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Feb. 21st-27th, 2011 (Ter’t #205)

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10 Things Not To Miss In San Francisco

By Angela Jackson, Special to the Van Nuys News Press SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- One of the nicest things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is “big” in terms of attractions and amenities, it is geographically small – only 49 square miles. Consequently, it is very easy to see and do a great many things in a short period of time. It is also easy to spend weeks in San Francisco and still not experience everything the city has to offer. Here is a suggested list of the top 10 things not to miss in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Travel Association: 1. The Golden Gate Bridge, the most famous bridge in the world, manages to impress even the most experienced travelers with its stunning 1.7-mile span. Approximately 120,000 automobiles drive across it every day. A pedestrian walkway also allows the crossing on foot, and bikes are allowed on the western side. The Golden Gate Bridge is said to be one of the most photographed things on Earth. 2. Cable cars have been transporting people around San Francisco since the late 19th century. The cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes. Their familiar bells can be heard ringing from blocks away. Tickets ($5) may be purchased at the cable car turnarounds at the ends of each route. Each one-way ride will provide spectacular views of the city’s celebrated hills as well as exhilarating transportation. ( 3. Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, is located on an island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated there. Though several tried, no inmate ever made a successful escape from “The Rock.” The prison was closed in the 1960’s and stories about Alcatraz are legendary. A visit to Alcatraz today is fascinating. Recorded cell-house tours are available, allowing visitors to learn about the prison as they explore the buildings and grounds. To reach the island, take an Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 43. Advance reservations are recommended, 415-981-ROCK (7625). ( 4. Fisherman’s Wharf is also home to Pier 39, a festive waterfront marketplace that is one of the city’s most popular attractions. A community of California sea lions has taken up residence on the floats to the west of the pier and visitors line the nearby railing to watch their antics. From there it’s a short walk to the Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the famous crab vendors selling walk-away crab and shrimp cocktails. 5. Union Square is the place for serious shoppers. Major departments stores and the most exclusive designer boutiques line streets like Post, Sutter, Geary, Grant, Stockton and Powell. The Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre houses the largest Bloomingdale’s outside of New York and the second largest Nordstrom in the U.S. 6. North Beach, the city’s Italian quarter, isn’t a beach at all. It’s a neighborhood of romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops centered near Washington Square along Columbus and Grant avenues. The beautiful Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a beloved landmark. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill offers a splendid vantage point for photos of the bridges and the Bay. Inside the tower, floor-to-ceiling murals painted in the 1930s depict scenes of early San Francisco. ( 7. The entrance to Chinatown at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is called the “Dragon’s Gate.” Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a “dim sum” lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies. 8. Dining in San Francisco is an attraction in itself. Known as America’s best restaurant city, San Francisco chefs excel at combining the freshest local ingredients, authentic international flavors and a touch of creative genius. Choose your cuisine – Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, Indian, Malaysian, Mexican, Greek, Russian or “fusion,” a combination of any or all of these influences. Visit TasteSF at for a list of San Francisco’s hottest restaurants, a calendar listing of food-related news and events, the history (See page 5)

Pictured above: Kittridge Elementary School parents and staff, Network for a Healthy California -LAUSD instructors and Univision’s Erika Flores celebrate making small steps for big improvements in the health of families and communities.

Nutrition Education Workshop Highlights Healthy Eating at Kittridge Elementary

VAN NUYS, CA -- Early on a rainy February morning, 15 mothers and grandmothers arrived at Kittridge Elementary School in Van Nuys bearing trays of homemade food. Sliced apples and melons provided a bed for blueberries and blackberries. A spinach salad was dressed up with mandarin oranges and green onions. A pitcher of water contained slices of lemon and cucumber, with sprigs of fresh mint adding color and flavor. “It’s because fruit juice has so much sugar,” said Lilia Gonzalez, Nutrition Specialist with the Network for a Health California—LAUSD, as she opened the morning’s nutrition education workshop. “This water has great flavor, but is much healthier.” Kittridge Elementary, like nearly 300 other schools throughout LAUSD, is a Participating School of the Network for a Healthy California—LAUSD (Network). Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Network is part of a statewide Champions for Change campaign to turn the tide on obesity and the health problems that follow by empowering low-income Californians to make healthy choices for themselves, their families and communities. From in-classroom tastings and samplings and school health fairs, to student-led nutrition groups and physical activity demonstrations, Network schools provide innovative and hands-on educational opportunities for LAUSD students and their families. The fiveweek parent nutrition education workshops, like the one held at Kittridge Elementary, are one example of how the Network is reaching out to caregivers with healthy tools and messages. The two-hour, bilingual parent workshops highlight different topics each week, including basic nutrition, nutrients, food labels, meal planning, eating out, snacks and other topics related to healthy eating. Participants receive colorful, easy-to-understand binders full of healthy eating resources, tips and recipes. A study conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health found parents who attended the workshops increased their daily vegetable consumption by more than 100 percent and increased their daily fruit intake by 183 percent. “Parents know healthy changes begin at home, and are eager to learn how to incorporate good nutrition into their families’ lives,” said Roberta Acantilado, Project Director for the Network. “They face many obstacles, particularly during these tough economic times, but by taking small steps, these parents are making big improvements in their families’ health.” Big improvements are desperately needed throughout California. According to the 2009 California Children’s Healthy Eating and Exercise Practices Survey (CalCHEEPS), 38 percent of California children are overweight or obese, only three percent of California children eat the recommended cups of fruits and vegetables, and less than half (48 percent) meet the recommended 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity each day. Maria Alcantar, a local parent and Parent Center Coordinator (See page 7)

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opinions & Editorial

Monday, February 21st - Sunday, February 27th, 2011

-- From the Sidelines --

By Irving Leemon, Contributing Columnist If the rhetoric in the press is correct, our political system is broken as never before. We never had the ideal of “civilized” discussions about matters “of state”. But at least, for the most part, we could openly discuss them without being accused of being Anti-American and, also without being shouted down by people who disagree with us. I agree with the school in San Diego’s suspension of the students who did not want anyone to hear those who disagree with them. For too long our colleges, universities and press have been muzzled by the insistence on the use of “politically correct speech”. There is no constitutional law against offensive speech, but there is a law against the denying of freedom of speech. It’s getting to the point that no one will be able to hear the arguments and discussions of the people who disagree with their own perceived “truths”. Its even been stated that anyone who disagrees with some of those shouting heads is un-American. To me this sounds like McCarthyism during the last century. Senator McCarthy conducted a witch-hunt against anyone he felt like. All he had to do was declare that an individual was communist and/or un-American. Their jobs were taken from them and their lives were destroyed with out any proof of their guilt, just by association and innuendo. One of the other of our constitutional freedoms in may cases was that they were denied is the right to a trial in a public court with the ability to confront their accuser in public. We are headed down that slippery slope again. One of the basics that this nation was founded on is freedom of speech. The way that I see it, if you shout people down when you disagree with them, you are denying them one of their constitutional rights. If you disagree, at the appropriate time, publically, even if it is in print, state your disagreement and let the speaker respond, don’t keep that speaker from speaking. Agree, Disagree? Email:

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lished on the front page of last week’s newspaper (pictured right) was incorrectly described as the “current location of Chase Bank.” The building is actually located underneath the Country General Store at Sylvan Street and Van Nuys Boulevard. This bank opened in 1912 as the First National Bank of Van Nuys and later became the California Bank. Thank you to Richard Hilton for letting us know!


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Monday, February 21st - Sunday, February 27th, 2011

entertainment tips of the week

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Ethel Merman’s Broadway

Once upon a time there was a young stenographer who had a big, powerful voice. She was a very good stenographer but even a better success on the Broadway stage and silver screen. I’m talking about Ethel Merman. Now playing at the historic El Portal Theatre in the North Hollywood NoHo District is the very talented Rita McKenzie as Ethel Merman in the hit show ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY. The remarkable one-woman show shares with the audience the life and times of Ethel Merman, the Queen of Broadway’s Golden Age, through song and story. I saw and heard Merman belt out the songs that she introduced on the stage and sung in the movies and still are heard today, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Some People,” and of course “Everything’s Coming up Roses” and more. She shared with us anecdotes about composers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and the Gershwin Brothers, who wrote musicals with Ms. Merman in mind -- “Anything Goes,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Call Me Madam,” and of course, “Gypsy.” We learned about her husbands and children. Not only did McKenzie look like Ethel Merman wearing a dark wig but she sounded uncannily like her also, even to the tiniest of inflections.

Absolutely amazing! I was accompanied by my friend Sybil Shephard who related how impressed she was by Rita McKenzie’s performance as Ms. Merman. Launched off-Broadway at New York’s John Houseman Theater, Rita McKenzie’s personal success with ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY triggered an international tour, taking her to Carnegie Hall, Pasadena Playhouse, Harrah’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and an SRO eight-city tour of Japan. She recently completed a critically acclaimed 10-week run of ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY at the Nederlander’s Broadway Series at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. You have seen Ms. McKenzie on TV and in the films. She played Alice, the housekeeper, on “The Brady Bunch: The Final Days,” has guest starred on NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” and will be recalled for her roles as Mrs. Littlejohn on “Frasier,” Rita Marcus on “Big Brother Jake,” and “Daddy Dearest.” A special Guest Star is Whoppie, a versatile poodle actress. Whoppie is featured with McKenzie during “The Hostess with the Mostess (On the Ball)” number from Irving Berlin’s “CALL ME MADAM.” The seven-piece orchestra conducted by the show’s Musical Director David Snyder backed Ms. McKenzie without overpowering her. Kudos must go to Eric Winterling for his costumes. The black floor-

length ball gown for the “Call Me Madam” numbers, the versatile dress length coat or short jacket, made for a variety of costume changes. And, of course, the dark tressed wig that Paul Huntley created for Ms. McKenzie was identical to the hair style that was Ms. Merman’s. What An Evening! Sharing the standing ovation in the opening night audience were Mitzi Gaynor (who also introduced the show with her memories of her friend Ethel Merman), Barbara Eden, Hal Linden accompanied by his daughter and grandson, Doris Roberts,

Earl Holliman, songwriter Richard Sherman, noted film producer A.C. Lyles (who told this reviewer how much he enjoyed the evening) and his wife Martha, Renee Taylor and husband Joe Bologna, Jane Withers and many others. ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY will run until Sunday, February 27th, 2011. Tickets are $35-$45. Call (818) 508-4200 for more information. The El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91601.

Hoboken to Hollywood

“Hoboken to Hollywood: A Journey Through The Great American Songbook” at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, has now been

extended to March 27, 2011 due to a great popular demand to see this musical. The play is a behind-thescenes look at the taping of a television special, possibly in 1964 or soon thereafter. There’s That Famous Crooner From Hoboken, the orchestra, the sublime songs. There are even commercials. There’s all the fun and excitement of a great live performance, one that is being recorded for the later enjoyment of millions. There’s one great song after another -- the reason they call this material The Great American Songbook. During the course of the television taping, a second assistant director named Andy experiences a professional coming of age when he is suddenly called upon to


assume responsibilities beyond his limited experience. At first, he’s a mass of foibles and failings. Ultimately, he is inspired to greatness by the subject of his camera’s lens, That Famous Crooner From Hoboken. We take a journey back in time and across the country, from Andy’s humble beginnings to his promotion amongst the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown. The show has many of your favorite songs from The Great American Songbook, the smooth vocal stylings of Luca Ellis, and the incredible 12 piece Paul Litteral Orchestra. The cast of HOBOKEN TO HOLLYWOOD also includes Al Bernstein, Anna Hanson, For reservations call (310) 392-7327 or visit

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Travel tips of the week

-- Bon Voyage --

Monday, February 21st - Sunday, February 27th, 2011

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor I have previously had the pleasure of enjoying a 10-day Mexican Riviera cruise aboard Holland America’s ms Statendam. On our cruising days I found that the ms Statendam mid-size ship had non-stop ongoing onboard activties for their guests. Whether it was exercising on the pool deck or in the gym, trivia contests or lectures about our ports of call, or watching the chef creature a beautiful sculpture from a block of ice, or Bingo, it was non-stop fun. In addition I found that their meals -- whether in the elegant main dining room, sampling delights from the buffet, or a snack delivered to our suite -- was always gourmet quality. Today, Holland America also offers the cruising passenger a hands-on cooking class in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by “Food & Wine” magazine. Guests will be able to experience the award-winning creations of Jonnie Boer (The Netherlands), David Burke (New York), Marcus Samuelsson (New York), Rudi Sodamin (Holland America Line), Jacque Torres (New York) and Charles Trotter (Chicago). These chefs are helping to enhance all aspects of your shipboard cuisine. You are also able to preserve their vacation memories in photos with help from their digital workshop. My friend Carole and I are seeking to take a Mediterranean cruise. Holland America is offering these cruises for us to select from: • A 10-Day Western Europe Discovery from Barcelona to Dover (London). Ports of call include: Barcelona, Gibraltar, Cadiz (Seville), overnight in Lisbon, Vigo, Cherbourg, Zeebrugge (Brugge/Brussels) before docking in Dover (London). Priced from $1,299. Departs May 12, 2011 aboard the ms Eurodam. • A 7-Day Mediterranean Glamour round-trip from Barcelona. Ports of call include Monte Carlo, Santa Margherita Ligure (Portofino), Civitavecchia (Rome), Trapani (Sicily), La Goulette (Tunis and Carthage), disembark in Barcelona. From $899. Depart on ms Eurodam May 5, 2011 and April 28, 2011; ms. Nieuw Amsterdam Aug. 21, 2011 and ms Ryndam October 16, 2011. Fares might be different on sailings other than May 5th. • An 11-Day Ancient Discoveries cruise round-trip from Barcelona. Ports of call are Barcelona, Trapani, Valletta, Katakonion (Olympia), Corfu, Dubrovnik, Naples and Cagliari. From $1,599 for August 28, 2011 on board the ms Ryndam. Additional sailing September 18, 2011. • A 20-Day Mediterranean Adventure Collectors Voyage round-trip from Civitavecchia (Rome) on board the ms Noordam. Ports of call: Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Montre Carlo, overnight in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, La Goulette (Tunis and Carthage), Palermo, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon (Olympia), Santorini, Kusadasi (Esphesus), Piraeus (Athens) Messina, disembark in Civitavecchia (Rome). From $2,899. On Board the ms Noordam. Departure dates from May 21. You can also enjoy the first 10-days as a separate cruise, Roundtrip Rome from $1,599. • A 10-Day Cultural Mosaic round-trip from Barcelona aboard the ms Ryndam. Ports of call include Messina, Argostoli, Kotor, BRindisi, Civitavecchia, Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Marseille (Provence) and return to Barcelona. From $1,499 (9/8/sailing). Other departure dates September 29. • The 24-Day Magic of the Mediterranean aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, which can be divided into the 12-Day Barcelona to Venice or the 12-Day round-trip to Venice. Fare from $1,899; 24-day fare from $3,499. Ports of call are Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Livorno (Florence/Pisa0, Civitavecchia (Rome), Messina, Nafplion, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Split,

-- Destination Of The Week -Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is known around the world for its signature food, its resilient spirit and, of course, its rich history. Starting this February, the Hotel Monteleone will offer a new Literary History Walking Tour to highlight the famous authors who impacted its story and helped it to earn the distinction of Literary Landmark, an honor bestowed on only three hotels in the country. Led by local historian and writer, Glenn De Villier, the Hotel Monteleone’s two-hour tour is available on Tuesdays at 10am and Saturdays at 3pm. Beginning and ending in the famous Carousel Bar, the tour divulges the literary history of the Hotel Monteleone and its famous literary patrons including Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, among others. After leaving the Hotel Monteleone, the tour meanders through the French Quarter, connecting the rich literary culture of New Orleans with several historical landmarks and residences. Highlights on the walking tour include Exchange Alley, the Pontalba Apartments, Madame John’s Legacy, the Old Ursuline Convent, the BeauregardKeyes House, the Lalaurie Mansion, and the homes of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. “This tour is a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Hotel Monteleone’s rich history as it relates to the various authors who are icons of the modern literary world,” said Andrea Thornton, director of sales and marketing at the Hotel Monteleone. De Villier is a native Orleanian and long-time resident of the French Quarter. His primary background is in History and he received his education in Louisiana and in England. De Villier’s mentors include several notables in English literature including Cleanth Brooks, Dr. Walker Percy, Dr. Kenneth Holditch, Charlie Bishop and Elizabeth Penfield. De Villier has known Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, for many years and spent time with Tennessee Williams in New Orleans and in Key West. The walking tour costs $5 for hotel guests and $27 for the general public. For more information on the Literary History Walking Tour and to make reservations, please visit and overnight in Venice, Piraeus, Istanbul (overnight), Mykonos, Kusadas (Ephesus), Santorini, Katakolon (Olympia) and disembarking in Venice. First departure from Barcelona April 18, from Venice April 30th, 2011. The Holland America passenger will be able to snack on tapas in sunny Barcelona, admire Venice from a gondola or explore Santorini’s picturesque villages. In Rome, ancient history is found around every corner. In Athens, the new museum at the base of the Parthenon is a must-see. Walk along the sacred paths of ancient Ephesus or explore Dubrovnik’s massive medieval walls. You’ll find uncovering history beneath the Mediterranean sun has a charm all its own. Book by Feburary 28, 2011, and save up to 50 percent and receive FREE upgrades on select sailings. And, if you want to travel with a 3rd or 4th guest your can receive FREE or reduced cruise fares for them. For more information contact your travel professional, our travel advertisers or me at Monday, February 21st - Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Business & Commerce

Krekorian Tells VICA Gross Receipts Tax Must Go

Councilman joins VICA members for an After Dark reception L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian discussed the current issues facing the City of Los Angeles during a VICA After Dark reception this week. Krekorian explained his work at the city and state level to create incentives that keep film, television and commercial production local. He also took questions from attendees about the downtown NFL

stadium proposal, leasing public parking garages and city business taxes. Krekorian told the audience that L.A. needs to work toward eliminating the gross receipts tax to keep and attract businesses. The event was hosted and presented by Camacho’s Cantina at Universal CityWalk and co-sponsored by M. David Paul & Associates. (Pictured above: Don Camacho (Camacho’s Inc.), Councilmember Paul Krekorian and VICA Chair Daymond Rice -- Vons) VICA is widely considered one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Southern California. With its knowledge of the legislative process and economic issues, VICA’s access to public officials ensures that the San Fernando Valley’s business perspective will be heard in the interest of improving our business climate and quality of life. With input and guidance from its members, VICA maintains a regular presence at all levels of government to effectively represent Va l l e y businesses. (VICA President Stuart Waldman, V I C A Chairman Daymond Rice and the Governnator)

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(Continued from page 1) -- of San Francisco’s many food firsts, chef profiles, and Foodie 411, a weekly insider’s blog by Marcia “the tablehopper” Gagliardi. 9. Nightlife in San Francisco is a constantly changing scene. The “hottest” clubs currently are in the South of Market and Mission districts, with live and recorded rock and Latin music. Jazz, blues, swing and “oldies” music can be found all over town. For a complete list of nightlife options, visit 10. A visit to San Francisco would not be complete without a cultural experience. The city is home to internationally recognized symphony, opera and ballet companies. Playwrights such as Sam Shepherd and Tom Stoppard introduce their works in San Francisco and avant-garde theatre and dance companies dot the city. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor and other museums and galleries are devoted to the finest of classical and contemporary arts. For a complete museum guide, visit For general information on hotel packages and reservations; events; activities and transportation in San Francisco, visit For lodging reservations, call 800-637-5196 within North America or 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD) elsewhere. The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide is available at the Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza. A virtual edition of the guide is also available online: A visitor’s kit may also be ordered online at, by phone at 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD), by written request to the San Francisco Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to Domestic and international shipping charges apply. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop links with more than 30 international points on five continents with 29 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with more than 65 cities in the U.S. on 20 domestic airlines. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit American Express® is the official credit card partner for the San Francisco Travel Association.

-- Alex “Foghorn” Fish’s Fish Of The Week -“On-Vacation”

The Alex “Foghorn” Fish’s Fish of the week is on vacation. The column will return next week after a well deserved holiday golfing and eating and laughing and having a good time. If you have any fish suggestions, let them swim over and suggest things to Mr. Fish, who is the “Foghorn” Fish man. Alex can autograph newspapers via US Mail


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police news & Information

Monday, February 21st - Sunday, February 27th, 2011

West Valley Burglary Suspect Caught in the Act

WEST VALLEY, CA -- A burglary suspect, who is believed responsible for several residential burglaries, was taken into custody early last Friday morning shortly after committing a burglary. On February 18, 2011, at around 6:45 a.m., LAPD investigators from Robbery Homicide Division, Special Investigation Section (SIS) were in the area of Halsted Street and Encino Avenue, investigating a series of burglaries in the West Valley Area. As they were conducting their investigation a burglary occurred and investigators began following the suspect, 23 year old Jonathan Martin. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop on Martin, but he failed to comply and led officers on a short pursuit. Once stopped, Martin jumped from his vehicle and ran from the officers. After establishing a perimeter a search for Martin was conducted. He was found hiding by LAPD Metropolitan K-9 Officer Chris Amador and his K-9 partner, “Ralph”. During the arrest Martin was bitten by the dog. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries and listed in stable condition. Martin was booked for Burglary and is being held on $50,000 bail. Officer Amador is a 21-year three-month veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. Force Investigation Division is conducting the investigation into the use of force resulting in Martin’s injuries.

North Hollywood Murder Suspect Identified, Considered Armed and Dangerous

North Hollywood, CA -- Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) North Hollywood Area detectives have identified a suspect who shot and killed a man and wounded another in a McDonald’s parking lot on Dec. 6, 2010. Investigators have identified 27-year-old Andranik Katabyan as the shooting suspect who approached 27-year-old Davit Khachikyan and 24-year-old Ashak Tatoyan at a McDonald’s location in the 12000 block of Victory Boulevard. Katabyan also had an associate with him. A verbal dispute ensued, and Katabyan shot both victims multiple times with a handgun. Khachikyan died from the gunshots, and Tatoyan was wounded and hospitalized. Katabyan is a male Armenian who stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 210 to 220 pounds. He is still at large, and detectives consider him armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding this case, especially the location of the suspects, is asked to call North Hollywood Area Homicide Detectives Mark O’Donnell or Steve Castro at 818-623-4075. Call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 during non-business hours or on weekends. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or send a text message to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

LAPD Mourns Firefighter’s Tragic Death

Los Angeles, CA -- Sixty-one-year-old Glenn L. Allen, the veteran Los Angeles City firefighter who was critically injured on Thursday, February 17 while fighting a blaze, has died after a brief but intense battle for his life at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Allen had devoted 38 years of his life to proudly serving the communities of Los Angeles and was looking forward to his retirement in about a year. “On behalf of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks and the entire Los Angeles Fire Department,” said Chief Charlie Beck. “The LAPD is keeping firefighter Allen’s family and colleagues in our prayers as they cope with this sad loss. In unity with our firefighter brothers and sisters, and to honor Firefighter Allen, I have authorized the wearing of black mourning bands over our LAPD badges. His death is a somber reminder to us all of the sacrifices public safety personnel are willing to make to protect the people of Los Angeles.” Pictured right: The Bakers: Adam, Bryan, Jai and Don. Awful Annie’s has been a long time favorite Breakfast/Lunch Restaurant in Auburn and Lincoln. We are very proud of our scrumptiously delicious food which we have been voted KCRA’s “Best Breakfast in Sacramento” 4 years in a row. In 1991 on one of our yearly visits to the Auburn area, my husband Don and I stopped at Annie’s for lunch. We were so charmed by the place that we asked the owner if she’d like to sell. She surprised us by saying that “Yes, as a matter of fact, I do.” Awful Annie’s in Auburn is open 7 days a week 8am to 3pm. We are the home of Grandma’s Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce.

In 1982, Joe and Vinnie Fabrocini opened an Italian restaurant in Tarzana, California and named it FABS in honor of the family. The success of the business helped start a trend of popular casual Italian eateries in Los Angeles. Soon afterwards, the family expanded across the city as two brands: FABS and Fabrocini’s. In 1984, Joe Fabrocini found a great location in Sherman Oaks. With some dedicated work and that “magic” the Fabrocinis bring to their loyal customers, it became FABS.

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In 1950, Marilyn, a dress designer, and Harry Lewis, an actor, opened the first Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset Blvd; because of their commitment to quality, flavor and “simply marvelous food and drink,” Burgers - Sandwiches it became an immediate success. Let Hamburger Hamlet Appetizers - Salads Hamlet quickly became a Hollywood cater your next event. Soups - Shakes - Deserts Add sophistication to your party with landmark and was packed with our celebrated menu and ambiance. Kid’s Menu - Summer Specials celebrities every night of the week. Over the next three decades, Hamlet expanded throughout Southern California and Washington DC; to date, there is still nothing to rival the great food, casual comfort and superb service of Hamburger Hamlet. Pasadena

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Hotels, Resorts & Spas

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Pelican Hill’s Villa Packages Are High End Luxury!

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- Travelers looking to escape to the coast this spring will find both luxury and value at Pelican Hill Resort® in Newport Beach. Whatever your delight, Pelican Hill has a package to please – all with spectacular ocean views! If scenic California cruising along the coast sets the pace for your escape, then choose ―The Keys to Luxury. For active recreation under the So Cal sun, opt for the ―Golf Academy Stay & Play or ― Ready for Summer…Spring Training package. With family celebrations in season, the Mother‘s Day Getaway or ―Father‘s Day Golf Duo packages will please any parent in need of a spring break away. “Plan your spring escape to Pelican Hill to enjoy the natural beauty of Southern California‘s coastline, paired with a casually chic ambiance and gracious personalized service, said Pelican Hill Resort Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. We invite you to discover superb spring values at Southern California‘s ‗Tuscan Village by the Sea,‘ right here in Newport Beach!” New spring seasonal packages at Pelican Hill Resort include: The Keys to Luxury Package (Beginning March 1, 2011) -- Put yourself in the driver‘s seat for scenic coastal cruising for the classic California escape. Choose from a quality selection of vehicles, such as Jaguar, Mercedes, BMW convertibles or luxury SUVs. Awaiting you at the airport baggage claim, an escort with the keys to your ride of choice will provide curbside vehicle delivery. With the dashboard navigation pre-programmed, we‘ll have you quickly on the road to your Pelican Hill getaway – in style and stress-free! Starting from $595 per night. Ready for Summer….Spring Training (April 1 – May 26) -- Shape up and slim down at Spring Training headquarters! Summer is just around the corner, but beaches, bikinis and bathing in the California sun are already in season at Pelican Hill. Check into a luxurious Bungalow and start your training trip with a guided Crystal Cove beach hike. Grab your complimentary Pelican Hill gym towel for a visit to The Spa‘s fitness center, or stop by the movement studio for complimentary cardio, strengthening and body sculpting classes. Swim laps and cool down in one of the world‘s largest circular pools, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Balance out your fitness flurry with a 50-minute massage and healthy spa cuisine lunch. Starting from $595 per night. Golf Academy Stay & Play (April 15-17, May 20-22 and June 3-5) -- For the golf enthusiast, the

1. Kittridge Elementary School Parent Center Coordinator Maria Alcantar sharing the benefits of fruits and vegetables with parents at Tuesday’s nutrition education workshop. (Continued from page 1) -- at Kittridge Elementary, is leading by example. “I stopped drinking soda last summer,” she said, proudly pointing to her waistline, “and well, see for yourself!” The other mothers and grandmothers in the room broke out in applause. Visit to learn more about the Network, including a parent section complete with recipes, resources and tips. spring season features experiences designed to improve your game! Check into a luxurious twobedroom private Villa for a two-night stay and ―tee off the weekend on Saturday morning, while enjoying ―Breakfast with the Pro at Coliseum Pool & Grill with Golf Magazine “Top 100 Teacher in America, Glenn Deck. Attend one of three half-day Golf Academy workshops, including putting school, full swing school or chipping, pitching & bunker school, all led by Glenn Deck. Then, play a complimentary round on your choice of one of two Fazio-designed ocean-view courses. Late check-out and complimentary parking are included. Starting from $1,595 for a two-night stay. Mother’s Day Getaway (May 7-9) -- Give mom the ultimate escape with luxurious Bungalow or Villa accommodations, a delightful ocean-view brunch and a relaxing 50-minute massage at Pelican Hill‘s Five-Star, Five-Diamond Spa. Stay the night over Mother‘s Day weekend and the guest of honor will enjoy a complimentary Sunday Brunch at Coliseum Pool & Grill, overlooking one of the world‘s largest circular pools with scenic coastal views. Late check-out and complimentary parking are included. Starting from $635 per night. Father’s Day Golf Duo (June 17-19) -- Treat dad to an unforgettable Father‘s Day weekend, with Bungalow or Villa accommodations, an ocean-view golf round and a visit to Newport Coast‘s sports center, Pelican Grill, located at Pelican Hill Golf Club. Play a father-daughter, father-son or couples golf round on one of two Fazio-designed coastal courses, then head to dinner at Pelican Grill, where dad dines complimentary. Late check-out and complimentary parking are included. Starting from $995 per night. (For accommodations, dining, spa or golf reservations, please call 800.820.6800 or visit -- Special Thanks to Kate Starr!

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politics & government

Monday, February 21st - Sunday, February 27th, 2011 First 5 LA Commission Approves $41 Million

Let’s “Make It In America”

By Congressman Brad Sherman Democrats and Republicans both share a responsibility to find common ground on the problems that worry us most—problems like a lack of jobs and a struggling middle class. To tackle those problems, my colleagues and I have put forward a Make It In America agenda: an agenda to rebuild American manufacturing jobs and help more middle-class families “Make It In America”. America built the world’s largest and most prosperous middle class in part because of the strong production capacity and capabilities of our factories, which were run by American workers who were paid good wages. Our manufacturing sector, and the middle-class economy it creates, is a proud part of our national character. Unfortunately, manufacturing jobs have, until recently, been in long-term decline. Starting from its peak in 1979, the number of manufacturing employees has been cut nearly in half: from some 20 million to fewer than 12 million today. The damage greatly accelerated from February 2001 to February 2009, when nearly one-third of our country’s manufacturing jobs disappeared, and the middle-class stagnated. From 2002 to 2008, the median household income fell by $2,000 — the first time that had ever happened during a period of economic expansion. We are beginning to recover from manufacturing employment’s lost decade, and manufacturing activity has now grown for 18 straight months. General Electric decided to move 400 jobs from China back to the U.S., and Ford moved 2,000 jobs back to the U.S. from Japan, Mexico, and India. Ford is also planning on adding another 7,000 jobs here in the U.S. Obviously, we need more success stories like these. The Make It In America agenda is about building on private-sector successes, and creating an environment in which American companies can innovate, build products here, create and keep jobs here, and compete in an open global market. It is an agenda that has won support from organized labor and business leaders alike because it promotes a more competitive America and more jobs for the middle class. President Obama signed six Make It In America bills into law—bills that speed up innovation, bolster our growing energy sector, create tax cuts and loans for small businesses, support science, technology, engineering, and math education, and more. Many of those bills passed with bipartisan support, and for good reason: the need for stronger job-training partnerships, a fair playing field for American exporters, and holding China accountable for its currency manipulation are commonsense proposals. Making It In America also means investing in the innovation, infrastructure, and education that our economy needs to grow. As both Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO put it, “Whether it is building roads, bridges, high-speed broadband, energy systems and schools, these projects not only create jobs and demand for businesses, they are an investment in building the modern infrastructure our country needs to compete in a global economy.” Strengthening our competitiveness, continuing the rebirth of America’s manufacturing sector, and creating more well-paying jobs are defining challenges of this decade. We’ve always been proud to be a country that makes quality products. With wise investments, we can be that country again. (Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) represents roughly half of the San Fernando Valley. He wrote this article in conjunction with other Members of Congress.)

Blumenfield Authors Legislation Bringing Recycling to Apartments

SACRAMENTO, CA -- State Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced legislation last week to make paper, plastic and can recycling available to over 7 million Californians who rent apartments. “Apartment housing is the weakest link in California’s commitment to recycling,” said Blumenfield. “Renters want to recycle but are typically unable to do so unless they personally haul their waste to recycling centers. By bringing recycling services to renters, we can harness the potential of millions for the good of our environment.” Assembly Bill (AB) 818 would require the owners of multifamily housing of five or more apartments to provide recycling services to tenants starting January 1, 2012. Blumenfield authored similar legislation in 2009, which was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, despite Blumenfield’s success in addressing concerns raised by apartment owners. “Persistence is a virtue,” added Blumenfield. “Many people want to see this bill become law and won’t give up until renters have a real chance to recycle.” Seventy percent of Californians living in single family homes have access to residential recycling. Less than 40 percent of persons living in multifamily dwellings have such access, which contributes to the lackluster recycling rate of 15 percent at apartments. In some communities where residential recycling services were made available to tenants, apartment recycling rates exceeded 50 percent. Sixty percent of what Californians throw away can be recycled or composted. This creates a large strain on our landfills which are the single largest man-made source of methane gas in the United States. Methane has 23 times the impact of carbon dioxide on global warming. Further information about AB 818 is available online at

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Fight the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Los Angeles, CA -- Recognizing a serious health threat, the First 5 LA Commission recently approved the largest investment to date in Los Angeles County that addresses early childhood obesity. The Commission is allocating $41 million to two countywide programs that will expand current nutrition efforts, increase physical activity among young children and help reduce the obesity epidemic among nearly 1 million children 0 to 5 and their families in L.A. County. “Childhood obesity is jeopardizing the future health and well-being of our county’s children,” said First 5 LA Commission Chair and Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich. “Through public-private partnerships, countywide integrated service delivery, public education and substantive policy changes, we can effectively address this serious problem.” Obesity during childhood is linked with numerous health risks, including diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and asthma, as well as a reduced quality of life associated with social marginalization and discrimination, according to First 5 LA. If the epidemic is not reversed in Latino and black communities, one out of every two children born will develop diabetes. “We want to ensure that children in L.A. County maintain a healthy weight,” said Evelyn V. Martinez, chief executive officer for First 5 LA. “Our funding will be used to help establish healthy lifestyles for our youngsters and their families though training and education on the critical need for nutritional food choices and increased physical activity to help prevent the devastating health risks of childhood obesity.” The four-year allocation will support a $35 million public-private partnership to implement a community-based public education and skills-building project. The purpose is to increase community capacity for promoting healthy dietary practices that can be sustained after funding has ended. Another $6 million will be used to improve nutrition and physical activity in both licensed and license-exempt child care centers. A previous First 5 LA investment in the Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life pilot study for child care providers will also be expanded. The study includes resources to help improve children’s eating and physical activity patterns for healthier lifestyles. The First 5 LA-funded skills-building efforts will involve partnerships with communitybased organizations to deliver culturally-tailored nutrition education. Also, various county departments will participate in the project by integrating nutrition education into existing programs serving young children and their families. Additional partnerships will include local grocery stores and markets, as well as local fast food and other restaurants, to encourage healthier options and smaller portions on children’s menus. Designed to reach underserved populations, the public education campaign will use a variety of media channels to promote healthy eating habits with smaller, age-appropriate portions while discouraging the consumption of soda and other sugary beverages. Among the specific campaign goals are a 10 percent relative decline in the obesity rate among children 5 years and under, at least 300 local restaurants offering and promoting healthier children’s meals and at least one large fast food restaurant chain that reduces junk food marketing to young children.

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-- Poem Of The Week -The Geranium By Theodore Roethke

When I put her out, once, by the garbage pail, She looked so limp and bedraggled, So foolish and trusting, like a sick poodle, Or a wizened aster in late September, I brought her back in again For a new routine-Vitamins, water, and whatever Sustenance seemed sensible At the time: she’d lived So long on gin, bobbie pins, half-smoked cigars, dead beer, Her shriveled petals falling On the faded carpet, the stale Steak grease stuck to her fuzzy leaves. (Dried-out, she creaked like a tulip.) The things she endured!-The dumb dames shrieking half the night Or the two of us, alone, both seedy, Me breathing booze at her, She leaning out of her pot toward the window. Pictured above: Karen Rivas in Van Nuys reading the Van Nuys News Press. Ms. Rivas works at the World Famous Tres Hermanos Restaurant on Van Nuys Blvd. Read what others are saying,... ”Found this place 7 years ago when we moved to Van Nuys. We were going to different Mexican places but we would never return, either the food was greasy, blah, place was disgusting or a big no-no in our book, no central air in the summer when its 100 degrees in Van Nuys. The menu is enormous and the pictures that they show is exactly what you get on your plate. The food is so fresh and you can taste and see that. They have a huge variety of side salsas, chili’s, onions and cilantro that you can just pile on what you want. The decor reminds me of little towns in Mexico. The place is always so clean. The girls there are constantly wiping down tables and the floors around the tables. My favorite meals there is the Carne Asada dinner, Enchilada dinner and always with a side of Guacamole. Prices are great for all you are getting.”

--Quotes of the Week --

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotations: ~ “A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.” ~ “A thought often makes us hotter than a fire.” ~ “All things come round to him who will but wait.” ~ “All things must change to something new, to something strange.” ~ “Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.” ~ “Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night’s repose.” ~ “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ~ “Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think.” ~ “He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.” ~ “However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.” ~ “If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” ~ “If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.” ~ “In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.” ~ “Into each life some rain must fall.” ~ “It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.” ~ “Know how sublime a thing is to suffer and be strong.” ~ “Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.” Ram Tire is your one-stop, on-the-spot auto service headquarters for a complete line of quality tires from Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, Goodyear, Toyo, Yokohama, Hankook, Continental, Pirelli, Dunlop, as well as custom wheels and auto services. For years we have provided the San Fernando Valley with the latest products and unprecedented service. And for years our customers have been coming back. Visit our online catalog at RamTire.Com for the tires you need, or stop in and see us. Services we offer:

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Near the end, she seemed almost to hear me-And that was scary-So when that snuffling cretin of a maid Threw her, pot and all, into the trash-can, I said nothing. But I sacked the presumptuous hag the next week, I was that lonely.

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Stephanie’s Suduko

Monday, February 21st - Sunday, February 27th, 2011

(Stephanie’s solution is on page 11 -- Stephanie Warren Is The Director of Business Development for VICA)

Tyus’ Adopt a Pet

To adopt, please call 818-901-0190 or visit 7720 Gloria Ave. in Van Nuys,

ISIS DOB: 12/20/09

BREED: Female, Staffordshire Terrier WEIGHT: 52 lbs. High Energy I may look gray to you, but in staffies this color is known as “blue”. And a beautiful blue dog I am! And I’m the one to get rid of all your prejudices about my breed. I’m friendly and loving and gentle and I love other dogs! OK, I am strong, so I need a home with a good pack leader so I don’t get into trouble, but then all dogs need that. So come on in so I can give you lots of kisses and teach you what a great dog I am!

LILI DOB: 01/13/2002 -- Facts Of The Week --

Facts about February: ~ February comes from the Latin word februum which means purification. ~ The flower for the month of February is the iris, which is Greek for rainbow. ~ February is African American History Month, American Hearth Month, American History Month, Cat Health Month, Children’s Dental Health Month, Bird Feeding Month, Embroidery Month, Sinus Pain Awareness Month and Snack Food Month. ~ February 2004 had five Sundays, an occurrence that only happens every 28 years. ~ People born on February 29 are called “leaplings.” Famous leaplings include Ann Lee, the American founder of the Shakers, rapper Ja Rule and actor Dennis Farina.

BREED: Female, DSH, Tabby You can call me “Lonely Lili” because sadly, that’s how I’m feeling these days. I should be spending my retirement in the comfort of your home but I’m instead left here to wait. I am a gentle, well-mannered girl with so much affection to share…pleaseoh-please, have pity on this senior kitty and make me yours! See more cats and dogs in need of a loving home at:

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Van Nuys News Press Issue 205  

Van Nuys News Press is a 10 year old newspaper residing in the Van Nuys CA area.

Van Nuys News Press Issue 205  

Van Nuys News Press is a 10 year old newspaper residing in the Van Nuys CA area.