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Horace Heidt Big Bands Foundation Annual Labor Day Luau Saturday night, August 27, 2016, was terrific! The weather was great! Horace Heidt started off the program (following a delicious buffet) with a trumpet solo! What a surprise! He played from his heart, and it was great! The music trio was Brian O’Rourke’s, and they were wonderful! The trio backed up vocalists Bill A. Jones and Kae Butterfield, who were dynamite! The Hawaiian performers were, “A Hawaiian Experience” troupe from Hawaii – their trio band/singers and Polynesian dancers! They always take us on a “journey through the Islands” with songs and dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand…they were terrific!

Lifetime Achievement Award Dorothy Barrett (Horace Heidt, Adrin Nazarian Nazarian,, Mathew Valecilla, Valecilla, Steve Fazio, Dorothy Barrett)

After the Hawaiian performance, Brian O’Rourke’s trio played for members of the audience to come up on stage and dance to contemporary and rock music!

(Adrin Nazarian Nazarian,, Karie Purcell, Horace Heidt, Howard Benjamin)

The annual “Sylvi Award,” (established about a decade ago, by Horace Heidt, Jr., one of the 2016 Nominees for the Fernando Award), for Valley community volunteerism was presented to Karie Purcell, Executive Director of the Encino Chamber of Commerce. The “Sylvi Award” was presented to her from Matthew Vallecilla, Field Representative for Congressman Brad Sherman, along with Steve Fazio, David Hernandez and Los Angeles Police Officers Kim and Alcantar, followed with a presentation from Mr. Vallecilla, of an American flag flown over the United States Capitol by Congressman Sherman. Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian was in attendance to add his support for the festivities.

Proceeds from the Horace Heidt Foundation Annual Labor Day Luau will go to the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal-State Northridge to support their Big Band Concerts. The kickoff event will star Wynton Marsalis, and will be held in the Great Hall at C. S. U. N. for the Arts Education Benefit Gala. As the audience left, they smiled and raved about the Luau! It was outstanding! To be added to the Luau mailing list, feel free to call (818)784-8211 or E-mail:

Brian Lafontaine One of the top guitar players in town is hitting the road with the hit musical “Jersey Boys”. The 2006 Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical was a smash hit on Broadway and is now touring the country and Brian is doing all of the solo guitar work on the show. They are due to return to Los Angeles to the Ahmanson Theatre on May 16- June 24. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, THIS IS A SHOW YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS! Brian, Congratulations on the tour. Horace H. Heidt I.Q.

The Valley Performing Arts Center will be holding an Arts Education Benefit Gala on Saturday October 8, 2016 at the Great Hall at Cal-State University – Northridge. The Gala will be featuring Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis as part of its Big Band series. Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Horace Heidt Big Bands Foundation contributes to CSUN in support of the VPAC’s Big Band Concert Series. The Foundation contains great devotion to the generations of Big Band musicians and their personal sacrifices and Horace Heidt, Jr. Big Band hard work. Horace Heidt Jr., a Fernando Award nominee, and his Dad have given major opportunities to musicians and singers to fulfill their dreams. It is Horace Heidt Jr.’s desire to continue the joy manifested in Big Band events and concerts. “When I see the audience as they enjoy the music THAT is my reward for what I do!” For further information, please contact Horace Heidt Productions at 818.995.6827 or The Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN may also be contacted at 818.677.8849.

TALK OF THE TOWN 2016 Fernando Awards Nominees and attendees The Fernando Award is one of the top awards for civic accomplishment in the nation and the highest award for volunteerism in the greater San Fernando Valley. Over the years, community and civic organizations across the country have used the Fernando Award as a model to establish similar recognition programs hoping to regenerate a felling of community, an atmosphere of friendliness, and a system of support for the needy. The Fernando Award has been called the Academy Award for Volunteerism. The mission of the Fernando Award is to promote and recognize lifetime volunteerism in the San Fernando Valley. The idea for the award originated in 1958 by a group of San Fernando Valley business and community leaders interested in encouraging community involvement. Since then, over 600 people have been honored for their commitment to volunteerism in the San Fernando Valley. Although numerous individual are nominated each year, only one is selected to receive the coveted Fernando Award. The award that is handed out is in the form of a miniature replica of the actual Fernando monument located in the Van Nuys Civic Center. Name of each of the award recipients are etched in the base of the monument and on a marble obelisk in Warner Center Park.

(Kevin Dobson, Paul Davis, Horace Heidt, Carole V. Scherzer, Dennis Zine Scherzer, Zine,, Jeri Dye Lynch, Dale Surowitz, Surowitz, Brad Rosenheim, Judith Hershberg, Hershberg, Dennis DeYoung DeYoung,, Yvonne Chan, Mike Zuiroga) Zuiroga)

Thirteen nominated for Fernando Award for volunteerism “The theme represents what the Fernando Award is all about,” Honda said. “It’s about giving of yourself.” The 2016 Fernando Award nominees are: • Yvonne Chan, founder of the Vaughn Learning Center • Paul Davis, insurance agent • Dennis DeYoung, owner Financial West Group • Kevin Dobson, actor • Jeri Dye Lynch, president of Pinecrest Schools Advertisement • Horace Heidt, president of Horace Heidt Agency • Johnny Higginson, co-founder of the Shadow Hills Riding Club • Judith Hirshberg, civic activist • Mike Quiroga, owner of Mike’s Roofing and Building • Brad Rosenheim, land-use consultant • Carole V. Scherzer, co-owner of Scherzer International • Dale Surowitz, CEO of Providence Tarzana

(Horace Heidt Estates Staff)

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The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand. The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains….. For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.

The information regarding his Memorial Service is: “Monday, October 10, 2:00 p.m., Mount Sinai-Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Burbank/Hollywood. 800-6000076. Gathering after service at Horace Heidt Estates.”

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They say it’s your Birthday October November 2 – Malcolm Wilk 7 – Horace Heidt Jr. 7 – Gina Werdi 8 – Nikki Amiri 9 – Anna Ostokova 16 – Jenna Ferguson 25 – Peter Jolly 27 – Diane Gonzalez 27 – Pam Bowman 30 – Mary Larson

2 – Victoria LaHaie 6 – June Squibb 10 – Joan Small 12 – Bill Kerr 16 – Nikolas Mayer 24 – Freddie Rapillo 27 – Iliana Quintero

The Holiday Season is here "Once upon a midnight dreary, dreary “While I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. 'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, 'tapping at my chamber door - Only this, and nothing more" -The Raven, E.A.Poe

Please consider a: Sponsorship for our 12th Annual Mayor’s Luncheon Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned To what time has taught us, to what we've learned: We often focus all our thought On shiny things we've shopped and bought. We take our pleasure in material things, Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings. If a lot of our stuff just vanished today, We'd see the foundation of each happy day Is special relationships, constant and true, And that's when our thoughts go directly to you. We wish you a Thanksgiving you'll never forget, Full of love and joy—your best one yet! By Joanna Fuchs

The United Chambers of Commerce is a non-profit organization that advocates on businesses behalf on a Local, State and Federal level for the good of all business. United Chambers encourages the development of new business ventures in the community, and supports the existing commercial base. Additionally, United Chambers provides a network of communication among Chambers of Commerce, businesses and government to amplify local concerns. The Mayor’s Luncheon is the largest event of the year, with an attendance of 400 + How is this for the exposure of your business? United Chambers welcomes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to speak to the San Fernando Valley on Thursday November 3, 2016 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Events Center in Studio City. I am asking you today to help and support this event by becoming a sponsor for the 12th Annual Mayor’s Luncheon. I have attached the various levels of sponsorship for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Tickets can be purchased by calling: UCC Executive Director Marian E. Jocz 818.981.4491


Propositions 51-52 My law firm is compiling short summaries of the various Propositions (17 in all, and that’s just statewide Propositions!) and we will begin to explore them here in the weeks leading up to the November 8 election. You can also find discussion of the Propositions on our website Today we discuss Propositions 51-52. Proposition 51: California Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative Should the state issue $9 billion in bonds for constructing or improving public schools educating students from Kindergarten through community college? The proposed funds generated would be allocated as follows: -$3 billion to build new schools -$3 billion to modernize existing schools -$2 billion to buy, build, and improve community colleges -$500 million for charter schools -$500 million for technical education facilities Who’s Voting Yes on Prop 51? Proponents of Prop 51 claim the state’s schools are deteriorating to the point of becoming unhealthy and unsafe for students; and that California’s last school bond initiated 10 years ago is now out of money. They also claim a current $2 billion backlog of improvement projects for seismic renovations, other safety concerns and technology needs. Both the California Democratic and Republican parties, the California Chamber of Commerce, numerous school districts and state elected officials have endorsed this bill. Who’s Voting No on Prop 51? The opposition to Prop 51 describes its organization as a coalition of supporters of California taxpayers and educators opposed to sprawl and developer abuse. Their Facebook page posts links to more opposition from The Mercury News, East Bay Times, among others. Both articles cite Governor Jerry Brown who calls the referendum a “blunderbuss effort that promotes sprawl and squanders money that would be far better spent in low-income communities.” The opponents also cite a need for better planning by local school districts, and for developers to foot their fair shares of the

costs, noting that this initiative was bankrolled by the construction industry. Proposition 52: California Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Initiative In order to receive federal Medicaid funding, the states must contribute their own money. California does this partly through the Hospital Quality Assurance Fee (HQAF) assessed on both public and private hospitals since 2009 – resulting in about $3 billion in federal funds disbursed annually for Medi-Cal programs. Some of the HQAF monies however, have been diverted into California’s general fund over the years. Prop 52 aims to make it harder for the state to divert hospital fees by requiring 2/3 voter approval before doing so. Who’s Voting Yes on Prop 52? The Yes on 52 Campaign says the hospital fee program is set to expire in 2018. The program generates about $3 billion in federal money for Medi-Cal (about $18 billion over seven years), which primarily benefits children, seniors and working families. Citing the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Yes on 52 further claims the program will save California $1.5 billion in costs for children’s health care by 2020, and increases support to local public hospitals. The state legislature will need voter approval to dip into the program. Support for Prop 52 include the California Children’s Hospital Association, the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, both the Los Angeles and California Chambers of Commerce and various elected officials of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Who’s Voting No on Prop 52? Those who oppose Proposition 52 seem to be less organized but include the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, according to Kaiser Health News. The post cites SEIU-UHW’s director of governmental relations: “…SEIU-UHW supports the arrangement in principle but that the legislature is the most appropriate venue for deciding how to use the money raised. Lawmakers can respond to an evolving health care system, but if Californians vote directly on the hospital proposal, their decision would be harder to undo later…” Stephen Holzer practices law at the Encino law firm of Lewitt Hackman Shapiro Marshall & Harlan, specializing in business litigation and environmental matters, and is a Past Chair of the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley. Any opinions included herein are his own and not those of his law firm or of United Chambers. He can be reached at or 818-907- 3299 with any questions about this column.

The purple sweet potato, the latest food item presented to the general public as a potential superfood. The potato’s colouring contained the chemical anthocyanin, which is known to lower the risk of cancer and could even possibly slow down certain types of the disease. The colour is the important part because the purple colour is responsible for the amount of anthocyanin in the potato. Scientists have already used two strands of anthocyanin to treat colon cancer and found that the pigment slowed down the growth of cancerous cells. Anthocyanin, which produces red, blue or purple colours in different types of food, can also be found in blueberries, red grapes and red cabbage, however the specially grown purple sweet potato has a higher concentration of the chemical than any other species of potato. Dr Weiqun Wang, who was also involved in testing the potato, has said that the new purple sweet potato tasted sweeter than other potatoes but was still perfectly edible. According to Wang, “It’s good not only for cancer prevention but other benefits like antioxidants as well.”

SWEET POTATO (Kamote) far exceeds the nutrition and health values of rice.

Here are the benefits of substituting rice with kamote: 1. Sweet potato is more filling and suppresses hunger pains longer. It is also cheaper than rice. 2. Unlike rice, it is easy to grow. It grows in backyards with or without fertilizers. Local government executives can provide their poor communities with idle government land for planting kamote which the entire community can share. 3.Unlike rice which needs to be eaten with a dish, Sweet Potato tastes good and can be eaten by itself. Thus, substituting rice with sweet potato saves money for other needs. 4. Rice cannot match the nutritional values of potato. Because rice converts to sugar in the body, the Philippines registers as a top producer of diabetics in the world. The poor tends to load up on rice and less on the dish which are more expensive. That makes them vulnerable to diabetes, an ailment known in developed countries as a rich man’s disease. 5. The nutritional values of a 3 oz. baked sweet potatoes are: calories 90, fat 0 g, saturated fat 0 g, cholesterol 0 mg, carbohydrate 21 g, protein 2 g, dietary fiber 3 g, sodium 36 mg. 6. Too much rice consumption can make you sick, but sweet potato(kamote) can bring you to health and keep away some health problems. These have been proved medically. Sweet Potato (kamote) lowers hypertension, bad cholesterol and even blood sugar when eaten as a substitute to rice! The purple sweet potato (kamote) is particularly effective for lowering hypertension. The Korean medical documentary credits the sweet potato (kamote) as high fiber and is one of the best foods that one can eat to prevent cancer!

“Until next time, saying good day to Monica, wishing you all good health and good luck, and may God Bless You All!” Horace Heidt, Jr.

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