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October 7th - 13th, 2013 (Ter’t #342)


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Presidential Weekly Address: End The Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama said that Republicans in the House of Representatives chose to shut down the government over a health care law they don’t like. He urged the Congress to pass a budget that funds our government, with no partisan strings attached. The President made clear he will work with anyone of either party on ways to grow this economy, create new jobs, and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul – but not under the shadow of these threats to our economy. “Good morning. Earlier this week, the Republican House of Representatives chose to shut down a government they don’t like over a health care law they don’t like. And I’ve talked a lot about the realworld consequences of this shutdown in recent days – the services disrupted; the benefits delayed; the public servants kicked off the job without pay. But today, I want to let the Americans dealing with those real-world consequences have their say. And these are just a few of the many heartbreaking letters I’ve gotten from them in the past couple weeks – including more than 30,000 over the past few days. Kelly Mumper lives in rural Alabama. She works in early education, and has three children of her own in the Marines. Here’s what she wrote to me on Wednesday. “Our Head Start agency…was forced to stop providing services on October 1st for over 770 children, and 175 staff were furloughed. I am extremely concerned for the welfare of these children. There are parents who work and who attend school. Where are they leaving their children…is it a safe environment…are [they] getting the food that they receive at their Head Start program?” On the day Julia Pruden’s application to buy a home for her and her special needs children was approved by the USDA’s rural development direct loan program, she wrote me from Minot, North Dakota. “We put in an offer to purchase a home this weekend, and it was accepted…if funding does not go through, our chances of the American Dream [are] down the drain…We have worked really hard to get our credit to be acceptable to purchase a home…if it weren’t for the direct lending program provided by the USDA, we would not qualify to buy the home we found.” These are just two of the many letters I’ve received from people who work hard; try to make ends meet; try to do right by their families. They’re military or military spouses who’ve seen commissaries closed on their bases. They’re veterans worried the services they’ve earned won’t be there. They’re business owners who’ve seen their contracts with the government put on hold, worried they’ll have to let people go. I want them to know, I read the stories you share with me. These are our fellow Americans. These are the people who sent us here to serve. And I know that Republicans in the House of Representatives are hearing the same kinds of stories, too. As I made clear to them this week, there’s only one way out of this reckless and damaging shutdown: pass a budget that funds our government, with no partisan strings attached. The Senate has already done this. And there are enough Republican and Democratic votes in the House of Representatives willing to do the same, and end this shutdown immediately. But the far right of the Republican Party won’t let Speaker John Boehner give that bill a yes-or-no vote. Take that vote. Stop this farce. End this shutdown now. The American people don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their job. Neither does Congress. They don’t get to hold our democracy or our economy hostage over a settled law. They don’t get to kick a child out of Head Start if I don’t agree to take her parents’ health insurance away. That’s not how our democracy is supposed to work. That’s why I won’t pay a ransom in exchange for reopening the government. And I certainly won’t pay a ransom in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. For as reckless as a government shutdown is, an economic shutdown that comes with default would be dramatically worse. I’ll always work with anyone of either party on ways to grow this economy, create new jobs, and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul. But not under the shadow of these threats to our economy. Pass a budget. End this government shutdown. Pay our bills. Prevent an economic shutdown. These Americans and millions of others are counting on Congress to do the right thing. And I will do everything I can to make sure they do. Thank you.”



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Pictured Above: President Barack Obama, with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, listen as enrollees in the Affordable Care Act tell their stories in the Oval Office, Oct. 1, 2013. The enrollees later joined the President for a statement in the Rose Garden. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Free Things to Do in San Diego (Winter 2013)

SAN DIEGO, CA -- From traditional holiday parades and festivals to the migration of California gray whales along the Pacific coast, a visit to San Diego during the winter offers a wealth of free, fun and festive experiences. Visitors to the region can escape overcast skies and the wintry cold for San Diego’s brilliant sunshine and temperate climate and enjoy diverse wintertime experiences. The following suggestions for free activities and events are sure to capture the imagination and lift the spirits of visitors to San Diego during the upcoming winter months. ~Join the festivities during Balboa Park December Nights, a two-day holiday celebration of food, entertainment and fun on December 6 (3 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and December 7 (12:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.). The numerous museums and cultural institutions in Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park, open their doors free of charge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Festivities in the park include carolers, live music, holiday light displays, theater and dance performances and delicious foods from around the world. Also, be sure not to miss the “Whoville” decorations in the plaza in front of The Old Globe theatre, which are on display November 16 - December 28, to coincide with the theatre’s annual holiday production of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” ~Witness a tradition that began as a gift to the children of San Diego in 1947 - the Annual Mother Goose Parade on November 24 in the East County city of El Cajon. The largest parade in San Diego County, the event features floats, clowns, Santa Claus, marching bands, equestrian teams and celebrity appearances. (Continued on page 4) There’s a small chance of a few showers on Wednesday and Thursday.

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What is Weathering? Weathering is the decay and breakup of rocks on the earth’s

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opinions & Editorial

-- From The Sidelines -By Irving Leemon, Contributing Columnist

Monday, October 7th - Sunday, October 13th, 2013

What is wrong with the LAUSD Board? They do not think. They just react without any thought behind what they are doing. Their latest boondoggle was to hand students tablet computers that were “restricted” from social and other web sites. These students have been brought up with computers in their homes. They have seemingly endless hours to try and explore different things on those computers, including communicating with each other, and exchanging information. The students know how to use computers and to get around restrictions and blocks. I wouldn’t be surprised if the restrictions that were placed on the computers used This is another “password protection.” To a determined, computer savvy example if the individual, this type of lock out is as good as no lock out. This is another example if the school board’s wasting of school board’s resources because they don’t have a clue of what their wasting of students know and what they are learning. Standardized tests do not show each student’s knowledge and capabilities. resources because I know that not all students either want to go to college they don’t have or university, or are capable of successfully completing a a clue of what college education. To paraphrase, ONE SIZE EDUCATION DOES NOT their students FIT ALL STUDENTS! I also know that for the school know and what system to continue to obtain funds from the state and federal governments it is currently necessary to “prepare” they are learning. all students for college. This system needs to change. Or Standardized do we continue to import people from other countries to work in our trades (draftsmen, auto mechanics, carpenters, tests do not show plumbers, electricians, etc.) and medical help fields? each student’s One of the other problems with the school board is the ability knowledge and to accept election and re-election funds from sources from outside of the borders of the LAUSD. Control of the school capabilities. board should be in the hands of local teachers, parents and voters only. It’s time that we stopped electing people to the school board who are wanna be politicians and people who are interested in the education of their students. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The question not asked in the quoted surveys about Obama Care was “are you against Obama Care because it doesn’t go far enough, or because it goes too far?” I think that the answers would surprise the talking heads on TV. It’s about time that we stop a few rich, bigoted men from ruining this country. We’ve not recently heard the fact that a few years ago the bigoted people said that they would do everything in their power to keep Obama from being a successful president. I would like to know who is pulling John Boehner’s chains. A few weeks ago he said that he felt that shutting down the federal government down was a bad idea. Now he has embraced and acted on that idea. (Continued to page 8...)

-- Word Of The Week --

hab•er•dash•er (pronounced “hab-er-dash-er”) -- noun

1. a retail dealer in men’s furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats. 2. Chiefly British. a dealer in small wares and notions.

Sourcce: Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.

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Monday, October 7th - Sunday, October 13th, 2013 PAGE 3 Ben (Justin Bartha) gets a 135 N. Grand Avenue in At The Pantages lucrative television offer Los Angeles 90012. For five days only, the for Lewis and Clark to At The West Valley Hollywood Pantages give one last show, the two Theatre will host the Los Playhouse are lured into a grudging Here in the San Fernando Angeles return engagement reunion and sparks fly in Valley, the West Valley of the critically-acclaimed this classic comedy directed Playhouse is offering one Tony-winning production what-you-can performance. by Thea Sharrock. Also in of Noel Coward’s biggest of “War Horse” from The Whitefire Theatre is the cast are Annie Abrams, comedy successes, “Blithe Tuesday, October 8 to located at 13500 Ventura Matthew Bohrer, Benjamin Spirit.” Originally opening Sunday, October 13. In Blvd in Sherman Oaks, CA Burdick, Gibby Brand, on Broadway in 1941 it ran commemoration of the 91423. For reservations and Johnnie Fiori, Frank Kopyc for two years, with several bravery and sacrifice of more information call (818) and Pasean Wilson. revivals most recently in our military servicemen 762-2998. Tickets for the sunshine 2009 which won actress and women on the 100th Angela Lansbury a Tony anniversary of the start the Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch Award for her portrayal of World War I, in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine of the eccentric medium Hollywood Pantages has announced a very special Boys” at the Center Theatre Madame Arcati. Group/Ahmanson Theatre now The story: novelist appreciation and awareness through November 3, 2013. Charles Condomine, initiative entitled, “War Photo by Craig Schwartz. living with his second Horse: Celebrating Our wife, Ruth, invites a Heroes.” immediately, local medium madame Effective Arcati to his house. His active and retired military intention is to do some personnel and veterans research into the spirit may take advantage of an world for his new book. exclusive $29 ticket offer But he gets more than for all performances of “War he bargained for when Horse,” while supplies last. Arcati conjures up the This special offer must ghost of Charles’ first be redeemed in person wife, Elvira. Caught at the box office (6333 between one live wife Hollywood Boulevard) and and one dead wife -- is not available or over the both jealous of each phone. Up to four tickets other -- Charles thinks may be purchased at the matters couldn’t be offer price per id. Other restrictions and service fees worse. Guess what? “Blithe Spirit” will run may apply. until October 27 on For more information on all Fridays and Saturdays special offers and discounts at 8:00 pm, Sundays at for active and retired military 2:30 pm and there is one personnel and veterans, and Thursday performance for more information on boys are available by on October 17 at 8:00 pm. “War Horse: Celebrating calling (213) 972-4400, Tickets: $28 reg; seniors Our Heroes,” visit www. At The Ahmanson Former vaudevillian stars going online to www. and students $26. Organizations Wille Clark (Danny de, or The West Valley Playhouse heroes. in Vito) and Al Lewis (Judd in person at the CTG box is located at 7242 interested Hirsch) were partners for office at the Ahmanson Owensmouth Avenue, participating may submit inquiries to media@ more than 40 years and are Theatre. Tickets range from Canoga Park, CA 91393. no longer speaking to each $20 to $110 (ticket prices For reservations call the other in this classic comedy, are subject to change). box office at (818) 884- For more information on war horse please visit www. “The Sunshine Boys.” The Ahmanson Theatre is 1907. When Clark’s nephew, located at the Music Center,

entertainment tips of the week By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor Now playing....

At The Whitefire Theatre

In Sherman Oaks the Deaf West Theatre is presenting “Flowers For Algernon,” which opened on September 28 at the Whitefire Theatre. Matthew McCray directs David Rogers’ stage adaptation of Daniel Keyes’ moving novel about an intellectually disabled man who undergoes experimental surgery to increase his IQ level to that of a genius. Daniel Durant stars as Charlie Gordon, the willing subject of an extraordinary experiment, and the strange interweaving of his life with Algernon, a mouse whose intelligence has increased threefold by the daring new procedure. As his mental capacity changes, so does Charlie’s life. Also in the cast are Josh Breslow (Charlie’s voice); Hillary Baack as his former teacher; Sarah Lilly as his mother; Crystal Lott, his sister; Melanie H. Vansell, his employer; doctors Charles Katz, Bruce Katzman and Alek Levi; and his former childhood self as voiced by Sean Easton. Deaf West Theatre Production weaves American Sign Language (ASL) with spoken English to create a seamless ballet of movement and voice. In a unique twist on the

“Flowers for Algernon” story, Charlie learns to celebrate his identity and becomes a master of ASL, a “super-signer.” In this Deaf West Production, deafness becomes a metaphor for the ongoing “disability vs. difference” debate. Director McCray has stated, “this production is a head-on look at the variety of experience that is lived through the world.” Set design for “Flowers for Algernon” is by Sarah Krainin, lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick, costume design is by Gwyeneth Conwaybennison, sound design by Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski and projection design is by Adam Flemming. The ASL master is Shoshannah Stern, and assistant ASL masters are Benjamin Lewis and Amber Zion. David J. Kurs and Laura Hill produce for the deaf west theatre. Flowers for algernon will run through November 3, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. ASL nights will be offered every Thursday in October; arrive at 7:30 pm for a half-hour workshop that teaches signs used in the play. General admission is $30; a $20 “back to school” special is being offered until Sunday, October 13 for students with a valid id. And, on Sunday, October 13, there will be one pay-

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police news & Information

Monday, October 7th - Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Los Angeles Man Missing For Over 10 Days

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The family of Jose Nacif Hernandez and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating Hernandez. On September 19, 2013, around 1:30 p.m., Hernandez was last seen in the 400 block of Bauchet Street. Hernandez is known to be a frequent user of the Los Angeles County public transportation system. His family is extremely concerned for his welfare. Hernandez is described as having a thin build, light complexion, 30-year-old male Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hat, a brown hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black shoes and dark sun glasses. Anyone with information on Hernandez whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-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, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

$50,000 Reward for Van Nuys Hit & Run

On Monday, August 26, 2013, around 6 a.m., Mr. Asghar Abbassi, was using his walker to cross from the southwest to the southeast corners of White Oak Avenue and Valerio Street in the city of Van Nuys. Mr. Abbassi was walking within a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a 2003 to 2005 black, Nissan, 350Z, leaving him fatally injured at the scene. After the impact, the hit and run driver fled without stopping to render aid or to identify himself/herself to authorities. (

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(Continued from page 1) -- ~Whale watch from the shores and cliffs of Point Loma, as California gray whales migrate south to the warm water breeding grounds off the coast of Baja, California. Spectators can catch a spectacular show during December through April when these majestic mammals pass through the waters off San Diego’s coastline. ~Be part of a grand Holiday Celebration on December 6 in Coronado with a festive parade along Orange Avenue, the lighting of a 75-foot Christmas tree, holiday music and a fireworks show over Glorietta Bay. ~Enjoy free organ concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park beginning at 2 p.m. each Sunday in October and November and on Dec. 1. The Organ Pavilion features the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ, where organists play holiday favorites, waltzes and show tunes from the organ’s monstrous 32-foot lead alloy pipes. ~See Old Town State Historic Park decked out for the holidays during Holiday in the Park on December 14 and enjoy holiday treats, activities and extended shopping hours, along with strolling carolers. On December 15, watch the 62nd Anniversary Las Posadas, a centuries-old tradition in which actors reenact the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph through the town of Bethlehem. ~Head over to Seaport Village for the festive Surfing Santa at Seaport Village event on November 30 from 1-5 p.m. Hang-ten with Santa and enjoy a lively parade down the Seaport Village boardwalk, along with music, stilt walkers, kid’s crafts and photo opportunities of family and friends surfing with Santa. ~Spread some holiday cheer at the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival on December 8 in downtown La Jolla. The event includes marching bands, floats, equestrian units, vintage automobiles and an appearance by Santa Claus. ~Drive to the mountain town of Julian in San Diego’s rural East County for a warm mug of hot apple cider and a delicious slice of Julian’s legendary homemade apple pie. On Saturdays, stroll through the quaint neighborhood streets and enjoy the sounds of wandering Christmas carolers and a living nativity scene. ~Cheer on the participants of the 50th Annual North Park Toyland Parade on December 7. Enjoy marching bands, floats, vintage cars, dance groups, beauty queens, city officials and Santa in this popular community celebration. The parade is followed by a holiday fair behind the historic North Park Theatre. ~Take a walk along San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline, home to 33 unique beaches, all free and open to the public. Explore the tide pools in Point Loma, Ocean Beach and La Jolla when the tide is low to see some of the magnificent creatures of the sea. ~Visit the village of La Mesa from 5 to 10 p.m. on December 13-14 for Christmas in the Village. Enjoy Santa, street performers, carolers, carriage rides, live music and other entertainment for the whole family. ~Bring the family to the SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off on December 1 and celebrate the holidays with the residents and restaurants of South Park and North Park in a chili cookoff. Sample chili in hand-spun ceramic bowls, shop for holiday gifts from local artisans and enjoy free live music, kids’ activities, gourmet food trucks, a beer garden featuring local craft beers and more. ~Enjoy watching the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade on December 8 in downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Owners and their dressed-up pets march down the decorated streets of the neighborhood and end at a Pet Expo featuring an awards ceremony for best-dressed pups and more. ~Take a drive to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla for a panoramic view of the city all spruced up in holiday decoration. (Continued on next page) page 5 (Continued from previous page) -- Along the way, enjoy all the beautifully decorated homes in this exclusive community. ~Drive to the 600,000-acre AnzaBorrego Desert State Park in San Diego’s East County to marvel at wildlife and a kaleidoscope of colorful flowers amidst the desert warmth. Anza-Borrego is located just two hours from San Diego via Highway 78 and Interstate 8. ~Gaze up at the massive balloons during the Big Bay Balloon Parade, the country’s largest balloon parade, on December 30. Floats, balloons and marching bands are just some of the offerings in this colorful holiday parade that takes place along San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego. ~Enjoy the twinkling waters of San Diego Bay and more than 100 private boats decorated with holiday lights for the 42nd Annual Port of San Diego Parade of Lights on December 8 and 15. Great views are available on land from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Marina Park and Coronado’s Ferry Landing. ~Ring in the season in East County’s Chula Vista with Third Avenue’s Holiday in the Village. This pedestrian-friendly holiday event occurs December 7th from noon to 5 p.m. and includes carolers, mariachis, game booths, inflatable rides, cookie decorating, petting zoo, pony rides and photos with Santa. ~Experience a white Christmas in San Diego after making the scenic, one-hour drive to the top of Mount Laguna in San Diego’s rustic East County. Sled down mountain slopes, build snowmen and have snowball fights (weather conditions permitting). ~Delight in the festive gatherings of the Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights on December 14. Over 100 brightly illuminated powerboats and sailboats parade along Mission Bay; the parade ends with a fantastic fireworks show at 9 p.m. above SeaWorld San Diego. ~Experience a magical evening of holiday celebrations on December 7 at the California Center for the Arts Escondido during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland. Enjoy seasonal music and Victorian carolers, a visit from Santa, free art activities and treats, a spectacular light show and real snow! Also celebrate “Christmas Across the Galaxy” during the 63rd Annual Christmas Parade on December 14 in the city of Escondido. ~Celebrate holiday cheer on December 14 during Christmas in the Park in North County’s Old Poway Park. The event features a tree lighting ceremony, visit from Santa, train rides, live music, theatre performances, food, treats, crafts and more. ~Join the San Diego North County community of Carlsbad for two Holiday Tree Lighting Festivities. On November 29, Santa Claus will light the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. the Forum shopping center in Carlsbad. On December 1 from 2 to 5 p.m., Santa returns to the Village Faire Shopping Center for photos, coffee, cookies and entertainment, followed by tree lighting ceremony. ~Come out and cheer the Encinitas Holiday Parade along the historic 101 Coast Highway in San Diego’s North County. The parade is preceded by a tree lighting ceremony and 5 p.m. and the nearly 100 floats and entries roll along the 101 starting at 5:30 p.m. Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at or call 619-236-1212.

Monday, October 7th - Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Community News & Events Flash Boxing Gym Develops Youth Program

VAN NUYS, CA -- Andrea Columbis, owner of Flash Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, has announced the development of a new program for low-income and at-risk youth. In exchange for a passing report card, participants in the program will receive free tutoring on Sundays and a 40 percent discount on gym membership. “So many kids are falling behind in their studies because they don’t understand their classwork or homework. We know that the parents want their kids to graduate and continue the great sport of boxing, and lots of them have great potential, but as soon as the kid falls behind, the parents want them to stop boxing and focus on schoolwork,” said Columbis. If students still don’t understand their schoolwork and aren’t getting all the help they need, the problem remains, so Flash Boxing Gym is offering Sunday tutoring sessions between noon and 4:00 pm. All participants are required to show proof of passing grades every semester, and must continue to show passing grades to be eligible for the next semester. Another bonus is 40 percent off gym membership. Columbis continues, “These kids can beat the odds with a little help. I believe with proper training in the ring as well as tutoring, they can be champions. Boxing itself is a great teacher. You learn endurance, discipline, courage, confidence, mental fortitude and self control. You can confidently look life square in the eye and roll with the punches. We not only give kids tools to fight with inside the ring, we teach them how to fight life outside the ring.” Flash Boxing Gym is located at 15160 Raymer Street in Van Nuys. For more information, call (818) 305-0102 or visit

Last Walking Tour Of The Year

VAN NUYS, CA -- The final Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Join the San Fernando Valley Museum for a stroll back in time through “The Town that Was Started Right!” Learn about Whitley Van Nuys Haffaer, relive Wednesday Nights on Van Nuys Blvd and learn about the development entity known as “The Syndicate.” RSVP by calling (818) 3479665 or at www.themuseumsfv. org.

Health, Wellness And Safety Fair At Lanark Park

WOODLAND HILLS, CA -- The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills and Kaiser Permanente are joining with Lanark Park Teen Club to host a community Health, Wellness and Safety Fair at Lanark Recreation Center on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event where families can enjoy a variety of free activities, including healthy eating classes, BMI checks, health screenings and giveaways. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and living and how to prevent childhood obesity. The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring the event. Lanark Recreation Center is located at 21816 Lanark Street in Canoga Park. There is no cost to attend this event. For more information, please call (818) 883-1503.

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Travel tips of the week

Cruising In The Caribbean

Monday, October 7th - Sunday, October 13th, 2013

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor Norwegian Cruise Line is offering cruise passengers who are looking for fun in the sun -the opportunity to set sail to the Caribbean. You can set sail to the Caribbean on a choice of eight spectacular ships, including the Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Dawn, and the line’s two newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian. Take your getaway from four convenient departure ports: Miami, New Orleans, New York City and Tampa. Cruisers who want to depart from Miami can do so on one of four beautiful ships, including the line’s highly-anticipated new vessel, Norwegian Getaway. Upon her arrival in February 2014, Norwegian Getaway will be the largest ship to homeport in Miami yearround. This spectacular new ship will sail seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean and ports of call including Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Getaway will dazzle guests with her Miami flair as well as the excitement of 679 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three decks that create a multiplex of dining activities and more, all designed to enhance guests’ connection with the ocean. Fares start at $599 pp/dbl occ. The Norwegian Pearl also offers seven-day cruises to the Western Caribbean from Miami with ports of call including Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico, starting November 10, 2013. Fares begin at $479 pp/dbl occ. Norwegian Cruise Lines also offers 10or 11-day Southern Caribbean cruises on the Norwegian S u n , beginning October 9, 2013. The Sun’s 10-day itinerary includes visits to St. Thomas, USVI; Rosea, Dominca; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Philipsburg, and St. Maarten, with fares starting at $699. The 11-day cruise visits Cartagena, Colombia; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, USVI.

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~ Owner-built, architect designed custom home for laid back family living ~ Exceptionally private site, high on a bluff 600 feet above Waipio Bay ~ Sleeps 10: 5 bedrooms plus sleeping porch, 4.5 baths ~ 1/5-mile long black sand beach just below the property ~ Watch whales from the lanai or ocean deck ~ Property once owned by King Kamehamehal IV ~ Private pool with concealed rock slide and waterfall ~ Two lush outdoor showers ~ Lush grounds, organic fruit orchard ~ Magnificent kitchen ~ Private chef and/or catering available ~ Secret room... if you can find it, you can sleep there!

Magical sunsets and sunrises without the glare or heat, Maui on the horizon, gentle nighttime rains to lull you to sleep (and make the rainbows) and a quiet and peacefulness so hard to find - this is the magic of Hale ‘Io.

-- Photograph Of The Week --

Jellyfish on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. (www.montereybay Photo by Sue DeMille.

If you want to set sail from New York City, you can cruise on the Norwegian Gem or Norwegian Breakaway. The Breakaway offers a cruise from the Big Apple to the Bahamas and Florida, starting October 13, 2013. With fares beginning at $749 pp/dbl occ, guests will visit Port Canaveral (Orlando and Beaches), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian’s very own private island. The Norwegian Gem offers spectacular nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from New York City, starting October 19, 2013. Guests will visit tropical destinations including; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, USVI; and Samana, Dominican Republic; with fares from $599. If you want to cruise from Tampa you’ll be sailing on board the Norwegian Dawn to the Western Caribbean, starting November 17, 2013. Ports of call on this tropical itinerary include Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico with fares from $529 pp/dbl occ. This season the Norwegian Jewel, making her debut in new Orleans, will offer sevenday Western Caribbean cruises beginning October 13, 2013. Guests sailing form New Orleans will visit ports of call including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Costa Maya, Mexico; with fares starting at $899 pp/dlb occ. For more information about one of these or other Norwegian Cruise Line cruises, contact your travel professional or me at Travel Center at (800) 870-9345.

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Hotels, Resorts & Spas

-- Hotel Of The Week -The Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Secluded on a 14-acre peninsula, the Bahia Hotel surrounds you with sun-drenched luxury in a year-round Mediterranean climate. Because our scenic location is in the heart of San Diego’s famous Mission Bay, spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean can be enjoyed from all the vistas at our beach hotel. Discover our lush tropical gardens, winding walkways, gentle ocean breezes and warm, San Diego beaches. You’ll be close to all the major attractions, adventure and recreation such as SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, as well as culture and excitement of bustling downtown San Diego. (Pictured below: The Behia Belle.)

Their unique blend of superior accommodations, first-rate service, modern amenities and casual atmosphere is unequalled. These qualities, in turn, have made The Bahia Hotel a favorite destination for business and leisure travelers alike. It is certainly no wonder that The Bahia Hotel has been an icon in San Diego for more than 50 years. Standard amenities in every studio, room, and suite include: complimentary high-speed wireless Internet , HBO, AM/FM radio, coffeemaker, ironing board and iron, hairdryer, refrigerator and signature bath supplies. Enjoy all the attention to detail you’ve come to expect from a premier San Diego hotel. The Bahia Hotel offers over 16 unique locations with nearly 20,000 square feet of flexible space and a full range of floor plans and conference options whether you are interested in San Diego meeting rooms or banquet halls. On land, our Mission Bay Ballroom, surrounded by views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, can accommodate up to 1,200 guests or can be sectioned off into five separate rooms providing a more intimate atmosphere. Also available are our private open-air bayside patios amidst our well manicured tropical gardens – the perfect setting for a boardroom meeting or more personal gathering. Embrace an authentic 19th century nautical experience on the historic sternwheelers. For more than 30 years, the Victorian-style Bahia Belle has been a popular attraction on Mission Bay. Its three decks serve perfectly as stunning banquet facilities on sparkling Mission Bay. The 100ft. William D. Evans, our largest ship, can handle up to 450 guests. Between the hand-carved mahogany doors, breathtaking upper deck stained glass ceiling, and polished brass fixtures, this vessel has been painstakingly crafted to replicate a genuine Mississippi riverboat. (

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-- Golf Course Of The Week --

The Grand Golf Club, San Diego, CA A New Elevation for the Game of Golf — at San Diego’s Only Tom Fazio-Designed Course

SAN DIEGO, CA -- With stunning Los Peñasquitos Canyon as his canvas, Tom Fazio created a masterpiece of dramatic elevations, diverse bunkering and lush fairways. Graced by Pacific breezes from the nearby coast, and awash with Southern California glow, The Grand Golf Club is San Diego’s premier golf resort. Voted “Golf Course Architect of the Year” three years in a row by Golf Course News, Tom Fazio is renowned for his strong sense of environmental design and challenging-but-fair golf. Perhaps that’s why 14 of his designs made Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Thanks to San Diego’s renowned climate, you can play year-round on the private rolling greens. Learn one-on-one with PGA-certified instructors. Try the latest clubs, or simply relax in the handsome Clubhouse. This challenging and unforgettable experience is reserved exclusively for resort guests, Members and Villa owners of luxury resort, The Grand Del Mar. From the 50,000-square-foot Clubhouse perched just beyond the 18th hole’s cascading waterfall finish to traditional fore caddies sevices and nearly seven full acres of practice areas, The Grand Golf Club’s amenities provide the ultimate golf experience - both on and off San Diego’s premier golf course. Warm up for a round or perfect your technique at The Grand Golf Club’s extensive practice facilities. From the 5,000-square-foot driving range with two large tees at each end to the secluded short game practice area complete with two bunkers and a green, players can attempt a variety of shots from different mounds, lengths and breaks. An additional separate putting green near the first hole offers yet another option for fine tuning. The Grand Golf Club is proud to offer Callaway clubs, updated yearly with the newest technology. With Callaway equipment, an acclaimed course and PGA-certified professionals, your experience at San Diego’s premier golf resort will help you find more enjoyment and success in the game, regardless of skill level. Women’s, senior’s, men’s regular and stiff flex, as well as left-handed sets, are all available for $85 per set. Rentals come with a pouch of six Callaway premium balls. Junior rental sets are complimentary. Adidas and Footjoy golf shoes are also available for both men and women for $25 per pair. For more information or golf instruction reservations, please call the Golf Shop at 858.314.1930. (

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politics & government

A Message From Van Nuys Neighborhood Council President George C. Thomas

Greetings Van Nuys Council-members, Stakeholders and Community Leaders, I would like to formally and cordially invite you to the next Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Meeting this coming Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 7pm. We are pleased to host Assembly-member Adrin Nazarian and look forward to working with him in the future. We will also be hearing from the UCLA Urban Planning Department and the Neighborhood Analysis project the VNNC is participating in this upcoming quarter. Included in the agenda is also the election of an Honorary Mayor of Van Nuys, as well as the introduction of a new pizzeria on Van Nuys Blvd. The meeting is at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. and starts promptly at 7pm. I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday, and have a great and wonderful week. -George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

Quotes from Speaker of the House John Boehner

~“Obamacare is a law that’s going to raise the cost of health insurance premiums and make it almost impossible for employers to hire new people. It’s a law the American people do not want and cannot afford. … Providing fairness to the American people, under Obamacare, is -- all we’re asking for. My goodness. They give big businesses a waiver. They give all these unions a waiver. And yet they’re forcing the American people to buy a product, buy a product that they do not want and cannot afford.” ~“The House has passed four bills to keep the government open and to provide fairness to the American people under Obamacare. And even after the Senate has rejected -- they’ve rejected all four of them. And even after the four rejections, we asked to sit down with the Senate and have a conversation. They said, no.” ~“It is time to deal with America’s problems. How can you raise the debt limit and do nothing about the underlying problem? … [W]e’ve spent more than what we’ve brought in for 55 of the last 60 years. This year, the federal government will have more revenue than any year in the history of our country, and yet we’re still going to have a nearly $700 billion budget deficit. We’re squandering the future for our kids and our grandkids, by not dealing with this problem. … I’m willing to sit down and have a conversation.”

-- From The Sidelines --

By Irving Leemon (...Continued from page 2) He is standing there saying that the president will not sit down with him to reach a compromise. Several months ago he was the one who would not attend such a meeting. How many of his lies are we going to have to hear? Ted Cruz is blaming the Democrats for shutting down the government. He does not mention that he and his “political party” are the ones who do no want a legally passed, and a law declared constitutional by the supreme court to take affect. The argument that Obama Care is taking away some of our freedoms is one of the same arguments that were used against social security. Has social security taken away our freedom? Has it helped thousands of people who are temporarily out of work, or who would otherwise not have any income due to illness or could not survive on their retirement, or loss of a job through no fault of theirs? Remember when the Republicans and Tea Party were claiming that Obama Care would create “death panels”? That tactic did not work; therefore they changed to more attacks on Obama and this country. Once again Fox News is claiming that the press is biased. How can this be when their views are in newspapers, news magazines, the radio, and on television? What about Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh? They are driving a wedge between the very wealthy, the middle class, and the poor. It’s strange to me that these people are willing to kill the goose that “They are willing to destroy the lays the golden eggs. This country United States of America by has been made great and created acting like children in a sandbox many millionaires from the educated “masses” that are innovated and hard who are not getting their way.” working and by those of the poor and middle class achieving financial success. They are willing to destroy the United States of America by acting like children in a sandbox who are not getting their way. It’s almost as if the Republicans want another civil war in this country. That would destroy their wealth and power and they don’t seem to care. Agree? Disagree? Email me:

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family & food -- Acvitity Of The Week -Horseback riding in the Arizona Desert

NORTH OF PHOENIX, AZ -- There’s no better way to see the Old West than by horseback with the seasoned wranglers of “Rancho de los Caballeros” as guides. With more than 20,000 acres of rolling hillsides, wide-open spaces and flowering Sonoran Desert beauty, you can ride all week and never see the same trail twice. All levels of ability are welcome at the corrals, where we offer scenic beginning, intermediate and advanced rides. Rides are geared to individual ability and horses are assigned accordingly. With a string of 100 horses, there’s sure to be one that’s right for you! Rides depart the corrals daily at 10am and 2:30pm, except Sunday afternoons. Nature and cookout rides are regularly scheduled. Children ride in the Caballeros Kids Program in the morning, and family rides are available in the afternoons. The flora and fauna in the high Sonoran Desert ecosystem are something special to behold. Enjoy their beauty with the resident naturalist while taking a nature horseback ride, guided hike or birdwatching expedition. (Hikes and horseback rides are tailored to your fitness and riding skills).

-- Facts Of The Week --

~ Andre Agassi’s father represented Iran in boxing in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. ~ As a rule, European carousels rotate clockwise, while American ones spin counterclockwise. ~ Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to “have a ball after I’m gone.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald’s full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, named after a distant cousin who happened to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” ~ Chinese judges in the 15th century used darkened lenses (sunglasses) to hide their facial expressions in court.

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Experience Extraordinary Thanksgiving Dining on Mission Bay In San Diego Bountiful buffets at the Bahia and Catamaran hotels include complimentary Mission Bay Sternwheeler cruise

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Why not escape kitchen duty this year and enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving feast with family and friends—surrounded by the tropical beauty of Mission Bay—in celebration of America’s favorite holiday? Both the Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa are offering their popular annual Thanksgiving Buffet in celebration of the holiday. In addition to a copious array of dining options at both hotels, guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary Mission Bay cruise on the historic Sternwheelers William D. Evans and Bahia Belle as part of a paid brunch buffet. Bahia Resort Hotel Thanksgiving Champagne Dinner Buffet -- Thursday, November 28, 12:30pm4:00pm (last seating 3:30pm)

The Bahia Resort Hotel Mission Ballroom will feature a superb buffet in honor of this special day of thanks for a bountiful harvest. Guests are welcomed with iced tea or champagne and invited to partake in a buffet consisting of an expansive salad bar and variety of entrees, side dishes, and desserts. A few of the many delectable menu offerings include: Smoked Salmon with Capers, Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce, Smoked Duck Salad, Roast Tom Turkey and Sirloin of Beef, Herbcrusted Salmon, Steamed Mussels and Clams, Baked Penne Pasta, Blue Lake Beans Almandine, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce, and Flambé of Bananas Foster. A special “knee-high” buffet will offer a variety of kids’ favorites. Cost is $39.95 adults & $19.95 for children 5-12 (children under 5 eat free). Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa “Celebrating the Harvest” Thanksgiving Buffet -- Thursday, November 28, 12:30pm-4:00pm (last seating 3:30pm) Guests at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa will not only enjoy a variety of succulent dishes in honor of the holiday, they will also be treated to majestic views of Mission Bay to enhance the overall dining experience. After being welcomed with iced tea or champagne, guests can sample a wide variety of culinary items that include salads, seafood, carved meats, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. Some of the outstanding menu selections include: Spinach Quiche, Toasted Cous Cous Salad, Bay Shrimp Salad, Cold Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce, Crab Salad, Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Mustard Crusted Roast Pork, Seafood Crepes with Champagne Cream, Grilled Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms, Braised Beef with White Beans and Tomatoes, Slow Roast Cauliflower and Broccoli, and the popular Decadent Holiday Dessert Buffet featuring all the seasonal favorites. The children’s menu offers a wide variety of kids’ favorite selections. Cost is $42.95 adults & $20.95 for children 5-12 (children under 5 eat free). Both buffets will feature piano entertainment to add to the holiday ambiance. For all Thanksgiving buffet reservations at both hotels, please call 858-539-8666. The Bahia Resort Hotel and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa are owned and operated by Evans Hotels, San Diego. Located on Mission Bay, steps from the Pacific Ocean, both resorts feature over 300 spacious rooms and suites tastefully appointed with private balconies or patios and indoor/outdoor dining. Discover our lush tropical gardens, gentle ocean breezes and warm San Diego beaches. (For more information or reservations, call (858)-488-0551, or online at

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Elysian Fields Inn, a lovingly restored, 150-year-old raised Creole Center Hall Cottage, is conveniently located just three blocks from the music clubs, restaurants and bars of the Frenchman Street Entertainment District, and in another direction three blocks from the emerging alternative music and spoken word scene on Saint Claude Avenue. Being just a short, 15-minute walk to Jackson Square, the heart of the French Quarter, the location really does put you in the “Sweet Spot”!

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The Elms Mansion AND GARDENS

The Inn’s nine guest rooms and public spaces have soaring 14-to-17-foot ceilings and house the Innkeeper’s collection of music and New Orleans-related art and memorabilia, which includes several paintings by New Orleans artist Brandon Delles. Delles’ work is featured in many Frenchmen Street establishments including the Spotted Cat Music Club. After a day of exploring New Orleans’ unique neighborhoods or a night of music, food and fun, or anytime it suits, enjoy a beverage on the Inn’s large and comfortable front porch overlooking beautiful oak trees on Elysian Fields Avenue. Jim and Leigh are delighted to be able to share their love for all things New Orleans... music, art, history and culture, with their guests.

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