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Annual Teddy Bear Mixer

December 19, 2012

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The El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce held their annual Teddy Bear Mixer last Wednesday at the Grace Black Community Center. The fundraiser the El Monte/ South El Monte Emergency Resource Center (ERA) with corporate sponsorship donations and the admission to the Mixer was an unwrapped toy. “We are very grateful to our member sponsors for their generous donations”, stated Ken Rausch, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, “we were able to give the ERA $3,000.00 in cash donations and over 100 toys”. The corporate sponsors included, Longo ToyotaScion-Lexus, Brown's

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Company, Cardinal Industrial Finishes, Lamp Post Pizza, Ted Levine Drum, Wukmir Heating and Air Conditioning, Donna Duncan, El Monte Association, New Stark Industrial, San Gabriel Valley Water Co.,Travis and Brown, Vons Credit Union, Wayne C. Clayton Foundation and Southern California Edison. In addition to the festivities, beautiful poinsettias were provided by Wilkie's Florist and Chamber of Commerce member restaurants provided a great selection of food that included, Cha Cafe, Goody's Restaurant, El Sombrero, El Patio Bar and Grill, Starbucks, Cielito Lindo, Di Pilla's Italian Restaurant, Shakey's Pizza and Mi Dolce Vita Cupcakes.

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GO METRO, METROLINK TO 2013 TOURNAMENT OF ROSES depart downtown Riverside at 5:30 a.m. and San Bernardino at 6:05 a.m., arriving in Los Angeles Union Station at 7:35 a.m., where parade goers can then ride the Metro Gold Line to attend the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Parade goers can access any of four Pasadena train stations close to the Parade route on Colorado Boulevard. Memorial Park and Del Mar stations are about two blocks from the Parade route; the Lake and Allen stations are approximately four blocks from the Parade route. Parking is available at several Metro Gold Line Stations, including Sierra Madre Villa, Del Mar, Fillmore, Heritage

Square, Lincoln Heights/ Cypress Park, Union Station, Indiana and Atlantic. Additional parking is available at stations servicing other countywide rail lines as well. Visit for a list of additional park & ride lots on the Metro System. Football fans attending the 99th Rose Bowl Game® Presented by VIZIO at 1:30 p.m. should take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. Upon arrival at the station, they should then walk three blocks west on Holly Street to the Parsons Corporation complex to catch the free Rose Bowl Game shuttle bus, with service starting at 10 a.m. The boarding location is on Pasadena Avenue,

north of Union Street. Buses will leave continually through quarter. Metro is also teaming up with the Tournament of Roses to provide easy access to view the parade. Take the Metro Gold Line to the Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena. Then board a shuttle bus level of the parking structure that provides direct service to Victory Park, where the 1-2. Shuttles will depart from Sierra Madre Villa Station until approximately 3 p.m. each day. Return service to Sierra Madre Villa will continue to 5:30 p.m. Shuttle hours of

operation are 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 1, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 2. On Jan. 2 from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m., only seniors and disabled will be allowed into the viewing area. During the hours of operation the shuttle buses will pick up the station. Regular fares will apply. Metro does not allow eating, drinking or smoking on board Metro trains or buses. To ensure public safety, Metro barbecues and oversized items such as ladders, umbrellas, tents, chairs and coolers from being brought on board the Metro Bus or Rail system. For additional information on Metro, visit

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local E V E N T S B OA R D El Monte's Annual Santa Float

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Thursday, Dec. 20, Santa Claus, El Monte Council Members and their families will travel throughout El Monte on the City’s Santa Float, spreading holiday joy and good will on Thursday, Dec. 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Santa and friends will leave from the new Public Works facility at 4000 Arden Dr., and take a neighborhood run to the Bonwoods Apartments on the City’s Red Trolley. Children can take photos with Santa Claus from 6-8 p.m

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Magnolia Learning Center Students Bring Holiday Cheer to Alliance Nursing and Rehabilitation Center El Monte

By Michele Earle

With hand-made holiday from Pastor Gil from New crafts and joy in their hearts, Hope Church who worked students from the Magnolia with the students for several Learning Center visited the weeks. MLC’s puppeteers Alliance Nursing and Rehaincluded Joseph, Manuel, bilitation Center to spread a Lacinda, Sergio, Ximena and little holiday cheer to the resi- Stacy. dents. Passing out holiday crafts they made in class, students wished the residents happy holidays and were grateful for the opportunity to bring a smile to their faces. The students also performed a puppet show which the residents really enjoyed. The students learned their puppetry skills MLC’s puppeteers included Joseph, Manuel, Lacinda, Sergio, Ximena and Stacy.

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The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce will hold its 33rd Annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Pomona Valley Mining Company in Pomona, California. The Chamber will be honoring Mrs. LaShawn Gillespie of Foothill Transit for her role as Chair of the Board during 2012 and will be installing Mr. George Poitou of SCE Federal Credit Union as Chair of the Board for 2013 along and Directors for the coming year. The Joe DiShanni

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Business of the Year award as well as the Business Person of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Employee of the Year, and Citizen of the Year awards will also be presented at this event. Cost to attend is $60 per person or $550 for a table of eight which will silent auction, and casino-like gaming fun at the close of the program. Reservations must be received by January 11, 2013 and can be made online at www.irwindalechamber. org or by calling the Chamber

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tographer David Siegrist. El Monte Women's Club held their December meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in the auditorium of the El Monte Community Center. Amid the beautiful decorations (from Holiday House) everyone, members and guests were put in the Christmas spirit. The meeting was conducted by First Vice President Rita Cazares in the absence of Lorene Gutierrez, President, who was on holiday in Hawaii. The meeting began at 11:00 AM. A short business meeting, bragging time, led by Eva Stoltz and a celebration of December birthdays was conducted by Birthday Chairman Emily Ishigaki. A delicious Christmas Luncheon, many dishes contributed by members, with homemade tamales the main feature. December Christmas Lunch Hostess was Emily Ishigaki. A Christmas tradition has been established with the El Monte High School Music Department. This is the 19th year that teacher and Music Director Joel Whistler has brought students to entertain and sing for the members and guests of the El Monte Women's Club. About 80 students sang, entertained and invited audience participation. Students have always been treated to cookies and punch, and now, for the past few years have also been gifted with small bags of candy.

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Holiday Eve Free Fares To help you enjoy the holidays safely, all Metro buses and trains will o=er free service on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Speci>cally, no fare will be charged from 9pm on Monday, December 24 until 2am Tuesday, December 25 and from 9pm on Monday, December 31 until 2am on Tuesday, January 1. Have a safe holiday. Go Metro.

Go Metro To The Rose Parade To really enjoy this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, use the Metro Gold Line and skip the tra;c and parking hassles. All Metro Rail lines will run overnight on December 31 to help you make your connections. Plan your trip at

Amid the hustle and bustle of the many things we do during this holiday season, the El Monte Business and Professional Women took the time to gather for a holiday Brunch and get together on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Mimi's Cafe in Monrovia. The group of 20, members, family and friends enjoyed dining, chatting and just being together for a time of comaraderie and holiday fun. President Mary Jo Kolakoski gave each attendee a guest towel tied together with red ribbon, a chocolate Santa, and a bell. Mavis Hansen handed out candy canes, Rita Cruz gave out small calendars for the new year and Carmen Simons brought her delicious homemade Christmas cookies which was a delicious treat for everyone. President Mary Jo proclaimed Carmen our BPW Kindness Angel for all the many times she cooks or bakes something delicious for all to share and for the many times that she has donated her goodies for fundraisers and meetings. President Mary Jo presented a gift of a beautiful scarf to Carmen. A photo of President Mary Jo Kolakoski, Mavis Hansen and Carmen Simons is at the end of this column. Thank you to pho-

Soroptimist International of El Monte held their December meeting and annul holiday celebration at the Ramada Inn, South El Monte, California on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Members and guests enjoyed fellowship, lunching together with a short business meeting planning events for the coming year. The monthly Bunco will not be held this month of December but will resume in January, 2013. In support of the local Woman's Shelter, all members brought wrapped gifts of pajamas and toys for the children. A gift exchange followed. Our community has three wonderful women's clubs which are dedicated to community service, El Monte Women's Club, the largest and the two smaller in membership, El Monte Business and Professional Women and El Monte/South El Monte Soroptimist International. \Women interested in community volunteer service are encouraged to seek membership. This is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for some it is a very sad time. Let us remember to keep those who have suffered the loss of someone dear to them in our hearts and prayers. To you and yours, Merry Christmas. See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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Teresa Dreyfuss, vice presiassumed the role of interim superintendent/president July 1, 2012. “The Board of Trustees has worked together diligently as well as with administrators and employee groups to formalize this process in the most effective manner,” says Board President Norma Garcia. “We understand the enormity of selecting just the right person to lead the institution. Taking into consideration a broad range of perspectives

unique needs will help us accomplish that goal.” This fall the Board of Trustees hired the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to facilitate the search process. ACCT is a nization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges nationwide and El Monte beyond. The initial phase of the search The cold, winters night made process began with the devel- the perfect setting for Twin Lakes School’s Family Readopment of a presidential proing Pajama Party where over 100 eager readers attended. the institution seeks in a new Dressed in cozy P.J.’s and leader. The Rio Hondo community was invited to provide fuzzy slippers, students, parents, grandparents, siblings their input at campus public and friends joined the Twin forums facilitated by the conLakes staff to celebrate the sultant. The Board of Trustees importance of reading. Nestled in comfortable bean bag chairs, on rugs Candidate recruitment will and at tables, the particitake place from December pants settled in for a night of reading. The school’s through March 8, and cancomputer lab was also didate evaluations and interopen for students to take views will take place from late March through mid April. Accelerated Reader Tests. Each child received a gift Finalists will visit Rio Hondo for attending, and over 40 in late April. It is anticipated that the board will appoint the away. new superintendent/president “It was a thoroughly in May outstanding and fun

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Twin Lakes' School Family Reading/Pajama Party by Michele Earle

night,” said Helen Heller, Twin Lakes principal. “Our students and families really enjoyed themselves and I thank everyone coming out and joining us for our pajama party. Our teachers and staff did a great job and we hope to host more family reading nights in the future.”

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San Gabriel/ Rosemead by Joe Castillo

10th annual Donate Life Rose Parade Float

By Lisa Bernfeld Temple City

Christmas Decorations….. There is no other season like the Christmas season for bring your house to life. Back when I was growing up, nearly every house had well placed Christmas lights and colorful Christmas decorations outlining their joyous home. And then along came the energy crisis in the 70’s and the economic downturn in the 80’s and before you knew it less and less houses were decorated and even less had Christmas lights. But the spirit of Christmas still exists today and this columnist did a short survey of where that Christmas spirit still lives. In a 30 minute drive through the City of San Gabriel, 165 residences were observed to have some sort of Christmas decoration and/o r lights. The best decorations included giant like Frosty the Snowman, Mickey Mouse Santa and a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. A snow globe with Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, and Winnie the Pooh characters decorated one house, while a teeter-totter Santa and reindeer were one of the more creative decorations observed. Lights and decorations were installed around windows, across the front of the house and on entire yards and houses. Some trees were wrapped with Christmas lights in a spiral design and one house actually had a decorative North Pole highlighting its front yard. Of the San Gabriel residences, Santa Claus was seen at 18 homes or 11% of the locations while a nativity scene was observed at 6 residences or 3.6%. In a 30 minute drive through the City of Rosemead, 100 residences were decorated

with Christmas objects and lights. Some of the unique decorations included a detrees decorated like a candy cane, a giant Sponge Bob and my favorite, a band of Nine Santa Claus’ or 9% were observed at the 100 houses and 2 nativity scenes or 2% were noticed. Overall, 265 houses which displayed some sort of Christmas decoration were located in only one hour of randomly driving through the two cities. It may not be as many as yesteryear but it sure showed that the spirit of Christmas still exists in our San Gabriel and Rosemead neighborhoods. Trying driving Christmas spirit…. Looking for Volunteers…. Savannah Cemetery is seeking prospective board members for the upcoming year. Board positions are volunteer positions which offer an opportunity to provide direction for Savannah Pioneer Cemetery, a California Historical Landmark. For more information contact the Joe Castillo, President of Savannah Cemetery at joeacastillo@aol. com.. . Holiday Laughs… Grizzled Chuck, an improve comedy show, will be appearing at the Padillo Room next to the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse on Friday December 28 at 7PM. The performers are college students who will perform comedic routines in a variety of skits. The program runs from 7 to 9PM with a $2.00 donation being asked. Refreshments will be available. Come on out and enjoy the fun and entertainment. Contact Matt at (626) 205-0021 for more information….

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Alicia Menchaca's youngest son, Matthew Bowers, was the light of her life with a smile that would brighten any room. He would often stop playing with his older brother Artie to jump on her lap, squeeze her cheeks and tell her he loved her. He also loved to help with chores, grab rags, and drench them with soapy water. One evening in May 1999, Alicia returned home from lances outside her apartment complex. A family member who was watching her sons had taken Matthew to the store across the street when he was hit by a car. Unable to completely grasp how this had happened, Alicia was driven to

LAC+USC Medical Center. Surrounded by her closest family and friends, she prayed all night. The next morning, she was told Matthew would not recover from the accident. Alicia ran to the elevators and rushed outside, where she was joined by a friend whose husband was in need of a new heart. Alicia thought of donating Matthew's organs and informed the hospital staff. Matthew's heart was too small for her friend's husband, but he was able to help a little boy to begin walking immediately after his heart recipients receive the gift of life from Matthew. According to Alicia, "This news was given to me after 10 years, because it took that long for me to become strong enough to ask about his organ recipients. The only fear I had was being told they were not used or the recipients was a tremendous blessing." At only age three, Matthew served a mighty purpose

and made an impact in this world. "I am so glad that I survived his loss and am able to share his story of how he touched so many lives," said Alicia. "And I'm glad that Matthew's gifts helped anher son's life."Matthew DONATE LIFE ROSE PARADE FLOAT Inspired by the 2013 Rose Parade® theme “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!™,”Donate Life’s looping, heart-laden tional journeys undertaken by all people affected by donation and transplantation. experienced the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and all points between on their roads from heartbreak to

hope,” said Bryan Stewart, chairman of mittee and vice president of communications at OneLetissue organization serving the greater Los Angeles area. “We honor equally people who have saved lives as donors and those who have received organ and tissue transplants that allowed them to carry on full lives, for the the communities in which they live". ful hearts representing the new life made possible by transplantation is grounded by a reverent dedication garpersonal messages honoring those who make the gift of life possible. The journey peaks with overlapping red and purple hearts representing the love and courage

Oliva Steps Down at San Gabriel San Gabriel


ude Oliva has resigned as the head football coach at San Gabriel he announced Monday. Over the course of his three seasons helming the Matadors program Oliva, one of the area’s most popular and respected coaches, compiled a 17-17 record, which includes a 9-5 record leave with great memories, great accomplishments, and great relationships built over an eleven year (coaching) career,” said Oliva. Oliva did not comment about his immediate future, but did share with Mid Valley staffer Duane Barker that he had nothing in coaching lined up. Married in 2010, and recently a father of a baby girl, speculation has often been made of Oliva’s future at San Gabriel. While serving on campus, he did not have a full time teaching position and was working in a “walk on” capacity in leading the football program. Several schools, including Muir, have made overtures to him in the past but none were able to couple an offer with a teaching job. “Just taking a step out on faith,” said Oliva. Oliva played for the Mataprogram rebounded under head coach Gary Orona and made the playoffs. Later he became a key assistant under Keith Jones and was part of the staff when SG went on its Later Oliva assumed the role of offensive coordinator from themselves as consistently having one of the most diverse and dynamic offenses in the valley. After going missing an Almont League title and playoff appearance by a combined four points, 2012, losing all three of its

long, heart-shaped pathway is lined with 72 memorial deceased donors that will be parade route.

play. In 2011, after beginning the year 1-4, Oliva guided his team to eight consecutive ance against Monrovia.

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Payne School Honors Pasadena Area Community College Students for STAR Tests by Michele Earle

Payne Elementary School’s third through sixth grade or advanced on the state’s Language Arts and Math assessments were honored at a special STAR celebration held at the school. “Congratulations to all the honorees for their hard work and excellent academic achievement,” said Payne’s very proud principal, Tony Lugo. “Your teachers, parents and all of Payne’s staff are so proud of you and we are happy to recognize you "Congratulations to all the honorees for their hard work and excellent academic achievement"

today for your efforts.” Extending his appreciation to the parents and family members, Mr. Lugo thanked them for the support they provide to their students and

for being excellent partners with the school to ensure student success. Joining in the celebration was Lourdes Hale, Mountain View School District’s Director II of Educational Services who

commented on the increase in the number of students who achieved recognition. “This year there is a larger group of honorees,” said Hale. “There are a lot more students being honored and I encourage the parents to keep motivating and inspiring your children and our teachers to keep doing the awesome job you are doing in the classrooms because it’s working. I look forward to another awesome year of academic growth for all the Payne Panthers,” she added.

Pasadena City College Launches Graduation Initiative Pasadena City College has launched the Graduation Initiative designed to make it easier for students to identify the courses they need in order to achieve their academic goals. At an online form to submit a request for a PCC counselor to review their academic records. In turn, students can determine how many classes they need in order to petition for graduation, transfer, or earn a CareerTech ceralso eliminates the need for students to come to PCC in person. Students who have completed at least 40 units at PCC and are nearing completion are encouraged to submit

a request. A counselor will review the information and send an email with a response in 4 weeks. “We are committed to helping students obtain the courses they need, refer them to support services to assist them in successfully completing their classes and ultimately to helping them realize their educational goals,” said Dr. Cynthia Olivo, Counseling and Career Services associate dean. The deadline for spring 2012 graduation petitions is Feb. 1, 2013. PCC commencement exercises will be on Friday, May 3, 2013. For more information, visit the Counseling and Career L, Room 104, or call (626) 585-7251

The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees held its annual organization meeting on Dec. 2013 calendar year. John Martin, who represents Temple City and portions of Arcadia, Rosemead, and El Monte (Area 6), was elected board president. He has been a member of the PACCD board since 1979. He is also the managing partner of John H. Martin L.L.C., a company that serves as a Contractual small business and does administrative work with the Kare Youth League in Arcadia. He succeeds Geoffrey L. Baum, 2012 president and Area 1 trustee overseeing the City of La Cañada Flintridge, the west Pasadena neighborhoods of San Rafael and Linda Vista, and the western portions of Altadena. Arcadia (Area 7) Trustee Dr. Anthony R. Fellow was elected board vice president. He is a professor of Communications at California

State University, Fullerton, where he was chair of one of the nation's largest university departments. A specialist in American media history and politics, Fellow was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. President's Commission in 2007. Fellow is a former vice chair of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, California's second largest legislative body. He also board of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. He was vice mayor and councilman in the City of El Monte for seven years and ran for the California State Assembly. Northwest Pasadena (Area 3) Trustee Berlinda Brown was elected board clerk. Before retiring, Brown worked as a health care professional for the Los Angeles CountyUniversity of Southern California Medical Center for more than 30 years. An immigrant from Costa

earned an associate in arts degree at East Los Angeles College. Brown also holds a B.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Board in 2009. Dr. Mark W. Rocha, Pasadena City College superintendent/president, was elected board secretary. The PACCD board consists of seven members and a student trustee. It is responsible for overseeing the performance of Pasadena City College, which serves more than 25,000 students each semester and provides vital educational services to the communities in the region. The board also voted to keep the day and time of regular and third Wednesday of the month, with open sessions beginning at 7 p.m. For more information about the PACCD Board of Trustees, call (626) 585-7202 or go to http://www.pasadena. edu/board/contact.cfm.

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Honors El Monte Moose Lodge On Sunday December 16th, vides for current and retired 2012 the El Monte Police police K-9s. The Moose has sociation Auxiliary. partnered with the El Monte sented the Association El Monte President, Ben Moose Lowry, made Lodge with the presentation an award to the Moose recognizing Lodge during a their service, Christmas party dedication, for children of and committhe community ment to the that was hosted residents of by the Moose El Monte at no cost to the since 1955. children or famiThe El Monlies. E.M.P.O.A. te Moose President Lowry has actively said “The El supported Monte Police many fami- Left to right top – Richard Thomas EMPOA Director of Community Affairs, Leroy Hernandez El Monte Moose Lodge Governor, Anthony lies in need, Duran Treasurer, Helen Hernandez Chaplin, Nancy Kennon Sec/Treasurer, ciation and Auxespecially the E.M.P.O.A. Auxiliary members, Charles Zapata, Beth Ritter, Laura Arech- iliary’s motto is iga, Mary Ann Powers. Front row seated, Danielle Trevino Sr. Regent, Ben children of the Lowry E.M.P.O.A. President, Josie Zapata E.M.P.O.A. Auxiliary. Solidarity with the community. Community. We They actively raise funds every year for cancer research to help support events that motto is recognizing other by hosting the area Relay for excellent community oriLife for the American Cancer Lodge member Nancy ented organizations, groups, Society. They have formed a Kennon has also diligently and individuals that make El K-9 Association that proserved as a member of the El Monte great.”

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FANVIEW By Joe Torosian

“'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.” --- Howard Beale As of last Monday morning, I wasn’t sure if I was still a fan of fantasy football or not.

front of you...when paydirt is in slide as if you just doubled down the third base line. Hey the Lakers won a game. ...And hey, it's been a while since the Clippers lost a game. Nice service for Jim “Papa” Singiser Sr. on Saturday afternoon. Great father. Congrats to Tim Peterson...The Mid Valley New wordsmith and producer of “The Peterson Principle”...actually did a Christmas column where he didn’t pretend to hand out gifts to popular

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Sharp International Cheer Competition at Mountain View High School By Andrew P. Betteridge

Saturday, December 15, The Sharp International Cheer and Dance Competition hit Mountain View High School, 2900 Parkway Dr., El Monte CA hosted many local squads. El Monte’s Extreme took 1st place in the Senior All Star and Individual Cheer Division. The Jamz Nationals Champion from El Monte High School took 1st place in the division section called Extra Large Varsity Cheer. The local Junior Youth Cheer Squad from South El Monte, Vibe rocked out yet another 1st place. El Monte Extreme from El Monte High School and South El Monte Vibe all took home a sweepstake wins. Up in coming competitions will be in January at the following locations:

CA University, Azusa, CA High School, La Mirada, CA CA

Do you know what I’m talking about? It goes something like this...: “And to El Monte HC Joel Sanchez I give him a quarterback, graduates this June he is going to need one...” And on and on they go...He might say something else like: an all access pass to the buffet at the MGM Grand.” Speaking of football (even during basketball season) a local football coach is looking for a defensive backs coach and a defensive coordinator with some experience. If you or anyone else you know has an interest contact me through the email at the bottom of this column. El Monte American Little League will be having sign ups for the 2013 season at Pioneer Park every Saturday (10:AM) during the month of January. at EMA.

Thinking about USC, shouldn’t the offensive coordinator be calling the plays? You’d think understand the whole concept of what a control freak is. You’d think he’d understand it even better when his own play calling led USC all the way to El Paso, Texas this post season. ...Ugh...Any room on the UCLA bandwagon? “The Mid Valley Sports Show” is on hiatus until after the holidays. All I can say is...Evil exists, and it must be dealt with. Contact Joe at

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December 19, 2012

The Peterson Principal By Tim Peterson

Some thoughts for this Christmas season


t really is hard making the transition from football to basketball but seeing a player like Covina's Mike Peters makes it a little easier. The senior point guard, a four year varsity player, can do it all. Last week in a win over Temple City, Peters scored 27 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed nine rebounds Oh and according to master statistician Corey “Corn Dog” Kwok he also had nine steals. In the Azusa Tournament championship game against Diamond Ranch, he led all scorers with 35 points. Covina ultimately came up short but Peters single handedly kept the Colts in the game. With Peters and another four year varsity player in Matt Hicks, Covina is the team to beat in the Valle Vista. There is good basketball in the SGV outside of Pasadena and Glendora but sometimes you do have to look. I thought there was going to be good basketball being played by the Lakers this year too but man, that's believe that the Lakers have rested their hopes on a 38 year old guard that doesn't play defense. We continually hear the cry of “wait 'til Steve Nash comes back!”. Really? A point guard that is well past his prime and has never been known for his defensive prowess is suddenly going to come in on a white horse and save the season? Not likely. They do make for a good laugh though. It was funny listening to A Martinez gush about a win over the Wizards last Saturday. Note to Jerry Buss: Cut D'Antoni, apologize to Phil Jackson and bring him back as coach. I never thought I'd write this sentence. The Clippers have it together. Nine straight wins and counting. The USC and UCLA basketball programs aren't now but Saturday they beat their respective opponents by a combined margin of 86 points.

I didn't really care that Madison (San Diego) won the CIF Division III State championship with a 38-35 win over Marin Catholic on Saturday except for the fact that it made it even more clear that Monrovia should have been the state champs. The Wildcats dominated Madison the week before and Madison winning just made the Wildcats loss that much more bitter. Monrovia held Arizona bound running back Pierre Courmier to 31 yards rushing. Against Marin he had 272 including a 79 yard game winning touchdown run.

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Colts Roll over El Monte By Tim Peterson

(Azusa) – Covina jumped out to a 25-6 halftime lead an never looked back in a 63-29 rout of El Monte Tuesday at the Azusa Tournament. Mike Peters scored nine the Colts off and running. The onslaught continued in the second quarter as Elias Hernandez buried a pair of

with two threes as the Colts outscored El Monte 16-9 in the quarter. Peters led the team in scoring with 11 while Hernandez added 10. Matt Hicks and and Ryan Cavaness chipped in seven. No player was in double Moran led the way with eight

There was a sea of Arroyo blue Saturday at the funeral services for Jim Singiser Sr. (Papa Singiser), the father of Arroyo HC Jim Singiser Jr. Current and former players, some dressed in their football jerseys, came up to the front of the chapel at the request of of the head coach and “broke off” a huddle in honor of Singiser Sr. It was a memorable crowd that inlcuded players, coaches and administration as well as immediate family it was evident how many lives Jim Singiser Sr. had touched. If you ever get a chance, ask Coach Singiser to tell you the I'm not sure what to make of the Angels signing of Josh Hamilton other than it was an obvious response to the big spending the Dodgers have done this off season. Hamilton is the left handed power bat the Angels need, but given his history, $125 million is a big risk. Does anybody care about the NHL anymore? Covina is still looking for a

1. Duarte (6-0): HC Mark Smith 2. Arcadia (7-1): HC Don Young 3. Rosemead (5-3): HC Jay Gauthier 4. San Gabriel (4-3): HC Lyle Honda 5. Gabrielino (5-4): HC Tom Shima 6. Alhambra (5-4): HC Chris Roberts 7. El Monte (5-7): HC Cristine Butler 8. Arroyo (3-6): HC Mike Gorball 9. Baldwin Park (2-3): HC Raquel Viramontes 10. South El Monte (2-3): HC Dean Bunting Photo by Joe Torosian

"Legendary El Monte game announcer, John Kovac"

"Lions wingman", Angel Salazar and Photo by Joe Torosian

threes while Gage Phipps and Pearnell Smalley each scored four as Covina opened up a 41-14 halftime bulge. Covina extended the lead to 34 after three quarters as Blythe Curry got into the act

points and Alex Berumen The Colts need another win tomorrow to advance to the championship game. Covina improved to 5-2 while the Lions dropped to 2-3.

Rams Are Third in Azusa Temple City

By Joe Torosian

Kasmir Khaliq and Felix

Gladiators 32-15 for the 24

at the Covina Christmas Tournamnet December 26-29. If you interested or know a tream that is contact Coach Will Bissman at (626) 4846383 or by email at

Awujo each scored nine

point win. Temple City held

points and Andrew Pau

G-Stone to four points in

added eight to lead Temple

both the second and fourth

City to a 52-28 win over


Gladstone Thursday to take

The Rams lost to Covina to

third place at the Azusa Tour-

open the Tournament before

Or as Bobby Knight pointed out in a comment on the site: “If you don't mind a pushover give Jerry Buss a call.”


winning the next three to

Khaliq also pulled down 12

take third. The Rams are 5-3

rebounds as the Rams led

overall. Gladstone is 4-2 on

That's my principle. Tim can be reached at

Mid Valley News Area Girls Basketball Top 10(2012)

the season. City led 20-13 at halftime before pulling away in the second half outscoring the

Mid Valley News Area Boys Basketball Top 10 (2012) 1. Baldwin Park (7-4): HC Israel Anguiano 2. Gabrielino (6-4): HC John Carney 3. Temple City (5-3): HC Eric Chin 4. Arroyo (5-5): HC Carlos Barajas 5. Mt. View (5-5): HC Robert Averill 6. Alhambra (5-3): HC N/A 7. Bosco Tech (4-4): HC Dominic Sermeno 8. Duarte (3-3): HC Rodney Jefferson 9. Arcadia (3-5): N/A 10. Rosemead (3-7): Sonny Hayes

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Durfee Students Embark on an Unexpected Journey Photo by Ron Sais

The members of Durfee School’s 7th grade Hobbit Book Club

I recently learned that the City of El Monte is attempting to use the court system in an effort to block and/or coerce three outstanding El Monte Senior Citizens from circulating a petition to allow us voters to make major decisions about our city’s future. The city appears to be engaging in SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Performance). The U.S. Constitution and California Law strictly prohibits anyone from violating our civil rights—the right to petition being one of those protected rights. Misuing the court system is SLAPP under California law. Years ago, in an election, I myself was a victim of SLAPP. Eighteen items on my ballot statement were challenged in a SLAPP cal UCLA-trained attorney/ El Monte politician and his colleague, a Berkeley-trained attorney/politician. On a peaceful Sunday morning at my home, I was informed by the Berkeley-trained lawyer that “on Monday,” I had to appear in court “defend the lies on my ballot statement.” This required me to document past employment in numerous universities as long ago as 1977, to document that I had enlisted in and served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1964-1970 during the Vietnam War, and the remaining 16 items.

Two separate Superior Court Judges decided in my favor since I proved the absolute truth of each and every one of the 18 items on my ballot. It was a distasteful, disgusting ordeal. It was little consolation for me to witness the judge’s public admonishment of the Berkeley-trained attorney. In a very stern voice, she declared, “This is the most asinine case I have had in 25 years on the bench. We shouldn’t even be here. Young man, I don’t know where they trained you…but, wherever it was, they did a terrible job.” Both plaintiff’s attorneys with their heads bowed. SLAPP Motion, which we won, and I was awarded $4,176 in attorney’s fees. The plaintiff was forced to pay the fees, but did so only after a lien was placed on his home. Just before the lien was placed, the UCLA-trained attorney/local El Monte politician took his name off the deed to the home. In a one-on-one conversation, he smirks, “It was worth the $4,176 to see you run around like a crazy man!” If you wish to know more about SLAPP’s and antiSLAPP’s, please contact our City of El Monte Mayor, Andre Quintero. He knows a great deal about them from personal experience. by David Siegrist, El Monte

Some of you who had happened to traverse the streets of El Monte early in the morning on Friday, December 14, might have happened to see a white haired Wizard walking the streets with 3 Wizard Apprentices, 7 Elves, 2 Humans, an Orc, a Troll, a Golum, and Hobbit. No, you weren’t seeing things, nor were you land of Middle-Earth. You were actually viewing seventh grade teacher Ron Sais, and 16 seventh graders from Durfee School. Early in November, sixteen students

agreed to become members of The Hobbit Book Club, an extra-curricular club that met every Wednesday during lunch for six weeks. Students were required to read assigned chapters, create an illustration of a Middle-Earth Avatar, develop a biography of their avatar, and pass along a golden ring which they were required to guard from evil 8th Graders. Upon successfully completing these tasks, these students were privileged

the premier of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The members of Durfee School’s 7th grade Hobbit Book Club are Guy Suankaew, Victor Ramirez, Adrian Casas, Samuel Ortega, Joshua Sanchez, Bethany Hernandez, Jacob Salinas, Amaranta Hernandez, Millie Luu, Tina Lam, Mario Gongora, Chris Loreno, Phillip Luc, Joey Hernadez, Sandy Quezada, Victor Ramirez, and their advisor, 7th grade teacher Ron Sais.

trip (a mile and a half trek) to Edwards El Monte 8 to view

Poetry Corner By Eugene Webb

Holiday Season

I know that I don't need a reason; But this is the Holiday Season. And I found myself thinking of you; Not just today but the whole year through. I never know when it's you I'll be thinking of; But it's always good thoughts that comes with love. November is gratitude month, so keep that in mind; It brings Thanksgiving for a special family time. Then followed by December the reason for living; Time to show love with cards and gift giving. Finally, it's January, a start of a brand new year; That we take just one day at a time without any fear. We should try to make each and every day count; Then a lot of good feelings will continue to mount. It's great to get out of self and think of others; All of God's children are our sisters and brothers. I believe birthdays are important as they can be; So that makes every month special to you and me. Try to make others happy the whole year through;

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Recipe Corner


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