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September 23rd - 29th, 2013 (Ter’t #340)

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Van Nuys Vice Unit Raids “Talk & Win” Internet Cafe

VAN NUYS, CA -- On Thursday September 12, 2013 the Van Nuys Vice Unit served a search warrant at the “Talk & Win” internet café located in the 14500 Block of Sherman Way. Officers seized 42 computers and more than $9,200 in cash, and made 23 arrests. Acting on an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen, the Van Nuys Vice Unit conducted several undercover operations within the location. The month-long investigation lead to the issuance of a search warrant for the “Talk & Win” internet café. In all, 23 people were arrested, three for possession of a gambling device and 20 for gambling at an illegal gambling facility. All are misdemeanor crimes. “Unfortunately these types of illegal gambling locations are found in low income areas. These ‘businesses’ are illegal, period. They are a scam with very little payouts” said Sgt. Ron Fisher, Van Nuys Vice Officer in Charge. To report gambling activity call LA Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477) or lacrimestoppers.com.

Van Nuys Doctor Sentenced In Sexual Battery Case

VAN NUYS, CA -- A Van Nuys gynecologist who pleaded to sexually assaulting a patient while examining her at a Northridge hospital was ordered on September 11, 2013 to register for life as a sex offender and to undergo a year of counseling, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Dr. Kevin Pezeshki, 43, (pictured, right) was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Gregory Dohi after he earlier pleaded no contest to one count of felony sexual battery by fraud. Similar charges involving a second patient were dismissed as a result of his plea. Deputy District Attorney Rena Durrrant said Pezeshki admitted inappropriately touching a female patient during an exam in 2008 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. The victim said that when she turned around she said she saw the doctor pulling up the zipper of his pants. Pezeshki has a hearing later this year on the status of his suspended medical license before the state Medical Board.

29-Year-Old San Fernando Valley Man Missing

San Fernando Valley, CA: The family of Miguel Angel Garcia and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public’s assistance in locating Miguel Angel Garcia (pictured below). Garcia was last seen on September 15, 2013, in the 13500 block of Pierce Street, in the Pacoima. Garcia’s family is extremely concerned for his health and advises that he may be depressed or suicidal. Garcia lives in Reseda, however frequents the Pacoima area. He was last seen near the hills above Sylmar. Garcia is described as a 29-year-old male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue pants and black shoes. If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Garcia, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit at (213) 9961800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 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 www. LAPDOnline.org click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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Cárdenas Moves Ahead With Marilyn Monroe Post Office Bill

VAN NUYS, CA -- Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) has moved forward with his proposal to designate the Van Nuys Post Office, located at 6531 Van Nuys Blvd, as the Marilyn Monroe Post Office. Marilyn Monroe (pictured left, circa 19481949) moved to Van Nuys in 1938 to live with her aunt. During this time she attended Nuys High School, where she met her first husband, Jim Dougherty. A bill to designate a post office requires the cosponsorship of all members of the state delegation. Cárdenas has reached out to his colleagues in Congress, asking for their support for the bill. The Congressman is hoping to introduce the bill “as soon as possible,” according to his office. The Dear Colleague letter sent out by Cárdenas to all the members of the California delegation is as follows: Dear Colleague: Please join me in cosponsoring a bill to designate the facility of the U.S. Postal Service located at 6531 Van Nuys Blvd, California as the “Marilyn Monroe Post Office.” The late actress, model and singer Marilyn Monroe attended nearby Van Nuys High School and lived in the community with her aunt in the 1940’s. Monroe’s connection to Van Nuys was significant, as she later explained that her time there was one of the happiest in her life. Despite her turbulent childhood, Monroe found stability and joy while living in Van Nuys. Her hard work and perseverance led her to become a timeless internationally recognized icon. Naming the local post office after her will not only honor her life but also the rich history of the Van Nuys community. The Marilyn Monroe Post Office will be a source of pride to the community, especially for students of Van Nuys High School. In a world where many believe wealth, status, or name determine ones destiny, Monroe’s story defies the odds and inspires many others to believe they too can also achieve similar success. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council unanimously approved the proposal to name the new post office in Van Nuys after Marilyn Monroe. This decision has been well received and is supported by local government officials, residents and business owners. This is a fitting tribute to a woman who held the community to such a high esteem. If you have any questions, or would like to cosponsor this bill, please contact (my office). Sincerely, Tony Cárdenas, Member of Congress. Tony Cárdenas (pictured, right) was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1996. He went on to serve three terms in the assembly, where he served as Chair of the Budget Committee, and was later elected to the Los Angeles City Council, in 2003. He was Chair of the City’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development, Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee; he created Los Angeles’ first Animal Cruelty Task Force and the city’s first Task Force on Human Trafficking and Child Prostitution. After 16 years in public office, Cárdenas has made history, becoming the first Latino elected to represent the San Fernando Valley in our United States Congress. Born in Pacoima, Cárdenas was raised still resides in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Norma, and their children. On Wednesday, temperatures will plunge into the 70s. Be prepared!

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What Is A Radiosonde?

A Radiosonde is an instrument attached to a weather balloon used to measure pressure, temperature, humidity, and winds aloft. Observations are made when the radiosonde is aloft and emits radio signals as it ascends. May be referred to as a RAOB, an acronym for RAdiosonde OBservation.


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opinions & Editorial

Monday, September 23rd - Sunday, September 29th, 2013

-- From The Sidelines --

By Irving Leemon, Contributing Columnist It appears as if the United States of America is under attack from its own people. Some examples of recent mass murders in the United States: Sept. 2013, Washington DC; June 2013 Southern Calif.; March 2013, Brooklyn New York; Dec 2012, Newtown, Conn.; Dec 2012, Clackamas Town Center, Oregon; Sept 2012, Minneapolis, Min.; Aug 2012, Oak Creek, Wisconsin; July, 2012, Aurora, Col.; May, 2012, Seattle Wash,; Apr 2012, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and MANY MORE that would take too many pages to list. We not only need gun control, but also a new mindset. That mindset can be accomplished by reducing, or eliminating, graphic violence in the computer games, on television, and in the movies. Every time we want to be entertained we are exposed to graphic violence from the time that we are toddlers (cartoons) until we die. This has to have an affect on our psychics and our ability to resolve problems without violence. After all, advertisers believe they can change our behavior by exposing us their ads. I also propose that part of the solution is some form of gun control, registration of weapons, a limit on the amount of ammunition, and size of ammunition clips, that can be sold to individuals, and some form of registered identification on the ammunition. Don’t forget that legal, responsible gun owners are sometimes victims of theft. And to those who complain about the second amendment, which is more important, your life, or modification of that particular law. The second amendment was passed shortly after the war of independence when things were a lot different. Guns were simpler then and only a single shot could be taken before reloading, and there were no scopes to increase accuracy at long distances. In addition, there were fewer states, a lot less people, and a vast “empty wilderness” to the West that people could choose to reside in. The above has either changed drastically or been eliminated entirely. One of the few certainties of life is change. We have to change in order to survive. Agree? Disagree? Email me: ileemon@socal.rr.com.

Giffords and Kelly: Ask Congress To Revisit Gun Control Legislation

As members of the Navy family, we continue to hold the victims of Monday’s mass shooting at the Navy Yard in our thoughts and prayers. We’ve been there, and know that nothing will bring solace to the families who lost loved ones that day. It is our hope that as the hours and days pass, Americans and the elected officials who represent them will match their anger and sadness with a renewed commitment to ensuring tragedies like this one never happen again. That’s why we wrote a letter to Congress asking them to come together in the wake of this latest tragedy, and to revisit legislation like expanded background checks that will keep our communities safer. Add your name to our letter today at: action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/letter Responsible gun owners should feel outraged when criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can get their hands on guns and use them to harm children and families. While Congress may be divided on how to stop this problem, Americans simply are not. It’s time for them to act. -- Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly

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Monday, September 23rd - Sunday, September 29th, 2013

entertainment tips of the week By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

There’s No Place Like Home

Now playing for only three weeks, Producers Bill Kenwright, The Really Usefuly Group, David Mirvish, Troika Entertainment, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and the Nederlander Organization should be feeling proud of themselves as they have brought the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of “The Wizard Of Oz” to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre through October 6, 2013. And, what a production it is! There are a lot of the familiar songs like “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and others. But, to that composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Time Rice have added “Nobody Understands Me,” which is the opening number sung by Dorothy, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, Hunk, Hickory, Zeke and Miss Gulch; “Wonders of the World” sung by Professor Marvel; “Bring Me the Broomstick,” “Red Shoes Blues,” “Bacchanalia,” “The Rescue,” “Farewell to Oz,” “ and “Already Home.” What is especially interesting is the set design... In the Kansas scenes, the colors are

muted -- whether it be the costumes, or the set. But, when Dorothy arrives in Munchkin Land, the set is filled with bright colors of the flowers, the houses and the costumes. In the scene where Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion reach Oz, my friend, Donna Sweet, who accompanied me stated, “The back projection with aid of the computer to simulate the transition of bringing Dorothy ‘Over the Rainbow’ is phenomenal. Not only is it great for kids but adults will love it also.” Danielle Wade stars as Dorothy. When she sings “Over the Rainbow” you feel her wistfulness until she belts out the final “Why Oh, Why Can’t I?” A powerful rendition. Also starring is one of Canada’s most respected and honored actors, Cedric Smith, as Professor Marvel/ the Wizard. His solo, “Wonders of the World” where Professor Marvel is showing Dorothy what she could see was powerful and received sustained applause from the audience. The cast also features Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch

of the West; Mike Jackson as Hickory/Tin Man; Jamie McKnight as Zeke/ Lion (he made the lion’s tail a character in itself)’ Jamie McKnight as Hunk/ Scarecrow, Robin Evan Willis as Glinda; Larry Mannell as Uncle Henry; and Charlotte Moore as Auntie Em. As “Toto” was Nigel, whose stage presence was impressive. He stole everyone’s hearts. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 8:00 pm; Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Orchestra level tickets for The Wizard of Oz start at just $25. For more information go to www. WizardOfOzTheMusical. com. For tickets please visit www.HollywoodPantages.

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police news & Information

Monday, September 23rd - Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Man Convicted Of Murdering El Camino Real High School Student

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA -- A 26-year-old Calabasas man was convicted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 of the first-degree murder of a 17-year-old El Camino Real High School soccer player, who was shot and killed in front of his Woodland Hills home last year, the District Attorney’s office announced. Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman with the Major Crimes Division said the jury deliberated for less than a day before finding Jason Alejandro Schumann guilty of the Jan. 11, 2012 fatal shooting of Francisco “Pancho” Rodriguez. The jury also found true all gun allegations. Rodriguez, a goalie, had returned home from a soccer game when he answered a knock on the family’s door in the 6900 block of Cozycroft Avenue. When he went outside, Schumann shot the teen three to four times in the chest and back. Silverman said Schumann was jealous the teen was involved sexually with Schumann’s girlfriend, who testified at the trial. Schumann faces 50 years to life in prison when he returns on October 1, 2013 for sentencing before Judge Michael Jesic.

Woodland Hills Man Charged With Attempted Murder And Torture

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA -- A 57-yearold Woodland Hills man was charged on September 17, 2013 with attempted murder, torture and other counts after he allegedly broke into the home of his estranged wife’s male friend on Sunday and attacked them with a machete, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Behnam Vasseghi was arraigned at Los Angeles Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch, Department 100. He was charged

in case LA075290 with 14 felony counts and one misdemeanor count, including attempted murder, two felony counts of aggravated mayhem, two counts of torture, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of making criminal threats, two counts of false imprisonment, one count of first degree burglary with persons present and one misdemeanor count of violating a restraining order, said Deputy District Attorney Rena Durrant.

Vasseghi allegedly broke into the Woodland Hills home of former music executive Jerry Sharell and attacked Sharell and Vasseghi’s estranged wife with a machete and a knife. Vasseghi allegedly cut Sharell’s throat with a knife and cut the tip of his estranged wife’s nose off before slashing his own wrists. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $5.1 million. If convicted, Behnam Vasseghi faces up to life in prison.

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Community News & Events Metro Begins Restoration Of The Historic Southern Pacific Lankershim/North Hollywood Train Depot

Metro announced on September 20, 2013 that major restoration work on the Historic Southern Pacific Lankershim/North Hollywood train depot is set to begin as construction crews work to rehab the facility over the coming year. “Metro is redefining mobility and enhancing the quality of life by implementing the Measure R projects throughout the county. The preservation and integration of historic structures into new mobility is important so we are preserving our past and advancing into the future with this project,” said Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois. Metro is performing restoration work on the train depot located adjacent to the Metro Orange and Red Lines in North Hollywood by funding a major portion of the $3.6 million project. The second phase of restoration work is expected to take 10 months to complete. Funding is made possible through Metro by using $2.5 million in Prop. C half cent sales tax monies and $1.1 million from the City of Los Angeles. Phase II restoration work is being

The Old Lankershim station of Southern Pacific and Pacific Electric railways, seen here with a “Hendricks Builders Supply Company” sign over the abandoned structure. Built in 1895 by the Southern Pacific Railroads, this historical depot at Lankershim and Chandler boulevards is one of the oldest structures in the Valley as well as being one of LA’s few original, intact train depots. Photo by Gerard Burkhart. done by DRP National Incorporated based in West Covina under contract to Metro. “Today, we kick off the restoration construction work on this historic train depot, and this major undertaking has been a long time coming,” said LA County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky. “But once we complete the work, the public will have an opportunity to step back in time to the 19th century and revisit a vanished era in our transportation history.” The first phase of the work

has already been completed that included the removal of contaminated soils, roofing and lead-based paint throughout the structure along with the stabilization of the historic exterior woodwork with the vibrant Pacific Electric original yellow paint colors. The current Phase II reconstruction work will include the seismic strengthening of the structure, new electric and plumbing systems, restoration of the platforms and signage as well as rehabilitation of the damaged siding, eaves,

windows and doors. The history of the train depot dates back to the late 1800s. The Lankershim/ North Hollywood Depot is a one–story prefabricated wood frame structure at the corner of Lankershim and Chandler that was brought to the site on rail cars and assembled by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1896. It is one of the oldest unmodified railroad structures in Southern California and is located in the heart of the North Hollywood Arts District. The depot started out as a high platform station for loading trains from a local packing plant and cannery industries and farms. Later it was used as the North Hollywood Red Car pedestrian station until the demise of the Pacific Electric in 1952.

Groundbreaking Held For New Riverfront Park

SHERMAN OAKS, CA - The groundbreaking of a new community park along the Los Angeles River took place on the morning of Wednesday, September 18 at 15103 Morrison Street in Sherman Oaks. The riverfront park will be part of a proposed quarter-mile stretch of bike path that will run alongside the riverbank on what is currently used as a maintenance access road. Amenities will include a walking path and benches located under the shade of new trees.

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-- Photograph Of The Week --

Fun at Horace Heidt, Jr’s 46th Annual Luau, above from left: Actor, businessman and animal welfare advocate Dick Van Patten, who is best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on “Eight is Enough”; Horace Heidt, Jr; and TV and Movie Director Rosemary Rodriguez, who will be filming a movie titled “Silver Skies” at the Horace Heidt Estates in Sherman Oaks this month.

NARFE Meet To Discuss Investment Fraud

VAN NUYS, CA -- The next monthly meeting of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Lulu’s Restaurant located at 16900 Roscoe Blvd. Van Nuys (just east of Balboa Blvd.). Luncheon is at 11:30 am followed by the business meeting at 1:00 pm. You will have a choice of any menu item paid with an individual check. Speaking will be Jackie Wiley, representative from the California Department of Corporations, who will talk about “Seniors Against Investment Fraud.” Call Bob Stiles (818) 887-7698 or e-mail grstiles1070@ sbcglobal.net by Monday morning, September 30 for a head count. Meetings are open to the general public. Active and retired federal employees interested in membership in NARFE should call Bob.

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Hotels, Resorts & Spas Special Fall Golf Offerings Featured At The Grand Del Mar

Including: The Grand Fit with Callaway, Dave Pelz Clinics, Ladies Only Golf and Wine Experiences and a Newly Created Golf Revitalization Massage

SAN DIEGO, CA -- With the hot summers cooling off, it’s a glorious time of the year to enjoy golf activities at The Grand Del Mar. The resort has just added two new golf packages with Callaway fittings to entice destination golf aficionados. And, golf lovers will quickly become avid fans of the Dave Pelz Clinics and Ladies Only Golf and Wine Experiences. In addition, The Grand Del Mar’s new Golf Revitalization Massage is the perfect reward for a game well played. Details are as follows: The Grand Fit with Callaway: Pro Package: The Pro Package provides quality and quantity golf time, including: three nights in a Veranda Room; daily breakfast; two rounds of golf at The Grand Golf Club; two 19th hole craft beers at Club M; and Callaway Driver – Razr Fit Extreme, FT Optiforce or X Hot – with fitting at Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad headquarters. Price: $1,688 single (a non-golfing guest can be added to the single package for $300); $2,195 double, excludes applicable tax. The Grand Fit with Callaway: Tour Package: A fantastic opportunity to play and play and play and receive much sought-after golf amenities: three nights in a Veranda Room; daily breakfast; two rounds of golf at The Grand Golf Club; two 19th hole craft beers at Club M; and a Custom Fit Callaway Full Bag, which includes Razr Fit Extreme, FT Optiforce or X Hot Driver; one fairway wood; one Hybrid, X Hot Pro or X Hot Irons PW-3; one wedge with fitting at Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad headquarters and one dozen Hex Chrome Golf Balls. Note: Club prices are based on stock shafts. Upcharge for custom shafts will be added to final bill. Price: $2,585 single (a non-golfing guest can be added to the single package for $300); $4,500 double, excludes applicable tax. Prices include hotel tax and overnight parking; does not include gratuity. For reservations, please call (877) 814-8472. Dave Pelz Clinics: Scoring One-Day Clinics: Available October 5, 6, 7 and 15, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Three-Day Scoring Game School: Available October 11 to 13 and October 17 to 19, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dave Pelz one-day clinics focus on expert short game instruction to lessen your score, while the three-day schools provide participants with a targeted mix of instruction, including distance wedges, pitching, chipping, sand play and putting. Price: $425 for one-day clinics; $2,875 for three-day sessions. The cost does not include accommodations, but The Grand Del Mar is offering Dave Pelz clinic participants a special rate starting at $375 per night. To reserve, call (800) 833-7370. Ladies Only Golf and Wine Experiences: Three sessions: Saturdays, September 21, October 19 and November 16, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Each session includes 90 minutes of short game and full swing instruction led by director of golf Shawn Cox. Instruction segment is followed by an enjoyable, relaxing 30-minute wine tasting. Price: $40 for each session, includes golf and tasting. Available to all female golfers and wine lovers. Limited to 40 participants for each session. For reservations, please call the Golf Shop at (858) 314-1930. Golf Revitalization Massage: This new massage treatment has been created to soothe the muscles and body parts that need relief after active golf sessions – principally the shoulders, hip flexors and lower back. It’s highlighted by an aromatherapy massage oil

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-- Hotel Of The Week --

The Huntington Hotel, San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The Huntington Hotel provides genuine luxury and a storied legacy reflecting the vibrant and diverse San Francisco spirit. Perched atop one of the city’s highest hills since 1924, this elegant establishment upholds a long tradition of gracious hospitality. Each guest is made to feel at home with an intimate style of service that is personal, natural and memorable. No two of its 136 guest rooms and suites are exactly alike, while each offers an atmosphere of modern luxury blended with traditional decor and lush silk, damask, velvet and leather appointments. Guests enjoy views of the city’s magical skyline, the bay, Huntington Park or landmark Grace Cathedral. As you make your way from the spacious, gleaming lobby to your room, the sense of the hotel’s history is palpable. The imposing high rise started as a very large Victorian home built in the 1870s for the Tobin family, founders of The Hibernia Bank. In 1922, the former site of the mansion became a 12-story, $2.5 million residential apartment hotel building celebrated as the first steel and brick high-rise west of the Mississippi. Real estate developer Eugene Fritz began a two-year renovation program to transform the apartments into the elegant Huntington Hotel in 1945. His plans maintained the original room sizes, leaving The Huntington’s guest rooms substantially larger than industry standards. In 1950, Eugene Fritz stunned the male-dominated industry by turning over the hotel’s ownership to his 14 year old daughter, Dorothy. Among the most recent of the Huntington Hotel’s accolades, it was named one of the Top 50 Large City Hotels in the United States by Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards; its Nob Hill Spa was named one of the Top 75 Hotel Spas in the United States 2013 by Conde Nast Traveler magazine; and the onsite Big 4 Restaurant was called one of the Top 20 Restaurants in San Francisco by Gourmet magazine. For more information, visit www.huntingtonhotel.com or call (415) 474-5400. infused with rosemary, thyme, juniper, eucalyptus, sage and laminaria. A cold or hot clay wrap leaves the muscles and mind revitalized for the next round of golf. Price for 60 minutes is $195 weekdays; $205 weekends. Situated amid a spectacular private reserve in Coastal North County San Diego, The Grand Del Mar is a luxurious retreat that combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxuries of a world-class resort. The AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five-Star property features: 249 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites; San Diego’s only Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course; a Forbes Five-Star Renaissanceinspired spa; regional dining, including the award-winning Addison with Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley; four swimming pools; two outdoor tennis courts; an enclave of residential Villas; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space. For reservations, please call, toll-free, (877) 814-8472; or book online at www.TheGrandDelMar.com.


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politics & government Los Angeles Quality & Productivity Commission To Recognize Unique And Cost-Effective Projects

Los Angeles, CA -The City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission will hold its annual recognition ceremony on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., in the Tom Bradley Room in City Hall, to honor City Departments and workers who have demonstrated superior quality, productivity and efficiency in their operations and programs. Commission President Hogan Lee will present certificates of recognition to 2013’s most notable and award-winning projects and team members. This year’s focus is on recognizing projects that save money and set an example of how to do more with less, according to Lee. Forty three projects involving more than 27 City Departments, Bureaus and Divisions are being highlighted by the 15member Commission for collectively resulting in millions of dollars in muchneeded savings.

To reward and encourage innovation and efficiency, the Commission hosts its annual awards ceremony recognizing and honoring employee teams whose outstanding projects and innovations improve the productivity and efficiency of our City. Many of these projects are self-initiated by front-line employees who sometimes spend years developing an idea into reality. Departments submitting applications this year include Harbor, Department of Water and Power, Zoo, Sanitation, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Public Works, and Library. “The Quality and Productivity Commission is proud to recognize and

honor employees in our City who are thinking beyond the current standards and doing exceptional work. Now more than ever, we need to encourage, assist and honor quality and productivity in Los Angeles City government,” said Lee. “The Commission is very pleased to call attention to projects that reflect forward-thinking, cost savings, quality City services, and teamwork.” “The selection process consists of the Commission’s review of 43 applications from departments Citywide,” said Awards Committee Chairman and Commission Vice President, Ed Young. The City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission is a volunteer commission dedicated to improving the responsiveness, efficiency, and quality of services delivered by the City of Los Angeles to the public. For more information, please visit: www.quality.lacity. org.

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BOE Reminds Mobile Food Vendors To Keep Records Keeping Records Essential to Accurately Reporting Sales Taxes

Sacramento, CA -- Given the popularity and fast-paced nature of running a mobile food truck, the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is reminding mobile food vendors and other entrepreneurs who operate food trucks, stands, or carts that do not have a fixed physical location about the importance of keeping good books and records, to accurately report and pay sales taxes to the BOE. The BOE provides information about keeping records at www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/faqrec.htm. Michelle Steel, Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization, said, “Following California’s complicated tax laws for food is especially difficult for mobile food vendors. That’s why in addition to providing this helpful information online, I will be hosting a special tax seminar for mobile food truck vendors with State Senator Lou Correa on September 20, in Santa Ana. We will provide the help and information you need to comply with sales tax laws.” It is easy to keep track of sales taxes by including the sales tax in the price posted for each menu item. Businesses that do so must post a notice for customers that says, “All prices of taxable items include sales tax.” To see California City and County sales tax rates, visit www.boe.ca.gov/cgi-bin/rates.cgi. Mobile food businesses have been serving construction sites and other professional venues for years. California’s recovering economy has fueled a mobile food movement led by chefs from high-end restaurants, and innovative cooks looking to elevate the food truck experience. Social media is helping people find their favorite food truck with updates on menu items and location changes, making mobile food vendors a popular choice.

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Temple Judea Hosts Community Sukkah At Whole Foods Market In Tarzana Entire Community Invited to Celebrate and Eat in the Festival Booth

TARZANA, CA -- Temple Judea, the largest Reform synagogue in the West Valley, is partnering with Whole Foods Market in Tarzana to host a week-long community celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot that started on September 19 and will continue through Friday, September 27. The community sukkah, constructed by more than 100 temple volunteers on Ventura Boulevard in front of the market, will be open to the entire community throughout the week as a space for people to gather, dine and bring their families. “Our partnership with Whole Foods allows Temple Judea and the community to bring together the best of being Jewish: the mitzvah of welcoming guests and the joy of food,” said Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson, senior rabbi of Temple Judea. “This is the time of the Jewish year that we reach out to welcome all to our community. We are very appreciative that Whole Foods has made that possible on a large scale.” During the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the sukkah is intended as a reminder of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Today, the holiday is celebrated by eating meals in the sukkah and reciting a blessing over the lulav, a closed frond of the date palm tree, bound with boughs and branches of the willow and myrtle trees, and an etrog, a yellow citron. Temple Judea’s community sukkah is located at Whole Foods Market, 18700 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana.

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North Hollywood, CA -- For the second time this year the North Hollywood office of California Dental Group will be providing free emergency dental care as part of their growing annual effort to serve those who don’t have the money to go to the dentist. Realizing that many people are struggling in the current economy, California Dental Group wants to give people, who couldn’t otherwise afford it, an opportunity to take care of dental problems before they become more serious, and more costly. Free dental services, including fillings, emergency root canals, extractions, toothache treatments, and cleaning of infected gums, will be provided, at no cost, to as many people as can be seen beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm, on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments are necessary. One emergency is offered treatment per patient. California Dental Group’s North Hollywood clinic is located at 10400 W. Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, between Hollywood Way and Cahuenga Boulevard. The Free Emergency Dental Care Day Clinic will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Visit www.CADentalGroup.com for more information.


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