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Woman Shot To Death On Street; Detectives Unable To Determine Motive
LOS ANGELES, CA -- On December 11, 2012, about 9:40 p.m., LAPD Rampart Area patrol officers responded to a shooting-related call at 8th and Coronado Streets and discovered a woman on the street who had been shot. The victim, 51-year-old local resident Lorri Ann Anderson, was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and subsequently transported to a local hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics. Later at the hospital she was pronounced dead. Witnesses told police that a suspect got out of a dark-colored sedan, approached Anderson and began shooting her for no apparent reason. He then got back into his vehicle and drove away. Rampart homicide detectives are investigating the case and haven’t yet determined a motive for the murder. Anyone with information about the incident or suspect is urged to contact LAPD Rampart Homicide Detectives Linscomb or Martinez at 213-484-3639. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (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, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”
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The Chair Recognizes... Zev Yaroslavsky
Special Opinion Piece By Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky “With my final term as chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ending, I’ve been reflecting on some of the challenges— and accomplishments—of the past year. I know there’s no shortage of tough issues ahead. But it’s healthy, I think, to take stock of our progress, too. For starters, the Board of Supervisors this year aggressively moved to fix the seemingly intractable problems in the Department of Children and Family Services. Earlier, last February, amid an uproar over a number of high-profile child deaths and questions about the department’s forthrightness, we named Philip Browning as DCFS’s new director. By all accounts, he has brought a new level of accountability and creativity to the department. At the same time, the board set the stage for major changes in First 5 L.A., the organization responsible for making sure that voter-approved tobacco tax revenues are being effectively spent on improving the lives of our children from birth to 5 years old. We’ve brought in a new executive director, Kim Belshé—former head of the state Health and Human Services Agency—who’ll ensure that unspent surpluses will no longer build in the group’s bank accounts while youngsters are in need. We also confronted another problem that was eroding public confidence in the integrity of our local government—brutality by sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Los Angeles County jail system. Late last year, the board created the blue-ribbon Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence with a mandate to pull no punches in assessing responsibility for the violence and in offering ways to bring it under control. This September, the panel returned with a verdict, placing blame for these unacceptable breaches of public trust at the highest levels of the department and recommending more than 60 reforms, which are now being implemented. This week, we appointed the commission’s general counsel, Richard Drooyan, to oversee this effort. On another front, this year marked a watershed in the county’s battle against chronic homelessness. As perhaps many of you know, I’ve championed a program called Project 50, aimed at providing permanent supportive housing to those most likely to die on the streets of Skid Row. This highly successful effort, which has been replicated throughout my district, served as the foundation for the creation of the Los Angeles County Interdepartmental Council on Homelessness. Last month, the council adopted our first-ever blueprint of how to attack this problem in every corner of the county. Although funding will continue to be an issue, we’ve coordinated the resources and expertise of numerous county agencies that for too long were chipping away alone at this vexing human tragedy. Transportation continues to be a preeminent issue in our region, and this (See page 8)
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Monday, DECEMBER 17th - sunday, December 23rd, 2012
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Op-Ed: Republican Reformation Brings Hope to Dreamers
Republicans may soon have the opportunity to rectify their mistakes of the past against “illegal” immigrants and shambles they have made out of the immigration system. After the loss of seats in both the Senate and House of Representatives, Republicans have come to the realization that the Latino voice can no longer be ignored. Jon Kyl and John McCain (Rep. of Arizona) along with Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Rep) of Texas have proposed alternative legislation that would give undocumented youth brought to the United States illegally, a chance of receiving legal permanent status. These Senators are proposing the Achieve Act, an alternative to the DREAM Act, which has failed countless times at the voice of Republicans. But does the Achieve Act – allow DREAMERS to ACHIEVE the American dream? Like most bills proposed by Republicans, the Achieve Act falls short of establishing long term solutions to the broken system in dire need of repair. The Achieve Act calls for temporary-renewable work permits to be made available along with visas to undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. illegally before the age of 14 or younger than 29, while those who hold a college degree from an accredited U.S. college and are younger than 32 would automatically reap the “benefits” of the Achieve Act. Although, it appears as an enormous effort by Republicans to initiate and procedure systematic changes aimed at allying with Latino voters, it is simply not sufficient. Moreover, Senator Kyl’s remark suggesting that undocumented youth engage in matrimonial affairs with an American citizen to achieve citizenship gives Americans an idea of just how uneducated Republicans are with immigration laws. One would think that after the 2012 Election – Republicans would begin to start thinking logically and regroup to strengthen the party. To documented and undocumented Latinos, immigration is not just about respect; it is about their fight for civil liberties; for equality; for assimilation into the United States of America. The undocumented population is exhausted from living in the shadows and not being able to contribute to the achievements that have made America a leader in the world arena. Let’s not forget that this very country that many call home was founded on the same action that Latinos and other ethnic groups achieve (legally or illegally); migration to the land of opportunity. For the first time, Republicans ought to consider making history by proposing a piece of legislation that begins to stitch up a hemorrhaging system. The DREAM Act should incorporate the very values that this nation was founded on – that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. More than anything, the legislation should make it possible for the undocumented to Dream; Realize – promote Equality; Acceptance; and allow for the Materialization of undocumented people to become productive citizens of the United States of America. Let us not forget what Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their content of character.” That same objective is what The DREAM Act is about –the present day civil rights movement formulated by undocumented youth, who at no fault of theirs were brought to this country illegally, aiming for integration to a society that has judged them by their status. If Republicans want the Latino community to stand by their party, then they must stand by the Latinos and end the injustices of the across past. 1 Beats it! -- Dalia Guillen, USC, Masters of Social Work Student
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Monday, DECEMBER 17th - sunday, December 23rd, 2012
entertainment tips of the week By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor
Other Desert Cities
It’s Christmas and the Wyeth family has gathered at their Palm Springs home in March, 2004. The family has gathered to celebrate the holiday. Polly (a former screenwriter) and Lyman Wyeth (an actor) are welcoming home their daughter Brooke Wyeth, who is returning after six years. Polly’s sister Silda is also visiting. Brother Trip Wyeth (a reality-TV producer) is added to the mixture. Polly and Lyman are Republicans (they were friends of the Reagans) while Silda is a liberal. Brooke announces to her family that she is about to publish her memoirs, which will reveal a tragic event in the family’s history -something that the rest of the family does not want to be reopened. Though this is the umpteenth play I’ve seen about a family in conflict, Jon Robin Baltz’s “Other Desert Cities” is riveting as well entertaining as he brings out the political differences within the family, Polly and Lyman’s hiding from urban reality in their retirement home, and Brooke’s exile. I found set designer Takeshi Kata is right on with furniture and even artwork that could
have been removed from the homes of my friends and family who have retired to the desert. Playwright Jon Robin Baltz has fueled the play with jokes. In an interview with Rob Weinert Kendt which appeared in the Performances Magazine, Mark Taper Forum, Baltz states, “a joke is only useful if it does a lot of other work. And so all of the jokes in the play are either hiding exposition or hiding ways of being complicit or hiding laughter in the dark.” The cast, Jeannie Berlin as Silda Grauman, Robin Weigert as Brooke Wyeth, JoBeth Williams as Polly, Robert Foxworth as Lyman Wyeth, and Michael Weston as Trip Wyeth, deserved the standing ovation by the opening-night audience. The play was directed by former Taper Producing Director Robert Egan who has collaborated with Baltz in Film Society and Ten Unknowns. A trivia note: The name of the play is taken from the sign on the Interstate 10 which indicates the freeway is headed towards Indio (CA) and “other Desert Cities.” Other Desert Cities will be performed through January 6, 2013. Performance days and times: Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 2:30 and 8:00
pm,, Sunday at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. No performances on Mondays, on Tuesday, December 25 and January 1. Added performance on Monday, December 31 at 8:00 pm. Tickets range from $20 to $78. Tickets can be purchased online at CenterTheatreGroup. org, by calling the CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, or in person at the CTG box office at the Music Center. The Mark Taper Forum is located at 135 No. Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles at the Music Center.
Christmas My Way - A Sinatra Holiday Bash
Luca Ellis, Jason Graae, Heather Lee, and Beth Malone star at the historic El Portal Theatre’s Mainstage Theater in “Christmas My Way” opening December 15 and running through December 31, 2012. A special New Year’s Eve performance will be held on December 31st “Christmas My Way - A Sinatra Holiday Bash” is directed by David Grapes with musical direction by Vince di Mura. The show was conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson with a book by Todd Olson and Original Musical and Vocal arrangements by Vince di Mura, “Christmas My Way” brings together Broadway performers
www.vannuysnewspress.com PAGE 3 and Los Angeles music Amanda Blake Davis and Brian Stepanek in The Second theatre favorites, Jason City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” Graae, Heather Lee and Beth Malone along with crooner Luca Ellis, known for his Sinatra-like stylings as the foursome serve up cool versions of Sinatra mainstays like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “New York, New York,” “That’s Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and more. Also, on stage will be a swingin’ live band, they actors Rose Abdoo, Jason Second City’s “A make a little hey--hey with Alexander, Ed Begley, Jr., Christmas Carol groovy versions of such Keegan-Michael Key, Ben Sinatra Christmas hits as Twist Your Dickens” McKenzie, George Takei, “Mistletoe and Holly,” The Second City, in a scientists Bobak Ferdowsi “The Christmas Song,” creative collaboration with and Bill Nye; Father “Christmas Memories,” the Center Theater Group, Gregory Boyle, and child “Winter Wonderland,” is taking the classic Charles actress-turned politician “Silver Bells” and “I’ll Be Dickens’ Christmas tale and Sheila Kuehl. giving it a hearty twist. The Home for Christmas.” “A Christmas Carol: Twist Added to the evening performance will be offered Your Dickens!” is directed will be the Rat Pack-- at the Kirk Douglas Theatre by Marc Warzecha (Resident ish version of “‘Twas the until December 30th. Director, The Second City) Night Before Christmas” In addition to Scrooge the permanent cast features and “The Twelve Days of (played by Ron West), the Second City alums Frank ever-morphing ensemble Christmas.” Caeti (MADtv), Larry Joe “Christmas My Way” who will bring the famous Campbell (According to invites you to grab your Victorian streets to frenzied Jim), Dan Castellaneta (The bird, jingle your bells, pour life with Tiny Tim, that Simpsons), Amanda Blake a good stiff egg nog, and plucked goose, those know- Davis (Second City Does have yourself a merry little it-all ghosts, and a host of Dallas), Brian Stepanek characters and hilarious Christmas NOW baby! (The Suite Life of Zack and A Special New Year’s Eve improvs which might leave Cody), Jean Villepique (Up performance will be held Dickens guffawing in his All Night) and Ron West Monday, December 31 at grave. (3rd Rock from the Sun). In cameo performances, 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Tickets are available Regular schedule: you’ll see special guest by calling (213) 628Thursdays, Fridays stars including the Los 2772, online at www. Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Angeles Times’ Pulitzer CenterTheatreGroup.org Saturdays amd Sundays at Price-winning food writer or in person at the Center Jonathan Gold, actors 3:00 pm. Theatre Group box office Tickets are $55 and $60; Sebastian Siegel, Todd at the Ahmanson Theatre New Year’s Eve at 9:00 Stashwick, Tony nominee or two hours prior to Tobolowsky, pm is $120. For tickets Stephen performances at the Kirk Vern Troyer (Mini-me), call (818) 508-4200 or Douglas Theatre box Wilson (actress/ (866) 811-4111. Or, you Rita office. The Kirk Douglas can order online at www. producer), and John Cho. Theatre is located at 9820 Additional guest stars elportaltheatre.com. Washington Blvd., Culver include musicians Lance City, CA 90232. Bass and Henry Rollins;
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Monday, DECEMBER 17th - sunday, December 23rd, 2012
-- LAPD Statement on School Safety --
The Los Angeles Police Department issued the following statement on Friday, December 14, 2012: The entire Los Angeles Police Department is greatly saddened by the tragic school shooting that occurred earlier today in Connecticut. At this time there does not appear to be any connection with Los Angeles, and it appears to be an isolated incident in Newtown, Connecticut. LAPD personnel have been working closely with our partners at the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department LAUSDPD to ensure that all students in all our
LAPD Releases Sketch of Ear Gauge Stalker
Los Angeles, CA -- Detectives released a forensic sketch (pictured) of the Ear Gauge Stalker who assaulted two women December 9, 2012, at a Sylmar apartment complex. “The suspect’s bold behavior speaks to someone who is impulsive and probably compulsive,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, head of the Mission Detective Division. “I would expect he’s been arrested, if not convicted, for similar behavior.” The suspect is Black and in his mid-twenties. Both women described him as wearing large gauges in both earlobes, making for a distinct appearance. He had a medium build, 5’8” tall, 160 pounds, either wearing a hoodie or a baseball cap. In the first case, the Ear Gauge Stalker approached a woman in her 30s who was pushing a baby in a stroller around 2:40 AM. He started with small talk, then reached under her dress and groped her. When she screamed, he ran away. About an hour later, the same man approached another woman, also walking back to her apartment, and engaged her in small talk. He grabbed her and dragged her into a secluded area, trying to disrobe her, before two passersby confronted him and scared him off. Detectives have canvased the apartment complex since the incident, warning residents. They have distributed crime alerts to nearby Sylmar High School and LA Mission College. The suspect has not hit again since Sunday, and police have no information that puts the schools at risk. Detectives distributed flyers at the schools to alert a wider population of people who might recognize the suspect. Police have received several tips on possible suspects, but stress now that tipsters pay attention to other features of the suspect, like his age, thin face, and race, before attributing suspicion to anyone wearing ear gauges. “We have to run down every tip eventually because once we have an arrest, the defendant will try to claim that any ignored tip biased him,” Lt. Vernon explained. “Wild tips can cost investigations many hours of work.” Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Det. Luz Montero, Mission Area Sexual Assault Unit, at 818-838-9975. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.
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schools are safe. Immediately after the shooting, we contacted the LAUSDPD and began coordinating our school safety efforts. All LAPD patrol divisions throughout the City of Los Angeles were directed to make contact with their local school principal or administrator to ensure there were no issues or concerns at any of our schools. In addition, LAPD officers were directed to provide additional patrols to all of our schools for the remainder of the day. Those patrols will continue when our students return from the holiday break on January 7, 2013. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in Connecticut and all who are affected by this unspeakable act.” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck (pictured). “The LAPD is totally committed to work with our LAUSD and private school partners to ensure that our students and staff are safe.”
LAPD - West Valley Issues Alert And Crime Prevention Tips For Business Owners
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA -- According to the LAPD - West Valley, over the past few weeks there has been an increase in burglary from motor vehicles where the target has been utility work vehicles. In most cases the vehicles advertise a service such as electrical, plumbing, cable, etc. These are primarily privately owned business where thousands of dollars of tools and materials are inside the vehicle. The LAPD has seen these vehicles broken into on the street and residential driveways. If you can, lock your vehicle behind a gated fence and remove high dollar property. Also remove any decals and
always lock your vehicle. Additionally, the West Valley Division has noticed an increase in smash and grab burglaries. The suspects have been targeting businesses with glass fronts that have the registers in view. The suspects are smashing the glass, going to the register, and taking the drawer hoping it is full. LAPD recommends business owners and managers remove the cash
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drawer from the register and place the empty drawer in a position so that it is visible to the potential suspects allowing them to see there is no money in the store. If the suspect can see the register is empty from the outside they are more likely to pass by your business and move on to the next one. Remember Lock it Hide it Keep it to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.
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~ Fifty percent of all pizzas sold in the United States have pepperoni on them. ~ A coffee tree yields about one pound of coffee in a year. ~ A pound of potato chips costs 200 times more than a pound of potatoes. ~ Apples are part of the rose family. ~ Bananas are not fruit. They are a type of herb. ~ Baskin Robbins once made tomato ketchup flavored ice cream. ~ A fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball. ~ Ears of corn always have an even number of rows of kernels. ~ Honey is the only food that will never spoil. ~ If you shake a can of mixed nuts, the larger ones will rise to the top. ~ It takes about a week to make a jelly bean. ~ Spinach consumption in the United States rose 33 percent after the Popeye comic strip became a hit in 1931. ~ Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars. ~ There is a giant mushroom in Oregon that is over 2,400 years old.
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Community News & Events Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Eloise Klein Healy As City’s First Poet Laureate
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa announced Eloise Klein Healy as the City of Los Angeles’ first Poet Laureate during a press conference at the Los Angeles Central Library on December 7. “As the arts and culture capital of the world, Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 26 million annual visitors deserve a Poet Laureate to elegantly express the beauty of our city in words,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “While each of the nominees demonstrated a command of the written word, Eloise Klein Healy’s work highlighted the truly innovative and imaginative nature of our City’s literary genius. I am proud to have her serve as the Ambassador to our City’s vibrant poetry and literary culture.” Healy is an accomplished poet, professor and editor. She has been a major presence in the LA poetry scene for the past three decades. Throughout her career, Healy has authored seven books of poetry, including The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho (2007) for which she was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize. Her newest book of poetry A Wild Surmise: New and Selected Poems & Recordings is set for release in February 2013. “It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to represent the City of Los Angeles as her Poet Laureate,” Healy said. “LA has been a constant source of inspiration for me, and it is my goal to share my excitement about writing with all Angelenos. We are a community rich in languages, cultures and literary traditions. We have much to learn from each other, and I look forward to a new era of creativity starting now.” As Poet Laureate, Healy will author poetry, promote Angeleno writers, and speak publicly to the transformative qualities of poetry and the written word throughout all parts of the community. She will serve for a term of two years ending in 2014 and receive a $10,000 annual grant from the DCA. For more information on Eloise Klein Healy and her poetry, visit eloisekleinhealy.com.
Valley Youth Chorus Seeking New Singers
The San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus, under the musical direction of Yohan Partan, invites young singers to join the Chorus for the January through May 2013 season. The chorus features two ensembles: Primi Cantores (Grades 3 to 5) and Melodia Nova (Grades 6 to 12). Participants learn joyful choral music and key elements of music education, and perform in concerts, festivals, and other community musical events. Open registration and vocal placement will be held through January and rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons in the Canoga Park area. Founded in 1992, the Chorus is dedicated to providing children and teens of diverse ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds with the opportunity for artistic and personal growth through music. For more information, call 818-212-9356, email SingWithUs@ SFVYC.org or visit www.valleyyouthchorus.org.
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And New Year’s Eve With Metro
LOS ANGELES, CA -- In keeping with tradition, Metro will once more be offering free rides this Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to provide safe transportation and reduce holiday traffic congestion. No fare will be charged on all Metro Rail and Bus lines starting at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24 until 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 25 and 9:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31 until 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1. Metro Rail will operate all-night service on New Year’s Eve for those staying out extra late and to encourage easy travel to the Rose Parade in Pasadena. However, free fares only apply until 2:00 a.m. Those traveling after 2:00 a.m. will need to TAP to ride. Metro Rail and Metro Bus systems will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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Travel tips of the week
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Celebrate The Holiday Season At Disneyland Resort
By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor There’s always something new at the Disney Resort in Anaheim. This year you’ll find a spectacular seasonal makeover, and such holiday traditions as “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, fireworks and snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. until January 6, 2013. At both the California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park will be themed entertainment, sparkling decorations, and tasty treats adding magical warmth to the holiday fun. • Here’s what’s new and waiting for you at California Adventure: Cars Land and Buena Vista
Street, the new lands, will be decked out in unique and festive seasonal decor. Guests will find a whimsical “snowcar” (the Radiator Springs version of a snowman) standing at the entrance to Cars Land. Each address along Route 66 -Flo’s V-8 Cafe, Fillmore’s, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires -- will feature holiday decor that reflects the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there. A dazzling 50-foot Christmas tree will adorn Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney
arrived in the 1920’s, will be decorated with vintagestyle ornaments. Children of all ages can tell Santa what they want for Christmas by visiting him at Elias & Co., the main department store along Buena Vista Street. Alice and the Mad Hatter will be adding their own brand of off-kilter holiday spirit at the “Mad T Party,” the nighttime celebration in Hollywood Land. The nightly “World of Color” water and effects spectacular on Paradise Bay welcomes special holiday guests Lanny and Wayne, elves from the television show “Prep & Landing.” A Bug’s Land transforms as Filk and his bug buddies
spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm. A Holiday edition of the street show, “Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rolllin’ Dance Party,” includes festive decor, costumes and holiday tunes. Guests of all ages are invited to “seize the day,” dancing and singing on Paradise Pier with the Disney Channel’s animated boy geniuses. • Here’s what waiting for you at Disneyland Park: Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is the start of a sensational holiday lighting and special-effects show that flows from the castle all the way to the Christmas tree in Town Square. The 60foot Disneyland Christmas tree is specially designed to present a nightly holiday light show with more than 62,000 energy-efficient LED lights. At the castle, enjoy a presentation unfolding throughout the evening in three acts, each of them featuring a touch of winter snow on Main Street, USA. The finale includes the legendary “Believe...in Holiday Magic” fireworks show. A Christmas Fantasy” parade has become a holiday tradition in Disneyland. Guests can enjoy watching as Disney characters celebrate the magic of the season, wrapping gifts, baking holiday treats and preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus who will shout a jolly greeting to all the
children (of all ages) along the parade route. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be displaying some of their ice skating skills. “It’s a Small World” now boats more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade. Along with the children of many nations dressed in their holiday attire, a sparkling snowman dressed in gold top hat, golden scarf and hundreds of twinkling lights is featured. The Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus greet Disneyland guests at Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Big Thunder Ranch, Frontierland, Kids and their families can chat with St. Nick, meet and greet Disney characters, and enjoy games, music, crafts and entertainment. Disney will celebrate Three Kings Day, also known as Dia de los Reyes Magos, from January 4 to 6, 2013, with special decor, food and entertainment that showcases this Latin American tradition. You can book guided “Holiday Time at Disneyland” tours that provide entry into “It’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday along with reserved seating for the Disneyland “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a view of the new holiday decor in Disney California Adventure, a
keepsake remembrance and entertaining information about the history of Disneyland holiday traditions. For information and reservations call (714) 781-TOUR (781-8687). • Here’s what’s new at Downtown Disney: For the first time, the Downtown Disney district has an outdoor “The Secret of the Wings” ice skating rink, located near ESPN Zone and AMC Theatres. Ice skates are available for rent. The rink pays tribute to “The Secret of the Wings,” the new Tinker Bell adventure. And finish your Christmas shopping at the Downtown Disney district and the many shops throughout Disneyland Park. If you travel with your fourlegged child, Fido or Fluffy, why not take advantage of the Disney guest house for your pets? The cost is minimal. The individual cages are good-sized with ample room for your pet, given bowls of water and food (if you wish). I have inspected them more than once and have come away impressed with the car given to the family pet. Want accommodations? The Disney resort has three hotels: the 948room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the newly renovated 969room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Hotel. For more information please go to www.disneyland. com/holidays.
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Hotels, Resorts & Spas -- Golf Course Of The Week -“Stoke Rochford Golf Club, England”
EAST MIDLANDS, ENGLAND, UK -- Tucked away behind the trees and an estate wall about six miles south of Grantham, just off the northbound carriageway of the A1 Great North Road between London & Newcastle, stands the immensely popular Stoke Rochford Golf Club, which has grown from one man’s enthusiasm for golf during the 1st World War to the excellent course and Clubhouse of today. It now forms one of the most attractive and interesting golf courses in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, not for nothing earning itself the title of “Lincolnshire’s Hidden Gem”. With its interesting contours, 4 river holes over the Cringle Brook, its playability, except under the severest of weather conditions, and the tremendous variety of flora and fauna, it is a course to be reckoned with, and well worth a visit. A senior agronomist to the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, and for 10 years an adviser to the Club, rated Stoke Rochford amongst the top 10 courses on his books. This is evinced by the high esteem in which it is held by the Lincolnshire County Golf Association, as well as by the number of societies and individuals seeking tee reservations. Each year it hosts the Kymin, Howell Hare Open and The Midland Youths (Closed) Championship, which is one of the 7 English Golf Union qualifying competitions for the English Junior Team, and the Club has acted as host for the English Schools competitions as well as many other county events. Over the river from the 18th tee stands the magnificent Stoke Rochford Hall, built in 1846 and replacing the earlier houses of 1665 and 1774, and home until 1940 of the Turnor family. It is now a delightful Country House Hotel and Conference Centre. In January 2005 the Hall was tragically engulfed by a serious fire which destroyed part of the building, however, following three years of extensive reconstruction and restoration work, as well as a full external stone clean, the Hall has now been fully restored to its former Grade I listed glory. It was during the 1st World War that Mr. Christopher Turnor developed an interest in golf and set out a few basic tees and greens from the front of the Hall to where the present Clubhouse now stands, two of which were “over the Lake”. In 1923 a proper 9-hole course was set out and was first played on 18 February 1924. By the end of the year the Stoke Rochford Golf Club was formed and boasted 32 playing members paying an entrance fee of £1 and an annual subscription of two guineas. Mr. Christopher Turnor became the first Club President. There were, however, two problems. The present 16th fairway was also the village cricket pitch, so arrangements had to be made to ensure both games could carry on, and because of cattle & other agricultural stock, all the greens had to be wired off with barbed wire. The former difficulty disappeared in 1929 when cricket there ceased, but the latter remained until 1979 when the Club was able to re-negotiate the lease of the course. It was in 1929 that W.H. Aitken, the Scottish international golfer and Member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club set out a new layout for the Course, followed by a further re-design of the course in 1935 by Colonel Stafford Vere Hotchkin, the owner and course architect of the internationally-renowned Woodhall Spa Golf Course, who designed a further 9 holes, taking the two holes in front of the hall out of use. Bogey was set at 75. In the 2nd World War the course had to be reduced to 9 holes, and when Christopher Turnor died in 1940 it was entirely due to his successor that the course remained in being. In 1954 Mr. Alistair McCorquodale, husband of Major Turnor’s daughter Rosemary, took over the estate and became the 3rd President of the Club. It was through his support, and that of the Estate, that the Club
continued to flourish, and continued to develop it to become the renowned course that it is today. Up to 1945 the course had been mown by a horse-drawn mower, or one pulled by an old Studebaker, but in 1945 the Club purchased its first “rubber wheeled tractor”. It now possesses the most modern of green keeping equipment, which is continually being updated. In 1947 the Course was restored to 18 holes. Until 1962 the Stoke Rochford Estate had managed the Course and finances of the Club but in that year it offered to vest the management of both to a Committee of the Membership, which then stood at 218. This became effective in April 1963, which opened up tremendous opportunities for the Club to improve both the Course and Clubhouse. As a result the Course improved and developed beyond recognition, entirely due to the dedication of the Officers of the Club, as well as the Greens Chairman and the green keeping staff. In the early days of golf at Stoke Rochford the players shared accommodation with the old Roadhouse, a wooden structure with white verandas, located at the side of the Great North Road, which itself had been based on a clubhouse Christopher Turnor had seen in Sussex. The Roadhouse was primarily a roadside restaurant with a facility for social functions. It catered for everyone from vagrants to millionaires, as well as the golfers of the day. However, in 1963 the Roadhouse was destroyed by fire, and the Golf Club acquired a World War I wooden hut as its own Clubhouse. This sufficed in a very basic form until 1965 when, through well attended social functions, it was possible to make major improvements, which were followed up in 1971 by a new bar, and in 1975 when new changing rooms were added. It was in 1985 that the present brick Clubhouse was erected and in 1990 the new ladies’ changing room and front of the Clubhouse were completed. During the winter months of 2005/6, the roof to the clubhouse was completely replaced and a major extension was added to the clubhouse. This work upgraded the dining facilities and the whole clubhouse was refurbished and extended to provide a first class range of bar and catering facilities for members and guests alike. The Club’s badge is an adaptation of the Arms of Christopher Turnor, and his motto, which is a pun on his name - “Turn Nor Swerve” - is eminently appropriate for the club golfer ! With its traditional parkland setting of rolling slopes, mature trees, and with the Cringle Brook threading through the course, Stoke Rochford forms a quintessentially English golf course, set against the backdrop of the truly outstanding Stoke Rochford Hall. The Club continues to reflect the values of the Estate in which it is set, and those of the Turnor / McQuorquodale family, who have done so much to nurture and further its development. With its excellent drainage, its tight fairways with links-like turf, and the fast and rolling greens, Stoke Rochford provides an all-year round challenge to the most discerning of golfers, who will relish the opportunity to play on one of the East of England’s finest courses. The purpose built Professional’s shop is run by our highly respected Professional who, with his staff, are well qualified to give expert tuition and considered advice on every aspect of golf. The shop carries an excellent range of golfing equipment and clothing designed to satisfy the most demanding golfer. Stoke Rochford welcomes visitors from far and wide, who will be assured of a warm welcome in the Clubhouse to go with a memorable day on the Golf Course. Further details of the Club can be found on the Club’s website, www.stokerochfordgolfclub.co.uk
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politics & government (Continued from page 1) -- year we marked a couple of milestones. The first leg of the Expo Line opened in April, bringing rapid mass transit to the Westside for the first time since the Red Car. It’s now attracting record numbers of riders and work on the second and final leg is now well underway to extend the line to Santa Monica. And in the San Fernando Valley, a new four-mile northward extension of the Orange Line opened between Warner Center and Chatsworth in June—giving riders of the popular rapid transit busway even more options and connection possibilities. We also, at long last, righted some wrongs this year. In a long overdue move, the board rescinded a World War II-era county resolution urging the forced relocation of Japanese American families to internment camps. “It’s never too late to do the right thing,” said my colleague, Mark Ridley-Thomas, the board’s incoming chairman, who authored the motion. I certainly agree, and I continue to hear from members of the Japanese American community about how meaningful this was to them. The board, at the recommendation of Supervisor Gloria Molina, also issued a formal apology over the so-called “repatriation” of people of Mexican ancestry during the Great Depression, another stain on L.A. County’s history. By recognizing and acknowledging these violations of human rights, we can, I hope, reduce the likelihood of repeating them in the future. Finally, we continued to recognize and support the arts as a life-enhancing and economically vital part of Los Angeles County life—from the smallest organizations bringing dance, music or visual arts to children to glamorous, internationally recognized players like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and LA Opera, and venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Natural History Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As Supervisor Ridley-Thomas assumes the chairmanship, I wish him and all my board colleagues a productive and fulfilling year. Together, I believe we can make 2013 an even better year in service of all the people of Los Angeles County.”
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VEDC’s January Workshops For Entrepreneurs
The Valley Economic Development Center has announced the following workshops for business owners throughout January, 2013. Unless otherwise stated, the workshop is offered free of charge at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., 3rd Floor in Van Nuys. Contact 818-9079977 or email@example.com for more information. • January 3: Public Speaking for Small Business Owners, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. • January 8: Start Up Do’s & Don’ts, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 9: Business Plan Essentials, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 10: CITI All About Business Loans, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. • January 10: ETP Alumni Mentoring Group, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 15: Networking and Mentoring for Businesses, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. • January 15: Women’s Owned Small Business Certification, 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. • January 15: CITI – All About Business Loans, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at LA BusinessSource Center-West Valley, 18645 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call 818-705-9977. • January 16, Sales & Negotiating for Non-Salespeople, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 17, Customer Service, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 17: Public Speaking for Small Business Owners, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. • January 19: Business Survival in a Bad Economy, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm • January 22, Effective Tools to Build & Market Your Website, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 22: Income Tax Tips for Small Businesses, 9:00 am to 10:30 am at LA BusinessSource Center – West Valley. Contact: 818-705-9977 or firstname.lastname@example.org, • January 22: All About Business Loans, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at LA BusinessSource Center – West Valley. Contact: 818-705-9977 or email@example.com. • January 23: Legal Issues for Small Businesses, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. • January 24: QuickBooks Tutorial, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 28: Income Tax Tips for Small Businesses, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm • January 29: E-commerce for Small Businesses, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 30: Marketing Your Business Right Series 1 of 5, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. • January 31: Accounting & Bookkeeping, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, • January 31: Public Speaking for Small Business Owners, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. • January 31: Income Tax Tips for Small Businesses, 9:30 am to 11:00 am at LA BusinessSource Center-North Valley, 13172 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima. 818-834-0577.
Monday, DECEMBER 17th - sunday, December 23rd, 2012
London Showboat Dinner Cruise Is The Best Night Out On The Town
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LONDON, ENGLAND, UK -- The best night out in town is definitely on the river. Wine, dine and dance while enjoying show songs and top hits sung live will make you wish the evening would never end. For a special celebration or just a get together with friends,
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â€œThe Capital Hotel, Londonâ€?
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK -- Welcoming guests for 40 years, this five star London boutique hotel remains under the guidance of its original owner David Levin and his daughter Kate Levin. Few hotels in London can boast of such outstanding staff loyalty, family heritage and the ability to remain true to classic British design. An award winning grand hotel in miniature, The Capital Hotel has all the advantages of a large establishment, yet exudes warmth, understated exclusivity and personal attention to detail, which only a privately owned luxury hotel can afford. This discreet London Hotel and adjacent luxury Knightsbridge apartments sit proudly on Basil Street, close to Harrods and just a few minutes from Knightsbridge Tube Station as well as Harvey Nichols, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Hyde Park and the designer shops of Sloane Street. Bedrooms should be a refuge of elegance and comfort and The Capital Hotel, Knightsbridge does not disappoint. Classic English fabrics, antiques and works of art from the owners own collection adorn each room. The Capital Hotel has 50 guest bedrooms; including a two bedroom suite, eight junior suites, seven deluxe doubles and both single and double classic rooms. Next door eight The Capital Apartments are available for longer stays. Mattresses are handmade and the sheets are of the finest Egyptian cotton. Bathrobes are oversized and mini-bars can be customised. Outlawâ€™s Seafood & Grill at The Capital reflects the style and aspirations of Outlawâ€™s Seafood & Grill in Rock, Cornwall, the more informal of his two restaurants there, where Nathan also has the 2 Michelin starred, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. The menu at Outlawâ€™s in The Capital Hotel focuses on simply prepared, ecologically sound seafood caught pre dominantly around Cornwall though sustainable catches will feature from elsewhere in the UK. (For more information, please visit www.capitalhotel.co.uk)
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BREED: Male, Pit Bull/Lab Mix WEIGHT: 58 lbs No Cats, Children (8 years and up) He may look like a tough guy but Chance is a gentleman at heart. Since he’s been with Pet Orphans he’s demonstrated no dog aggression, no food aggression, no resource guarding aggression… basically no aggression at all! Highly peopleoriented, Chance is eager to please and is happiest when “his person” is happy. This high-energy boy will need a regular and structured exercise regime beyond a lazy stroll around the block to ensure that his energy does not manifest as negative behavior. To prevent him from exhibiting potentially dominant behavior, his adopters will want to be sure not to have any tug toys in his toy chest. Chance would be best suited to someone with an active outdoor lifestyle and, due to his size and energy level would not be appropriate for a family with children under eight.
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Quotations from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: ~ “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” ~ “And he, he himself...the Grinch... carved the roast-beast!” ~ “Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums! Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums! And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly, Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimbley!”
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