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Oct 10th - 16th, 2011 (Ter’t #238)

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Governor Signs Divest From Iran Act By Feuer & Blumenfield

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New Law Will Enhance Current Divestiture Law and Ensure Taxpayer Dollars are Not Invested in Companies Doing Business with Iranian Energy Interests

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Governor Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 1151, the Divest From Iran Act. The new law, authored by Assembly Members Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) and Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley), will enhance California’s current divestiture law and bring new levels of transparency and accountability to California’s public pension funds, helping ensure that taxpayer dollars do not go toward investing in companies that do business with Iranian energy interests. The law will go into effect in January. “This new law underscores that complying with California’s divestment laws is mandatory,” said Feuer. “As one of the world’s largest economies, California can take a meaningful stand against companies that choose to fund Iran’s nuclear ambitions by investing in its energy sector. By signing AB 1151, the Governor has sent the message that this responsibility will not be abrogated.” In mid-May, Assembly Members Feuer, Blumenfield and Furutani held a hearing to investigate why CalPERS and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) have failed to comply with the California law requiring public pensions to divest from companies with business interests in Iran. Just days before this hearing, CalPERS announced that it will divest most of investments in businesses with interests in Iran’s energy sector. The hearing found that although this law became effective on January 1, 2008, CalPERS has still yet to effectuate meaningful divestment. “CalPERS has ignored the law requiring divestment from Iran for too long,” said Blumenfield. “This new law will help us fight to keep CalPERS accountable. If CalPERS refuses to abide by the law, it must publicly disclose why.” Assembly Members Feuer and Blumenfield have been waging a multi-prong campaign to ensure that California’s financial resources are not invested in companies doing business in Iran’s energy sector and not used to bolster Iran’s nuclear weapons development or extremist activities. Last year, they authored the Iran Contracting Act of 2010, which prohibits contracts of $1 million or more between the State of California (including its cities and counties) and companies with significant business in Iran’s energy sector. AB 1650 also passed with bipartisan support. Recently, Feuer and Blumenfield contacted legislative leaders around the country urging them to become part of a national network asserting financial pressure to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions by advancing similar contractual divestment legislation. (Assembly Member Feuer’s website: http://www. assembly.ca.gov/feuer -- Assembly Member Blumenfield’s website: http://www.assembly. ca.gov/blumenfield)

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What is Convection? Motions in a fluid that result in the transport and mixing of the fluid’s properties. In meteorology, convection usually refers to atmospheric motions that are predominantly vertical, such as rising air currents due to surface heating. The rising of heated surface air and the sinking of cooler air aloft is often called free convection. (Compare with (Source: weather.com) forced convection.)

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opinions & Editorial

-- Creating Thousands of Green Jobs on Impaired Farmland -By Kim Delfino, Daniel Kim, Carl Zichella, and Jay Ziegler,

Successful solar-energy development requires plenty of sunshine, but it also requires land— sometimes, lots of land. Developing utility-scale solar projects has become controversial in some places because the projects could take prime farmland out of production or cause harm to environmentally sensitive lands. A bill now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk helps address these problems. Senate Bill 618 by state Senator Lois Wolk of Davis would be an important catalyst for green job creation in the state and incentivize renewable-energy projects to locate on degraded agricultural land. The measure would make it cheaper and likely faster for solar power developers to locate large-scale solar projects on impaired farmland that’s no longer fertile. Under this bill solar power developers who steer projects toward impaired land and avoid prime farmland can pay a reduced fee for terminating Williamson Act land-conservation contracts if they place their land into a new Solar-Use Easement. SB 618 also aims to protect the integrity of the Williamson Act program by ensuring that developers cannot use these lands for anything other than solar energy projects. Williamson Act contracts are voluntary land-use restrictions that landowners place on their property, limiting its use to agricultural or compatible activities. In return, landowners benefit from a reduced property tax assessment. SB 618 would eliminate the need for landowners to wait out a nine-year, non-renewal period or pay a cancellation penalty if they develop renewable energy on farmland that is impaired either due to physical limitations or adverse soil conditions. Agricultural and conservation organizations support SB 618 because they also agree that California should be directing renewable energy projects toward our least productive farm and ranch land and away from prime farmland and environmentally sensitive areas, such as habitat for animals threatened with extinction. One project that would benefit from the bill is the Westlands Solar Park project in Kings County that could convert 30,000 acres of impaired farmland into as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar energy. The project has earned support and encouragement from both conservation and agricultural organizations. At full development of 5,000 MWs, the Westlands Solar Park will be the biggest solar project in the United States and one of the biggest in the world -- capable of powering almost all of the city of Los Angeles. Not only is this project unique due to its size and location, but also it is widely supported and will help establish California’s leadership on renewable energy. The Westlands Solar Park is located on land where crop-killing concentrations of selenium and drainage issues limit productivity. Farmers don’t view this land as economically viable because of poor soil quality and the lack of available drainage options. Conservation and agricultural organizations see the Westlands Solar Park as the closest thing to “shovel ready” as a renewable project can be – especially because it is also located near existing power transmission lines. Renewable energy projects like the Westlands Solar Park will provide thousands of real green jobs to a region struggling with chronic unemployment. It will also provide long-term economic development and training benefits, because construction along with necessary energy transmission is expected to take more than 10 years to complete. As California works to create its future clean-energy economy, let’s recognize the opportunities that exist in areas like the Central Valley and Imperial County, where there are hundreds of thousands of acres of marginally productive, degraded agricultural land that can be converted to renewable energy production, creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars worth of economic opportunity without removing productive prime farmland. We ask Gov. Brown to sign SB 618 and continue to demonstrate his strong leadership in promoting California’s clean energy future. Kim Delfino is California program director for Defenders of Wildlife, Daniel Kim is a partner in Westside Holdings, Carl Zichella is a director with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Jay Ziegler is director at The Nature Conservancy.

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-- Word Of The Week --

bul•ly -- noun (pronounced “bool-ee”)

1. a. blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. 2. (Archaic) a man hired to do violence. 3. (Obsolete) a pimp; procurer. 4. (Obsolete) good friend; good fellow. 5. (Obsolete) sweetheart; darling.

-- verb (used with object)

6. to act the bully toward; intimidate; domineer. Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged. Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.

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entertainment tips of the week Charles Gounod’s “Romeo et Julliette” coming soon to LAOpera.

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor SHAKESPEARE in PASADENA A Noise Within, the Los Angeles acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, launches the 2011-2012 season with Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night or What You Will” in their new 33,000 square-foot state-of-the-art venue in Pasadena which will run from Saturday, October 29 to Friday, December 16, 2011. “Twelfth Night or What You Will” is set in Cuba by director Julia RodriguezElliott, ANW Co-Founder/ Co-Artistic Director. This uproarious gender-bending bacchanal of merriment, mischief, and true love, considered by many to be the Bard’s purest comedy, plays out against a backdrop of the Caribbean carnival. In this hot Latin climate, Sir Toby Belch and his incorrigible band of pranksters misbehave, while plucky Viola sparks

confused passions and romance ensues. The cast includes Rob Dean (Orsino), Jill Hill Valentine (Valentine), Alison Elliott (Curio), Angela Gulner (Viola) and Max Rosenak (Sebastian). A Noise Within offers a comprehensive study guide for each production. The guide includes a synopsis, director’s notes, general theatre lore, links to other resources and detailed information about the playwright, characters, setting, period, costumes, scenic design, music and more. They are available online at www.anoisewithin. org/educationstudyguides. html. For ticket prices and the performance schedule, see www.ANoiseWithin. org or call (626) 356-3100. A “Pay-What-You-Can” evening has been scheduled for the Thursday, October 27 performance and are sold at the box office only for cash on a first-come, first-served basis based on availability, with a limit of

two per person. A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Free self-parking is located in the Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure. PLACIDO DOMINGO TO CONDUCT Have you purchased your tickets for Charles Gounod’s “Romeo et Julliette” which opens at 2 pm on Sunday, November 6, 2011 and will run for six performances through Saturday, November 26th? Gounod’s opera blends the romance of French opera with the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, whose secret love affair blossoms against an epic backdrop of fierce family rivalries. His exquisite arias and duets, the dramatic choruses and swirling waltzes that fill the stage thrill and excite the opera fan. Conducting this return of one of LA Opera’s landmark productions is Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director who has stated, “When we first present Romeo et Julliette in 2005, it proved to be one of our most successful productions.” He also said “I am looking

PAGE 3 www.vannuysnewspress.com forward to conducting this welcome to participate books, served as a federal opera again, with original in the parade through the prosecutor for eight years, director Ian Judge returning Gardens. Meet at the and her frequently is called to stage the revival.” Center Circle. Next is the upon to provide legal Italian tenor Vittorio Mood Odd Puppets who commentary by radio and Grigolo makes his West will present “Halloween television studios. Coast operatic debut as Sleeping Beauty in Outer Members: $25 preRomeo, with Georgian Space” in the Under Oaks registered; $30 at the door. soprano Nino Machaldze Theater at 11:00 am. This Non-Members $30 prereturning as Juliette after is also free with gardens registered; $35 at the door. recent LA opera triumphs admission. The Patina Networking/Social Time in The Elixir of Love and Restaurant Group will have 7:00-7:30 am; Breakfast The Turk in Italy. The cast a Chuck Wagon Grilling and Program 7:30-9:00 also includes Ukranian bass Station from 11 am to 3 a.m. The El Caballero is Vitallj Kowaljow as Rere pm both Saturday and located at 18300 Tarzana Laurent, Russian baritone Sunday so that the family Drive, Tarzana CA 91356. Vladimir Chernov as Count can purchase hot dogs, To register or for more Capulet and bass-baritone corn and other chuckwagon information please call Philip Cokorinos as the favorites. Michael Goldberg at (818) Duke of Verona, Italian Admission to the Gardens 774-3331. mezzo-soprano Elena is $8 general, $6 seniors GRAND OPENING Belflore making her LA and students with I.D., $3 CELEBRATION Opera debut as Stephano, children 5 to 12 and children The Sherman Oaks/East and Mezzo-soprano Ronnia 4 and younger are free. Valley Adult Center located Nicole Miller returns as The Descanso Gardens at 5056 Van Nuys Boulevard Juliette’s nurse, Gertrude. is located at 1418 La in Sherman Oaks will be Tickets range from $20 - Canada Drive, La Canada hosting a Grand Opening $270 and can be purchased Flintridge, CA 91011. For Celebration on Thursday, at the LA Opera Box Office further information call October 27 at 9:00 a.m. The at the Dorothy Chandler (818) 949-4200. Center, located at 5056 Van AT THE EXECUTIVES Pavilion. For performance Nuys Boulevard in Sherman BREAKFAST MEETING dates and times, call (213) Oaks will be providing a 972-8001 or visit www. Noted attorney Laurie free continental breakfast laopera.com. For disability Levenson will be the and meeting and greeting access call (213) 972-07777 featured speaker at the Councilmember Paul or email wehelpyou@ Thursday, November 3rd Krekorian, City Controller breakfast meeting of The Wendy Greuel and elected laopera.com. A HARVEST FESTIVAL Executives (a support group officials from Sacramento. of the Los Angeles Jewish Following a tour of the TRADITION The Descanso Gardens Home for the Aging) at the community’s beautiful invites you and your family El Caballero Country Club new senior center will be a to celebrate autumn at the in Tarzana. Ms. Levenson Halloween Costume Party Descanso Gardens Harvest topic is “The Supreme with live entertainment at Festival Saturday and Court: What is it up to 10:30 a.m. and hot lunch at Sunday, October 22-23, now?” noon (suggested donation 2011. Here’s what you and Ms. Levenson is currently $2.50). a professor law at Loyola Items for the Entertainment your family will find: Costume Parades at 10:30 Law School in Los Angeles. Tips of the Week can be eam begins the festivities Professor Levenson has mailed to: with all costumed revelers authored a number of trvlwritr2@aol.com


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-- Van Nuys Most Wanted -Rodolfo Gallegos

Suspect: Gallegos, Rodolfo Alias: Rudy Gallegos, Rudy Trejo, Shy Boy Sex: M Descent: Hispanic Height: 5’6 Weight: 180 pounds Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Date of Birth: Oct 25, 1974 Age: 16* DR#: 91-0936990 WANTED FOR: Murder Additional Suspects: Kevin Lopez aka “Stranger”, Leon Lopez “Sneaky”, Raul Urquiza “Boo Boo” CRIME INFORMATION: Suspect shot and killed a 16 year old when he mistook him for a rival gang member. A felony warrant charging one count of Penal Code Section 187 (Murder) has been issued for the arrest of Rodolfo Gallegos. Contact Info: Do you have information on this person? Call Van Nuys Homicide Detectives at 818-374-0040. WARNING: THIS INDIVIDUAL IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND SUSPECT YOURSELF. IF SEEN, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE STATION ASAP. NOTE: Age calculated at date of crime.

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Monday, October 10th - sunday, october 16, 2011

Community News & Events VEDC Moves Women’s Business Center to Northeast Valley

WBC Now Centrally Located to Service Tri-County Area

Pacoima, CA -- VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center) is proud to announce their Women’s Business Center (WBC) has moved back to the northeast San Fernando Valley community of Pacoima. The WBC can be found at 13172 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA, where they will continue to provide consulting, training and lending services to small business owners in the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Fernando Valleys. “VEDC is very happy to have the opportunity to move our WBC back into an area that is not only underserved but also geographically accessible to our northern counties,” stated Bob Holguin, VEDC Director of Business Services. “Although the name says Women’s Business Center our doors are open to ALL entrepreneurs – regardless of gender.” The WBC represents a national network of nearly 100 educational centers designed to assist entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses. VEDC’s Women’s Business Center offers business counseling, workshops and financing options for small business owners with microloan amounts as low as $1,000. In the last year, VEDC’s Women’s Business Center has helped 786 businesses, generated over $1 million in business loans and helped create 134 new businesses. The effort has resulted in the creation of 35 jobs and the realization of many more dreams.

VEDC Celebrates 35 Years of Serving Small Business

Van Nuys, CA -- VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center) celebrated their 35th Anniversary with a “Celebration of Small Business” Gala on the grounds at Woodbury University on Saturday, September 24th. Nearly 500 community leaders and political figures gathered for the dinner and awards presentation honoring strong supporters in the business and banking worlds. VEDC paid tribute to: Wells Fargo Bank with the Investing in the Future Award, Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative received the Entrepreneurial Vision Award, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard was the recipient of the Hero Award and JPMorgan Chase was honored with the Bank Partner Award. Clients of VEDC were also recognized and awarded based on their dedication, commitment to excellence and their creation of jobs through business growth. The honorees were Oscar Sandoval, owner of Sand Building Materials, Inc. and Cindy Chen, owner of Saveway Supplies, Inc. Over the past 35 years, VEDC has served over 95,000 small businesses, helped to open more than 1,600 new businesses and provided nearly $314,000,000 in direct and guaranteed lending. That is certainly worth celebrating! VEDC is the largest non-profit small business lender in metro Los Angeles and offers direct micro and small business loans as well as SBA 7(a) and SBA 504 loans.

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Travel tips of the week

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor HOT! HOT! HOT! Last January I was invited to review the Palm Springs Follies. It had been several years since I had seen these “seniors” perform their high-stepping kicks and was uncertain if the quality of performance was the same. It certainly was! The performers, though seniors by age, most definitely are not the stereotyped senior sitting in a rocking chair and knitting or whittling. These ladies and gentleman from their late fifties and older know how to put on a show. And, I enjoyed myself so much that I am coming back for a third time this January. The new show, HOT! HOT! HOT! will be opening November 1st. The Follies Box Office has already reopened for those who want to purchase their tickets now. There will still be the lavish production numbers, a star-spangled finale and, through December, 31, a special Yuletide celebration. In addition to The Follies Man (Riff Markowitz), the Long-Legged Lovelies and the Follies Gentlemen (from 57 to 82 years young) will be three world-renown guest stars and a remarkable variety act. From November 1 to December 31, 2011 John Davidson will be returning.

Then, from January 5 to March 10, 2012 the Grammy®-nominated artist Maureen McGovern will be making her long awaited Follies debut. The next guests are The Diamonds (remember Why Do Fools Fall In Love?) who will be performing from March 13 to May 20, 2012. On stage all season will be ventriloquist Brad Cummings and his prehistoric sidekick, Rex the dinosaur. The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is housed in the downtown Palm Springs historic Plaza Theatre, a charming neon-encrusted old movie house. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (760) 327-0225. OTHER SITES TO VISIT IN PALM SPRINGS Why not make it a weekend visit to Palm Springs to enjoy the Follies? You might want to visit the Palm Springs Art Museum (101 Museum Drive) to see the “Blast from the Past: 60s and 70s Geometric Abstractions” which will be on display through December 23, 2011. On display will be about 100 works, a selection from the museum’s permanent collection of geometric abstract paintings, sculptures and prints, from the 1960s and 1970s. You’ll view a variety

of ideas in Optical Art, Kinetic art, Minimalism, Hard-Edge and ColorField. Another exhibition utilizes the Mesoamerican collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum, commissioned videos, and historical sculptural elements, to create a multinuanced environment that presents the dynamic relationship between victor and vanquished. If you and your family plan to see the Palm Spring Follies later in the year or in 2012, I suggest that you bring your children to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. Slated to be completed in November 2011, you’ll find a second hands-on gallery featuring 11 new exhibits, an outdoor play area and even a children’s garden area for the “Good to Grow” program supporting healthy choices. For more information go to www. cdmod.org. The museum is located at 71701 Gerald Ford Drive in Rancho Mirage. Another venue for your family are the lush botanical gardens at the Palm Spings Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It’s been many years since I’ve been there, and I’m impressed with what I have seen on their web site. Now, one can stroll through the Cahuilla Indian Gardens, tour a state-of-

Monday, October 10th - sunday, october 16, 2011 the-art Tennity Wildlife Hospital, explore the Eagle canyon, view the amazing Model Train Garden, spend time at Village WaTuTu or enjoy their Wildlife Wonders show. From October 1 to May 31 the hours are daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed Christmas Day. They recommend that you need four hours to enjoy it all. For those who might have difficulty walking a regularly scheduled, nonnarrated shuttle service with stops at Eagle Canyon, Oasis Aviary, Wildlife Hospital, Giraffic Park, Village WaTuTu (a reproduction of an authentic African village with an Elder’s Grove where native musicians and story tellers gather to entertain the guests), African Wild Dog and Bighorn Sheep Mountain and Gecko Gulch. Only for a cost of $5 per person for all day. Other programs are Wildlife Wonders, an all-live animal presentation featuring mammals, birds of prey and reptiles located in the Amphitheater and informal talks about small animals are held on the Main Patio. Within the developed acreage you’ll find the Ecosystems of Mojave, Upper Colorado, Yuman, Baja Canyon, Sonoran Aviary, Desert Tortoises, Vizcaino, Chihuahuan, Cahuilla Indian Ethnobotanical Gardens. The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens are located at 47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert CA 92260. For more

information call (760) 3465694. There are many different kinds of tours offered for the Palm Springs area. You can visit the San Andreas Fault, hike through Indian Canyons, learn more about the windmills that greet drivers as they enter Highway 111 from the Interstate 10. But, among the top-ranked tours is the Palm Springs celebrity tour, “The Grand Tour” It’s a 2-1/2 hour bus ride that shows off the luxurious history of the Coachella Valley and the estates of the stars that helped put Palm Springs on the map. “The Grand Tour” departs at 10:00 am MondaySaturday and costs $44 for adults, $40 for seniors, and $19 for children and under. On Saturdays the Grand Tour offers more of Frank Sinatra’s properties in Rancho Mirage. If you want a private tour, they begin at $79 per person which includes pick up from you hotel or vacation home. For more information call (760) 770-2700 or go to www.celebrity-tours.com. Finally, there’s the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail, the museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and operation of America’s legendary fighters, bombers and trainers. The airplane museum contains one of the world’s largest collections of flying World War II airplanes, including the Robert J. Pond Collection. Besides having a close-up view of aerial history inside enormous air-conditioned hangers, and afterwards watch a movie in the Buddy Rogers Theater at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Twice monthly on Saturday afternoons at 1 pm the museum schedules Airplane Flight Demonstrations with actual in-flight exhibitions and demonstrations of historic World War II aircraft! Tickets Adults: $15; Children $8 (6-12), Family $30 (2 adults + 3 children), Children under age 6 are Free. Military, Seniors, Students are $13. Hours are form 10 am-5 pm daily except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information go to Palm Springs Air Museum or call (760) 778-6262.

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Hotels, Resorts & Spas Season Passholder & Squaw Valley Raise $2,600 For The Humane Society Of Truckee Tahoe

Olympic Valley, CA -- When Squaw Valley announced they would be joining forces with neighboring Alpine Meadows on September 27, 2011, the Lake Tahoe resort auctioned off the first combined season pass on eBay, with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe. The combined pass, deemed the Tahoe Super Pass, is the first season pass to grant access to both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows in the history of the two resorts, and is on sale now on www.squaw.com with rates starting as low as $439. “The opportunity to have bragging rights to that first Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley combined pass, Tahoe Super Pass number 00001, will be coveted and its value should benefit a local cause important to our guests and our staff,” said Andy Wirth in a press release announcing the combining of the two resorts. Seven days after the announcement, Tahoe Super Pass number 00001 sold for $1,294.69 on eBay. The auction winner was R. W. Martin of San Francisco, whose generous contributions will benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe – a local organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoption, community spay/neuter services and humane education programs. The funds will go towards the Humane Society’s capital project that is working towards building a new shelter, as well as helping to cover operating costs that allow the non-profit to take in hundreds of homeless animals each year. “The money raised from the sale of this pass will go a long way in our efforts to help lost and abandoned animals in our community,” said Stephanie Jensen, executive director of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. “We are extremely grateful to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows for their amazing support and unwavering dedication to helping save the lives of homeless pets.” In response to the contribution by the eBay winner, Squaw Valley has matched the donation, giving a combined total of $2,600 to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe during the final push of their capital project campaign. “The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the results of their good work are clearly near and dear to the staff at both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, as well as to all of our guests,” said Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley’s president and CEO. “This is also a group in need, so it’s our hope that this donation, coupled with our previous support, substantively helps this organization on their capital project funding efforts and brings attention to their very current, real needs.” About Squaw Valley -- Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 30 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate ski-in/ski-out lodging experience. Squaw Valley recently joined forces with neighboring Alpine Meadows, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can now access 6,000 skiable acres, 44 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on the Tahoe Super Pass or any lift ticket. More details are available at www.squaw.com. For great winter lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit www.squaw.com.

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politics & government Congressman Brad Sherman Hosts Town Hall Meeting at the Village at Sherman Oaks Senior Living Community SHERMAN OAKS, CA – On Tuesday, September 27th, Congressman Brad Sherman (D – Sherman Oaks) hosted a Town Hall meeting at The Village at Sherman Oaks, a senior living community located at 5450 Vesper Ave. Sherman provided a brief update about his work in Congress before responding to questions about major federal issues, including prescription drug costs, the national debt, Social Security and Medicare as well as other issues facing Congress. Sherman highlighted his continued work to lower the cost of prescription drugs as well as fight against any plan that privatizes Social Security or turns Medicare into a voucher program. “Social Security belongs to the people who contribute, not the government – it must not be hijacked to pay the federal debt. The money put in should be protected and used only for Social Security,” Sherman said. “The Village at Sherman Oaks was very happy and enthusiastic about having our local US Congressman actually come to our community and make himself available to our residents,” said Shellie Stewart, Marketing Representative for The Village at Sherman Oaks. “The Town Hall format allowed many of our residents to address concerns particularly relevant to our senior population. Representative Sherman’s visit was especially valuable because he allowed our politically engaged residents an opportunity to speak directly to him. In today’s world of emails and tweets, it was rewarding for our seniors to have their representative actually be here IN PERSON and very accessible. We at The Village at Sherman Oaks have a goal to keep our residents as active and involved in life as possible. Representative Sherman made a valuable contribution to that goal.” Sherman also set up a constituent services booth at the meeting to help dozens of constituents resolve problems they were having with federal agencies. “Town hall meetings are critical to the public policy process, providing an

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Pictured above: Congressman Sherman Presents a Flag from the US Capitol to Ken Goldblatt, The Executive Director of The Village at Sherman Oaks. opportunity for me to hear about the most pressing concerns in our community and to elaborate on the work that my colleagues and I are tackling in Congress. We had a good discussion about a wide variety of issues that are important to the daily lives of senior citizens and all Valley residents,” said Congressman Brad Sherman. “At a time when many are struggling to endure challenging economic times, it is inspiring how united we remain, and how dedicated we are to making our communities stronger.” Congressman Sherman has held over 150 Town Hall meetings during his time in Congress in a variety of formats, including visiting

nearly every Senior Center in the San Fernando Valley numerous times to hear from senior citizens and other Valley residents about the issues important to them and their families and to describe what he does in Congress. Congressman Sherman directed his constituents to his Sherman Oaks office, (818) 501-9200, for further assistance in solving problems with federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He encouraged constituents to visit his website, www.BradSherman.house. gov, for more helpful information.

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Governor Signs Bill to Strengthen LA Mobile Billboard Ban

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The governor signed legislation today authored by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) giving the City of Los Angeles new powers to eliminate mobile billboards under its local ban. “The days are numbered for mobile billboards that blight our community,” said Blumenfield. “This law gives Los Angeles more power to aggressively crack down on these dangerous and ugly signs.” Supported by the League of California Cities and the Los Angeles City Attorney, Assembly Bill (AB) 1298 gives local governments the means to eliminate the new kinds of mobile billboards mounted on cars, mopeds, and sleds by expanding the definition of mobile billboard which state law makes subject to regulation by local ordinance. The definition now includes any device which transports a sign for the purpose of advertising, ending the ways in which a new generation of mobile billboards has sought to skirt Los Angeles’ ban on unhitched trailer advertising. “We’ve had a cat and mouse game going on all year and people are tired of it,” added Blumenfield. “Folks want mobile billboards off the street. I’ve never had so many energized people contact me demanding change.” AB 1298 also allows local jurisdictions to enact ordinances establishing a minimum distance that a parked vehicle must be moved once the state’s 72 hour limit has been met and towing and impoundment penalties apply. “This gives Los Angeles a boost to go after mobile billboards that take up parking spaces indefinitely by being moved only a few inches every few days,” concluded Blumenfield. Last year, Blumenfield authored AB 2756 which gave local communities the ability to enact ordinances that prohibit the parking of an unhitched trailer with advertising attached to it on any public street, and impose penalties on billboard owners who violate laws governing these billboards. On January 1, 2011, Blumenfield’s bill took effect, and the City of Los Angeles began to actively enforce a ban on mobile billboards. Since its enactment, hundreds of mobile billboards have been removed from the community. AB 1298 passed the Assembly with a 65-12 vote following a 36-3 vote in the Senate on August 18. It takes effect on January 1, 2012. Further information about this legislation is available at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov.

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-- Poem Of The Week -Courage By Anne Sexton

It is in the small things we see it. The child’s first step, as awesome as an earthquake. The first time you rode a bike, wallowing up the sidewalk. The first spanking when your heart went on a journey all alone. When they called you crybaby or poor or fatty or crazy and made you into an alien, you drank their acid and concealed it. Later, if you faced the death of bombs and bullets you did not do it with a banner, you did it with only a hat to comver your heart. You did not fondle the weakness inside you though it was there. Your courage was a small coal that you kept swallowing. If your buddy saved you and died himself in so doing, then his courage was not courage, it was love; love as simple as shaving soap. Later, if you have endured a great despair, then you did it alone, getting a transfusion from the fire, picking the scabs off your heart, then wringing it out like a sock. Next, my kinsman, you powdered your sorrow, you gave it a back rub and then you covered it with a blanket and after it had slept a while it woke to the wings of the roses and was transformed. Later, when you face old age and its natural conclusion your courage will still be shown in the little ways, each spring will be a sword you’ll sharpen, those you love will live in a fever of love, and you’ll bargain with the calendar and at the last moment when death opens the back door you’ll put on your carpet slippers and stride out.


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Part restaurant, part nightclub and part sports bar, Club M offers an eclectic blend of entertainment that’s bound to engage. It’s a place to hear live music, dance, watch your favorite sporting events, sip a round with friends and enjoy both casual and exotic fare. From pre-round pick-me-ups to late-night cravings, Chef Ernest Lopez satisfies hungry diners with his delicious, approachable cuisine that keeps them coming back for more – morning, noon and night. Start the day with a tempting assortment of refreshing smoothies, freshbaked pastries, and creative egg dishes. Relax into the afternoon with grill fare, including sandwiches, burgers, Baja classics and more. At night, Club M spices things up with a global tapas menu. Savor a bite of Bay Scallop Ceviche, Duck Confit Flatbread, or Crispy Chicken with Oaxacan Mole, while sipping one of more than 25 specialty cocktails and martinis.

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~ Tea contains half the amount of caffeine found in coffee. ~ The first book about tea was written by Lu Yu in 800 A.D ~ Apart from tourism, tea is the biggest industrial activity in India. ~ Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease. ~ 1.42 million pounds of tea are consumed per day in the United States. ~ An average of 3 billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide. ~ Tibetans drink tea made with salt and rancid yak butter. ~ Until the 19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia. ~ The Irish drink more tea per head than any other nation. ~ The invention of the tea bag is said to have resulted from the small silk sample bags used by Thomas Sullivan, a New York City tea merchant, in 1908 to send out to potential customers. ~ China is the world’s largest producer of tea, followed by India. ~ Black and green teas both come from the same plant, known by its botanical name Camellia sinensis. ~ There are about 1,500 varieties of Camellia sinensis.

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-- Golf Course Of The Week -“Malibu Golf Club, Malibu, CA”

Evoking the nostalgia of golf courses built at the turn of the 20th century, the Malibu Golf Club sits alone in the majestic, rolling hills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The 6614 yard William Francis Bell design offers 18 holes of championship golf in one of the most breathtaking settings in all of Southern California. Only 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, the club enables you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without driving for hours. The property provides the feel of a private or resort course at reasonable daily fee prices. Come discover why many consider us to be one of the best kept secrets in the golfing community. The Malibu Golf Club … how golf in Los Angeles was meant to be played! Individual, Group & Playing Instruction Available For All Skill Levels! Individual lesson rates are $ 50 per lesson (lessons run 45 min to an hour). Playing lessons may be subject to applicable green fees. Gift Certificates for lessons are available as well. All lessons take place on course.* (For tee times, call 818-889-6680. Malibu Golf Club is located at 901 Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu, CA 90265.)


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