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La Habra’s Independent Community Newspaper


No. 95437

August 28, 2014

Cities deal with drought

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By Jay Seidel La Habra Journal

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Who’s ready for the school year? Second grade teacher Denise Olynyk readies her students at Ladera Palma on the first day back to school on August 19. Lowell Joint Schools returned to classes August 13 and the high schools returned August 11.

Heights warned of home burglaries By Jay Seidel La Habra Journal


Residents of La Habra Heights are being warned by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department to be on guard about an increase in daytime home break ins in the area. The burglars are described as conducting the knock-knock” type robberies, according to the LASD. They described that one person knocks on a front door and if there is no answer, they kick down the door or break in a window. LASD said that the strangers may ask for directions or if some fictitious person lives there. According to La Habra Heights Councilman Kyle Miller, “there was

a break in on Solejar, La Riata, and a recent one on the corner of Reposado and Hacienda at a house for sale.” No injuries have been reported. However, the robbers have made off with cash, jewelry and other valuables from the homes. Miller and an LASD spokesperson said that burglaries like this are not just happening in the Heights, but also Hacienda Heights and other neighboring cities. LASD suggests to homeowners that if a stranger comes to your door, do not open the door but speak through the closed and locked door, ask them what they want. Call 911

and report it. Do not pretend you are not home. Miller added that residents should take notice of any unfamiliar cars parked on the street or driving up and down the street. Unfamiliar people behaving suspiciously should obviously be reported. Miller added that he recommends residents join an active neighborhood watch program like Heights Watch. The LASD has reasons to believe that the burglers are members of a Los Angeles-based gang. Residents are urged not to confront the buglers and instead to call 911 and report any activity.

It’s not a secret that California is experiencing one of the driest seasons in history. This has caused many residents to look closer at their water and their water consumption. Shocking photos showing decreased water levels from lakes and reservoirs where many California cities draw their water from are at 50 percent of capacity. Further, show show how the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is substantially smaller this year. These images display just how serious these conditions are and the importance of conservation. Over the last several years, La Habra has moved to decrease its dependency on importing its water from these locations and increased its usage of groundwater, which comes locally or from the San Gabriel Valley basin. Since 2007 the city has spent approximately $28 million on moving away from imported water and just using local groundwater. Approximately 45 percent of La Habra’s water comes from the city’s wells. Another 45 percent is provided by the Whittier-based California Domestic Water Company, which draws ground water from the San Gabriel Valley. The remaining 10 percent is brought in from the Metropolitan Water District of Orange County, which imports its water from the reservoirs. “Nearly all of the water used in La Habra is ground water,” said Elias Saykali, director of public works for La Habra. He added that last year the city did not use any water from MWDOC and estimated that it wouldn’t use any this year either.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Highlander Hikes: Join Principal Dr. Karl Zener at La Habra High School Fridays for a personalized tour of the campus. Meet in the Front Office at 801 W. Highlander Ave at 9:00 am. For further information go to Lahabrahighschool.net or call 562-266-5200. Free Legal consultation at The Gary Center every Friday from 10Noon.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Early breast cancer screening & education clinics offered through YWCA. Call YWCA at (714) 8714488 to see if you qualify and to schedule an appointment. There will be screenings today at Na Sung Korean Church, 1640 N. Fullerton Rd. La Habra.

Monday, September 1, 2014 Labor Day

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Learn English as a second language at The Gary Center every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10Noon. For more information call (562) 691-3263 or visit www.garycenter.org. DivorceCare weekly meetings held at Calvary Chapel, La Habra every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. For more information call (714) 446-6222.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Free Legal consultation at The Gary Center every Friday from 10Noon.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Homework Help at the La Habra Library Monday-Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. High school students volunteer to help elementary students with their homework. Parents need to register their student at their first session. La Habra City Planning Commission Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

La Habra Heights City Council Meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Jay Seidel/La Habra Journal Grand opening: Mountain Mikes Pizza and Frozen Yogurt opened last week with its official ribbon cutting ceremony. The pizza parlor is located on the south side of Imperial Boulevard just west of Idaho Street.,

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Dr. Patricia Howell announced she will be retiring as superintendent of the Lowell Joint School District effective in early November. She made the announcement at the August meeting of the LJSD board. Howell has served more than eight years as superintendent. She was principal of La Habra High School prior to overseeing the LJSD. In addition, Assistant Superintendent Tiffany Rudek announced her resignation from the LJSD. She will be taking a position at the Inglewood School District office.


Be a part of the Puente Hills Habitat Pam Kennedy (562) 547-4489 news@lahabrajournal.com Preservation’s outreach Terry Pam efforts; Chris Join Terry Kennedy (562) 458-7948 their Volunteer Docent team. Vol- Chris Kennedy (562) 537-8701 unteer Orientation Breakfast is this morning from 9 a.m. to Noon. For more information visit www.habitatauthority.org or call (562) 945-9003.

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On the Impact of Oil Extraction in North Orange County The purpose of this Symposium is to provide local policy makers and the public objective, impartial information about the environmental impact of fracking and waste water injection in north Orange County. Our goal is to secure an informed and impartial panel to provide policy makers and the public with access to experts in the field who will be able to speak to what is happening in our communities and how it may impact local groundwater, air quality, and earthquakes. The Symposium will feature experts in the fields of seismology, hydrogeology, air quality, and environmental geology who will speak to the potential impact of oil pumping – including fracking – on our groundwater, earthquake hazard, and water quality. Representatives of the local oil industry will also present information about ongoing oil drilling in north Orange County. Finally, representatives of the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Energy Resources – the government entity responsible for overseeing oil production in California – will be on hand to discuss regulatory and policy aspects of oil drilling.

Featured Panelists Robert Graves, U.S.G.S. Mark Zeko, Environmental Engineering & Contracting Inc. Trent Rosenlieb, LINN Energy W. Richard Laton, Cal State Fullerton Susan Nakamura, S.C.A.Q.M.D. Moderated by Dr. David Bowman,

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CSUF Symposium on the Impact of Oil Extraction in North Orange County

The city of La Habra and La Habra Heights are joining other nearby cities and California State University Fullerton to host a symposium on local extraction practices. This free forum takes place on Tuesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. in the Titan Student Union. The Symposium will feature experts in the fields of seismology, hydrogeology, air quality, and environmental geology who will speak of the potential impact of oil pumping-including fracking - on our groundwater, earthquake hazard, and water quality. Representatives of the local oil industry will also present information about ongoing oil drilling in north Orange County. Finally, represen-

tatives of the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Energy Resources-the government entity responsible for overseeing oil production in California-will be on hand to discuss regulatory and policy aspects of oil drilling. For more information please visit: nsm.fullerton.edu/fracking

Elks serve up awards for meatloaf competition

Thirteen member chefs brought in prepared dishes using their own recipes of different styles of meatloaf as the La Habra Elks Lodge hosted its first Meatloaf Challenge on Sunday August 17. Other members served as judges, and after sampling the meatloaf dishes prepared, the judges met and determined that the top prize goes to Cliff Green with Cherlene Williams and Ashley Flannery earning second and third place honors. These great chefs shared in certificates from Senor Campos and El Cholo Mexican restaurants, Vinny’s Italian Restaurant and an oil change from Mighty Muffler. The Elks appreciate the support from these local businesses.

League of Women Voters to hold luncheon

The League of Women Voters will hold its Annual Kick-Off Luncheon Saturday, September 20, 11:30 am to 2 pm at Brea Embassy Suites, The speaker is Ted Lempert. He will be speaking on the politics of Common Core. Mr. Lempert is the President of Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland. He is also a Political Science lecturer at Berkeley. Previously, Mr. Lempert was the founding CEO and cofounder of EdVoice, a California education reform organization. The cost is $25. For reservations call (714) 254-7440 or email lunchwithleague@lwvnoc.org

La Habra Historical Museum seeking donated computer

The La Habra Historical Museum is seeking a donated computer from the community. If interested in donating, contact Suzette Eschberger at the La Habra Historial Museum (562) 999-6453 or email her at Suzette. lhhm@gmail.com

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Closing of a landmark and the growth of a city

By Sue Thompson La Habra Journal

There is a plaque located in the southwest area of Esteli Park that reads: “Esteli Park, named in honor of La Habra sister city, Esteli, Nicaragua. Dedicated March 4, 1976. Beth Graham, Mayor, Robin Young, Mayor Pro Tem, Robert J. Nevil, Councilman, William H. Roberts, Councilman, Charles V. Stevens, Councilman. Lee Risner, City Manager, R.L. Buonodono, City Engineer, Gary Begin, Architect, United Sprinkler Company, Contractor.” On August 21, 1973, the La Habra City Council adopted a resolution naming a new park in honor of its sister city, Esteli, Nicaragua. The city of Esteli is located in the northwestern part of Nicaragua in Central America. It is known for its many archeological sites. The economy is based on agriculture. The name Esteli possibly originates from “Nahuti Eztli” meaning colored water river. Esteli Park consists of 10.3 acres of

land with several baseball fields and a football field. It is located on Brookdale Street directly adjacent to Ladera Palma School. Just another interesting piece of the history about where we live, work and enjoy being a part of the La Habra community. Special thanks to: Laurie Swindell, Deputy City Clerk, City of La Habra and David Villalba, City of La Habra Parks Supervisor. Source: www.mapsofworld.com

A look at language: Phrase origins By Michael Tye For the La Habra Journal

Having never wanted to be a rancher in the first place, Sam, a Texas attorney, was selling off the herd of cattle he had been given to settle a debt. During his years as a reluctant

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As you read in this issue, Don Steves Autoplex is closing its doors and the long-time dealership is making way for a housing development. That marks a great change for our community. The first, and arguably the most important aspect, is that the last long-standing auto dealership is closing its doors. There was a time where La Habra was a destination for auto selections with Burch Ford, Werren Mazda, Meltebeke Volkswagen and Don Steves Chevrolet. I admit, I’m a little biased toward Don Steves. Both my sister and mother worked in the office and I feel like I grew up around the dealership. I remember walking to Don Steves every day after I got out of school at Sierra Vista. I’d go to the waiting room and wait for my mother to get off work. Employees from all departments would come and say hi to me. I’d visit with some of the salesmen like Joel Shubin and Steve Shambaugh. I’d stop in and say hi to Leasing Manager Ray Horth. I’d of course go in the office where my mom’s desk was and visit with Helen Ruiz and Gloria. I’d say hi to Patty Steves and Ginny. I got the impression that Tom Steves wasn’t too keen on having a fifth grade boy hanging out in his waiting room, but he tolerated it. Besides, it was all good when Miss Ellie gave me a job. I cleaned the fish tank regularly in the office. One of the coolest moments had to have been when I was watching television in the waiting room and racing legend John Force came in and sat down next to me. I don’t remember what we talked about, but he gave me some Jolly Ranchers. At the time, Don Steves was one of Force’s sponsors, so it was not surprising to see him there. It was also before he began racking up NHRA titles and becoming the most well known figure in drag racing. Back then, he was just some guy waiting with a 10- year-old boy passing time. It was a sad moment when Chevrolet closed the dealership. I felt a sense of community pride as the Steves continued to keep a car lot, which became the Autoplex, alive. However, it wasn’t quite the same and signs were there that there was going to be a change. It is now time for that change.

The property will become a gated housing community with 32 detached homes. There has been some talk around the community that we don’t need more homes, we need more businesses and jobs. The fact is…we need both. For the city to continue to grow and attract new businesses like the highly anticipated Sprouts, we need homes. We need more consumers to show businesses that we have the bodies to shop at those retailers. Some in the community point to our neighboring cites like Brea, Fullerton and Whittier and the large retail stories they have and new businesses. Why can’t La Habra be like that? They have consumers. They can show that they will bring people in to justify building large retailers. Adding to that, they all have freeways, which bring in more consumers, which is attractive to businesses. We don’t have that. We have to show retailers our population. If our population doesn’t show growth, then businesses are less likely to want to come to our city. The new homes on the Don Steves property, the Habitat for Humanity homes on La Habra, the completion of Brio on Euclid and Avo on Walnut are showing that we are growing. It’s showing that we have new and more consumers. The old Beckman property, in what is actually Fullerton, is rumored to be homes. If that is the case, then that can be used to show population growth in our area. Yes, it’s technically Fullerton, but if we have stores on Harbor, they will shop in La Habra. So, it is a delicate balance, or even a chicken and the egg complex. We all want businesses in La Habra, we want the larger retailers and even the mom-and-pop shops that other cities have, but to do that we need to add some houses and continue to grow as a city. We should look to welcome the development of these homes, and know that they will help us see more businesses come to the community. The landscape will hopefully continue to change. We just need to embrace it, grow with it and make sure that the changes continue to benefit our community. —The Editor

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Michael “Mickey” Kolonics

Dedicated family and football man

Mickey passed away peacefully in the early morning of August 13 of heart failure while surrounded by his family at his home in Placentia. Mickey was 74 years old. Mickey was born on February 11, 1940 to Michael and Alberta Kolonics in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was the older brother to the late Diann Albert. He graduated from St. Peters High School in 1958. During high school, Mickey was being recruited by the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team until an unfortunate leg injury ended his early baseball career. After high school, Mickey began working for S & H Green Stamps. Mickey met his wife Dora in 1963 while “cruzin the avenue”, it was love at first sight. They were married on September 26, 1964. Mickey and Dora raised three children, Michael, Kelly and Kristina. The family moved to California in 1971 where Mickey began to work for Gilmore Envelopes. The year 1974 brought La Habra Pop Warner into the family. Mickey began coaching in 1976, a pastime that spanned over 30 years. His love for football was shared with many families and multiple generations as several players came back through the years to join his coaching staff. In addition to football, Mickey

February 11, 1940 – August 13, 2014


Sharon Gail (Schuttenhelm) Luce March 20, 1937 – August 12, 2014

Loving mother, grandmother

enjoyed golfing and in 1981 sank a hole-in-one on the 9th hole at the Diamond Bar Country Club, a feat he was extremely proud of. Mickey and Dora enjoyed traveling in their retirement years. Some of his favorite trips include Kauai, Branson, Mt. Rushmore and San Antonio. Mickey is survived by his wife Dora, children Mike (Alanna), Kelly, Kristina and grandchildren BK, Michael, Nathaniel and David. A Celebration of Life in Mickey’s honor will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 4 p.m. in Brea. For directions and to RSVP please call Kelly at (714) 904-2733. An online memorial was created in loving memory of Mickey. Please sign his guestbook and let us know you came to visit at: www. mickey-kolonics.virtual-memorials.com Mickey will be remembered forever.

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Red Ribbon Week October 19th to 25th

Red Ribbon Breakfast Thursday, October 23rd at the La Habra Community Center “Love Yourself, Be Drug Free!” Adults: $18, Students/Children: $15 Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 15th. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. For more information, please contact Melissa Flores at (562) 383-4209 or email: mflores@lahabraca.gov

Celebrate Red Ribbon Art Contest Kids 18 years old and under are invited to Submit your artwork to the Community Center by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22nd. Categories are: *Photography *Visual Arts *Literature *Film Production

Winners will be announced at the Red Ribbon Breakfast.

Sharon Luce, 77, passed away August 12 in Bloomington, IL from complications following a stroke and shoulder and hip fractures. She was born on March 20, 1937 in La Crosse, WI to Arthur and Wilma Schuttenhelm. She attended Onalaska High School, and married Charles H. Luce, Jr on March 13, 1954. In 1961, she moved to La Habra with her husband, five children, and her in-laws. She would later remark “California was made for me”. She remained in La Habra until October 2009 when she moved to Bloomington, Illinois to live with her daughters, Terry and Linda. In the ’60s, she went to work in the growing computer industry as a printed circuit board inspector at Lockheed Electronics. She retired in 2007 as an engineer from Winonics in Brea. Her leisure time was filled with fun coupled with philanthropic activities. She was an active member of the El Monte Emblem Club #159 for over three decades, serving in numerous roles from committee chairman to club President. She also enjoyed the frivolity of the Red Hat Society for over 10 years. She loved sports and would happily watch any televised sport. She loved to bowl and was a member of bowling leagues for nearly 40 years. Arthritis prevented her from continuing to bowl but she still loved to watch it on t.v. While she watched

all sports, and teams, she did have favorites. They include the LA Lakers (especially Kobe), Green Bay Packers, USC Trojans, LA Dodgers, and the Denver Broncos. Proud of her roots, she maintained a membership with the Onalaska Historical Society. Her upbringing in the Lutheran faith remained a very important part of her life. She was an active member of the Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, serving in the ladies alter guild and the Stephen Ministry. She joined the Christ Lutheran Church in Normal after moving to Illinois. Her parents and older sister Gwen Proksch preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother Robert “Bob” (Patti) Schuttenhelm of Sturgeon Bay, WI; a younger sister Mary (Conrad) Steele of Viroqua, WI; her four daughters (Terry Luce and Linda Luce of Bloomington, IL; Tammy (Robert) Shogren of Yucaipa, CA; Gail (Steve) Johnson of Burlington, KS); her son CJ Luce of Ochlocknee, GA; nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Memorial service was held, August 16 in Bloomington, IL.

Cliff Gewecke, June 8, 1932 – August 8, 2014

La Habra dance instructor

Cliff Gewecke, who taught social dance classes for the City of La Habra Community Services Department for at least two decades, before retiring in 2013, passed away on August 8. He was born in Evanston, Wyoming on June 8, 1932 and moved with his family to Maywood, California in 1943. He graduated from Bell High School in 1950, where he served as his class vice-president, played all league shortstop, served as sports editor of the student newspaper, and won sports writing awards. Because of the latter, he won a full scholarship in journalism to USC, where he lettered in baseball as a shortstop under famed coach Rod Dedeaux. He received his bachelors degree in 1954 and followed it up with a master’s degree in Political Science in 1956. Following two years’ post-college service in the army, Cliff joined the staff of the Huntington Park Daily Signal as sports editor in 1958, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. During his career in journalism, he covered the first Super Bowl (in Los Angeles), attended four Olympic Games, and interviewed many of the sports superstars of the day. He also served as California sports correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and freelanced articles for Sports Illustrated and other magazines. In addition, he wrote three books, Advantage Ashe (on tennis great Arthur Ashe), The Official Book of Running (with Bill Emmerton) and

Day by Day in Dodgers History. Cliff always enjoyed dancing, and when he retired, he decided to take lessons. Concerned that signing up with a big box dance school might be a rip-off, he signed on at local Skippy Blair’s Golden State Dance Teachers Association, and taught his first dance class on his 50th birthday, June 8, 1982. In addition to teaching for the City of La Habra, he also taught for the cities of Downey, Long Beach, Fullerton and La Mirada. His classes included Swing (East Coast, West Coast, Lindy), Waltz, Foxtrot, Rhumba, Salsa, Samba, Cha Cha, Merengue, Slow Dance, Hustle, Freestyle, Argentine Tango and Country Western. In 2007, he celebrated his 75th birthday/25th year of teaching dance with friends and students-throughthe-years in Downey, and in 2010, he calculated that he’d taught 35,000 people to dance. Cliff always attributed his success as an instructor to his patience and not rushing his students, because he considered himself a slow learner. He also was forever positive, his favorite dance quote being, “if you stumble, make it part of the dance.” Services were held at Rose Hills on August 19.

COMMUNITY RELIGIOUS SERVICES Bethany Romanian Baptist Church 1431 W. La Habra Blvd. La Habra, CA 90631 (562) 690-3844

Beth Shalom 14564 Hawes Street, Whittier, CA 90604 562-941-8744 Erev Shabbat Services every Friday at 7:30 pm Shabbat Services every Saturday at 9:45. Calvary Chapel 1370 South Euclid Street La Habra (714) 446-6222 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., & 11 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. www.cclhabra.org Calvary Chapel Into the Light 217 North Walnut Street La Habra (562) 690-3000 Services: Sunday (English) 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Spanish) 10:30 a.m. Casa de Oracion 150 E. 1st Ave. La Habra, CA 90631 (562) 278-4282 Services: Thursday 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Church of Christ 1621 West Lambert Road La Habra (562) 697-4115 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 2351 E La Habra Blvd. La Habra (562) 691-1212 Community Bible Church 401 E. 1st Ave. La Habra (562) 691-2798 Service: Sunday 11 a.m. Crossroads Community Church 222 N. Euclid La Habra (562) 691-6674 Service: Sunday 10 a.m. Emanuel Lutheran Church 150 N. Palm Street La Habra (562) 691-0656 Service: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Family Bible Church 123 E. 2nd Ave. La Habra (562) 694-9900 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. Facebook: Family Bible Church of La Habra

Green Hills Baptist 2200 West Imperial Hwy. La Habra (562) 943-7291 Services: Sunday (English) 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. (Spanish) 11 a.m. (Korean) 1 p.m.

Mission Presbyterian Church 1901 E. Lambert Rd. Suite 105 La Habra (714) 448-3305 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.. mid-week study

Heights Worship Center International Ministries 2000 West Road La Habra Heights (626) 893-9963 Service: Sunday 8:30-10 a.m. Friday: 7 p.m. Youth worship & Adult Connection Rev. N. Jaren Lapasaran, Jr. - Sr. pastor www.hwcim.org

Na Sung 1620 Fullerton Road La Habra Heights (562) 690-7979 Services: Sunday 8 a.m., 11 a.m.

Hillcrest Congregational 2000 West Road La Habra Heights (562) 947-3755 Service: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Inglesia Bautista 700 W. La Habra Blvd. La Habra (562) 691-8162 Services: Sunday 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Bible Sudy, prayer service Wed. 7 p.m. Bilingual services Korean Gospel Presbyterian Church 1751 West La Habra Boulevard La Habra (562) 694-6214 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., 11 a.m. La Habra Christian Church 400 Bella Vista Drive La Habra Heights (562) 691-0514 Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

New Life Church of La Habra 740 E. Lambert Rd. Unit E La Habra (562) 694-5534 newlifechurchlahabra.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m., 6 p.m.; Our Lady of Guadalupe 900 West La Habra Boulevard La Habra (562) 691-0533 www.olglahabra.org Call or visit for service information Potter’s Christian Fellowship 740 East Lambert Road La Habra (562) 690-7020 Service: Sunday 10 a.m. Rehoboth Reformed Church 501 South Idaho Street #120 La Habra (626) 820-9390 Service: Sunday 10 a.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church 111 W. Las Palmas Drive Fullerton, CA 92835 714-879-8290 Services: Sunday Liturgical 8.a.m. and 11 a.m. Praise: 9:30 a.m.


Vineyard North Orange County 615 S. Palm St La Habra (562) 697-4600 Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. The Warehouse Foursquare Church 16200 E. Amber Valley Dr. Whittier (562) 690-5109 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

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La Habra Foursquare Mission 324 E. 1st Ave. La Habra (562) 694-2224 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. La Habra Hills Presbyterian 951 N. Idaho Street La Habra (562) 691-3296 Service: Sunday 10 a.m. La Habra United Methodist 631 N. Euclid St. La Habra (562) 691-1797 Service: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Lighthouse Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 550 N. Euclid St. La Habra (562) 697-1364 Service: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Lutheran Church of the Master 1601 West La Habra Blvd. La Habra (562) 697-2884 Service Sunday 9 a.m.

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Empowering Students to be Creative Thinkers and Problem Solvers August 26, 2014 Our schools cannot do it alone. We applaud and appreciate the support we receive from the La Habra community. We can all share a sense of pride in the strategic growth in our academic programs in the 2014-15 school year.

Engage! Innovate! Educate! Designing innovative lessons that engage students to acquire the knowledge and skills for the 21st Century is no easy task. The new Common Core State Standards define what students need to know and be able to do, but this is just the beginning. Developing curriculum and designing lessons is left up to school districts. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity.

Welcome to Our New Administrators A new school year is bringing new administrators to several of our schools and District Office. Welcome to the newest members of our administrative team and to some familiar faces who have new leadership positions. Patsy Jaimes Director of Special Education. Patsy comes to La Habra from ABC Unified School District where she was the Director of Student Support Services and was instrumental in developing and implementing programs that made a positive impact on the services for students with special needs. Patsy has served students and families in the local area for many years and has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has experience as a Program Coordinator and University instructor in Special Education. Her breadth of training and experience will be a great addition to our Special Education Department. We are very pleased to welcome Patsy to the La Habra City School District.

Sheryl Tecker Director of Programs and Assessment.

We know that students learn when they are actively engaged in the lesson. We also know that, with technology, the speed of change and students’ access to information far surpasses our experience when we were students. The art of teaching in this environment demands new strategies and approaches. On Thursday, August 14th, there was great excitement in the air as we welcomed our Certificated Staff back to a new school year to take on this challenge. Dr. Gregory Washington, Dean of the UCI Samueli School of Engineering was our keynote speaker. Dr. Washington shared the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education in our schools. He encouraged our teachers to provide their students the opportunity to work collaboratively and creatively to invent solutions to problems.

Sheryl is an experienced leader in the La Habra City School District. She joined the District as the Assistant Principal at Washington Middle School in 1999 and has since served as the Principal of both Las Lomas and Las Positas. Sheryl has a Master’s Degree in both Education and Educational Administration. Prior to coming to La Habra she was an administrator in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. Sheryl has been instrumental in the support and implementation of many programs and initiatives in the District. We are excited that she will be able to share her experience and expertise in supporting all of our schools in the implementation of the Common Core Standards and 21st Century Learning opportunities.

George Lopez Ladera Palma Principal. George joined the La Habra City School District as a middle school teacher in 2004. He became a Washington Middle School Patriot as the Assistant Principal in 2009 and was instrumental in supporting its transition to the School of Academics with a focus on Math and Science. George has a Master’s Degree in both Educational Technology and Educational Administration and is currently pursuing his doctorate at California State University, Fullerton. A dedicated educator, George is excited to apply his leadership skills to support our youngest learners.

Susan Goellrich Walnut School Principal Susan began her career as a teacher in La Habra in 1998. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Principal of Imperial Middle School in 2011, Susan was a Staff Support Teacher and Academic Coach. With her experience and Master’s Degree in Reading, Susan has been instrumental in supporting the development and implementation of research based strategies to support Early Literacy and Common Core Writing throughout the district.

Matt Cukro

Assistant Principal of Washington Middle School

Matt has been a teacher at Washington Middle School since 2010. As a Special Education classroom teacher, Matt has been instrumental in initiating and implementing new initiatives. In addition, he has taken on many leadership positions to support all students. Matt is originally from New York State where he received his Master’s Degree in Education and experience in School Counseling. Washington Middle School is proud to introduce their newest Patriot Administrator, Matt Cukro.

Following his presentation, Dr. Washington challenged our teachers to solve an engineering challenge. It was truly a 21st Century learning experience as our teachers practiced the 4 C’s – Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking.

Michele Robinson Imperial Middle School Assistant Principal Michele comes to La Habra from Orange Unified where she was an Instructional Specialist. She has also been an Assistant Principal, Academic Coach and teacher in the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District. These positions have provided her many varied opportunities and experiences. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and has broad experience in facilitating the development of programs to support students across the spectrum of academic ability. We are pleased to welcome Michele to Imperial Middle School, the Academy of the Arts.

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WATER: Cities look to conserve From Page 1

La Habra Heights Water Board also draws some of its water from ground water in the San Gabriel Valley Basin, which is managed by the Water Replenishment District. The Heights area’s wells are located approximately eight miles from the city. The remaining water used in the Heights is purchased from the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District. According to Saykali , for cities using groundwater is significantly less expensive than using imported water. Water purchased from MWD costs approximately $900 per acre foot. An acre foot is equal to approximately 326,000 gallons of water. Groundwater pumped from the La Habra Basin costs approximately $200 per acre foot to pump. “This provides our 13,000 City of La Habra water customers with a degree of insulation from water rate increases that can affect other communities,” said Rob Ferrier, assistant to the city manager of La Habra. According to Ferrier, La Habra is “investing in our groundwater infrastructure.” He explained that La Habra is looking to target the purchase of additional water shares in Cal Domestic Water. “Water from Cal Domestic also happens to be less expensive than MWD water (about $325 per acre foot) and we feel that strategy was in the best interest of our community,” Ferrier said. “So far the strategy has worked as we have been less impacted than other communities that rely solely on MWD.” Saykali explained that we need about 4,500 acre feet as a safe yield of water for La Habra that will allow the ground to recharge the water. Ferrier added that La Habra promotes a variety of water conservation techniques, such as encouraging the use of drought tolerant or low water use plant material and work with developers as they propose projects to adopt design measures that limit the consumption of water. The city has implemented this with its landscaping across the city. The city also uses reclaimed water when watering landscape across the city.

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AGENDA ITEM NO. Courtesy of La Habra MEETING GettingIitbfrom the ground: DATE: With three pumping stations now on line, the city of La Habra has moved to having to import about half of its water from outside sources.

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Step on grass and see if it springs back. If it does, don’t need to water that day. Saves 750-1500 gallons per month

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LH teens win Taco Bell award By Christina Ledesma La Habra Journal

Five La Habra Teens Win Camp Taco Bell’s Scholarship Award Five local teens from the La Habra Boys and Girls Club received $25,000 as part of a groundbreaking scholarship and education program sponsored by Taco Bell. Ismenen Rodriguez, Steffani Castillo, Brett Simmons, Vincent Avelar and Marco Ruiz all participated in Camp Taco Bell and won the top scholarship award. Camp Taco Bell, a two-day event held at Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, is geared toward inspiring teens to stay focused in high school and provide them with an opportunity to gain career training. Each teen received $5,000 towards his or her college education. A grant of $2,500 will also go to the Keystone Club, a team leadership program at the Boys & Girls Club that all five teens participate in. “Taco Bell definitely gave us direction,” said Ruiz. “It really discussed a lot of important things that we would have to face with education and going into a professional business. It was really cool to see how much they care for their teen programs and seeing how they could still be professional, but in a fun way.” At the Camp Taco Bell event, the teens were asked to create a Taco Bell menu item, create a marketing plan and sell their item in a restaurant. The teens were then asked to present their product to the judges. The two top finalists were then chosen to compete in the “Camp Taco Bell Taste-Off “Throughout the two-day camp, teens experience the major steps we take at Taco Bell to develop and launch a new product by participating in workshops with Taco Bell experts,” said Alec Boyle, Taco Bell’s public affairs and brand reputation specialist. The La Habra teens created the “Jalartio,” a deepfried burrito with rice, beans, cheese, chicken and jalapenos. On Aug. 16, they sold their product at the Taco Bell in Huntington Park between 9 a.m.

Photo courtesy of La Habra Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club of La Habra adviser Crystal Cisneros and the team of Marco Ruiz (in sombrero), Vincent Avelar, Steffani Castillo, Brett Simmons, Ismenen Rodriguez won the scholarship after selling their menu item, the Jalarito, at a Huntington Park Taco Bell.

and 1 p.m. Together they sold 352 Jalartios and With the support of their customers, franchisearned $874 in sales. es, employees and vendor-partners, the Taco Bell “The Teens from the Boys and Girls Club of La Foundation for Teens is committed to inspiring Habra had so much spirit, passion and energy! and empowering teens to graduate from high They truly embody what we, at Taco Bell, say it school and gain career training. The reality today means to “live más,” stated Boyle. is that many teens are struggling to graduate and For the last 20 years, the Taco Bell Foundation find the resources they need to become successful. for Teens, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) public benefit Taco Bell utilizes its programs to reach out to them. corporation, has awarded more than $45 million “We founded the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens in grants and scholarships towards education and in 1992 with a desire to help teens because they career readiness for teens. According Boyle, the are our customers, our friends and our families,” foundation has served more than 2 million teens Boyle said. “They’re also our employees, making in 6,000 communities where Taco Bell restaurants up 30 percent of our team members. And most are located across the country. importantly, they our future!” La Habra Boys & Girls Club Teens (from left toare right)

Marco Ruiz (in sombrero), Vincent Avelar, Seffani Castillo, Brett Simmons, Izzy Rodriguez



Heralds accept ALS challenge By Sarah Fenton La Habra Journal

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken social media by storm in an effort to raise awareness of the neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Thousands have dumped water on their heads and donated money since the challenge started, but Rolland Esslinger, Whittier Christian High School’s Athletic Director, had a very personal reason to take the challenge. Esslinger’s dad was diagnosed with ALS and passed away from the disease a year ago. “For me it’s really personal because I dedicated this to my dad and so for my family it’s great,” said Esslinger. “My mom nominated me to do the challenge and the idea was not just to take the bucket, but to also raise money. Our goal was to raise $1,000. We’ve already surpassed that and I’m hoping we can really make a significant contribution.” Those who are nominated to do the challenge have the option to either dump a bucket of ice water on their head, donate money to the ALS Association, or both. “The ALS Association was really good with me and my family and helping my dad,” said Esslinger. “They gave us equipment that we needed, that we didn’t really know that we need because when he got to the point where he was completely immobile we needed a lot of help. It’s just not a very common thing so if the challenge can help and raise a lot of money then I think it’s great.” Instead of doing the challenge by himself Esslinger invited his son, Brett Esslinger, Whittier Christian’s head of school, Carl Martinez, and six Whittier Christian coaches to partake in the challenge with him. “It’s a great opportunity for our school community to come together as one,” said Martinez. “ALS is obviously a terrible disease so we want to be apart of raising funds towards it, not just doing it because of the willful hype of what’s going on. We want to be humble servants and to serve those around us and it’s a huge oppor-

tunity for us to do that today. It’s our mission coming alive on campus.” The challenge took place on the football field with Esslinger and the other participants sitting side by side as students and athletes rallied around to support. “We had a school assembly to really tell the whole school what it’s all about so they wouldn’t think its just a matter of us getting water dumped on us,” said Esslinger. The athletes gathered behind the participants, did a countdown, and simultaneously dumped the buckets of ice water on their heads. While Esslinger is happy that the challenge continues to raise awareness, he is also aware of the criticism it has received for wasting water in the middle of a drought, so he came up with a solution. “I know there’s been some controversy about wasting water so what I did is I asked our maintenance crew to shut the water off for a day so that we’re actually saving water today by doing this,” said Esslinger. “I understand the need to conserve water and we want to be respectful to that.” Once the challenge was completed, Esslinger nominated all the athletic directors of the schools in the Olympic league to accept the challenge and to get their schools involved. “This means a lot to me,” said Esslinger, “and the main thing is to raise money for the cause, so if we can do that then, perfect.”

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Above: Members of the Whittier Christian athletics department and principal take part in the ice bucket challenge for ALS. Right: WCHS Athletic Director Rolland Esslinger (far right) stands with his family and a picture of his father who passed away from ALS. Esslinger initiated the challenge at WCHS and shared his personal story of ALS as a way to educate the students. Further, he challenged the athletic directors in the Olympic League to do the challenge and donate. WCHS raised more than $1,000 for donation prior to the challenge.



Don Steves Autoplex set to become housing community

By Jay Seidel La Habra Journal

There will be a change to east Whittier Boulevard in La Habra. The La Habra City Council unanimously approved the rezoning and development plan of the Don Steves Autoplex at the city council meeting on August 18. The plan that was proposed by the SummerHill Homes and approved by the La Habra Planning Commission will create 32 detached single-family homes on the property of La Habra’s iconic former Chevrolet dealership that is set to close on August 30. The gated Cervetto housing community at 1001 E. Whittier Blvd. will include roads that pay tribute to the Don Steves dealership. Roy Ramsland, planning manager in the community development department, said that the two internal roadways in the community will be named Ellie Way, in honor of Eleanor Steves and Doves Nest, which is an anagram of Don Steves. “The name Cervetto is even an anagram of the word Corvette,” Ramsland explained that the developer is looking to recognize the former Chevrolet dealership. The location includes additional landscaping and some changes to the current wall along the west property line. Some residents raised some con-

cern about the wall and security of the channel that runs along the west side of the property. Plans call for the reduction of the current eight-foot wall and adding some landscaping to allow for everyone in the adjacent properties to enjoy the channel. “We do high quality infill development,” said Kevin Dougherty, vice president of development for SummerHill Homes. “We wanted to leave as much alone and allow for everyone to enjoy the natural area. Dougherty explained that they have been and will continue to work with the neighboring homeowners to make sure all parties are satisfied with the development. The developer will also create a meandering sidewalk along Whittier Boulevard with additional landscaping. Linda Steves, owner of the Don Steves Auto Complex explained that she and her family “love this community,” but added that since Chevrolet closed the dealership, it became too difficult for the family to maintain. She expressed how happy and supportive she, and her family, was of this development and feel that it is a good use of the property that they had owned since 1952. With the approval of the proposed development, construction can start on the new homes in September.

Courtesy City of La Habra New homes: The plan calls for 32 detached homes to be built on the property that is currently the Don Steves Autoplex. In the above diagram, Whittier Boulevard runs along the left side of the plans. The bottom portion of the plan is adjacent to Stater Brothers. The lower drawing shows the homes.

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12 ENTERTAINMENT LH Depot’s Importance of Being Earnest By Jay Seidel La Habra Journal

The La Habra Depot Theater reopens its doors Sept 5 with the performance of Oscar Wilde’s comedy “ “The Importance of Being Ertnest.” The story is set in the Victorian era where a responsible, mild-mannered Jack Worthing is living a double life. He is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen. However, Algernon and Gwendolen the person she’s in love with he is Jack’s imaginary alter ego—his younger brother Ernest. Jack created the character of Ernest so he could do whatever he liked in London and no one would ever think it was him. However, Algernon catches on to Jack’s ploy and he decides to be Ernest himself in order to woo Jack’s young ward, Cecily. Gwendolen and Cecily work to untangle the confusion in order to marry the Ernest that they love; comedy and confusion ensue in this play.

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Comparing notes: Cecily(Justine DeAngelo) and Gwendolen (Amanda Riisager) compare their notes about who Ernest proposed to first in the performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” which starts Sept. 5 at the Depot Theater in La Habra.

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Are you ready for some Friday night football?


August 29 marks the opening night for high school football. Here is a look at the opening day matchups.

La Habra vs. El Toro La Habra Stadium 7:00

Sonora at Whittier

After going 10-2 and undefeated in the Freeway League, The Highlanders look to avenge their unexpected exit in last year’s CIF playoffs. The new-look Highlanders have a lot of returning players in the skill areas. Junior Eric Barriere looks to lead the high-powered offense. The El Toro Chargers had a rough year last season going 4-6 and 1-4 in a tough South Coast League. The Chargers are sure to throw the ball and challenge the Highlander secondary in an effort to combat La Habra explosive offense.

California High Stadium 7:00

The Raiders will take the field with one of the most veteran teams in the Freeway League. With 18 starters returning, 10 of which from offense. Sonora is looking to turn around last year’s record (2-8, 1-4) and make a run for the CIF playoffs. They will start the season against a tough Whittier team. The Cardinals (4-6, 1-4) battled in the Del Rio League. Look for the Raiders to come out strong and make a statement early.

Whittier Christian vs. Bishop Whittier College 7:00

The Heralds once again open the season against Bishop High School, but this time it’s on home turf. Whittier Christian lost some veteran starters, including QB Ryan Esslinger, but bring back veteran running back Nick Watase and almost the entire offensive line. Look for the Heralds to build off of their record last year (6-4, 2-2) and battle for the Olympic League Title.

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Raider Cross County ready to run “It’s more than a class, it’s a sport. That’s what people don’t understand about cross country.”


Sonora head coach Jose Diaz said about his team.

ith the Sonora Cross country season set to begin Wednesday September 24th. Coach Diaz has high expectations for his team. This is a team that may have doubled their numbers compared to last year. This year Diaz could trot out close to 70 guys and 40 girls, many of them freshman and sophomores they attracted during open house and throughout the school year. In addition many of the top soccer players will also be competing in cross country, bringing not only numbers and athletes but a competitiveness that has not been seen in years. Diaz last watched the Raiders Boys varsity team take home a league title in 2007. This was Diaz’ first year as a head coach, after he took over for Fabian Ruelas. The jump in numbers has allowed Diaz to focus his attention on the athletes and actually coach the runners, rather than just see that runners come to practice. For many cross country runners, the stuggle goes beyond the miles. Yes a race is three miles, and often a practice ranges from 5 to 8 miles, but in addition a runner learns discipline, perseverance, and dedication. Anyone who has ever been out of shape and tried to get back in shape can relate to the difficulty you experience when you have to start running, start eating better, and do all the things it takes to prevent injury. “You bring everything out of yourself within that sport and in turn you have those things that you learn from the sport and they become assets when you do graduate,” Diaz said about how his athletes can benefit from this experience. “It becomes a life long learning experience and it teaches you how to get through situations,” Diaz said. Coach Diaz has needed to take some of his own medicine in perseverance as they finished last on the boys varsity side and fourth on the girls side. However the girls finished second in league finals and bring back all of their runners, and the boys will also have plenty of young and talented runners. “We’ve come a long ways, I’m glad and I’m really happy for this season and I think we are going to do a lot of great things this year; and it’s not just this year it’s next year and the year after that and the year after that,” Diaz said. This team will be led by Ashley Bordy who was a freshman last year, and will make a case to be among the top Varsity girl runners, and Jonah Rojo who is entering his senior year. Rojo, the fourth year cross country runner came into the summer expecting to lead his team but was hit by a car and broke his arm. He is healed up and ready for the season but has needed to work extra to stay in shape and recover. His effort along with some additional leadership and plenty of bodies could be the building blocks for an exciting year for the Raiders Cross Country team.


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Lady Highlanders loaded and ready to go By Sarah Fenton La Habra Journal

Volleyball season is right around the corner and the La Habra High School volleyball team is ready to play and fight for the title this year. La Habra finished second in the Freeway League and made it to the second round of playoffs last season. With six starters returning and some new additions from JV, the Lady Highlanders are hoping for a league title this year. “I expect to see them fight. I expect to see a big fight from them every match,” said Head Coach Adrianne Spear. “I expect to see them fight to the nail to get to that 25 point mark and I’m looking forward to watching that fight come from them.” Instead of playing in a summer league, La Habra spent the summer training and enhancing their skills. The Lady Highlanders put their training to the test when they played together for the first time at the Queens of the Court Tournament last weekend. The Highlanders won some games against tough teams and finished fourth in their pool on the first day of the tournament. They came back the next day seeded third, took second in their pool, and won their bracket in the playoffs. “This was our very first time playing together this summer,” said Coach Spear. “We didn’t do summer league. We’ve just been training and when we went there we just wanted to compete. They showed a lot of promise with competing and I’m really excited for this year and to see what’s going to happen.” La Habra will also compete in three other tournaments this season: Dave Mohs, Segerstrom, and La Jolla.

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Getting ready: La Habra head volleyball coach Adrianne Spear talks with her team and gets them ready for a match last year, The Lady Highlanders will make a run at the league title and a return to the CIF playoffs with this year’s squad that includes many returning varsity players.

While the Lady Highlanders are still working on their blocking and passing, expect to see strong defense, serving, and attacking from the girls this season. “All in all I think we’re balanced and it’s exciting to see a balanced team so far this early on, so that’s a good thing,” said Coach Spear. With some tough competition in the Freeway League, every game will push the teams to fight for the win, but La Habra is ready for the battle. “Everyone wants to win league,” said Coach Spear. “What I want to see from my team is them loving the game and playing because they love it and playing because they want to compete. I want to see competition and competing

from them this year.” La Habra’s first preseason game is against Brea Olinda High School on September 3 at La Habra High Schol.

The Lady Highlanders are looking forward to another great season and they encourage their fans to come out and watch them play.

LADY HIGHLANDERS SCHEDULE All matches 5:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) 10/16 Sonora 10/21 Buena Park 10/23 @ Fullerton 10/28@ Sunny Hills 10/30 Troy 11/04 @ Sonora 6 p.m.

9/3 Brea Olinda 5 p.m. 9/9 @ La Serna 5 p.m. 9/16 @ California 9/18 Whittier Christian 10/02 @ Buena Park 10/06 @ Fullerton 10/08 Sunny Hills 10/21 Buena Park


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