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Veterans Village, the San Gabriel Valley’s first affordable-housing community specifically for homeless veterans, opened to much fanfare on Wednesday, March 12 as the City of El Monte and its development partners hosted a grandopening ceremony for this innovative project. “The El Monte Veterans Village symbolizes the City’s steadfast commitment to our service men and women in the San Gabriel Valley,” said El Monte Councilman Juventino “J” Gomez, a disabled American Veteran who served in the United States Army from August 1965 to November 1967. “Our partnership with Mercy Housing and New Directions for Veter-

ans sets a precedent that we hope other cities follow by building their own housing developments for homeless veterans. I am so proud that our community has made it a priority to ensure our veterans have a place to call home when they return from duty. ” Featuring a flyover by the Condor Squadron, a group of vintage WWII A-6 airplanes, and a special performance by the Marine Corps Band, the celebration was designed to honor all veterans and showcase El Monte’s advocacy for veterans’ issues. “Our nation’s veterans are the cornerstone of our community and we wanted to do everything we could do to support them as they make

the transition back home,” said El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero. “This includes providing a welcoming apartment here in El Monte so they don’t have to live on the street.”

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Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D – West Covina) announced today the introduction of Assembly Bill 2544. AB 2544 establishes a preschool funding grant for disadvantaged children in California’s public and charter schools. “All children in California deserve a quality education, regardless of their economic status. It is imperative to provide a world-class education in an ever-changing environment. That is why California must take the lead on providing transitional kindergarten to those

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who need it most,” stated Hernández. According to a study released by the Campaign for College Opportunity, California ranks first in the country in the number of working low-income families. More than a third of California’s

working families are considered low income, earning less than $45,397 a year for a family of four. California’s widening economic gap will impact the future of our state. The criteria to be used for allocating support to children will be based on

the Local Control Funding Formula. Studies demonstrate that disadvantaged children struggle in academia and achievement gaps exist when compared with their peers in standardized test scores.

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Around Town by Mavis Hansen The first day of Spring will arrive on Thursday, March 20th. Many of us are wondering what happened to Winter? We did not get enough rain and that certainly has its consequences, but we can enjoy the many beautiful days that we are fortunate to have living in Southern California. So Enjoy! The La Crescenta Woman’s Club held their “Step into Spring” Fashion Show on Saturday, March 15th at their beautiful clubhouse, located at 4004 La Crescenta Avenue. Social time and the silent auction began at 10:30 AM and a gracious welcome was given by President Carol Huntwork. Firehouse Youth Program volunteers served the delicious lunch provided by Ruth’s Catering and Fashions were provided by TALBOTS of Pasadena. Commentator and Fashion Show Chairman was Vickie Guagliardo. Everyone that attended had a marvelous time. The El Monte Historical Society’s Quarterly Tea, was held on March 2nd at the El Monte Historical Museum, 3150 Tyler Avenue. The Program Speaker was Jerry Moreno, City of El Monte’s Certified Arborist and expert Landscape Artist. Mr. Moreno presented a very informative Power Point Presentation about the City of El Monte’s newest and very exciting venture, labeled “The Urbane Agricultural Initiative.” This initiative, combining health, exercise and fresh fruits and vegetables should be of interest to the public and private landowners throughout the communities of the San Gabriel Valley. Those interested in the program will be assisted in the planting and maintenance of garden plots of edibles. Already 3 School Superintendents are encouraging school gardens. A major objective of the initiative is to establish a Farmers Market where the fresh produce could be bought and sold. For further information contact Mr. Jerry Moreno at 626-580-2200. The Friend O’Garden Club of El Monte will gather to enjoy a field trip to ROGER’S GARDEN NURSERY on Wednesday, March 19th. Members will car pool and caravan to Newport Beach, California for lunch at the Crab Cooker Restaurant and cross over to Balboa Island, on the ferry, before touring the nursery,

making their purchases and heading home. The Friend O’Garden Club is participating in the City of El Monte’s Agricultural Initiative by adopting a 3rd grade class at Rio Hondo School and donating many small plants of a variety of vegetables. Ms. Emily Brown is the 3rd grade Garden Co-coordinator. Friend O’Garden Club President, expert gardener, Steve Heimple visited the 3rd grade class to help them with their planting. Anyone interested in gardening, attending a meeting or helping the school students with their gardens may contact President Steve Heimple at 626-281-6382. The City of El Monte ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION will be held on Friday, March 21st. The event will be held outside, in front of the El Monte Community Center and the El Monte Historical Museum. The community is invited to participate in a tree planting ceremony to celebrate Arbor Day and two years as a “Tree City, USA.” Attendees will receive a gift of a tree seedling commemorating this event and a chance to win prizes. For more information or to RSVP email or phone 626-258-8833. A SPRING BOOK SALE for Children and Teens will be held on March 21st and 22nd at the El Monte Library, 3224 N. Tyler Avenue. The Friends of EL Monte Public Library will hold the sale on Friday, March 21st from 11 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. and on Saturday, March 22nd from 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. At the final hour on Saturday, a Bag of Books may be purchased for the Bargain Price of $5.00. El Monte’s Family Adventure Shuttle to UNIVERSAL CITY WALK will take place on Saturday, March 22nd. Shuttle will depart from the El Monte Trolley Station at 2:30 PM and the return shuttle at 8:30 PM from Universal City Walk. Reservations required to 626580-2217 or at the El Monte Trolley Station, 3650 Center Avenue. Trolley station hours are 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:15 PM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. El Monte Business and Professional Women will meet at the Ramada Inn Suites, 1089 Santa Anita Avenue, on Tuesday, March 18th. New officers for the 2014-15 year will be nominated. Lots to do! See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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Entertainment corner The World's Greatest Tribute Bands: Wingsband by Sal Gomez Hollywood

When you happen to be a musician that makes a living as a Beatles tribute artist and that particular role you play is that of the now legendary Sir Paul McCartney, what other musical outlet could you do to keep that tribute muscle exercised? Well... create an act around MACCA's solo career and call it “Wingsband.” And that's exactly what musician Ardavan Sarraf a.k.a. Paul McCartney from the ultimate Beatles tribute band “The Fab Four” has done and he has done it in a big way. This past Monday night March 10, 2014 as part of the weekly AXS TV show “The World's Greatest Tribute Bands,” host Katie Daryl and special celebrity co-host actor Corey Feldman brought Wingsband to the stage at the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip to perform before a nationwide audience.

Ladies and gentlemen this is no backyard or garage tribute band. Ardy, as he is affectionately called, has surrounded himself with some very familiar faces. Ron McNeil, Rolo Sandoval and guitar virtuoso Michael Almador, have all migrated across the aisle from the Fab Four to create the backbone rhythm and percussion section of Wingsband, along with the lovely Christine

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Obituary Catherine “Cathie” Marie Ritch, Passes at 65 by: El Monte

Catherine “Cathie” Marie Ritch, 65, of Yakima died Wednesday at Cottage in the Meadow. Mrs. Ritch was born in Monterey Park, Calif. She taught school in El Monte, Calif., for 18 years before moving to Yakima in 1991. She then taught at Ridgeview Elementary School from 1991 until January. Survivors include her husband, Larry Ritch of Yakima; two sons, Larry Ritch Jr. of Puyallup and Nick Ritch of Los Angeles; her father, James Koplin Sr. of El Monte; a brother, James Koplin Jr. of Vancouver, Wash.; and a sister, Patricia Nero of North Hollywood, Calif. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. March 23 at West Valley Church in Yakima. A funeral and burial will be in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif., at a later date. Arrangements are by Brookside Funeral Home and Crematory of Yakima. Courtesy Photo

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South El Monte High School FBLA Students Score Well at Conference by Anne Donofrio-Holter

South El Monte High School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students received 36 awards at this year's FBLA Mission Valley Section Leadership Conference held at Magic Mountain. FBLA is an organization that focuses on promoting business skills and student leadership through various projects and competitions. "Our team made us proud with their hard work and dedication and for achieving third place in Sweepstakes," said teacher Tam Wong. "We also made history this year with 21 state qualifiers." Along with over 425 of their peers representing ten schools in the East Los Angeles Region, South El Monte High School students competed in individual and team competitions dealing with subjects ranging from word processing to public

speaking, global business to accounting, entrepreneurship to parliamentary procedures and spreadsheet applications to insurance and risk management. Students also attended leadership training workshops. "FBLA challenges me to exceed my expectations and step out of my comfort zone," said student Nathalie Nguyen. "Interacting with people from different schools was a great experience," said student Nathan To. In the afternoon, students had a chance to unwind at Magic Mountain as they waited for the awards ceremony later that evening in the park's Magic Moment theatre. "The students had a chance to release their energy at Magic Mountain as they anxiously awaited to hear their names announced," said Wong.

For student Tieu-Vy Huynh, it was both an exciting and nerve wrecking experience. Congratulations to the following students who earned honors in their respective events and will now go on to the state competition this April: Richer Le, Yvonne Chau, Kevin Le, Raymond Chau, Jason Qu, Kelsey Tang, Quang To, Jackie Ma, Veronica Chen, Tieu-Vy Huynh, Judy Tan, Danny Tan, Matthew Aguilar, Kenneth Truong, Andrew Nguyen, Emmerick Doan, Yuanyi Liang, Nathalie Nguyen, Bryan Huynh, Danielle Hernandez and Sybil Hudgins-Hernandez. "All our members worked hard to achieve their objectives," added Wong. "Each member represented South El Monte High School proudly." Also bringing home awards were Luis Sanchez,

Tobias Gonzalez, Victoria De La Cruz, Warren Duong, Karen Chau, Nathan To, John Hua, Beatriz Aguilar, Kevin Gutierrez, Siying Yu, Grace Moreno and Delver Cardona. "Being named top ten in my freshman year and winning my first FBLA award were the best moments ever," said student Tobias Gonzalez. "We at South El Monte High School thank our FBLA students for their hard work and dedication," added

principal Oscar Cisneros. "Congratulations to each and every one of them." "FBLA has really shown me what I am capable of," said student Beatriz Aguilar. "Experiencing success only foreshadows future accomplishments. Expect more of yourself," added student Bryan Huynh. Mission Valley is the seventh and newest section of California FBLA. It was established when it split from the Gold Coast Section in 2012.

Mountain View High Arroyo High School Speech and Students Attend UCLA Debate Team Recognized by NFL Town Hall by Anne Donofrio-Holter

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Through a partnership between Mountain View High School and Latinas Guiding Latinas (LGL), three Mountain View High School students attended UCLA's Fourth Annual Community Programs Office (CPO) Education Town Hall at the Pavilion Club on the UCLA campus. "LGL, which is run by UCLA students, has mentored students in East Los Angeles for 25 years," said Mountain View High School teacher Michael Weller. "We are grateful LGL has expanded its services to include Mountain View High School." While at the town hall, in addition to hearing keynote speakers and attending poetry and dance performances, the students participated in a roundtable discussion about equity in education with a diverse group of UCLA students. At the roundtable, Mountain View High School students shared

their ideas on how the CPO groups could improve their outreach. CPO education projects include LGL and similar student groups that perform service related to education. "This was an exciting opportunity not only for our students to visit a college campus, but to interact with accomplished college students who represent a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds," said Weller. "I thank LGL for inviting our students to this worthwhile event." "I felt the UCLA students were really interested in my opinion and what I had to say," said one Mountain View High School student. "It was a great experience to be on the UCLA campus," said another. "The roundtable discussion was very interesting and I enjoyed the dance performances." LGL provided transportation to the event for the students as well as dinner.

The Arroyo High School speech and debate program has earned two prestigious awards from the National Forensic League (NFL). The NFL is a “not-for-profit honor society created to recognize high school students in speech and debate.” Under the direction of advisor Terry Colvin, Arroyo's NFL chapter earned the 2012-13 Leading Chap-

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ter Award in the East Los Angeles District. A single school in each district is awarded this honor annually with only 109 given out yearly among the NFL's 3,000 schools. The NFL also awarded the Arroyo chapter membership in its Societe de 400 which is made up of NFL schools which awarded at least 400 memberships and degrees in 2012-13. Arroyo's 406 degrees last year made them the 49th largest chapter in the nation and the 10th largest in California. Memberships and degrees are based on points students earn when they compete in speech and debate tournaments. "Our students over the last eight years deserve credit for these outstanding achievements," said Colvin. "This year, we have 83 students competing in speech and debate, a program which truly reflects the goals of Common Core." "These students and coaches have demonstrated

outstanding participation and achievement in speech and debate activities," said NFL Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. "We are pleased to honor them for their hard work and dedication." "We are very proud of our speech and debate students and for the dedication of Mr. Colvin to the program," said Arroyo High School Principal Angie Gonzales. "Congratulations to all." The NFL is the oldest and largest interscholastic forensic organization and “promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student’s essential life skills and values.” Its vision is that "every child in the United States will be empowered to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker and leader in a democratic society.” Since 1925, more than 1.4 million students have participated in the NFL.

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Gumbo and Tigers

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Dwain Crum “The Sea Rebel”, was born in Pasadena, CA and a lifelong resident of Rosemead, CA. Retired after 29 years as a history teacher at Rosemead High School. Dwain is fulfilling a lifelong dream of traveling around the world.

by Carolyn Roper-Conley El Monte

Courtesy Photo Holding Awarded Plaque: Left: Jose Torres, ROP Marketing Class; Right: Lillian Rey, Director El Monte Resource Center Right Side Nick Salerno, El Monte District Superintendent and Carolyn Roper-Conley, ROP Marketing Class Instructor Left Side: Robin Torres, Principal; Edith Echeverria, ROP Director; and Laura Hernandez ROP Marketing Class

"Nawlins," I've been there before both in 1988 and 2013. This time I would be staying three nights. All three nights I would be staying at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the famed French Quarter. I've heard it said that the three most interesting cities in the United States are San Francisco, Boston and New Orleans. While the larger cities of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago might want to have a say in that matter, there is no doubt that New Orleans has its own unique charm. Food and music are two items that come to mind when thinking about New Orleans. I was determined to savor both. I ate at the Roux (located inside the Bourbon Orleans Hotel), the Gumbo Shop and the Court of the Two Sisters (established in 1832). Good food in New Orleans is not cheap, but well worth it. At the Gumbo Shop (where

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I ate twice), a Complete Creole Dinner cost $24.99, while my Jazz Brunch at the Court of the Two Sisters cost $29.00. Neither experience should be missed while visiting the French Quarter. Since I love sports, I spent a day at the races at the Fair Grounds. The Fair Grounds is the host to the Louisiana Derby every year. It is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. I also took time to visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Baton Rouge is the home of the LSU Tigers. They were playing a basketball game that day against Auburn. Tigers versus Tigers. The hometown Tigers won the match much to the

delight of the LSU fans. Trips never work out the way that you plan. You have to roll with the punches. I failed to eat at Antoine's (not there at the right hours) or have a Banana Foster at Brennan's (it's closed) and for the second straight year I failed to take a ride on the Steamboat Natchez (she's in dry dock). Still, I greatly enjoyed my stay in Louisiana prior to renting a car at Avis and heading to Florida and Port Everglades. My Photo Blog is http:// You can also find me on Facebook and Yelp

New Hope Church Welcomes The African Children’s Choir by Brad Healy El Monte

On February 23, 2014, a Sunday sunny morning day grew even brighter as a special treat of joyful sounds filled the air at the Hope Community Church in El Monte. Everybody clapped hands as the sounds of praise and drums came together as the talented African Children’s Choir gave a performance to remember. This is the second time that Hope Community Church has had the pleasure of hosting these talented

El Monte High School is in the Community in a wholesome way. In December of 2013, students enrolled in the ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Marketing and Small Business Management Classes embarked on another Cookie Fundraising effort to make a difference in the community at large. These students raised $2,400 that was donated to the El Monte Resource Center. This nonprofit organization’s purpose is to help Homeless Families and Abused Women in the City of El Monte. Under the leadership of Director Lillian Rey, the monies bought food and clothing for needy families in the community. These ROP classes truly partnered with the community at-large. They actively learned, in a participatory way, academics of business. Not only did they began to understand what it takes to run and manage an organization (non-profit & profit), but what is meant by social responsibility. Companies large and small in the U.S. are well aware that helping organizations like the El Monte Resource Center is what being an American is “all about.” So how did these students raise these funds? During the months of October and November of 2013, students were asked to sell 4 containers each of the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough. Popular flavors ranged from Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal

Cranberry, Strawberry Shortcake, and Butter Sugar. It helped that this cookie brand is a favorite and very familiar and loved by many who’ve tasted the cookies. The students forged ahead fearlessly even though many met with a “no” but found success by practicing sales techniques taught in Ms. Roper-Conley’s ROP classes. The classes were required to structure the classes like a business including class officers along with group leaders. The groups competed with each other (competition a key aspect in business) to sell the most never forgetting the purpose of the fundraiser. Teachers, parents, neighbors, and El Monte School District employees pitched in including Superintendent Nick Salerno purchasing over 4 containers himself. In the ROP (part of Categorical Programs) office directed by Edith Echeverria containers were purchased. Many of the students sold more than 4 where some could only manage to sell one. By interactively involving themselves with this fundraiser, they truly learned through experience what it takes to run and keep a business operating successfully. In closing kudos to site directors like Robin Torres, Principal of El Monte High for allowing this fundraising effort to take place. So extra, extra, you’ve now have read all about it!

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Extinction …. The California Condor is the largest North American land bird with a wing span averaging over 9 feet and a weight of over 26 pounds making it one of the largest North American bird species. It is one of the most durable of birds living up to an age of 60 years old. The condor is known as a scavenger bird of the vulture family and eats large amounts of carrion. In 1987, the California Condor became extinct but today has been re-introduced into the wilds of Southern California. This is the story of one attempt to re-introduce a condor into the California environment; it is the story of Chocuyens (cho-KOO-yens) which is the Chumash name meaning “valley of the moon.” Chocuyens was born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park in 1991. His parents were AC8, the last female condor captured from the wild and AC5 also brought in from the wild in 1987. As part of being introduced into the wild, Chocuyens and three other condors were transported in enclosures to the Sespe Condor Sanctuary in northern Ventura County on October 10, 1991. The condors remained in their pens for 3 months while being re-introduced into the environment and were then released to fly free into the Los Padres National Forrest. These were the first California condors to fly in California since 1987. Biologist fitted the condors with tracking devices and transmitters to follow their movements and placed carcasses near their release site in order to provide them with a steady source of lead-free food. On the afternoon of October 7, 1992, nearly one year after being re-introduced into the California environment, Chocuyens transmitter emitted a mortality signal indicated he had ceased moving. Trackers were sent to locate him and found his body and his 66 inch wingspan with no apparent cause of death. An autopsy revealed that Chocuyens had been poisoned by ingesting propylene glycol, a chemical used as a preservative in many food and tobacco products, and in animal products such as dog food. The source of the poisoning could not be determined but before the incident Chocuyens was in good condition for the seven months he was set free to the wild. Since he and the other condors were

the first to be released, they had no other adult mentors to guide them through life in the wild. Over a decade later, over 180 condors have been re-introduced into the California wild. With each new condor hatched in captivity, an adult condor is available to mentor them on living in the wild. The story of Chocuyens demonstrates the success and challenges of the California Condor Recovery Program. The successful recovery of the California Condor continues today but it still has a long way to go for a complete and successful recovery of the California Condor. In commemoration of Chocuyens, the first of the re-introduced California Condors, his story along with his preserved frame including his 66 inch wingspan are on display at California State University, Channel Islands…..

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TCUSD Hosts Community Health Fair and Run/Walk by Lynne Burkardt Temple City

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The Temple City Unified School District will host a free Community Health Fair and 10K, 5K, and 1K Run/ Walk on May 3, 2014 at Temple City Park, located at 9701 Las Tunas Drive in Temple City. Check-in for the Run/Walk will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the Run/ Walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. sharp! The Run/Walk is free and runners and walkers will receive a t-shirt (supplies are limited). Participants need to pick up their T-shirts on May 2 between the hours of 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the District Office Boardroom located at 9700 Las Tunas Drive in Temple City. Registration forms should be dropped off at the TCUSD District Office front desk (located at

9700 Las Tunas Drive in Temple City); the deadline for registration is April19. Registration forms for the Run/Walk are available at the District Office, all TCUSD school sites, City Hall in Temple City, and select businesses in town. Late registration on the day of the event will be taken but T-shirts are limited to those who register in advance. A free Community Health Fair will also be held at Temple City Park from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. A dental professional will provide student dental screenings, which are mandated by the State. The Fair will also include diabetes, grip strength, body fat, and blood pressure screenings. Vendors will

provide information about acupuncture, mental health services, smoking cessation, and more! Fun activities are planned—visit with pet therapy dogs, face painting, an inflatable bouncer for kids, and a raffle for adults! Temple City High School’s Jazz Band and Longden Elementary School’s Drill Team will perform in the Performing Arts Pavilion. The Run/Walk and Health Fair are sponsored by the Temple City Unified School District Local Education Agency, a health community outreach organization. For more information, call Jeanne St. Pierre at 626548-5000, Extension 1904 or Helen Redmond at 626548-5069.

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The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company Performs "Alma Y Corazon" by Nan Mohr San Gabriel

On Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company performs "Alma Y Corazon," an evening of music that explores both spiritual and romantic love, represented in the evocative sounds and textures of various regions of Argentina and Spain.

Zanaida Robles conducts "Misa Criolla" by Ariel Ramirez, plus music Piazzolla and Casals. Featuring soloists Ben Cortex, Vincent Robles, Krsitina Valearce, and special guest percussionist Brad Dutz. The concert will be held at Monrovia Presbyterian Church (corner of Myrtle

Ave and Foothill Blvd. Monrovia. Buy tickets online at or by calling 626.253.7248. Tickets purchased in advance: %15 General Admission, Students with ID/ Seniors 65+ $10, Children under 12 $5. Tickets at the door: $20, $12 and $5.

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“Why Go to the Chiropractor, When the Chiropractor will Come to YOU?!!” by Dr. Marco A. Dardon, Jr. El Monte

Chiropractors only treat about 7% of the population. That means that, unfortunately, 93% of the population has never experienced the natural health benefits that chiropractic has to offer. On the flip side, 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, but only a small percentage of them will give chiropractic a try. Why is that? And more importantly, why is it that, in the vast majority of those cases, those people were unwilling to try the very care that could help rid them of their pain? Well, what I’ve gathered over the years in my 20 years of practice is that people who have never been to a chiropractor are

either scared of chiropractic, skeptical about it, negative toward it, or just plain ignorant about it, and are completely unaware of the many benefits this type of natural treatment has to offer. And because of all those incorrect beliefs, they won’t even give chiropractic a fair shake or a single try, which is very sad because many of these same people could be helped by it and not even know it. Unfortunately, like any other profession, there are good and bad practitioners, but I would like to extend to the aforementioned 93%, the opportunity to work with an honest and ethical chiropractor who truly has his patients’ best interests at heart,

given many students from Africa the opportunity to pursue college educations that normally would not be made available otherwise. Performing throughout the world allows them to share their beliefs, customs, and traditions through their music. These performances do not come easily as with each performance a free-will

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and only delivers the proper amount of care needed to help them on their quest to natural health and wellness. My name is Dr. Marco A. Dardon, Jr., of “Dardon Mobile Chiropractic”, and after 20 years, I finally left the office setting to become a house call / office call chiropractor as a convenience to my patients, so if you’re interested in scheduling a mobile appointment, I can be reached at (626) 5786322. You can also learn more about me by visiting my webpage on And again, remember this: “Why go to the chiropractor, when the chiropractor will go to YOU?!!”

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performers. These young adults have had the pleasure of performing for heads of state, and many famous musicians over the 28 years. The (MFL) has helped over 52,000 children and has impacted many hundreds of thousands of lives. With a 28 year history of music, the Music for Life Institute (MFLI) has

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offering is held after the wonderful entertaining. What was so impressive was the joy and smiles on each child as they performed which really showed how happy they were to perform for all of us and share with exceeding joy. May they leave with many blessings and forever change lives along the way.

Making poor nutritional choices – like grabbing a candy bar or sweetened beverage - can be easy and tempting, especially for kids. With snacks accounting for nearly a third of calories in children’s diets1], however, these “handy options” don’t provide the vitamins and nutrients kids need for healthy growth. Furthermore, theNational Institutes of Child Health report that almost 90 percent of girls and more than 80 percent of boys ages nine to 13 have inadequate calcium intake[2]. To help combat these growing trends and in observance of National Nutrition Month,the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of got milk?, has partnered with former Disney Chef Gino Campagna to inform families about making healthy food choices and offer solutions kids themselves can implement. This month, got milk? will sponsor FREE children’s cooking classes, led by Chef Gino, at select local community organizations throughout California to teach them how to prepare calcium-rich after-school snacks. “We need to engage our kids in grocery shopping and cooking at a young age so that healthy habits stick with them through life,” says Chef Gino, Master Chef at Piccolo Chef, an award-winning children’s cooking school. “Fruits, veggies and low fat milk can be incorporated into easy to make snacks that provide kids the nutrients they need.” Chef Gino, who’s also

worked with Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move To Schools” program and Jamie Oliver’s The Food Revolution, will teach local kids how to make some of his favorite after-school snack recipes. Children six to 12 years old throughout California will have a chance to make snacks alongside Chef Gino by signing up for a FREE cooking class sponsored by got milk? at their local community center. Los Angeles – Wednesday 3/19/14 3 p.m. L.A.’s BEST school site Palm Springs – Thursday 3/20/14 3:30 p.m. Desert Recreation District - Palm Desert Community Center 43-900 San Pablo Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260 To R.S.V.P. email press@ or call (310) 473-4422. Space is limited. Each attendee will receive a got milk? apron and a special gift for participating. “Chef Gino is sure to remind kids that cooking can be fun, tasty and healthy,” says Steve James, executive director of the CMPB. “With key power foods such as milk, children will also get the necessary calcium and nutrients they need for proper development.” To register for the free got milk? National Nutrition Month Kids’ Cooking Classes or to learn more about Chef Gino’s milk-based after-school snack recipes like the delicious Very Berry Pops and the Veggie Pizzaz visit

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Taurus Why are your friends acting like this? Love might be in the air -- although in your opinion they look silly, the way they're chasing after it. Try to look the other way. Discretion is the better part of friendship.



ACROSS 1. "Haste makes waste," e.g. 6. Helicopter landing 9. Deadly slitherers 13. Bad car 14. Pub offering 15. Do this or forever hold your peace 16. Say pretty please 17. Junior's junior 18. Down and out 19. *Sweet number in March 21. *Point and shooting players 23. Coltrane's woodwind 24. Not in favor of 25. Final, abbr. 28. Essen basin 30. Firstborn 35. Story part 37. Plenty 39. 6 in 1/6 40. Fill to satisfaction 41. Pisa attraction 43. Not far 44. Correct 46. Japanese stringed instrument 47. Any of several languages of Celts 48. It's to be brushed off 50. Invitation letters 52. England's favorite drink in French 53. Exclamation of disgust 55. Diamond stat 57. Gluteus, pl. 60. *Grid 64. Grassy plain 65. *What teams do 67. Brownish gray 68. Fluorescent red dye 69. Down with the flu 70. Blew it 71. Wild goat 72. Red Cross bed 73. Midway attractions DOWN 1. "The Sound of Music"

backdrop 2. Kosher establishment 3. Unacceptable to some merchants 4. *As opposed to heroes 5. Ingratiate 6. Sacrificed for gain? 7. Formerly Cassius Clay 8. Condescend 9. Copycat 10. *One of basketball sixteen 11. Stationer's stock 12. *NCAA's Big ___ Conference 15. Escargot 20. Feel like a champ 22. Shoshonean 24. MOMA display 25. *A #16 over a #1, e.g. 26. Andean pack animal 27. Luggage handler, e.g. 29. *Kind of shot down low 31. Eat 32. Make an effort 33. Money under mattress 34. *Value outside the arc 36. Backpacker's shelter 38. Best of 5 of these in men's tennis 42. Red _____ 45. *Opening round locale in OH 49. To feel regret 51. Chatterbox 54. Kind of duty 56. Ticks and mites and such 57. Lump 58. Function as a laser 59. Computer operating system, not Windows 60. Aaron Rodgers' mimed accessory 61. Kurdistan native 62. D'Artagnan's weapon of choice 63. Kennedy and Turner 64. Waikiki wear 66. United Nations labor agency

Your coworkers will seem unusually cooperative, but don't be suspicious. They may just finally be coming around to your way of doing things -nicely, with grace, elegance and tact.

Cancer If it smells good, feels good or makes you think that you'll look better wearing it, you'll gladly shell out lots of your hard-earned pesos to have it.

Leo You've been worried about a certain higher-up lately because they've just been too darned nice lately. Hey -maybe they've had a genuine change of heart.

Virgo If they're smooth-talking, quick-witted and unbelievably charming -- and at least one someone who crosses your path now will be -- you won't be able to resist.

Libra You're ordinarily the nicest, most compromising person in the world -- but anyone who challenges you now will run off yelping with their tail

Scorpio Your impulse will be to let every thought that crosses your mind escape rapidly from between your lips -- but don't. Not just yet.

Sagittarius It's time to put a lid on all this family arguing, and you're the person for the job. Step in -you really are up for the task.

Capricorn Whispers, secrets and games: they're all on your agenda for the next couple of days. Sure, it sounds just harrowing, but do your best.

Aquarius Getting right down to the bare bones of the matter will come easily to you now -- as will doing it with grace and tact. You might need to educate someone else on those points.

Pisces You're still in a cooperative and compromising mood, aren't you? Well, good. Even if they really are just potential opponents in your eyes, it can't hurt to treat others civilly.

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Joe Ts Scoreboar d By Joe Torosian

Brave New World First time I arranged my schedule to stay home and watch the first day of the NCAA Tournament was in 1988. It started off great but when the last game ended on that Thursday night I puked my guts out. Lesson learned? Folks, we are not built to watch 14 continuous hours of television. Even when it’s the NCAA Tournament. So go to work, record the games that matter. The Champ So who wins this thing? Who will be the next NCAA Champion? I don’t know, but here’s some advice. Don’t fill in your brackets until after the games are played. I’ve done this the last three years, and my brackets have been perfect. Prep Baseball In Monrovia’s 2-0 win over Alhambra last Thursday, Wildcats pitcher Brian McConnell was white hot. The junior went all seven innings, walked two, allowed just one hit, and struck out seven. Prep Softball South El Monte super soph Alyssa Diaz in five games has eight hits in 16 at bats. She’s driven in four runs with three doubles, and one triple. That is called being; en fuego! Department of Income Inequality: Gilbert Arenas is the third highest paid player in the NBA, except he’s not in the NBA. Arenas, currently playing in China, is making over $22,000,000 in the last year of a contract he signed with the Washington Wizards. Since signing a six-year $111,000,000 deal in 2008 he’s been arrested on gun charges, traded, and waived, before finally landing overseas. Things to Keep an Eye on: Former Temple City quarterback Riley Saxon, 25, teaches on campus and served the last few years on the Rams coaching staff. He could be Mike McFarland’s replacement and the twelfth head football coach in school history. Happy Birthday this week to:

3/20: Former Arroyo tailback Anthony Olivas turns 29. 3/20: Former Temple City offensive lineman/center

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Paul Uhl turns 30 3/22: Mt. View offensive lineman/Mid Valley writer George Hernandez turns 27 3/23: Former Temple City shortstop Greg Johnston turns 28 (If you have a sports birthday you’d like acknowledged drop me a line at the address below) Contact Joe at Follow Joe at @joet13b on Twitter Listen to “The Joe Show” every Wednesday (6:P.M.) at

San Gabriel Hires Ledesma by Tim Peterson San Gabriel

Joe Ledesma, the offensive coordinator at California High School in Whitter for the last two years, has been named the head coach at San Gabriel. Ledesma was approved by the board Tuesday night. “I’m excited and honored to lead the Matadors. I know there will be challenges but that is why we coach and play the game of football. So when the hard work pays off we will find ourselves and the game better than when we found it,” Ledesma said. ”I feel blessed to have this opportunity.”

Ledesma played at El Rancho then went on to play center at Cerritos College and then to Sonoma State. He began his coaching career at El Rancho under Dick Shelko and has been coaching ever since. “I played at The Ranch under Don Peterson when Coach Shelko brought over the Wing T. I owe a lot to all of the great coaches I played for and coached under,” Ledesma added. San Gabriel is coming off a tough year in which it went 2-8 overall and 1-4 in Photo Courtesy of Joe Ledesma the Almont League.

McFarland Resigns at Temple City by Tim Peterson and Joe Torosian Temple City

Mike McFarland stepped down Friday at Temple City after four years and is taking a college job at Missouri Science and Technology where he will serve as offensive coordinator. McFarland was 13-29 overall with the Rams and had two playoff appearances. In 2010, McFarland’s first year, Temple City fell in the first round to Rosemead. After going 1-9 in 2011, Temple City bounced back to go 3-2 in the Rio Hondo the next season and earned a spot in the post season. The Rams took a trip up to Lancaster where they lost to Paraclete. Last year Temple City finished 3-7. Before coming to Temple City, McFarland spent a year at Pasadena and guided the Bulldogs to a 5-5 record. MacFarland has also had experience coaching at the college level. “I wasn’t looking to leave.

Mike McFarland. Photo by Joe Torosian

The opportunity just presented itself. I was actually offered a job there last year but decided not to take it. The opportunity was still there so now is a good time,” MacFarland said. “It’s a great place, a really good family atmosphere. If I would have waited it might not have been there.

My time at Temple City was a great experience. The kids are great, the faculty… everything. My time here has been awesome. I wasn’t looking for other jobs but this one came about and I didn’t want to pass it up.” Temple City will begin the search for a new coach immediately.

El Monte Native to Participate in 2014 Death Race Challenge by Steven Olavarria El Monte

Steven Olavarria a 44 years old, native of El Monte will participating in 2014 Death Race Challenge. I was born and raised in El Monte, attended and graduated from Mountain View High School. I'm the father of four beautiful daughters that I refer to as S.T.a.J. 4 **(Acronym for Sarah, Tatiana, Amanda, Julia. "4" represents my four daughters and the Marine Division I was attached to). Both parents were raised in El Monte and attended El Monte and Arroyo High Schools, I am a 5th generation resident of the San Gabriel Valley. I always enjoyed a challenge and working very hard for what I wanted, as I previ-

ously served in the United States Marine Corps and in law enforcement as a police officer. My very first mud run was in March, 2012. After that, I was hooked on mud runs and working out. I researched all mud runs in Southern California and discovered an 48-72 hour grueling endurance challenge called The Death Race, which is held in the state of Vermont every summer. What compelled me to sign up after only having completed 2 mud runs, was that the finish/completion rate is only 10%-15%. At last year's 2013 Death Race I finished 12th with a time of 62 hours. The average finish time was 70 hours, Death Race continued on page 11

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The Peterson Principle By Tim Peterson

No, Mike MacFarland didn't leave Temple City because he thought he was going to get fired and better get out while he could. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Of course the fact that he didn't win three CIF titles in the last four years makes him a horrible coach. He doesn't know what he's doing. He doesn't know how to use time outs. Players didn't come out for the team because of him. And if you believe all of that then I'm the starting nose tackle for the Green Bay Packers. All that narrative is courtesy of the comments that were posted on our story of MacFarland resigning. We let most of the comments go through because there are others that defend him. When it comes to the negative and the positive it's usually about 50-50. MacFarland left because he took at job at Missouri Science and Technology as the offensive coordinator. He could have taken the job last year but decided to stay. He wasn't looking to leave Temple City but the offer presented itself. When he was asked again he couldn't pass it up. MacFarland likes the college atmosphere. He likes the Midwest. “It was the best move for me and my family. It's a great place to raise a family,” MacFarland said. Is that okay? We don't mind our readers expressing their opinions but when random insults and untruths are thrown out there without any rhyme and reason we have to set the record straight. MacFarland enjoyed his time at Temple City and did a solid job. Now he's moving on. God bless him and his family. So who's the candidate for the Temple City job? The best bet is it comes from inside. But with MacFarland leaving the schoo, l a teaching job should be available as well. One comment said “Bring back Mooney and Backus!” and of course that brought on a whole new firestorm. Joe Ledesma, the new coach at San Gabriel, didn't receive much love either. One of the first comments we received read “Hey Peterson. Do you know when SG will get a new coach? This guy can't coach.” And this was about a guy who has yet to coach a game for the Matadors. Funny, there wasn't any hate directed towards new Diamond Bar head coach Marcus Hughes. Nobody knows him. He's from New York.

La Salle freshman softball player Kinsley Washington has already received an offer from UCLA. I got a chance to see her play shortstop Saturday in a tournament at ELAC. As Stuart Scott would say, she was as smooth as the other side of the pillow. According to tcchamps there's not enough baseball vibe going on at Mid Valley Sports. And you know what? I agree with him. I hereby make the motion to school boards and to CIF to have lights installed at every high school in the San Gabriel Valley and all baseball games moved to 7:00 p.m. That's my principle. Tim can be reached at tim@ or on Twitter @tspeterson 40.


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APU Falls to Fresno by Tim Peterson Glendora

Azusa Pacific fell behind 5-0 in the first two and a half innings and could never get back in the hunt in a 6-3 loss to Fresno Pacific Thursday night. Joshua Banuelos clubbed a two run homer in the first inning to get Fresno started and after another run in the second, the Sunbirds used two hits and three walks to push across two more runs in the third inning. Before the sun set, the Cougars found themselves down by five. Azusa Pacific climbed back in it in the bottom of the third when Joseph Daris singled to left, Danny Martin walked and Jordan Brower reached on a fielder’s choice. Matt Kimmel then drilled a line drive that got by the right fielder. By the time the ball was recovered and thrown back to the infield, all three runners had scored and Kimmel was chugging into third with a triple. With one swing of the bat the Cougars were right back in it trailing 5-3. But that was the last time Azusa Pacific scored. Fresno Pacific added a run in the seventh when Kaohu

It was a rough outing for Josh Staumont and the Cougars. photo by Duane Barker

Panthers Beat Monrovia

Gaspar hammered one over the right field wall. Gaspar went five for five for the Sunbirds. APU used five pitchers in all. Josh Staumont started and went five innings al-

lowing five runs and ten hits while walking five. Fresno had 14 hits overall. The Cougars fell to 10-5 overall and 6-1 in the PacWest while Fresno improved to 13-8 and 5-4.

singles during the game for the Panthers. Armani Garcia hit one of his own for an RBI in the first inning, while Oscar Noriega delivered big with a two out, two run

double in the fourth inning. Rosemead travels to Temple City Wednesday to continue action in the Elks tourney.

by Corey Kwok Monrovia

Rosemead pitcher Dominic Correa fired a complete game, allowing just two hits while striking out five, to carry the Panthers to a 4-2 win over Monrovia Monday in the Arcadia Elks Tournament. Correa retired five of seven leadoff men, and dealt first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 29 batters he faced in a commanding effort. Angel Lopez, Anthony Parra, Matthew Campos, Dillon Wehrung, and Marcus Gomez each slapped

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Rosander on keyboards, vocals and percussion as the “Linda McCartney” of the band. Wingsband also includes a fabulous 4 piece brass section providing the familiar horn sounds Sir Paul had used on many of his Wings tracks in the 70's. I have no doubt this band could easily step in for Sir Paul's regular band-mates at any moment. And lest I forget, Ardy himself is phenomenal. As the Wingsband embodiment


of MACCA, that magical leap the audience takes during a performance, is a very easy pill to swallow. Vocally and instrumentally Mr Sarraf has studied his subject to the “T.” The mannerisms, the inflections and the interactions with both the viewer and his band are an enveloping experience. If you get the opportunity to see Wingsband LIVE you should not pass it up. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.


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First Savers Partners with Hope Services and Epilepsy Foundation of America to Benefit Community by Nick Stubberfield Arcadia

Savers, the national thrift chain with nearly 330 locations across North America, is celebrating the opening of its sixth store in Southern California and a continued partnership with Hope Services and the Epilepsy Foundation of America. The celebration of the Arcadia area location will kick off on Thursday, March 6 with an 8:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Savers management, Arcadia Mayor Mickey Segal and representatives from Hope Services and the Epilepsy Foundation, and continue through Saturday, March 8. Grand opening festivities of this new thrift store will include

the chance for attendees to win one of five $100 Savers gift certificates. Savers was founded on the core principle of supporting local communities – and has embraced that value by partnering with local nonprofits since 1954. The Arcadia store’s partnership with Hope Services and the Epilepsy Foundation means Savers pays these organizations for every donated item, whether it makes it to the sales floor or not. When members of the Arcadia community donate, they are not only giving their goods a second life, they are also turning their otherwise unused goods into sustainable

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revenue for Hope Services and the Epilepsy Foundation. The revenue received is crucial in supporting Hope Services’ philosophy that all

people with developmental programs like job training, disabilities should be able to job placement and indepenlive and participate fully in dent living services. With their communiSavers Grand Openning continued on page 12 ties through

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this revenue stream, Hope Services is able to, among other things, ensure that more than 3,700 individuals throughout California with developmental disabilities are supported to achieve their personal goals. For the Epilepsy Foundation, its partnership with Savers allows the organization to pursue its mission to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. “We’ve partnered with Savers since 1970 and we’re pleased to expand our relationship with the new Arcadia opening,” said Hope Services’ Director of Business Services, Ken Toren. “The money we receive has been important in supporting our mission for decades and has allowed us to expand services into Southern California. Your gifts of gently used items are employing more people with disabilities in the greater Los Angeles region.” Not only does Savers offer an easy way for customers to help the local community, but the store makes it easy to shop for quality goods, too. With wide aisles and clean and tidy racks with merchandise organized by department, style and size, Savers is no ordinary thrift store – it’s a place where people from all backgrounds can enjoy a unique selection, good deals and fun treasures in a department store-like atmosphere. The store carries more than 100,000 unique items on the sales floor at

any time and stocks up to 10,000 gently used items every day, ensuring customers continuously find a refreshed assortment of quality, value goods. “We’re very excited to open our first store in Arcadia,” said Don Cruz, the new store manager. “The support we’re able to provide the local community makes us proud, and we can’t wait to welcome both new and familiar customers and introduce them to all our great deals offered throughout the store.” While the new Arcadia store offers strong support for the local community, the network of Savers stores across North America encourages a more sustainable environment overall. By coupling the sale of gently used, quality items with the responsible recycling of items that cannot be sold, Savers, its customers, and its nonprofit partners keep more than 600 million pounds of reusable goods from ending up in landfills. Throughout the years, Savers has continued to inspire local communities to reduce their waste by reusing and recycling unneeded items, and has showcased that shopping thrift truly is one of the easiest ways to “go green.” The Arcadia store and Community Donation Center, located at 16 East Live Oak Avenue, will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, customers may contact the store directly at 626.461.0140 or visit

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PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK by Eugene R. Webb I'll have to tell you that it's a real pity; If you don't know about the town, King City. There at the Fireside Inn we spent the night; In it's lobby was something that didn't look right. It was a huge round trunk of a coconut tree; Surprisingly it went up and through the roof you see. It was really big and old, for years it has survived; We were amazed to see it was healthy and alive.

Rosemead City Hall 8838 Valley Blvd. Rosemead

We were in Central California, and well on our way; To Pinnacles National Park where we spent the next day. There are two entrances to the park, East and West; Take one, one day and do the other one next, is best. At the eastern boundary is the only campground; At both entrances, picnic tables can be found. There's no lodging, food or gas in the entire park; The park is open year round, but not after dark. There's over 30 miles of trails, while hiking don't slip; You can plan a short loop or a longer day trip. It's one of the most beautiful places you'll find; If you enjoy hiking and like to rock climb. I suggest if you are real healthy and brave; Then explore Balconies and Bear Gulch Caves. You'll need a flashlight, for the caves are dark; We enjoyed every minute in Pinnacles National Park.

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13-562129-JP Order No.: 130109775-CA-

ER: The sale date shown on this notice of


sale may be postponed one or more times


by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or


a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the


California Civil Code. The law requires that


information about trustee sale postpone-


ments be made available to you and to the



public, as a courtesy to those not present


at the sale. If you wish to learn whether

auction sale to the highest bidder for cash,

your sale date has been postponed, and, if

cashier’s check drawn on a state or na-

applicable, the rescheduled time and date

tional bank, check drawn by state or federal

for the sale of this property, you may call

credit union, or a check drawn by a state

714-730-2727 for information regarding the

or federal savings and loan association, or

trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site

savings association, or savings bank speci- , using the

fied in Section 5102 to the Financial Code

file number assigned to this foreclosure by

and authorized to do business in this state,

the Trustee: CA-13-562129-JP . Informa-

will be held by duly appointed trustee. The

tion about postponements that are very

sale will be made, but without covenant or

short in duration or that occur close in time

warranty, expressed or implied, regarding

to the scheduled sale may not immediately

title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay

be reflected in the telephone information or

the remaining principal sum of the note(s)

on the Internet Web site. The best way to

secured by the Deed of Trust, with inter-

verify postponement information is to at-

est and late charges thereon, as provided

tend the scheduled sale. The undersigned

in the note(s), advances, under the terms

Trustee disclaims any liability for any incor-

of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees,

rectness of the property address or other

charges and expenses of the Trustee for

common designation, if any, shown herein.

the total amount (at the time of the initial

If no street address or other common desig-

publication of the Notice of Sale) reason-

nation is shown, directions to the location of

ably estimated to be set forth below. The

the property may be obtained by sending a

amount may be greater on the day of

written request to the beneficiary within 10


days of the date of first publication of this


Notice of Sale. If the Trustee is unable to


convey title for any reason, the success-

Recorded: 8/30/2005 as Instrument No. 05

ful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy

2083942 of Official Records in the office of

shall be the return of monies paid to the

the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County,

Trustee, and the successful bidder shall

California; Date of Sale: 4/2/2014 at 11:00

have no further recourse. If the sale is

AM Place of Sale: By the fountain located

set aside for any reason, the Purchaser

Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014, to the El Monte City Clerk’s Office, 11333 Valley Blvd, El Monte CA 91731.

at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA

at the sale shall be entitled only to a re-

91766 Amount of unpaid balance and other

turn of the deposit paid. The Purchaser


charges: $244,068.51 The purported prop-

shall have no further recourse against

erty address is: 2548 ALLGEYER AVE, EL

the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the

MONTE, CA 91732 Assessor’s Parcel No.:

Mortgagee’s Attorney. If you have previ-


ously been discharged through bankruptcy,

BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding

you may have been released of personal

on this property lien, you should understand

liability for this loan in which case this let-

that there are risks involved in bidding at a

ter is intended to exercise the note holders

trustee auction. You will be bidding on a

right’s against the real property only. As re-

lien, not on the property itself. Placing the

quired by law, you are hereby notified that

highest bid at a trustee auction does not

a negative credit report reflecting on your

automatically entitle you to free and clear

credit record may be submitted to a credit

ownership of the property. You should also

report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms

be aware that the lien being auctioned off

of your credit obligations. QUALITY MAY

may be a junior lien. If you are the highest


bidder at the auction, you are or may be re-


sponsible for paying off all liens senior to


the lien being auctioned off, before you can


receive clear title to the property. You are

Quality Loan Service Corporation 2141

encouraged to investigate the existence,

5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-

priority, and size of outstanding liens that

645-7711 For NON SALE information

may exist on this property by contacting

only Sale Line: 714-730-2727 Or Login

the county recorder’s office or a title insur-


ance company, either of which may charge

statement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318

you a fee for this information. If you consult

Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-13-

either of these resources, you should be

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aware that the same lender may hold more

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Notice is hereby given that the City of El Monte is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide transportation services for the complete management and operation of El Monte Transit’s Sunday fixed-route transit service.


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This is an FTA project, and we highly encourage the utilization of DBE firms as prime and/or subcontractors on this procurement. Bid documents are available for pickup at the El Monte Transportation Services Office, located at 3990 Arden Drive, El Monte, CA 91731, beginning Monday, March 17, 2014, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or may be downloaded from the City of El Monte’s website at under “Professional Services.”

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Interested proposers are invited to attend a Pre-Proposal Meeting on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at City of El Monte Transportation Services Division, 3990 Arden Drive, El Monte, CA 91731. This meeting is not mandatory.

The City of El Monte, located in Southern California, is committed to improving the quality of life for its citizens and strives to provide its community personalized service, uncompromising commitment, and individualized accountability. For information on the City of El Monte, please call 626-580-2001 or visit Gwynn Stevens, Transportation Operations Manager City of El Monte



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City of El Monte Planning Commission Hablamos Español favor de hablar con Marcella Magdaleno (626) 258-8626

Pursuant to law, the Planning Commission hereby gives notice that a public hearing will be held to determine whether or not the following request should be granted. APPLICATION:

Lot Division No. 711 (Tentative Parcel Map No. 72667), Conditional Use Permit No. 22-13, Design Review No. 10-13, and Modification No. 23-13


The applicant requests the approval of Lot Division No. 711 (Tentative Parcel Map No. 72667), Conditional Use Permit No. 22-13, Design Review No. 10-13, and Modification No. 23-13 for the renovation and expansion of a retail multiple tenant commercial center to consist of large box retailers, shops, and pad buildings, totaling approximately 107,024 square feet of gross floor area. The property is located at the NEC of Santa Anita Ave. & Valley Blvd, within the C-2 (Retail Commercial) zone. This request is made pursuant to the requirements of Section 16.08.020, 17.24.040(38), 17.22.020(A), and 17.20.020(A) of the El Monte Municipal Code.


10661 Valley Boulevard (NEC of Santa Anita Ave. & Valley Blvd between Santa Anita Ave. and Monterey Ave. )


An addendum (Addendum No. 1) to a previously approved 2007 Mitigated Negative Declaration in accordance with Section 15164 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines.


Santa Fe Trail Holdings, LLC 9841 Airport Blvd., Suite 700 Los Angeles, Ca 90045


Santa Fe Trail Holdings, LLC 9841 Airport Blvd., Suite 700 Los Angeles, Ca 90045


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CONTACT: Gwynn Stevens El Monte Transportation Services Div. (626) 580-2217


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City of El Monte as Successor Agency to the El Monte Community Redevelopment Agency 11333 Valley Boulevard El Monte, Ca 91731 DATE AND HOUR:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.


El Monte City Hall; City Hall East Council Chambers 11333 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, California

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed application or the environmental documentation may do so orally or in writing at the public hearing or in writing prior to the meeting date. If you challenge the decision of the Planning Commission, in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. For further information regarding this application please contact the Planning Division at (626) 258-8626. Monday through Thursday, except legal holidays, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Published and Mailed on:

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