drivers, are nothing compared to what is going to happen.


ROCK And how does that affect us here in the Foothills? It brings us to the reality that we cannot stand alone against the outsider. We really have to do our share and participate in our local government. We must rethink our local culture to encompass all of our neighbors so that when some tragedy, natural or man-made, isolates us from the outside world, we can stand proud and work together for what we have created here. We are the last of the “neighborhoods.” It really is “Us against Them!” and the US is all of us who live in the Foothills. Keep your gun and pants where you can find them in the dark! And yes, you can say:: ... “It’s The Water!”

The Foothills Letters & Perspectives

Election Time = More Shoveling Dear Editor,

I would love if the City Council took a survey of us residents of Sunland-Tujunga, you know those who pay the city taxes, shop at the local stores, etc., on how they truly feel about the craziness of S-T’s lack of parking for apartment dwellers, over-

development of apartments, commercial coffee houses and stores, the fast food restaurants and the unbearable traffic accidents. I’m sure it would be at least 90 percent of us residents saying, “Stop, just stop! Enough already!” And the recent push to fill pot holes has got to be a joke. Everything happens at election time. Oh, and with the lack of building code enforcement, you can expect more crime,

too. Hold your breath Tujunganites, you haven’t seen nothing yet! -B. Gruen •••

Searching for the Lost Obituary Dear Editor, My husband is looking for

his father’s obituary. He is trying to find his brother, Chris Winter.  He figures if he could get his hands on the obituary regarding his Dad, it would have all the names he could try to contact regarding this.  He also has a sister that was named at the time, Lisa Winter, which I am sure she is married now, and could have a different last name.  We would love see Letters, page 11 PRODUCTION and DESIGN Randall Fleming WITH THANKS TO Claudia Holloway

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Commerce Corner Cafe Annual Lenten Fish Fry in S-T

Chef Wayne Thompson and helper Carl di Silveria

The cafe is so inviting, you just have to stop by. Jillian Walker has been an Insurance Agent for 26 years. In 2002 she relocated her Insurance Agency to Tujunga on historic Commerce Avenue. She soon fell in love with the neighborhood and made Tujunga her permanent residence. For the last 6 years she has been actively involved in The Commerce

Owners Association that worked to reinvigorate Commerce Avenue. Jillian Walker married Michael Israel and introduced him to the charm of the Sunland Tujunga neighborhood. Michael Israel has been a Private Detective for the last 26 years. Finding himself a family man he came to the

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conclusion that it was time to look for a business that could involve the whole family. Commerce Corner Café is now family owned and operated! Catering to the Tujunga, Sunland, and La Crescenta neighborhoods. Located on historic Commerce Avenue. “We wanted to create a gathering place that’s welcoming and cozy. Some appreciate the rich colors and comfortable seating, others enjoy the delicious coffees, specialities and tasty treats.” California is famous for “grab and go” coffee. Commerce Corner Cafe has chosen the theme “Come for the Taste, Stay for a Visit!” where customers make it a frequent destination for conversation and relaxation.


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At the Knights of Columbus annual fish fry, the famous Wayne Thompson fish dinners are back. The line starts forming when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. and it doesn’t let up until 7:30, snaking around the parish hall at Our Lady of Lourdes annex. Kids with skateboards and men with canes share tables. Warnings that “fish have bones” be careful is whispered between the parents and children. There are jokes, kids chasing one another around — and one complaint that the lemonade is too weak. Scenes like this one in Los Angeles play out each Friday see Cafe, page 8 during Lent under the fluorescent glow of a thousand Catholic parish halls. The old-fashioned Lenten fish fry soldiers on, giving Catholics an opportunity to observe their meatless Friday while bolstering their sense of community. At Our Lady of Lourdes, the fish fry draws about 100 people per week. The event’s popularity also has boosted attendance at a stations of the cross service that follows. Another traditional Catholic practice, the service is built around solemn reflections on Jesus’ last steps before his crucifixion and death. The menu is a long ways from Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks or salmon loaf. The choices are fried Canadian Cod with fries, salad bar, punch and coffee. Home made clam chowder and desserts are available Children are $4.00 and adults are $7.00 You can eat in or take out. This is a great time to meet your neighbors. Sharing the table: A tradition with spiritual power Facebook! To a number of Catholics, the

fish fry is also something more: a timeworn Catholic tradition that provides a safe haven from divides that have long roiled the U.S. church, a place where traditionalist Catholics, progressive Catholics and everyone in between can sit peacefully at the same plastic tablecloth. Although Catholics have a long history of living out their faith through practice, many traditions shrank into the background after the modernizing Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. The council emphasized communal worship and the Scripture, and casualties included private devotions, symbols and some strict rules. Among the practices that fell in stature were fasting, saying the rosary and Eucharistic adoration, in which the faithful sit in quiet prayer before the sacramental bread Catholics believe is the body of Christ. Now many of those practices are getting a fresh look — and not just from traditionalist Catholics who miss the old ways of doing things, but from Catholics across the spectrum who recognize their value, too. “There are people who are wondering whether or not some important things have sort of slipped away and could be brought forth,” said James Davidson, a Purdue University sociologist and expert in American Catholic observance. “Not just because they are old, traditional and sort of conservative. But because they at some point mattered to people and could be a sources of strengthening Catholic identity in today’s world.” Practices such as Eucharissee Fish Fry, page 10



Cemetery Escort Duty: A Story for the Ages By Joe Eiben

I just wanted to get the day over with and go down to ‘Smokey’s’. Sneaking a look at my watch, I saw the time, 1655. Five minutes to go before the cemetery gates are closed for the day. Full dress was hot in the August sun. Oklahoma summertime was as bad as ever, the heat and humidity at the same level, both too high. I saw the car pull into the drive, ‘69 or ‘70 model Cadillac Deville, looked factory new. It pulled into the parking lot at a snail’s pace. An old woman got out so slow I thought she was paralyzed; she had a cane and a sheaf of flowers-- about four or five bunches as best I could tell. I couldn’t help myself. The thought came unwanted, and left a slightly bitter taste: ‘She’s going to spend an hour, and for this old soldier, my hip hurts like hell and I’m ready to get out of here right now!’ But for this day, my duty was to assist anyone coming in. Kevin would lock the ‘In’ gate and if I could hurry the old biddy along, we might make it to ‘Smokey’s’ in time. I broke post attention. My hip made gritty noises when I took the first step and the pain went up a notch. I must have made a real military sight: middle-aged man with a small pot gut and half a limp, in marine fulldress uniform, which had lost its razor crease about thirty minutes after I began the watch at the cemetery. I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk. She looked up at me with an old woman’s squint.  ‘Ma’am, may I assist you in any way?’ She took long enough to answer. ‘Yes, son. Can you carry these flowers? I seem to be moving a tad slow these days.’ ‘My pleasure, ma’am.’ Well, it wasn’t too much of a

lie. She looked again. ‘Marine, where were you stationed?’ ‘Vietnam, ma’am. Groundpounder. ‘69 to ‘71.’ She looked at me closer. ‘Wounded in action, I see. Well done, Marine. I’ll be as quick as I can.’ I lied a little bigger: ‘No hurry, ma’am.’ She smiled and winked at me. ‘Son, I’m 85-years old and I can tell a lie from a long way off. Let’s get this done. Might be the last time I can do this. My name’s Joanne Wieserman, and I’ve a few Marines I’d like to see one more time.’ ‘Yes, ma ‘am. At your service.’ She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone. She picked one of the flowers out of my arm and laid it on top of the stone. She murmured something I couldn’t quite make out. The name on the marble was Donald S. Davidson, USMC: France 1918. She turned away and made a straight line for the World War II section, stopping at one stone. I saw a tear slowly tracking its way down her cheek. She put a bunch on a stone; the name was Stephen X.Davidson, USMC, 1943. She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone, Stanley J. Wieserman, USMC, 1944. She paused for a second. ‘Two more, son, and we’ll be done’. I almost didn’t say anything, but, ‘Yes, ma’am. Take your time.’ She looked confused. ‘Where’s the Vietnam section, son? I seem to have lost my way.’ I pointed with my chin. ‘That way, ma’am.’ ‘Oh!’ she chuckled quietly. ‘Son, me and old age ain’t too friendly.’ She headed down the walk I’d pointed at. She stopped at a couple of stones before she found the ones she wanted. She placed a bunch on Larry Wieserman, USMC, 1968, and the last on Darrel Wieserman, USMC, 1970. She




stood there and murmured a few words I still couldn’t make out. ‘OK, son, I’m finished. Get me back to my car and you can go home.’ Yes, ma’am. If I may ask, were those your kinfolk?’ She paused. ‘Yes, Donald Davidson was my father, Stephen was my uncle, Stanley was my husband, Larry and Darrel were our sons. All killed in action, all marines.’ She stopped. Whether she had finished, or couldn’t finish, I don’t know. She made her way to her car, slowly I waited for a polite distance to come between us and then double-timed it over to Kevin, waiting by the car. ‘Get to the ‘Out’ gate quick. I have something I’ve got to do.’ Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him. He broke the rules to get us there down the service road. We beat her. She hadn’t made it around the rotunda yet. Kevin, stand at attention next to the gatepost. Follow my lead.’ I humped it across the drive to the other post. When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best gunny’s voice: ‘TehenHut! Present Haaaarms!’ I have to hand it to Kevin; he never blinked an eye--full dress attention and a salute that would make his DI proud. She drove through that gate with two old worn-out soldiers giving her a send-off she see Duty, page 8












Relaxation Anxiety I remember in my youth, taking vacations; something I haven’t done for millennia; and it would take me several days to – wind down from the stress of the work I was taking a vacation from. If I had a week to play and frolic, the first few days were fraught with anxiety and stress because I could not bring myself to settle down and relax. The more I tried the more tense I got. My motor skills were at full speed ahead from the life I ordinarily lead. Mind you, at the time I lived and worked in New York City which is renowned for its fast pace. I would go so far as to say it took the entire week to calm down, which made taking a vacation a futile endeavor since by the end of that week, It was necessary to get up to speed and go back to work. I feel I am not alone in this and it is the bane of the working class in this country. This syndrome I am told is called “relaxation anxiety”. Today, I’ve overcome these maladies somewhat. I essentially work for myself. I paint and exhibit, keep my website updated, write this column, contribute to blogs and commune with other artists who are doing much the same things. I do have to add here that there is one drawback to this new life – and that is I have managed to supplant one anxiety for another. The stress I put on myself under


succeed at being a painter may be equal to my youthful stresses. Unless we can control anxiety and keep it to a low hum, we may suffer from the periods of “relaxation” that seem few and far between. I have given much thought to studying yoga or meditation to help alleviate some stress, but I find taking the time away from painting would cause me more stress from not working. I have created for myself a work ethic that has been hard won. I paint most every day. Not because I will forget how to paint or because of some sense of duty or sacrifice. I try and treat painting as a job. Going into the studio every day gives me a sense of calm. It gives me structure. To do anything well, we need to structure our life around that thing. It’s my purpose, my reason for being. I can hear the cynics now shouting at me –“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” and there is some truth to that. I also use my studio as a sanctuary, a place for refuge; a place of solace. I find there I can relax, plan and think. I can also read and watch videos of other artists and listen to music. The trick, if there is one, is to use relaxation as a tool. When we relax it is not time wasted, it’s time to refuel the furnace, to rejuvenate the soul.



Little Landers Historical Society Scientology is 52 Installs 2013 Board Members Years Old This Month Dr. Lloyd Hitt, former President of Little Landers and Chair of the 2013 Bolton Hall Centennial Committee, read the oath of office to the newly elected and appointed members of the Little Landers Board of Directors during the Society’s General and Program meeting on January 12. The ceremony took place at Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA. The 2013 Little Landers Board follows: President: Sheri Smith Co-1st Vice Presidents/Membership: Wesley Carrera & Elektra Kruger Second Vice President/Ways & Means: Celia Hicklin 3rd Vice President/Programs: Marsha Perloff Corresponding Secretary: Marlene Hitt

Recording Secretary: Joyce Wulff Museum Director: Regina Clark Librarian: Joyce Wulff Document/Artifacts Archivist: Jackie Karvas Photo Archivist: Bill Skiles Historian: Michael DeVries Co-Publicity & Outreach Directors: Sheri Smith & Regina Clark

Mbr.-At-Large/Hospitality: Evelyn Burdge Several Board and other volunteer positions remain open and interested individuals can contact Little Landers Historical Society at (818) 352-3420, its website at or e-mail mailto:littlelanders@verizon. net.

Sol De Valle School offers something for everyone Sol del Valle Christian School offers classes from Kindergarten to 8th grade. We are a school committed to meet the educational needs of the San Fernando Valley children. Every day we strive for merging family, school and church into a powerful educational force creating a dynamic Christian learning environment for our students. This school was a dream for several years and finally germinated and came to fruition in the fall of 2000. A group of members of Bethel and Sol del Valle Christian Reformed Churches in Sun

In the March 1950 edition of Astounding Science Fiction (delivered in February), the editor John Campbell, Jr., announced the creation of “dianetics” by his long-time friend and writer, L. Ron Hubbard. With the proliferation of stories and books about the

founding of Scientology, people forget that the original Hubbard Association of Scientologists (HAS) created an era of selfintrospection that made major in-roads into self awareness. What it has become, and the type of people that rally around its flag now, is a different story.


No! They’re not the Village People. They’re happy students Valley got together and gave form to what now is Sol del Valle Christian School. The school started with about 26

students from all grades K through 8th. Although the see Sol Del Valle, page 11

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Wrecks Of OF THE WEEK I’m Going Solar By Gail Carlson

Medical problem caused driver to loose control hitting boulders and flipping over. 210 E

Pickup truck was cutoff, hit car beside him, then hit tree and flipped over Sunland & Wheatland

Coyote crossing road made two vehicles lose control and flip over. No injuries to either coyote or passengers. Coyote =2, cars =0. Riverwood Ranch Road at Big Tujunga Canyon.

Why should you also decide to get solar panels on your home? I did it. I have decided to go solar at my home. It took me awhile to really understand why and how I would be saving money on my electricity bill. I thought what my Rep. was saying was too good to be true. NO money out of pocket. Going green with government incentives available? It is a no brainer for homeowners with good credit and a good roof for solar. Act now not just when the summer bill comes and you roll your eyes or have a panic attack. Why go solar? • Generous government incentives help bring down the initial capital costs of the solar system by ~60% which are going away soon. • Cost of electricity from the utility is high and will continue to increase (avg. 6% per year over the last 30 years) • Solar panels have a life of 30 years • Statewide, rebate is available for solar electric only. • Rebate level designed to drop as more consumers take advantage of the program. So the early bird gets the worm! Many applications exist for harnessing this energy for home use such as heating and cooling, lighting, and even complete solar home solutions. As the price of crude oil escalates, and the demand for alternative energy sources increase, advancements in technology and government programs are making it easier and more affordable to install solar energy equipment in the home.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote for Greuel! In a press conference Tuesday in front of the Dept. of Transportation building in L.A., mayoral candidate Kevin James presented evidence that The Wendy fully knew about the “Gold Card” Scandal, and

Little League Opening Day is March 2 From 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. there will be a pancake breakfast. At 10 a.m. there will be the first pitch by LAPD, and then a LAPD helicopter flyover. Local Boy Scouts will be on hand to do a flag salute.

in fact, one of her staff used it to get a ticket dismissed. The Parking Violation Desk issues the cards to City Council members and their employees. “From the moment Greuel became a Council member,

she became a walking lie and a kiss-ass wimp to the corrupt Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce,” stated Doc, editor of The Foothills Paper. Please visit for more information

How it works: Because there are many options for harnessing energy from the sun, solar power can work in a variety of ways. The most common one is through the use of photovoltaic (PV) technology, which directly transforms sunlight into electricity. It does so through the use of solar or PV cells. A solar panel is made up of modules of these solar cells. When exposed to the photons found within sunlight, some electrons of the solar cells are knocked loose. These loose electrons create an electrical current which can be harnessed for electrical needs. Solar makes sense: The fact of the matter is, it’s much more cost effective over the long term. This is mainly because solar cells and solar panels are long lasting and require very little maintenance. Also, most conventional energy sources are created from a limited supply of fossil fuels and will continue to rise in cost over time, while the energy from the sun will always be widely available and free. Barring the unlikely reversal of this trend, your overall annual savings will continue to increase the longer you own your solar equipment. When you also factor in its environmental benefits, it’s easy to see how switching to solar is a smart decision. Call me for a free in home solar evaluation with Solar City: 818-605-9675.




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cause natuannot PortanBy e these Gail Carlson wice P N Hello everyone, my name is the house. My mom gives me long es on ve been Jasper; I am a good looking three- massages that make me purr loud year-old Maine Coon cat, with in ecstasy. I help her in the office, a fourteen-inch long bodacious the kitchen, the garden – well I y tax tail, like a raccoon, that I am very actually supervise. It’s also my job who proud of. I have tiger green eyes, to supervise the dog when mom d beI’m single and I like to snuggle. I is gone. You know, keep the pup nd covin line. Sometimes that means she lso in- am doing this story for my mom, Auntie Gail, so that you “pawshas to “talk to the paw.� The dog, urse x reve- itively� get the truth about rescuing Sundae, likes me. She follows me e’ this animals. Here’s my epic story and around, sniffs my rear, which I don’t like. It’s so below us felines. ediate- how I got to be one lucky feline. Two years ago, I was living She’s young so I tolerate her when w. she plays “chase the fur ball� with ire epi- the high life with a rich couple me. he dev- in a mansion, somewhere in I am at peace ishere in the . “AB south Orange County. Then mountains, lying g the in the sun, on e Sta- one dark night some men came my back, with al dimy paws in the of Cal- and took my people away; air. I am safe eople from predators ves and they disappeared along with all in a nice home the stuff in the and happy to be house. They left me, at one year adored. My days are now filled old, to roam around the hood on with yoga stretches, lounging my own. I know I had seen and on the couch, staking birds and knew too much, but the Witness roaming through our jungle Protection people didn’t bother to garden. Sometimes the thug in me find my whereabouts. I was on my surfaces, and I bring home little own, just a cat in hiding with his presents for my mom. Like just the will to survive. other day I carried home a rat in I became a thief and thug, my mouth and played bat the rat stealing from the neighborhood cat with it for a while on the porch. bowls, killing birds and drinking Old habits die hard. from the gutter. ‡‡‡ For fear of wild When bringing coyotes and other a cat home, wild animals remember to get I did not sleep some scratch much. Hiding posts for our in the bushes I pedicures, waited for my brushes for people to return, grooming and but they never some tape to did. remove our pet After weeks of being homeless, hair from the furniture. Give us a teenage boy named Max told his fresh water and a balanced diet. mom that I had been abandoned Life can be a daily celebration, by his girlfriend’s neighbors. He living in the present. asked if she could take care of There are many other cats like me. After all, I came right up to me at local rescues or shelters. him; I purred my loudest and gave Cats like me are easy for people him much affection. She saw how who go to work, or can’t have a friendly, gentle and handsome dog where they live. We don’t ve I was, so she took me into her need you to walk us and we don’t halfway house and helped to cost much to feed. We are smart, e rehabilitate me. independent creatures who will After resting and being well fed greet you at the window when you in her garage for a few days, I was come home. taken on a long and far trip north. “Jasper, Jasper, supper’s ready. 1 The lady’s sister had agreed to Please turn off that computer right adopt me and let me live with her now and come and eat,� calls in a far off land, called Tujunga. Auntie Gail in the distance. Got to Since I was already housetrained go folks, that’s all for now, signed and really affectionate, fitting into Jasper, (for Auntie Gail). ‡‡‡ this new world was fairly easy. I Auntie Gail is a resident and has had her at “meow.� Mia, the other Auntie Gail is a resident of a pet-sitting and dog-walking Tujunga and has a Pet Sitting and cat, did not like me at first. But service. She can be reached for Dog Walking service. Contact her two years later, we “pets� live appointments at 818-605-9675 at 818-605-9675 or by email at together like salt and pepper. or at her website: Now I am the alpha male cat of



Cavalia Triumphantly Returns to Los Angeles with Its Latest and Entirely New Creation, “Odysseo� LOS ANGELES – The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its newest production that is now touring the globe. Cavalia’s Odysseo will make its Los Angeles premiere in downtown Burbank on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Cavalia’s Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and hightech theatrical effects. “If Walt Disney were still alive, he might create a show as magical as Cavalia’s new Odysseo� declared The Miami Herald. “But it wouldn’t be better than what the wonderful world mastermind Normand Latourelle has created under his Big White Top.� In the coming weeks the Burbank skyline will transform as the 10-story White Big Top and 5 additional tents that comprise the Cavalia’s Odysseo village are erected. Under the pristine and luxurious tent, a dream-like world will transport audiences around the world as 61 horses and an international cast of 44 artists play and demonstrate their intimate bond. The 15,000 square-foot stage features a real carousel and a magically appearing 80,000-gallon lake in front of a stunning video backdrop the size of 3 IMAX screens. Cavalia’s Odysseo is a two-hour dream that will move the heart and touch the soul. The original production of

Cafe, from pg 4 What makes Commerce Corner Cafe different than your average Coffee Joint? We purchase high quality raw coffee beans and blend and roast to our specifications to ensure each freshly brewed cup of coffee, espresso, latte and cappuccino is deliciously satisfying. We also offer China Mist Passion Fruit Iced Tea and China Mist Iced Green Tea.

Duty, from pg 5 deserved, for service rendered to her country, and for knowing duty, honor and sacrifice. I am not sure, but I think I saw a salute returned from that Cadillac. Instead of ‘The End,’ just think of ‘Taps.’ As a fi-

A scene from Odysseo. Cavalia has been touring the world since 2003. In 2011, Los Angeles audiences and critics welcomed the show to Burbank, CA for a multiple week run. The company’s second offering Cavalia’s Odysseo began touring the world in the fall of 2011 and has visited Quebec, Miami, Atlanta, Toronto, Monterrey, Mexico and Phoenix. Ticket prices range from $34.50-$149.50. Additionally the Rendez-Vous VIP package offers the best seats in the house, dinner prior to the show, an open bar, dessert at intermission, and a photo opportunity with the artists and a tour of the Cavalia’s Odysseo stables. The VIP experience is held in exclusive, luxury tent adjacent to the White Big Top where the performance is held. Packages range from $154.50-$259.50. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or by calling 1-866-999-8111. The Cava-

lia’s Odysseo White Big Top will be located in downtown Burbank at 777 N. Front Street in Burbank, CA ABOUT CAVALIA INC: Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Cavalia Inc. operates two separate touring shows, Cavalia and Odysseo, both of which marry the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Cavalia, seen by some 3.5 million people across North America and Europe since its 2003 debut, celebrates the relationship between humans and horses by loosely recounting the evolution of this bond. Odysseo, which premiered in autumn 2011, takes the next step, leading viewers on a journey through some of the breathtaking landscapes horses have helped humans discover around the globe. Follow Cavalia Inc.’s latest developments at www. or www.

Take advantage of the cafÊ’s free wireless Internet access and TV; a few sidewalk tables invite you to enjoy a moment of relaxation. There is more to this cafÊ than you might imagine, aside from great coffee and cozy ambiance. The friendly employees serve up all sorts of fresh gourmet foods: Breakfast bagels, Muffins, Pastries and homemade Mama’s Mandel Bread. The Commerce Corner CafÊ features a variety of

coffee- and espresso-based beverages. Sandwiches and Lavash Wraps are available for the lunch and late afternoon crowd. Their Grand reopening will be held on Saturday March 16, 2013. Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Day! Bring the whole family! There will be cookie decorating for the kids and a host of Irish-themed treats. Free face painting for the little ones with every order!

nal thought on my part, let me share a favorite prayer: ‘Lord, keep our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas. Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us.’ Let’s all keep those currently serving and those

who have gone before in our thoughts. They are the reason for the many freedoms we enjoy. ‘In God We Trust.’ If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under! You are required to pass this on NOW!!!




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doesn’t matter anywhere else. There is a newsletter and a lomachinations,political infight- cal newspaper here in Suning, drunks, junks and tweaks, land-Tujunga. Each has its has become a cult phenomefollowing. We talk about the non in the real world out there. corruption and self-serving One of my favorite movies activities of our local service is “Meatballs” and their manorganizations. They talk about tra of “It Just doesn’t Matter” how wonderful the cesspool is rings true here. What goes on under the tree and how it realhere in our little burg really ly doesn’t stink.

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because most manufacturers simply reformulated their er or recreational shooter will products. Tax policy has concost $5 more. Double that sequences. number if both proposed bills Another reason to oppose pass. new taxes and fees is that Guns and ammunition are California already has too a convenient scapegoat for many. As a taxpayer advothe tragic loss of life in recent cate and elected member of shootings. But more gun laws the State Board of Equalizaand higher taxes won’t stop tion, I oversee the adminiscrime. In fact, increased laws tration and collection of more and taxes could backfire by than thirty tax and fee proleaving law-abiding citizens grams—like sales taxes, fuel defenseless and creating a lu- taxes and tire fees—that imcrative new source of revenue pose upon nearly every asfor criminal gangs. pect of life. Each new tax or Consider cigarettes, for infee inevitably grows the state stance. Taxes may have disworkforce and costs millions couraged smoking, which is of taxpayer dollars to admina good thing, but they’ve alister and enforce. so created a huge market for Speaking of enforcement, smugglers. A recent study by California already has some the Mackinac Center for Pub- of the strictest and most comlic Policy found that more plicated gun laws in the nathan one third of cigarettes tion. The problem is we don’t smoked in California were do a very good job enforcing smuggled into our state. Not those laws with the billions coincidentally, the state with in taxes Californians already the highest cigarette taxes, pay. New York, had the highest At a recent legislative hearsmuggling rate: 60.9%. ing, the Attorney General’s The social costs of smugoffice reported that it lacks gling include health and safe- the resources to enforce exty risks, increased law enisting laws prohibiting felons forcement expense and highand other dangerous individer crime. uals from owning weapons. An ammunition tax will Nearly 20,000 people identibackfire, and the reason is fied by the Armed Prohibited simple: evading a new tax on Persons System are in illegal bullets will be a piece of cake. possession of firearms, but California consumers will there aren’t nearly enough insimply stop buying ammunivestigators to keep up. And tion at local gun stores and in- the backlog grows daily. stead start buying it online It’s not a question of whethfrom out-of-state stores that er Californians are paying don’t have to collect Califorenough taxes—we clearly are. nia taxes. It’s the state’s spending prior True, these consumers will ities that are out of whack. still owe use tax on these pur- We don’t need a bullet tax, chases, but few will pay it— and we don’t need more tax and enforcement will be diffi- and fee programs. Legislators cult and, in most cases, costsimply need to stop enacting prohibitive. new laws that chase law-abid State coffers will see little ing taxpayers and jobs out to no additional revenue, but of our state, and instead start many California small busiprioritizing the enforcement nesses will suffer greatly as of laws we already have on ammunition sales shift to the books. their out-of-state competitors. It won’t be the first time George Runner represents a new tax fails to yield the more than nine million Calipromised revenue. Supporters fornians as a taxpayer advoprojected that a 2008 malt licate and elected member of quor tax would raise $41 mil- the State Board of Equalizalion for the state. Actual revtion. For more information, enue was less than $200,000, visit

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Bargains, from pg 1 sell Farmer’s Market Quality produce at about 1/3 the price. And it is all ripe and ready to eat. You won’t leave with perfect looking fruit that is not ripe and has no taste like at several of the supermarkets nowadays. I picked up strawberries for $8.99 for six cartons that tasted like I just picked them off the fields in May. I have paid up to $3.99 for one in Vons and they weren’t even sweet. I had to dip them in sugar. It is very comforting to see produce still under $1, even under

Sol De Valle, from pg 6 school has suffered because of finances, it still is open serving children from the surrounding areas of Sun Valley. The mission statement of the school is “to help, inspire, and challenge students to reach their highest academic potential while they also develop a strong Christian character.”

Fish Fry, from pg 4 tic adoration, devotion to saints or making a pilgrimage to a holy site are usually viewed as conservative or traditionalist Catholic territory. “Traditional or conservative Catholics would say, ‘We do that, liberal Catholics don’t do that,”’ said Daley, who is coediting a forthcoming book that includes contributions from several Catholic thinkers on the left promoting refur-

$.50! How about Flame Seed- vorite is a frozen Mallomar less Grapes for $.79 a pound, thing called Angel Kisses, 12 not $2.99 a pound, or Grapefor $5.99. And on my way out, fruit at $.39/lb., Blackberries I picked up a colorful fun chiand Blueberries at $.99 a carna tea service for $5.99. ton, Kiwis at 5 for $1, Yellow What a place. And the fiOnions 4 lbs. for $1 and Avnale? Back to Family Outocadoes at $.79 each. A virlet Center at 10013 Comtual produce lover’s paradise. merce Ave. in Tujunga where Sunland Produce also has a I picked up a gold beadgreat deli counter, not nearly ed short sleeve top left over as reasonable as their produce, from last season for $1.99. but offers a great selection of Sharply dressed, transportion wonderful and tasty high qual- handled, communication onity foods. You can also stock line, well fed and happy and your freezer with some fun ready to start a new week ethnic items such as Pierogies, of adventures in what I call Spanokapita, Stuffed Cabbage “Paradise.” Leaves, Blintzes, and my fa As a Christian School, the founders felt that the school curriculum should be integrated with God’s word. It should be designed to meet the individualized needs of each child: it should help students learn according to their educational level and/or abilities; and everyone should be accountable and responsible. The goal is to provide a high quality education in a Chris-

tian background. Our children need a school where man’s knowledge and God’s wisdom walk hand in hand. At Sol del Valle Christian School, students can explore and form who they are without fear or reproach. Our society will change only if our children hold Christian values, and are prepared to be leaders and agents of change.

bished traditional Catholic practices. “We would say, ‘All Catholics do that, because it’s a wonderful practice and it’s served Catholic Christians for hundreds of years.”’ Before Vatican II, Catholics were required to abstain from eating meat every Friday — a sacrifice honoring the day Jesus Christ died — and fast on all weekdays in Lent. Now, Catholics are expected to avoid meat only on Ash Wednesday and Fridays

during Lent, and fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fish fry is held on every Friday during Lent. Feb. 15th, 22, March 1st, 8th and the 22nd. There is a weekly raffle that is split 3 ways. Tickets are good only on the week sold. OLL Fish Fry is at 10275 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #4438. Proceeds go to OLL school, church and local charities.

Letters, from pg 3 to get our hands on the obituary of his Dad, which his name is Robert Arnold Winter Sr. He died April 26, 1976, he was born in 1926.  We were told that he died in this area of California and was laid in a National Cemetery for the Military.    We have been looking for several years now, and we cannot seem to get anywhere we research on this. If you could

help us in this, we really would appreciate this. My husband is Daniel Hughes.  His father left him when he was just a boy and as he got older he took his step-Dad’s last name, but he would really like to find his brother and sister, which was Winter.  Chris and Lisa Winter.  The death certificate would have this information on it.  Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. Dan and Diane Hughes.

February 8 The Los Angeles Police Department went back on a citywide tactical alert Saturday when Christopher Dorner had not been aprehended; they had been on tactical alert Thursday and overnight, but the order was lifted at 7:30, when LAPD officials said they had sufficient personnel to cover regular duties and the additional protective patrols assigned to those singled out in Dorner’s manifesto. The LAPD Foothill Division was on “ Blue Alert” and all administrative work is being conducted by telephone. Osborne St. has been cleared of patrol cars and the roll down blast doors are in place.

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Herbed Potato Stacks Tap Dancing in the Kitchen Just ask any professional dancer that started out as a tot in a tutu. However, a common problem arises for many tap dance students regardless of age or skill level: Where can you practice outside of a studio without wrecking your home’s flooring or even find somewhere to practice at all? Torrance, California native and third generation tap dancer Jackie Covas has come up with a solution for tap dance students everywhere. The Dance Dot! For Jackie, tap dancing has always been a family affair. “My mother and grandmother have been teaching in the South Bay for the past thirty years. When I was younger, we formed a dance act called ‘The Generations’ and even danced along side tap master Arthur Duncan.” Covas also attended USC where she founded the non-profit organization Dance Included that offers free after school dance classes to children in public schools that lack arts funding. The organization will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. After graduating, Covas landed a fundraising position at The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, but her love for performing eventually led her straight to New York City. Soon after relocating, Covas began teaching tap dance and booking work as a dancer in a number of regional productions as well as three national tours. While on the road, she ran into a frustrating problem that many dancers face; lack of areas to practice. She began working on an idea for a portable practice surface that would be light enough for her

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to travel, and fashionable enough to carry around the streets of Manhattan. Covas enlisted her husband Codey Girten to help create the first Dance Dot prototype in the basement of their apartment building. Keeping her younger students in mind, she explained, “We wanted to create something that was colorful and fun. Something that families could easily use in their homes and onthe-go.” The couple landed on an innovative and kid-friendly design that would allow young dancers to safely practice their moves almost anywhere at anytime. The couple spent a lot of time testing prototypes in their apartment. It wasn’t unusual to find Girten eating breakfast while Covas was tapping away in the kitchen on a Dance Dot. She was now able to create new choreography in the carpeted living room, rehearse her favorite steps on the hardwood floors, and transform almost any space into her own personal tap dance stage. Dance Dot made it all possible. You can also learn more about the product by visiting the company’s web site at

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This is a versatile side dish that is tasty, nutritious and looks amazing when plated. The Yukon Gold is the first Canadian-bred potato to be marketed and promoted by name. It received a Canadian license in 1980 and soon began exportation to the United States. So it’s fairly new to market. Red potatoes, on the other hand, have a much different pedigree. Red, and other colored potatoes, can be traced back to Peru in the second century B.C. Each of these varieties has distinctive flavors and pair excellently with Asiago cheese and fresh garden herbs. Ingredients: 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes ¾ pound red potatoes ¾ cup Asiago cheese (shredded) ¼ cup butter (melted) 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (chopped) 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (chopped) 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

½ teaspoon sea salt 4 cloves garlic (minced) Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan cups with nonstic k cooking spray. I use a cast iron muffin pan but modern muffin pans work just as well for this recipe. Cut potatoes into very thin slices (discard rounded ends). A mandolin is good for this, producing consistently thin slices. Place potatoes in a large bowl with ½ cup of the cheese, all of the butter, herbs, mustard, pepper, salt and garlic. Mix well with your hands being careful to separate potato slices so they get evenly coated. Stack potato slices in prepared muffin cups. Scrape bowl to remove all of the butter mixture and spoon over potatoes. Top potatoes with remaining ¼ cup cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, then tent with foil and bake for another 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife. Bon appetit!

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