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Whittier Chamber board member La Donna Munier, past president Bonnie Watje, LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, Whittier Chamber president Shannon Gimbel-Hammer, Executive Director Carol Crosby and Whittier City Council member Fernando Dutra at a board meeting during which Supervisor Knabe honored the Whittier Chamber for 100 years of service. See more celebration photos on

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Business Focus Connecting the business and residential communities.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. emphasizes to the audience at the 89th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast that California’s budgeting needs to avoid ‘the booms and the busts’ of the past. Photo by Steve Yeater

Wa y s t o s e c u r e o r i m p r o v e California’s future were highlighted last month by featured speakers at the 89th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast. More than 1,300 business and civic leaders from throughout the state heard calls for changes from Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., California Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Anne Buettner, and Vance Raye, presiding justice of the Third District Court of Appeal. The annual gathering is a longtime collaboration between the Sacramento Host Committee, made up of 27 leaders of the Sacramento business community, and the CalChamber.

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Women of leadership including local business owners Yolanda Garcia and Susie Cruz, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Charlene DimasPeinado of The Whole Child, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Donna Davis participated in the 1st Annual Women in Business Conference held in May. for more photos

Brown said that what he wanted to point out was that “California is definitely back.” Thanks to the budget cuts the Legislature has made, the new taxes the public has voted for, and a growing economy, California is no longer a failed state, having “utterly transformed” its credit rating and deficit, the Governor declared. Brown said that in the last three years, more than 1 million new jobs have been created, which is more than any other state in the country. California also draws in more than half of venture capital in America, houses more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, and is still the largest manufacturing state, he commented. He also touched on how important the rainy day fund measure is to the state. California shouldn’t repeat the lessons of the past, “the booms and the busts,” he emphasized. Although the state is currently enjoying a surplus, Brown warned that it is derived almost entirely from capital gains and investments, which history has shown has sharp rises and falls. For this reason, he said he proposed the rainy day fund measure. Governor Brown acknowledged, however, that there still are significant challenges facing California, namely education, pension reform, workers’ compensation reform, immigration reform, and criminal justice. In some of these areas, the state has relegated control to local authorities in order to tackle the issues with tailored treatment. As examples, Brown pointed to the greater flexibility now given to school districts for coming up with their own plans on how to achieve academic excellence; and efforts with local criminal justice committees, where probation officers, presiding judges, public defenders and others work together to figure out the best ways to handle lower-level offenders. For more information on the annual Host Breakfast event and other California job creation news, please visit the CalChamber website at

City Manager, Mayor to unveil new development projects & challenges at State of the City Address City of Whittier staff and leaders will reflect on City accomplishments from the past year, discuss current economic concerns and review plans for the future, including steps to ensure the health and stability of Whittier, at the annual State of the City Address presented by the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee. This popular event is open to all business owners and residents of Whittier and will be held on Wednesday, June 25 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 7320 Greenleaf Ave. Registration and breakfast will open at 8 a.m. Tickets are $20 per person. This year’s Address will highlight development projects along Whittier Boulevard and throughout the City as well as infrastructure updates and the City budget. Officials will also provide the latest information on the Mineral Extraction Project. The City’s future

3rd annual community expo to feature local businesses and entertainment; free and open to the public Greg Gunter from Highlighting local Greg’s Auto Body. businesses and “Spending your tax stressing the value dollars locally helps of keeping sales keep our economy tax dollars in our strong and our own community, the community thriving Whittier Chamber which is exactly of Commerce will what the Chamber be hosting the 3rd COMMUNITY EXPO exists to do,” added Annual Shop Local Chamber Board Community Expo. SHOP • EAT • BUY • LOCAL President Shannon The free event Gimbel-Hammer will take place on from Shannon G’s Flowers. Wednesday, July 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the The Whittwood Town Center, with Whittwood Town Center. Residents and its ample parking, central location, members of the business community awesome food court and fabulous are invited to stroll through this free shops, is the perfect location for the outdoor table-top expo and network Shop Local Community Expo. The with businesses from both the Chamber event is set to take place in the parking and the Whittwood Town Center. “The Shop Local Community Expo is lot between Sears, Kohls and 24 Hr. a perfect venue to brand your business Fitness. For more details on this free familyto the community while promoting your goods and services,” says Chamber friendly event, please see page 20. Board member and event co-chair

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challenges, opportunities and needs will also be outlined. “The Whittier Chamber is pleased to provide access to our local elected and city officials and host this important event for our community,” stated Chamber President Shannon Gimbel-Hammer. “There are some exciting opportunities for our City right now and the State of the City Address is an excellent chance for local business owners and residents to get the latest information about our community,” concluded Gimbel-Hammer. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear firsthand what exciting developments are occurring around Whittier by attending this event on June 25. To RSVP for the Whittier Chamber’s 2014 State of the City Address, please call the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 or register conveniently online at

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Shannon Gimbel-Hammer, Shannon G’s Flowers Immediate Past President Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. President-Elect & VP Administration Rudy Hernandez, RMH Dance & Productions VP Community Affairs Melanie Bickley, Whittier Brokers VP Membership Ben Greer, GM Properties

As I write my second “President’s Message,” I want to let you know what a privilege it is to be part of this great organization. For me, last month’s highlight was our “Salute to Service” program at our Wake Up Whittier networking breakfast. At this event we featured many of the non profit organizations that make Whittier such a terrific place in which to live and work. Whittier is such a giving community and it is wonderful to see non profit

organizations and for profit businesses working together. Our chamber ’s ribbon cuttings continue to be important events for our business community. They allow us to highlight some of the business entrepreneurs who have invested their resources in the Whittier area and congratulate them on their success. Last month we celebrated two new businesses – a new Whittier law firm and the new Smart & Final Extra! store. This month we will congratulate new member Balanced Energy Studios. Next month we will welcome foster care and adoption agency Concept 7 as they move their headquarters to Whittier, and celebrate new member Law Office of Steven Ibarra in Uptown Whittier. One of my favorite events every year is the State of the City Address which will

be presented by Mayor Cathy Warner along with City Manager Jeff Collier. This will take place on June 25 at Radisson Hotel from 8-10 a.m. There are a lot of key issues before the Council and many exciting things happening around town. This event is open to the public and we encourage you to attend and discover the good things that are happening in our City…Whittier really is an amazing place. This is a great chance to be “in the know!” Our Shop Local Community Expo will be held on July 9. This is a great chance for our residents to see the many wonderful local businesses and organizations we have in the area. This month, please remember to spend money on your dads and grads with our local businesses.

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VP Finance David Krake, Merrill Lynch VP Special Events La Donna Munier, Friendly Hills Bank VP Marketing Carolyn Reggio, CAPC, Inc.

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DIRECTORS Susie Ausdal, Union Bank Ramsey Ezaki, Ezaki Dentistry Miguel Granados, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary Greg Gunter, Greg’s Auto Body Ted Knoll, First Day Krista Lesa, The Quad at Whittier Elizabeth Martinez, Republic Services Gary Lee Martinez, The Traveling Traveler Greg Nicodemus, Credit Union Of Southern California Laurie Perschbacher, MAP Property Management Tom Rios, Emeritus at Chateau Whittier Monique Rodriguez, PIH Health

STAFF Executive Directors Carol Crosby & Lyn Carty Director of Public Relations Katie Galvin Event & Member Relations Coordinator Natalie Saenz Bookkeeper Amber Bookil-Lawrence Whittier Chamber Business Focus Official monthly publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce This publication is mailed monthly to all licensed businesses in the city of Whittier, all Whittier Chamber members and 4,500 Whittier residents in selected areas. Papers are also distributed via various community locations such as Whittier Library, Community Center, Senior Center, City Hall, etc. Total monthly readership is 20,000. We welcome comments, press releases and community interest stories. All submissions are due by the 10th of the month prior to publication. The Whittier Chamber reserves the right to approve and edit submitted material. The Business Focus is also an excellent vehicle within which to advertise! For current advertising rates or to submit an article, email Katie Galvin at or call (562) 698-9554.

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Richard Scrivanich As you may already be aware, taxpayers can transfer substantial amounts free of gift taxes to their children or other donees through the proper use of this exclusion. The statutory exclusion amount ($10,000) is adjusted for inflation annually, using 1997 as the base year. The amount of the exclusion for 2014 is $14,000. The exclusion covers gifts an individual makes to each donee each year. Thus, a taxpayer with three children can transfer a total of $42,000 to them every year free of federal gift taxes. If the only gifts made during a year are excluded in this fashion, there is no need to file a federal gift tax return. If annual gifts exceed $14,000, the exclusion covers the first $14,000 and only the excess is taxable. Further, even taxable gifts may result in no gift tax liability thanks to the unified credit (discussed below). (Note, this discussion is not relevant to gifts made by a donor to his spouse because these gifts are gift tax-free under separate marital deduction rules.)

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Gift-splitting by married taxpayers. If the donor of the gift is married, gifts to donees made during a year can be treated as split between the husband and wife, even if the cash or gift property is actually given to a donee by only one of them. By gift-splitting, therefore, up to $28,000 a year can be transferred to each donee by a married couple because their two annual exclusions are available. Thus, for example, a married couple with three married children can transfer a total of $168,000 each year to their children and the children’s spouses ($28,000 for each of six donees). Where gift-splitting is involved, both spouses must consent to it. Consent should be indicated on the gift tax return (or returns) the spouses file. IRS prefers that both spouses indicate their consent on each return filed. (Because more than $14,000 is being transferred by a spouse, a gift tax return (or returns) will have to be filed, even if the $28,000 exclusion covers total gifts. If you desire to gift more than $14,000 to a single donee in any year, you should contact your tax adviser.) The “present interest” requirement. For a gift to qualify for the annual exclusion, it must be a gift of a “present interest.” That is, the donee’s enjoyment of the gift can’t be postponed into the future. For example, if you put cash into a trust and provide that donee A is to receive the income from it while he’s alive and donee B is to receive the principal at A’s death, B’s interest is a “future interest.” Special valuation tables are consulted to determine the value of the separate interests you set up for each donee. The

INDEX President’s Massage ............. 2 Tax Tips ................................. 2 Tasty Tuesday ........................ 3 Mayor’s Message ................... 4 Women in Business ............... 4 10-4 Tips from the WPD ......... 5 Community Celebrations ........ 7 YP Corner .............................. 8 Wake Up Whittier ................... 8 Salute to Service .............10-11 National Wellness Month ...... 12 Financial Update .................. 13 Member Marketplace ........... 14 Networking Quote ................ 14 Restaurant Row ................... 15 Calendar .............................. 15 Around Town ...................16-17 Renewing Members ............. 18 New Members ..................... 19

gift of the income interest qualifies for the annual exclusion because enjoyment of it is not deferred, so the first $14,000 of its total value will not be taxed. However, the gift of the other interest (called a “remainder” interest) is a taxable gift in its entirety. Exception to present interest rule. If the donee of a gift is a minor and the terms of the trust provide that the income and property may be spent by or for the minor before he reaches age 21, and that any amount left is to go to the minor at age 21, then the annual exclusion is available (that is, the present interest rule will not apply). These arrangements (called Code Sec. 2503(c) trusts because of the section in the Internal Revenue Code that permits them) allow parents to set assets aside for future distribution to their children while taking advantage of the annual exclusion in the year the trust is set up. “Unified” credit for taxable gifts. Even gifts that are not covered by the exclusion, and that are thus taxable, may not result in a tax liability. This is so because a tax credit wipes out the federal gift tax liability on the first taxable gifts that you make in your lifetime, up to $5,340,000 (for 2014). However, to the extent you use this credit against a gift tax liability, it reduces (or eliminates) the credit available for use against the federal estate tax at your death. If you have any questions regarding the above discussed topic or any other tax matter, please feel free to give me a call at (562) 698-9891. Richard Scrivanich, Partner For Harvey & Parmelee LLP Se Habla Español

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year and the current state of the City with MAYOR'S the Council and City Manager. month, the Planning Commission MESSAGE willThis discuss a potential amendment to the Uptown Specific Plan. Community Cathy Warner assembly uses may be prohibited on Greenleaf Avenue in the Uptown Core from the parcels immediately north of Bailey Street down to the parcels north of Penn Street. If the Planning Commission The Whittier City Council would recommends this amendment, it is like to acknowledge all the non-profit expected the City Council will conduct organizations and businesses that a public hearing on the item later this assisted and partnered with the City summer. Business and property owners last month on the many fun-filled will have the opportunity to weigh in on community events. The Whittier Relay the proposed modifications at both the for Life, Founders Day Celebration, Planning Commission meeting of June Health Fair, Kiddie K-Run and Police 1st and then again at a subsequent City Open House, Bike to Work Day and Council public hearing. Women from various local businesses got the opportunity to find helpful resources and hear from local leaders and industry experts during the all-day conference in May If your vacation plans take you out of even the Community Street Banner Program would not be possible without the country this summer, you can apply the support of the community. And what for or renew your passport at the Whittier can I say about the Whittier Community Public Library. The Central Library is Foundation and their Dancing with an official passport acceptance facility the Whittier Stars event? It was an of the U.S. State Department. Receive absolutely amazing experience to expert assistance and free informational be one of the dancers and help raise brochures in a comfortable private office. funds designated for our new Whittier The passport office is open on a firstDog Park. Last month, the Chamber’s come, first-served basis Monday through Wake Up Whittier was appropriately Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and with themed “Salute to Service” and honored limited service from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and several of the local service groups and Thursday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. organizations. Congratulations to the Saturday service is available 10 a.m. to Chamber for recognizing the importance 1 p.m. by appointment only. Please call Over 100 local business women took part in the 1st Annual Women in Business Conference last month of service groups and a heartfelt thanks (562) 567-9904 for further information held at Pico Park which featured keynote speakers, workshops and free professional headshots by to all the organizations for your tireless and to schedule an appointment. Alicia Bravo Photography! Parents, don’t forget about the many commitment to making Whittier a better affordable ways to keep your family place for all. Last month, City staff was busy busy this summer such as attending at ICSC, the International Council of the annual Summer Concert Series, Shopping Centers global real estate participating in recreational swim at convention in Las Vegas in hopes of Palm Park, and going to the ever popular attracting more new businesses to Summer Reading Club beginning at both Whittier. The conference proved to be libraries on June 9. New this summer successful for the City, as we learned are “Moonlight Movie Nights” at Parnell that there are several retailers and Park. On the fourth Saturday of the These ladies enjoyed networking in between sessions with professionals from various local chambers restaurants who continue to actively month from June to September, the City of commerce including Whittier, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk and Montebello look for sites in Whittier. We will be and the Whittier Community Foundation busy in the coming weeks following up are hosting free family movies on a 28with the contacts made at ICSC. You foot inflatable screen beginning at dusk. are encouraged to attend the State What a fantastic way to entertain the of the City address later this month entire family—just be sure to bring to learn about development projects your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy! around town. We may even be able For more information on any of these to announce which new retailers are programs please visit the City website at “Finding Nemo” is the first in a series rated PG, on Saturday, August 23, and preparing to open here! The entire of “Moonlight Movie Nights,” four family- a special Double-Feature on Saturday, See you at the State of the City community is invited for a presentation oriented fi lms that will be presented at September 27 – “Cloudy with a Chance on the accomplishments from the past address on Wednesday, June 25th! Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, on of Meatballs 2” and “ET,” both rated PG. Saturday, June 28. “Finding Nemo,” Moviegoers are encouraged to bring which is rated G, will begin at dusk. lawn chairs and blankets for festival-style The free movies will be shown on seating and a picnic while enjoying the a 28-foot inflatable movie screen, and movie. Those attending are reminded are sponsored by the Whittier Parks, that pets, barbeques and alcoholic Activate Whittier has partnered with the Whittier Apartment Recreation and Community Services beverages are not allowed. Owners Resource Council and Department and the Whittier Community For more information on the “Moonlight to assist apartment owners who are interested in voluntarily Foundation. Movie Nights,” contact the Parks, transitioning their properties to no-smoking. 18 apartment The other movies in this summer Recreation and Community Services owners have demonstrated interest in participating, and evening series are: “The Lego Movie,” Department at (562) 567-9400 or at press time, 12 properties feature the Activate Whittier rated PG, on Saturday, July 26; “Frozen,” “No-Smoking Community” decal. The road leading to nosmoking communities began with the ban on smoking in 22 public parks, spearheaded by Activate Whittier. An ordinance prohibiting smoking in Whittier city parks became effective on February 7, 2013. Whittier now joins more than 140 California cities, along with Los Angeles County, prohibiting smoking in public parks as a way to protect the health of its residents. Smoking is prohibited within City parks, including parking lots, or within 50 feet of such a facility. Next time you are at a Whittier City park, look for the posted signs that will alert park visitors about the new ban on smoking. Activate Whittier invites all no-smoking multi-unit housing property owners to feature the “No-Smoking Community” decal in their properties, and together we can build a healthy active Whittier. If your property is located in the City of Whittier or unincorporated Whittier communities, is 100% no-smoking, meaning smoking is not allowed in units or community common areas, and your rental agreements states that your property is a no-smoking community, you may be eligible to feature our decal. For more information on how to get involved in the program, please contact Penny Lopez, Activate Whittier Program Manager, via email at or by calling (562) 309-4876.

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Want your property back? Know the serial number! As safe as our community is, crime still takes place and each year hundreds of property items are taken from homes and businesses by criminals. Crimes such as residential and business burglaries, petty thefts and robberies may net criminals items such as small and large electronic devices and other items of value. Once taken, criminals are most likely to transport the items and eventually sell them to willing buyers either on the street, in flea markets, pawn shops, or using online sales and auction websites. On a daily basis, officers encounter suspicious persons or known criminals through pedestrian contacts or vehicle stops. Many times, what starts as a traffic stop for a traffic violation can end up in the recovery of numerous items that do not belong to the driver or the person stopped on the street. When officers come across property that appears suspicious in nature (for example a person riding a bicycle at 2 a.m. in a business area while holding a computer and a monitor), they conduct an investigation as to the origin of the property. The first thing officers examine is the presence of a serial number or identifying information marks. If a serial number is present on the item, officers can run the number through a national database of stolen items to confirm the theft and locate the rightful owner.

When residents and businesses report a theft, they are asked to provide the police department with a detailed list of the items taken, along with serial numbers and any identifying marks. Unfortunately, many people do not keep a list of items and their serial numbers, which makes it very difficult for police to enter the items into the stolen items database. The items may be discovered by an officer during a field contact, but without a confirmation from the database about the origin of the item, the owner may never see the recovered item again. Electronic items continue to be a desirable target for thieves and robbers. Smart phones, IPads, tablets, laptops, computer systems, gaming consoles, and handheld game systems are among the items most likely to be taken in a burglary or robbery. Each of these items has a serial number and knowing the number when you file a police report could mean the difference between getting the item back or never seeing it again. Take the time to go through your home or business and make a list of the electronic items you possess and their corresponding serial number. Keep the list in a safe place for future usage. The officer taking the report will be very appreciative and so will the officer who may stop the criminal in possession of your property.

Michael Davis is a Captain with the Whittier Police Department and can be reached at (562) 567-9253 or via email at

Whittier Nights at the Hollywood Bowl scheduled for summer Tickets are on sale for the two concerts for the 2014 Whittier Nights at the Hollywood Bowl season, an annual event sponsored by the City of Whittier Community Services Department and the Cultural Arts Commission. Tickets may be purchased in person at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first concert, Saturday, July 19, will be “Dreamworks Animation in Concert.” This year is the 20th anniversary of the Dreamworks studio, which has brought so many beloved movies from “Shrek” to “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda” and more, and the concert will feature a live performance of the memorable movie scores, as well as showing stunning film clips of the various films on the Bowl’s big screen. This concert will be especially enjoyable for families. At the second concert, Saturday, August 9, the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight, will join with “Kool and the Gang.” Knight, jazz royalty for decades and seven-time Emmy winner for such

hits as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” and the fabulously funky “Kool and the Gang,” whose hits include “Celebration” and “Get Down on It,” is a musical pairing that cannot be beat. Ticket prices are $35, $42 or $49, depending upon seat selection, and will include concert tickets, bus transportation and parking. Concert buses will leave from Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, promptly at 6 p.m. and return at approximately 12 midnight. Concertgoers may bring their own picnic fare, and food is also available for purchase at the Bowl. A Whittier tradition for many years, the Whittier Nights at the Hollywood Bowl program has become a popular summer event where groups and organizations, families and individuals fill the buses without having to worry about freeway traffic or parking. For those who love the Bowl in the summer, but hate the traffic, Whittier Nights at the Hollywood Bowl is the answer. For further information or to purchase tickets, call Parnell Park at (562) 567-9450.

Summer concerts offer music under the stars Whittier’s ever-popular Summer Concerts in the Park series will begin Monday, July 7, 2014, featuring a wonderful variety of musical entertainment, designed to appeal to all ages and musical tastes. Concerts will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, July 7 through August 11 at Central Park, corner of Washington Avenue and Bailey Street in Uptown Whittier, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 10 through August 14 at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. The free concerts are sponsored by the Whittier City Council, Whittier Cultural Arts and Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commissions, Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Seating is festival-style and concertgoers may bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfort while they enjoy music under the stars. Those attending the concerts are reminded that pets, barbeques and alcoholic beverages, and smoking are not allowed. The summer concerts truly offer something for everyone’s tastes. Residents may spend an evening picnicking in the park with family and friends while listening to quality musical entertainment. Better yet, don’t worry about dinner. Enjoy the variety of freshly-cooked food, including desserts, on sale by food vendors at the park. For more information on the 2014 Summer Concerts in the Park contact the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (562) 567-9400 or

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July 7 “The Band Fresh” Variety Dance July 14 “The Wise Guys” – Big Band July 21 “Undercover Girls” – Classic Rock July 28 “Upstream” - Reggae August 4 “Silverado’s” - Country August 11 Greg Wolfe – Rod Stewart Tribute

July 10 “DSB” – Journey Tribute July 17 “Smooth” – Santana Tribute July 24 “Mariachi Divas” – Mariachi July 31 “LA Vation” – U2 Tribute August 7 “Stone Soul” – Motown August 14 “Hard Days Night”– Beatles Tribute




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WHAT’S COOL IN YOUR SCHOOL Whittier and Pioneer High School students participate in Whittier College’s Amy Biehl Foundation Project Twenty-one Whittier and Pioneer high school students recently completed the second year of the Amy Biehl Foundation Project– Human Rights and Social Responsibility, an enrichment opportunity for local high school students coordinated by Whittier College’s Center for Engagement with Communities. The high school students were selected after completing a comprehensive application process and began the project by attending an inspirational keynote presentation by Linda Biehl, a Whittier College graduate, who began the Amy Biehl Foundation in honor of her daughter Amy Biehl. Amy Biehl was killed in post-apartheid South Africa in 1993 while contributing to the development of civil rights and a civil society there. Linda Biehl and her late husband, Peter, founded the Amy Biehl Foundation as a living memorial dedicated to activities that provide transformative experiences for young people in under-served communities. As part of Whittier College’s project, Pioneer and Whittier High students

attended nine weekly workshops where they worked with five Whittier College student mentors, culminating in a student conference at Whittier College held in May where the students presented their research on human rights or social issues of interest to them. “Our team of talented and committed Whittier College students worked together with the supportive teachers and administrators at Whittier and Pioneer high schools to create an educational experience dedicated to

helping high school students develop their critical awareness about compelling human rights and social challenges and their sense of responsibility for addressing ethical issues that align with their personal values,” said Associate Director of Whittier College’s Center for Engagement with Communities David Sarabia, who led the project. Whittier and Pioneer high school students gained valuable college-level skills through the project, said Whittier High School Principal Lori Eshilian.

“Our high school students benefitted from working alongside Whittier College student mentors who guided them in gaining research and communication skills in order to clearly articulate their social justice topic, conduct thorough research, discover possible solutions and explore ways to educate the public,” Eshilian said. Students selected topics ranging from human trafficking, animal rights, gender inequity, domestic violence, inclusion of students with learning disabilities, bullying, drug addiction and worldwide hunger. Pioneer High School senior Yoceline Lucero said she gained the ability to write college-level research papers and also had fun mentoring fellow students at Pioneer who were working on class projects dealing with human rights issues. “It was great to meet and work with other students in the project who are interested in global issues and gain the confidence to know that we have a voice and can affect change,” Lucero said.

Students and teachers get hands-on science fun during free team science event More than 40 local students and 30 teachers gathered at Pioneer High School recently for a free, half-day Science Academy provided by non-profit group Team Science that explored the joys of learning science, engineering and math through fun, hands-on activities. Middle school students learned about the Fundamentals of Flight by building helium balloon airships propelled by

rubber bands while others did the math behind producing energy through their homemade wood and paper windmills. Elementary school students learned more about nature by creating their own fossils while others played with the color spectrum or planted plants to take home from their Plant Pals class. Meanwhile, local elementary and middle school teachers were in workshops of their own, learning how to incorporate all of these activities and more into their own classrooms. “Workshops like these are important, especially as we implement the new Common Core State Standards,” said Shannon Brann Zelaya, Principal of Los Nietos Middle School. “Hands-on activities spark a love of science that will help us

encourage students to pursue careers as engineers and scientists.” Sponsored by the Whittier Union High School District, the Team Science workshops for students and teachers were led by engineers and technicians with years of professional experience, teachers and college students who all volunteered their time. “We were thrilled to offer a free Team Science Saturday Academy at Pioneer High as a way to give local students a fun and engaging learning experience and ignite their interest in science and math,” said Team Science President Marie Mungaray. “Our hope is to also be a resource to teachers who want to provide similar activities in their classrooms.” The Saturday Science Academy

was a great way for students to find out what Team Science Summer Camp is like, said Pioneer High School Principal Monica Oviedo. Team Science will hold its annual Summer Camp in July at Pioneer High. For information about Team Science Summer Camp, visit

St. Mark’s Lutheran Theatre celebrates 10 years of entertainment Celebrating ten years of entertainment, the St. Mark’s Lutheran Youth Theatre proudly presented “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Junior” starring 6th, 7th and 8th graders in midApril. The student body and area schools attended two daytime performances followed by three performances for the general public. This year’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Junior”

included singing and tap dancing on a professional stage set up in the St. Mark’s Lutheran School gymnasium. A third of the students involved in the 10th Anniversary production are Whittier residents. The 81 cast, crew and house members (5th graders) took on all responsibilities of the production including the acting, choreography, moving sets, managing

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COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS FREE Business Seminar The East Whittier YMCA celebrated its planned expansion with a community groundbreaking ceremony in April

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Members of the Whittier community got a sneak peek at the brand new Smart and Final Extra! grocery store, located at the corner of La Mirada Blvd. and Mulberry Dr., during their preview night and ribbon cutting event

At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. Email is more important than ever to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere, and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This workshop will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective. Seminar attendees will learn more about different types of newsletters; what to write about in your newsletter or announcement and how to utilize images and graphics; subject line best practices; when to send your newsletter; understanding how to use email and social media together and other useful communication tools. Guest speaker Mark Mikelat, a business growth expert, speaker, consultant, and author, has extensive experience in marketing and sales strategy. He has successfully consulted with corporations all throughout the world in sales channel development, sales systems implementation, marketing strategy, social media marketing and email marketing. His clients have included Microsoft, Coach Luxury Brands, Hewlett Packard, the Los Angeles School District and many others. His humorous programs are jam-packed with actionable and practical advice business leaders can put into action immediately to increase their sales, win more clients, and grow their businesses. Learn more about Mark at

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Contact: Lupita Garza (562) 945-3944 American Red Cross is the nation’s largest blood collection organization, supplying more than 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in our country. However, the American Red Cross is involved in so much more than just blood donations. Their mission is to prevent and relieve suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: lifesaving blood, health and safety services, disaster relief, international services, and supporting America’s military families. Businesses and organizations can join their FREE American Red Cross Ready Rating Program to help you stay prepared for an emergency.

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Concept 7 Contact: John Peel (714) 221-8657 Concept 7 is a foster care and adoption agency serving all of Southern California. Founded in 1973 to ease the suffering of abused and neglected children who have been placed in protective services as dependents of the courts, Concept 7 now has offices in Orange, Ontario, and Commerce. Each year more than 300 adults are trained and nearly 2,000 children are supported through their specialized programs and the Latino Family Services Division. Nearly 60% of all the children placed with Concept 7 are able to return home. Families are needed to assist with the process and to share their stories of saving children. If you are unable to open your home, please open your heart.

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Contact: Rev. Shawn Kindorf (562) 698-0341 Change your thinking, change your life! If you don’t find a traditional church a match, if you’re more spiritual than religious, and if you like Oprah, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, or The Secret, then this may be the place for you. Harmony Center is an inclusive spiritual community with a long history in Uptown Whittier; the original church was dedicated in 1959. All are welcome to attend Celebration Service every Sunday at 10 a.m. led by Reverend Shawn Kindorf. Harmony Center holds an annual Fine Art

& Craft Fair, a free family-friendly cultural event in October, and an annual High School Art Contest. The adjacent Harmony Hall is available to rent for wedding receptions, memorials, banquets, and parties.

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Contact: Marilyn Neece and less-insured residents to provide mental health (562) 698-1272 education and counseling at partners’ sites. For more than three decades, Intercommunity Counseling Center has consistently offered a tremendous service to the greater Whittier community by providing affordable, professional counseling to those in need. ICC serves the community’s mental health and well-being by providing individual, marriage and family counseling; classes in anger management and cooperative parenting; workshops and support groups. In addition, ICC partners with several other area nonprofits who serve our community’s low-income

Interfaith Food Center Contact: Gail Stier Contact: Veronica Hernandez (714) 834-1111 (562) 903-1478 Easter Seals Southern California serves 8,000 For over 30 years the Interfaith Food Center has children and adults daily with developmental and/ been the primary provider of food to the most or physical disabilities. The service area includes vulnerable residents of La Mirada, the city and the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, unincorporated areas of Whittier, and, most recently, Imperial, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, they have expanded their service area to include Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Easter Seals Santa Fe Springs. Through their Supplemental Food supports individuals to live independently, receive autism therapies, gain education, work, and learn individuals address life’s challenges and achieve Program and their Homeless Lunch Program they are providing food assistance to over 3,500 people social living skills. Their variety of services helps personal goals. every week. Their mission is to alleviate hunger First Christian Church Whittier and food insecurity by providing compassionate Contact: Layne Beamer supplemental food assistance to the hungry, (562) 698-0556 disadvantaged, disabled and homeless population in First Christian Church, one of the oldest faith their service area. Remember, hunger happens 365 communities in Whittier, continues to provide days a year; join IFC and be a part of the solution to Christian worship, study, fellowship, and service end hunger and food insecurity in the community! from their landmark building at Greenleaf and Hadley in Uptown Whittier. Additionally, they partner with other Whittier not-for-profit agencies, 12-step groups, and individuals to facilitate and foster a “wholeness community” providing a broad range of spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical healing, strengthening, and advocacy in the Uptown neighborhood. From Maddi’s Closet Contact: Donna Holmes (562) 943-3684 From Maddi’s Closet was founded in April of 2005. The organization was formed as a result of the Holmes family’s experience with the loss of their daughter, Madison Leslie Holmes, to an inoperable and incurable brain tumor. She was just three years old. Madison’s journey touched the lives of so many people. From Maddi’s Closet has become a voice for these children and their families. There is a tremendous need for emotional and tangible support to help them survive their challenges. With dedicated volunteers, they provide patient visits, supply special and resources, raise awareness, and support childhood cancer research personally

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L.E.A.R.N. Contact: Robert Arellanes (562) 945-0150 LEARN is a non-profit educational agency focused on securing resources that will encourage a culture of learning for students and their families in an effort to increase post-secondary options for students. LEARN accomplishes this in several ways. Their ASPIRE and PREP after school programs serve over 2,500 youth daily providing academic assistance and enrichment in a caring and personalized environment. Their GEAR UP and Keys to College programs provide students and their families the awareness and readiness for post-secondary options. Their KidsPlay program provides youth the opportunity to develop healthy habits through youth sports and recreation. Their latest venture, Emmy Doo’s Ice Cream Shop in Whittier, is a social enterprise serving as an educational and job training program for local area high school students. For 10 years, LEARN has been changing culture in communities; join in the effort!

Contact: Sue Walker (562) 698-8626 For 80 years, the Rio Hondo Symphony has thrilled Southern California audiences. Founded by Ruth Haroldson, a violin instructor at Whittier College, the orchestra has provided music, free of admission fees, to visitors from various communities. Today the symphony is sponsored by Whitter, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Rio Hondo College and hundreds touching the lives of hundreds of children throughout of individuals and businesses. The mission of the the community. Celebrate their 10th anniversary Rio Hondo Symphony Association is to enrich the on July 18 with a very special evening “Reach for cultural life of the community it serves, to expand the musical knowledge of youth and adults, and to provide Southern California area through the performance the Stars.” an outlet for the talents of musicians in the greater of symphonic music.

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THE WHITTIER CHAMBER SALUTES OUR PARTICIPATING LOCAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVING OUR COMMUNITY! Shelter’s Right Hand Contact: Stefanie Miller (562) 692-3358 Shelter’s Right Hand, the auxiliary for the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, successfully operates a thrift shop on Washington Ave. The thrift shop has an all-volunteer staff that welcomes donations and serves the community. Each year, Shelter’s Right Hand hosts a 5K Fitness Walk in Uptown Whittier where walkers “step out” against violence while at the same time affirm human dignity and respect.

Soroptimist International of Whittier Contact: Petra Schmischke (562) 652-3451 Soroptimist International of Whittier is part of a worldwide organization of business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Serving the Whittier community since 1947 with over 60 members, they meet every Tuesday for lunch at the Radisson. Members have SOLA Lions Club of Whittier the opportunity to work with like-minded women Contact: Hilda Ortega throughout the world promoting women’s health, (562) 698-0434 equality, empowerment and education. Come for Special Olympics Los Angeles (SOLA) Lions the service; stay for the friendships! Club of Whittier is a Special Interest Lions Club, chartered 4 years ago, and is the second Lions Club in the world to serve the athletes of Special Olympics. The members of SOLA help to empower persons with intellectual disabilities and their families and is active in providing sporting events in the area. SOLA also provides volunteers and hearing testing in the Healthy Athlete Program of Special Olympics. The Club’s fundraisers and donations support the athletes, providing equipment for all sports and providing sporting events in our area.

Women’s and Children’s Crisis Center Contact: Dolores Salamone Help Hotline: (562) 945-3939 The Women’s and Children’s Crisis Center has been serving the Whittier Community since 1977. The mission of the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter is to serve victims of domestic violence by providing shelter, support services, and coordination agencies for wellness and prevention.

YMCA of Greater Whittier Contact: Lori Tiffany (562) 907-6530 Since 1915, the YMCA of Greater Whittier has been an association of all people united in a common effort to put Judeo-Christian principles into daily practice and to enrich the quality of spiritual, mental, physical and social life of their families, their community and themselves. The Whittier Y serves the communities of Whittier, Pico Rivera, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, La Mirada and La Habra Heights. The Whittier Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. Activate Whittier was born in 2008 as concerns grew regarding the alarming trend of the childhood obesity rates in Whittier. With the support of community residents and partner organizations, Activate Whittier has been working to fulfill its

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Contact: Elvia Torres (562) 903-7000 Since 1972, SPIRITT Family Services has been committed to strengthening families by providing services to over 8,000 adults and children annually in the areas of family communication, child abuse, domestic and community violence, and substance abuse. SPIRITT Family Services has evolved into an integrative, family-centered model with programs designed to be empowering, strength-based, and culturally sensitive emphasizing the involvement of

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Whittier First Day Contact: Ted Knoll (562) 945-4304 Whittier First Day is a proactive/interactive program with a vision of promoting a healthy, safe and vibrant community. Their mission is helping homeless and at-risk individuals, as well as their families, transition toward self-sufficiency. First Day’s services include an on-site health clinic, health screenings, mental health services, on-site meals, case management, clothing,

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Whittier Community Foundation Contact: Fran Shields (562) 567-9400 TThe Whittier Community Foundation exists to support the community services activities for the education and enjoyment of the greater Whittier Community and to develop funding for new community services programs. Established in 2005, the Foundation raises funds year-round to improve the community. Projects have included the Whittier Police Memorial, fitness equipment at four

locations along the Greenway Trail, the purchase of a miniature horse for the Parnell Park Zoo, the dinosaur play area at Michigan Park, and a new 28-foot inflatable screen for movies in the park.

Contact: Mike Ely The Rotary Club of Whittier was founded in 1922. In keeping with Rotary International’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Rotary Club of Whittier supports community and youth organizations, as well as international projects. In June, the annual Whittier Rotary All-Star Classic Baseball and Softball games and banquet, honoring senior high school players, is a highlight of the year. Rotary also promotes high business ethics, fellowship and changing lives. Please join them at their weekly Friday noon luncheons held at the Radisson Whittier Hotel, 7320 Greenleaf Ave.

Contact: Rachel Beal (562) 692-0383 The Whole Child, formerly known as Intercommunity Child Guidance Center, is one of the oldest private non profit mental health contracts in Los Angeles County. Founded in 1957, the agency’s mission is to restore children’s emotional health. The Whole Child provides comprehensive mental health services, parent enrichment and housing services to over 8,000 children and their families annually. They focus their services on children from birth to 18 years of age who have emotional, behavioral or mental health issues or who live in an environment where such issues may emerge. Your business can partner with them to achieve their mission to strengthen children, the word about what the Whole Child does for families and communities by hosting a meet our community. and greet or fundraiser event and help spread



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F I N A N C I A L U P DAT E Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities: An ERISA Primer

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For those newly stepping into a role of ERISA plan governance or for those who need a refresher on how their plan should be administered, here is an overview of key considerations. Regulatory complexity and increased scrutiny on compliance arguably has made the task of retirement plan fiduciaries harder today than ever before. Many employers and their delegates may not have a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities to the plan and its participants. For those newly stepping into a role of plan governance or for those who need a refresher on how their plan should be administered, here is an overview of key considerations. ERISA: The Letters of the Law Qualified workplace retirement plans -- such as 401(k) plans -- are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ERISA mandates that a plan fiduciary must fulfill four primary responsibilities: 1. To act solely in the interests of plan participants and beneficiaries. 2. To do so with the care, skill, and diligence of a “prudent” person familiar z characteristic with such matters. 3. To diversify plan investments, with exceptions for investments in company stock. 4. To comply with the written plan document. Focus on Investments Implicit in the ERISA guidelines is the need for sponsors to monitor all investment options, not just company stock. While ERISA does not specifically define what type of monitoring practices should be employed, many experts recommend that plan fiduciaries review each investment option at least once per quarter to make sure that it remains a potentially appropriate option for participant contributions. Details of

such monitoring procedures should be spelled out in the plan’s investment policy documents. The ongoing review should typically resemble the process employed for investment selection and take into account the following considerations. • A comparison of recent and rolling performance data, relative to an appropriate peer group and industry index. • A comparison of fees and expenses, relative to an appropriate peer group. • An assessment of risk-adjusted performance, relative to an appropriate peer group. • The significance of changes to a portfolio management team. • The significance of changes to investment strategy (e.g., has style drift occurred?). • Whether investment options offered by the plan complement the plan’s stated investment strategy. • Whether there has been a significant increase or decrease in the plan’s fees and/or assets under management. Of course, these initiatives may prove relatively useless in court if they remain undocumented. For that reason, the individuals or committees responsible for such tasks should make every effort to keep detailed minutes of their discussions and decisions. Make Participant Communication a Priority In addition to “back office” oversight, plan sponsors are also advised to communicate clearly, honestly, and frequently with plan participants. Under normal circumstances, those communications might address a wide array of topics -- such as how the plan works, how to calculate a savings goal, and how to arrive at realistic investment expectations -- as well as basic educational themes, such as understanding asset allocation and investment risk. But when volatility negatively influences the value of specific investment options -- particularly employer stock -- it may be appropriate to issue a message from company management explaining the current situation and reinforcing the need to maintain a long-term, diversified investment strategy.1 Keep in mind that a company cannot give participants more information about a specific security than they would be allowed to give to other shareholders. Also, make sure that participant communications do not contain any information that could be perceived as

Wellness Month Continued from page 12 realized the benefits of health promotion, and to curb the costs of rising health care they have begun offering wellness programs to their employees. Ideally, the office should be a place that not only protects the safety and well-being of employees but also provides them opportunities for better long-term health. Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems, adopting healthy lifestyles can help prevent them. A wellness program aimed at keeping employees healthy is a key long-term human asset management strategy. A workplace wellness program is a health promotion activity or organizationwide policy designed to support healthy behavior and improve health outcomes while at work. These programs consist of activities such as health education and coaching, weight management programs, health fairs, medical screenings, on-site fitness programs, and more. Wellness programs also include policies intended to facilitate employee health, including allowing time for exercise, providing on-site kitchens

and eating areas, offering healthful food options in vending machines, holding “walk and talk” meetings, and offering financial and other incentives for participation. Effective workplace programs, policies, and environments that are health-focused and worker-centered have the potential to significantly benefit employers, employees, their families, and communities. Last June, more than 175 organizations and over 70,000 of their employees supported the fifth annual National Employee Wellness Month. This year, National Employee Wellness Month kicks off with a nationwide activity challenge highlighting the link between physical activity and good health. Thousands of U.S. employees go toe-to-toe to see who can rack up the most physical activity. Get involved in your own community and share what you and your workforce are doing to celebrate National Employee Wellness Month. Use #NEWM2014 in your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn more about the annual campaign at

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Whittier Chamber past president Jerry Perisho, Chris Hardeman with DialMED Home Care and Patrick Fitzgerald with Livin’ Green Products exchanged business cards and conversation during the Kaleidoscope Mixer

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“Email Marketing Success: Understanding Email and Social Engagement” Seminar @ Tickets on sale for Whittier Nights at the Hollywood Bowl @ Parnell Park (15300 Lambert Rd.) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets Whittier Central Library (7344 Washington Ave.) 8:30 to 10 a.m. FREE and open to are $35, $42 or $49, depending on seat location. Includes concert tickets, bus transportation and parking. For more information call (562) 567-9450 Whittier Apartment Owners’ Resource Council all local professionals. RSVP to Natalie at June 3 June 11 (562) 698-9554 Jubilee Tuesday Hour Hosted by the Savvy Whittier Rotary All-Star Baseball and Softball Meeting @ Whittier Senior Center (13225 Walnut Women’s Network @ Crepes & Grapes Classic Games @ York Field (9110 Santa Fe St.) 7 to 8:30 p.m. FREE and open to all local Bereavement Support Group @ Beverly Hospital (6560 Greenleaf Ave.) 4 to 8 p.m. $35 Free and Springs Rd.) 3 to 8:30 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for apartment owners and property managers. (101 E. Beverly Blvd. Suite 104/105) 2 to menu items start at $2. Email Sandra Hahn via students with ID and children 12 and under are Enjoy refreshments and networking. RSVP to 2:30 p.m. FREE & open to the public. Group for more information free. For more information call Rett Rassmussen at (562) 698-9554 provides emotional support, a safe environment to (562) 822-0755 or Twin Hearts Meditation Class @ First Christian share feelings, resources, and companionship with June 5 Church Whittier Chapel (6355 Greenleaf Ave.) people who understand the challenge of suffering 99th Annual YMCA of Greater Whittier Volunteer June 12 7 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested and open to all a loss. RSVP to (800) 618-6664 Recognition Dinner @ Friendly Hills Country Bereavement Support Group @ Beverly Hospital who are interested. Call (562) 689-0556 Club (8500 S. Villeverde Dr.) 6 to 9 p.m. Social, (101 E. Beverly Blvd. Suite 104/105) 2 to Divine Healing Clinic @ First Christian Church dinner, and awards presentation. Contact YMCA at 2:30 p.m. FREE & open to the public. Group Women’s Empowerment Class @ First Christian Whittier, Fellowship Hall (6355 Greenleaf Ave.) Church Whittier Chapel (6355 Greenleaf Ave.) (562) 907-2727 provides emotional support, a safe environment to 7 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested and open to all share feelings, resources, and companionship with 7:30 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested and open to who are interested. Call (562) 689-0556 all who are interested. Call (562) 689-0556 Twin Hearts Meditation Class @ First Christian people who understand the challenge of suffering a Church Whittier Chapel (6355 Greenleaf Ave.) loss. RSVP to (800) 618-6664 June 24 June 28 7 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested and open to Tasty Tuesday Networking Lunch @ Bon Appetit First Christian Church Health and Wholeness all who are interested. Call (562) 689-0556 June 14 at Whittier College (7214 Painter Ave.) 11:30 a.m. Fair @ First Christian Church Whittier AIM for Health @ Triple B Clays Sports Park to 1 p.m. Meet new business contacts, enjoy a (6355 S. Greenleaf Ave.) 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more (831 N. Rosemead Blvd., El Monte) 7 a.m. to delicious meal and support a local restaurant. information please call Pastor Kel Henderson at June 6 Casino Night Fundraiser @ Geezer’s Restaurant 1 p.m. $190 per shooter. Contact Debbie Fitzhugh For more information call Natalie Saenz at (714) 465-6991 (12120 Telegraph Rd., Santa Fe Springs) 6 to at (562) 698-0811 Ext. 14103 or La Donna Munier (562) 698-9554 9 p.m. $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door. Proceeds at (562) 947-1920 for event information Moonlight Movie Nights @ Parnell Park June 25 benefit cancer patients at the Oncology Institute 2014 State of the City Address @ Radisson (15390 Lambert Rd.) 6 to 9 p.m. FREE & open for Hope and Innovation. Contact Marianne June 18 to families for a picnic under the stars. Featured Aranda to RSVP at (562) 869-1201 ext 115 Wake Up Whittier Monthly Networking Breakfast Hotel Whittier (7320 Greenleaf Ave.) Breakfast movie Finding Nemo. Contact Greg Alaniz at @ Whittier Elks Lodge (13620 E. Whittier Blvd.) & registration start at 8a.m. Program runs from (562) 567-9400 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. FREE for Whittier Chamber 8:30-10 a.m. $20 per person. Hear Mayor Cathy June 10 Whittier Rotary All-Star Classic Banquet @ members; $20 for non-members. For more Warner and City Manager Jeff Collier give a June 29 Radisson Hotel (7320 Greenleaf Ave.) 12 to information please contact Natalie Saenz at review of the past year and preview upcoming Harmony Center Dine-Out Fundraiser @ Sweet projects. Reservations are required; please call 1:30 p.m. $15 to attend, which includes admission (562) 698-9554 (562) 698-9554 or email Dreams Dessert Lounge (12824 Hadley St. #106) to the game the following day at York Field. For 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sweet Dreams Dessert Lounge in more information contact Rett Rassmussen at June 19 Business Mixer @ Emeritus at Chateau Whittier Uptown Whittier will contribute 20% of proceeds (562) 822-0755 or Ribbon cutting and open house @ Balanced (13250 E. Philadelphia St.) 6 p.m. FREE. Dinner is to Harmony Center for Spiritual Living when you Energy Studios (15334 Whittier Blvd. Suite 1) 4 p.m. included! Enjoy hearing from a professional guest dine out! For information email Pat Sanchez at FREE and open to the public for refreshments and speaker, exchanging business cards and networking business networking! Call Katie at (562) 698-9554 in a casual atmosphere. Bring a friend! RSVP to for information Tom Rios at (562) 945-3904

Pathways Support Group @ American Red Cross (6701 Friends Ave.) 7 to 8:30 p.m. Every Monday. FREE. Contact (562) 698-0304 for more information




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AROUND TOWN Pathways Career Day held at Beverly Hospital On April 29, 2014, 65 aspiring high school students, accompanied by their principal and teachers from Applied Technology Center in Montebello, arrived at Beverly Hospital for their Pathways program known as “Career Day.” The four-hour morning event, organized by Administrative Director, Human Resources John Barnes from Beverly Hospital, was designed to expose students to career opportunities available at the hospital in not only clinical patient care, but also allied health service-based careers, all of which are in significant demand. The eleventh grade students gained a complete overview of opportunities from seasoned department leaders as they highlighted the features of their areas through presentations and skills necessary for employment. Administrative leaders Alice Cheng, Interim Chief Executive Officer, and Carlos M. Haro, PhD., Chairman of the Board of Directors, also shared encouraging thoughts. “To become a bedside nurse, it is important to understand your patient, because you are the first person the patient will talk to,” said Critical Care director Melinda Azaula. “Passion and the right attitude will get you anywherewhere.” Emergency Care director Betsi McIntosh, commented, “Working in the Emergency Department is extra

challenging and rewarding, but lots of hard work.” She also stressed how the pace in the emergency area is rapid and does not allow you to control number of emergencies. They all have to be prioritized by its threat to life. The students enjoyed the brief personal interaction with the hospital staff afterwards. It was important for these high school juniors in the Pathways program to learn about the importance of personal career development by allowing them to see employees in action. Many times careers are decided upon through volunteer programs like the one established at Beverly Hospital giving a bird’s eye view opportunity of working schedules and responsibilities. “I am glad this opportunity was available to these students. It was the right amount of information without being overwhelming and they learned more about salary ranges. It was nicely done,” said M. Carmen Adams, MSN, RN, of the Pathways program. For more information on Beverly Hospital programs and services please call (323) 837-5116.

Whittier Art Association and Gallery presents “MEDIA MATTERS: The Artist’s Choice” June 4 through June 28 is a group that has taken full advantage of the internet age to successfully show and sell work all over the world. Once a year they step into the actual world and have a real time show at the Whittier Art Gallery! Each artist is a master in the field they have chosen working in everything from ceramics, oil, acrylic, fiber art, watercolor, batik and pencil, to photography and metal. There will be a biography accompanying each piece and an explanation as to why each medium has been chosen as the main vehicle for their art. This show will be of special interest to other artists and art students, as well as a treat for the general public. The reception for the show will be held Saturday, June 7 from 3 to 6 p.m., and the public is enthusiastically invited to attend for free. For other events happening at the Gallery, located at 8035 Painter Ave., call (562) 698-8710.

Group hosts fundraiser benefiƫng children baƩling cancer As From Maddi’s Closet celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year, President Donna Holmes and board member Janice Roodzant from Details Business Organizers will co-chair this year’s annual summer event which will be held at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier on July 18, 2014. The theme for the upcoming event will be “Come and dream with us... as we reach for the stars!” The proceeds from the evening go to supporting community children from birth to eighteen years of age who are battling cancer. Plans are well under way with a reception, dinner, entertainment, special

recognition of Girish Dhall, MD, Director of the Neuro-Oncology Department at Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disease in Los Angeles, and Barbara Britt, Senior Nurse Care Manager, NeuroOncology Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There will be a live auction, fund-a-need, and silent auctions. The response thus far has been tremendous! Reservations are $75 per person or a table of 10 for $700. Join their list of special sponsors; opportunities are listed online at Find more information on supporting this cause by calling (562) 640-1004.

Members of local church provide services to the community during special volunteer day A community service day, driven by over 200 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began with a burrito breakfast served at the Whittier Stake Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The services performed for the remainder of the day,

in partnership with the City of Whittier, included cleaning and beautifying several parks in the area including Parnell, Palm, Penn, Founders Memorial and Michigan Parks, in addition to working at the LA Center for Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation (LA CADA).

President R. Wyatt Powell, a member of the Whittier Area Clergy Association and local church leader, was pleased with the results of the Whittier Community Service Day. “This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the communities in which we live. We had

a good turn out and good participation. Thank you to those who took part in this commendable work!” he said. For more information on other church activities, please call Emelina Holmes at (562) 943-8385.

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Whittier Chamber members including Dakara Sushi, Senor Peppers, Simply Irresistible, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza and Rockie’s Frozen Yogurt came together in support of their shopping center neighbors who held their dual ribbon cutting event in May. Whittier Chamber president Shannon GimbelHammer of Shannon G’s Flowers recently opened a small boutique featuring trendy and affordable clothing and fashion accessories inside of her flower shop and decided to host a special double ribbon cutting with fellow neighbor and new chamber member Boulevard Beauty Bar, a full-service salon offering hair cuts and styles, nail care and more. The event was well attended and featured food samples and business networking after hours.

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“It was so wonderful to have Boulevard Beauty Bar celebrating alongside us at our open house celebration. We were both thrilled that so many of our neighboring businesses wanted to sponsor the event and offer such delicious food,” said Shannon GimbelHammer. “It’s just another great example of our chamber members and the Whittier community coming together to support local business.” The businesses are located in the shopping center at 14748 Whittier Blvd. Suites J&K. For information on Shannon G’s Flowers & Clothing Boutique call (562) 789-5808, or contact Boulevard Beauty Bar at (562) 698-1040.

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Harmony Center Fine Art & Craft Fair is “calling all artists and crafters.” For those who would like to participate in the annual fundraiser and community event, applications may be downloaded from The art show will be judged and proceeds from the event will benefit Interfaith Food Center. Contact (562) 440-6575 to learn more. The Craft Fair is also offering sponsorship opportunities, with marketing and advertising available to local businesses and non-profit organizations. Contact Marilyn McCarty by email at or Cynthia McCarty at

“I had the most pleasant stay at SoCal Post-Acute Care. I became so close to the staff that they became my family. The rehab department was so compassionate and kind. I could barely move when I arrived but left walking on my own. When it was time to leave there were tears in my eyes. The owners and staff left a beautiful sign in my heart.” ~Elizabeth DeLorenzo

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Soroptimist International of Whittier is a volunteer organization for women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The group also brings awareness to issues that commonly affect women and girls in the community, as well as around the world. Founded in 1947, the Whittier club is part of

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On Saturday, April 5, 2014, The Whole Child hosted The Heart of Child Gala at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The Whole Child had a recordbreaking number of guests which included local city officials, business leaders, corporate sponsors, and community members which combined helped to raise a net $150,688.00, exceeding all expectations. The evening included a VIP reception, live and silent auction. The Whole Child honored Albert & Bettie Sacchi of The Sacchi Foundation, and Colleen Livermore of Whittier Area Community Church, as their Children’s Champions for their commitment to serving vulnerable children. The program concluded with an evening of networking and dancing. “We are incredibly grateful to our community and business partners for contributing to our 57-year tradition of transforming lives. Together we can make a difference,” said Charlene Dimas-Peinado, CEO of The Whole Child. The Whole Child was also recently awarded $644,000 from First 5 LA for permanent supportive housing services, temporary rental assistance and related services to 40 families with children (prenatal to 5 years) who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. The Whole Child will partner with First 5 LA, a child advocacy and grant-raising agency, and the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles over the course of two years to serve children (prenatal to 5 years) in LA County who are homeless in the Southeast Region of Los Angeles County (SPA 7). The Whole Child’s Family Housing Program is built on the belief that homelessness ends when the family is provided with critical services and support that empower them to maintain permanent housing. It achieves housing permanency outcomes by teaching families the skills needed for self-sufficiency (money management, job coaching/placement for increased income, life skills, mental health treatment, etc.). “Housing is fundamental to all families and especially critical to families with children. By providing quality housing and supportive resources, we contribute to the long-term success of children emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically. Permanent Supportive Housing Services is a strategy that evidences high returns for child and family well-being; we are delighted to be able to expand these services” said CEO, Charlene Dimas-Peinado. Families are among the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population and the number is anticipated to increase. Unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and poverty are the leading cause of homelessness for families. For more information on the Family Housing Program or other services available, contact The Whole Child at (562) 692-0383.


A caring community comes together in support of children in need; The Whole Child uses funds to provide housing services to homeless youth

Debbie Mineau, a former Whittier Chamber of Commerce staff member and past Job Developer for the Whittier Adult School’s Career and Technical Education Department, has spent years linking trained and qualified local students to business opportunities in the community. She recently celebrated 20 years with the district and has placed over 2500 students in jobs in Whittier and surrounding communities. Debbie also continued her education and became a credentialed instructor teaching classes in Customer Service, Office Procedures, Stress and Time Management, Office Ethics, Communication Skills, and Job Search and Preparation. She is currently in the process of putting together materials to teach a class on utilizing LinkedIn for networking and job search purposes. Debbie is looking for the support of a group of business leaders to assist in creating an Advisory Committee to help stay on top of the needs of our business community when it comes to the skills set employers look for in their office employees. Primary areas of training are in General Office, Medical Front Office, Accounting and Computer Repair. The committee plans to host an initial meeting to introduce the program, tour classrooms and follow-up with members on occasion via email to gain valuable input and suggestions. The committee will not meet monthly or require a big time commitment. For those businesses interested in assisting, please reach out to Debbie directly at (562) 698-8121 ext. 1323 or by email at


Summer sessions at Piña Reading Academy begin June 23 and will go through July 31. These sessions are being offered for first through eighth grade students. The credentialed teachers at Piña Reading Academy will prepare students for the rigor of the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessments in both Reading and Math. Each one hour session will have only 3 students so the instruction will be very prescriptive and tailored to meet each student’s academic needs. The Reading sessions will focus on oral reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and writing. The math sessions will focus on building number sense, solving equations, and analyzing word problems. Each session is only $40. Tuition must be paid in full before the start of the first class. Call Piña Reading Academy to register at (562) 698-7323.

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Soroptimist International of the Americas where 1300 clubs in 19 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women and girls. If you would like to be part of this group of fun and amazing women or just want to find out more, please call Liz Apodoca at (562) 693-5027 or Caren GrishamAlgots at (562) 400-6955.




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NetWiz Computers specializes in home network setup, security and performance from desktop and firewall configuration to wireless security. You can be sure all of your equipment will be operating to your satisfaction. Business services include desktop optimization and file server maintenance (increasing data communications while keeping your data secure with offsite backup, firewall and antivirus protection). Training and education is also available (coaching users to give them the competitive edge in any computing environment). Visit the website for more information!

DENTISTRY Violet Akhondzadeh, D.D.S. Lori Hernandez 13026 E. Hadley St. Whittier, CA 90601 Dr. Violet Akhondzadeh, D.D.S. specializes in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery. She offers flexible hours of operation and works with each patient in a gentle, caring manner. No need to be afraid of taking care of your teeth! Dr. Violet is ready to make your next visit relaxing and pain-free. Call to schedule your next appointment.

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Charlanne Holman, D.D.S. Charlanne Holman 8937 La Entrada Ave. Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 698-0943 Dr. Charlanne Holman attended Loma Linda University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psycho-biology in 1988. She continued her education at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1992. She grew up in La Habra and spent her summers assisting at her father’s Whittier dental practice. Being a part of the Whittier community is a joy and feels like home. During her time as a dental student at Loma Linda University, Dr. Holman was involved with missionary service in Mexico and received a certificate of recognition from the American Dental Association. She has volunteered dental services for the Assistance League and the Peace Corp. Dr. Holman is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Gabriel Dental Society and past president of the Whittier Dental Society. Her goal is to treat every patient as she would treat a family member!

FIRE & WATER CLEANUP RESTORATION QwikResponse Restoration & Construction Jamie Schramm 16315 Piuma Ave. Cerritos, CA 90703 (562) 809-1532 QwikResponse Restoration & Construction has been servicing the Orange County, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles County areas for over 35 years. They are located throughout the entire SoCal area with offices in Cerritos, San Clemente, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco. QwikResponse is a family owned business able to respond to any emergency within the hour. Their work is guaranteed and all employees are certified. QwikResponse specializes in flood, mold and fire restoration, but as a general contractor they are able to handle any issue day or night. QwikResponse works with most insurance companies, property managers and new home builders. Your life doesn’t stop and wait until your disaster is completed. Each job is assigned a dedicated project manager to handle damage assessment, insurance paperwork, clean-up & re-construction. One phone call, and QwikResponse will handle the rest!

FITNESS CENTERS Balance Energy Studios Wendy Sendziak 15334 Whittier Blvd. Suite 1 Whittier, CA 90603 (562) 315-5556 Balanced Energy Studios is a Pilates/Yoga studio offering both group classes on the Pilates Reformer, as well as Yoga and Mat Pilates classes, and they offer flexible hours for private and semi-private clients. The benefits of Pilates and Yoga are core (abs) and low back strengthening, increased flexibility and agility, increased muscle tone and strength, and improved postural alignment. The Reformer is the main apparatus used at Balanced Energy Studios, the reformer is a spring loaded apparatus creating a safe weight bearing, no impact workout for all ages and physical abilities. They offer an introductory to yoga every second Saturday of the month for $5. They have special events and reasonable pricing packages. Please check the website for a list of scheduled classes and events or call and speak with a staff member.

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NEW MEMBERS GROCERY STORES Smart & Final Randall Oliver 15055 Mulberry Dr. Whittier, CA 90604 (323) 869-7805 Recently named “West Retailer of the Year” by The Shelby Report, Smart & Final is the convenient warehouse grocery store committed to offering superior service, exceptional value and quality products to households, business and community groups. Offering convenient locations, quality products and low warehouse prices, without a membership fee. Much larger than their traditional warehouse stores, Smart & Final Extra! Locations combine the high quality fresh produce of a farmer’s market, the low prices of a discount grocer and the large club size products of a traditional club store. But you don’t need to buy in bulk when you shop at Smart & Final Extra! They also carry thousands of items in smaller, convenient sizes. Whether shopping for your business or organization, stocking up, planning a party or preparing a meal for your family, visit your local Smart & Final or Smart & Final Extra! Whether you buy big or buy small, you will save big at Smart & Final.

HAIR STYLISTS & SALONS Boulevard Beauty Bar Monica Abrego 14748 Whittier Blvd., Suite K Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 698-1040 Boulevard Beauty Bar is located on the corner of Whittier Blvd and Mills in the Twin Palms Village. It is a newly renovated, updated and trendy full-service salon for men, women and children. Owner Monica Abrego has been a hairstylist and resident of Whittier for the last 30 years. Stop by and visit the salon for all your beauty needs, then shop next door at Shannon G’s Flowers, go for yogurt at Rockies, and for lunch or dinner visit Dakara or Veracruz! Boulevard Beauty Bar looks forward to seeing you soon and helping you become the best version of you!

HEALTH INSURANCE & EMPLOYEE BENEFITS Jerry Perisho (562) 547-6569 Whittier, CA

HEALTH & WELLNESS Healthy Options Ambur Morrison (714) 353-3606 Are you feeling overweight, tired, or simply unhealthy? Have you tried to lose weight and failed? You are not alone! Millions of Americans are caught in an obese world plagued with fast food options around every corner, poor eating habits, a general lack of activity, high stress environments, insufficient sleep, and a “sick-care” health system. Healthy Options was created in 2013, after a fellow animal rescuer showed Ambur how she could lose weight, become healthy and help others achieve their goals without expensive, long-term diet and exercise plans. Certified by the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education, this medically supervised plan, along with the individualized coaching and group support, provides a low stress environment for even the most time challenged professional or stay-at-home mom to achieve their life-long health goals. For inquiries or suggestions, please contact Ambur!


MARKETING Top Flight Marketing Guy Keith 5462 E. Del Amo Blvd. Suite 318 Long Beach, CA 90808 (562) 627-8863

Friendly Hills Inn Ashvin Patel 14329 Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 698-6731 Unlike other hotels in Whittier, Friendly Hills Inn is the perfect family-friendly place for your vacation with affordable room rates. They’ve saved the best rates in the house for you! Enjoy everything Friendly Hills Inn offers, including complimentary parking and WiFi. Their full range of facilities, including a spacious pool, are geared to meet your every need, whether traveling with family or spending the night on business. Their amenities will accommodate your need to feel at home while away from home. Find solace and relaxation in their spacious guestrooms and suites, tastefully decorated with simplicity and efficiency to provide a comfortable home-style atmosphere in a suite hotel. Chill out and take a dip in their private, crystal clear swimming pool. Stay in touch with your home or office with highspeed internet and fax service. Check out their specials & packages designed with you in mind!

INSURANCE Aflac Nicki Turner (714) 328-0225


Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance in the United States and a 2013 FORTUNE Blue Ribbon Company, has again been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. This is the 13th time that Aflac has appeared on this prestigious list. The annual survey, conducted by FORTUNE and Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, is given to top executives, directors and financial analysts, to identify the companies that enjoy the strongest reputations within their industries and across industries. Aflac ranked No. 1 in the Insurance Life and Health category for the second consecutive year. “Being named a FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Company for the 13th time provides strong validation that Aflac consistently does things the right way for our customers and shareholders,” Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. “We have a reputation for paying claims fast, which guides our success, so we are pleased that these survey results confirm the effectiveness of our business model.” To compile rankings, corporate reputation and performance are measured against nine key attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness. Partner Agency Insurance Services, Inc. Wendy Adams 975 W. Imperial Hwy., Suite 100 Brea, CA 92821 (714) 482-9500 Headquartered in Brea, Partner Agency Insurance Services, Inc. is one of the largest and fastest-growing full service insurance brokerages throughout the region. As an independent insurance agency, in business since 1974, they work with dozens of insurance companies from which they can obtain competitive quotes on most any type of personal or business insurance available. As a result, they can regularly shop the insurance marketplace for you to make sure you are getting the best coverage at competitive premiums. They strive to keep their customers abreast of changes in the insurance industry that may affect your coverage and the premiums that you pay. n addition to putting many of the most common service functions and links right on their website, they have also created a mobile-friendly site, as well as social media pages for you to connect at your convenience.

Guy Keith of Top Flight Marketing has three decades of experience in taking innovative approaches to marketing. His success led him to a trending marketing concept that connects individuals with local businesses who are willing to offer discounts to their customers. This program has resulted in business clients boasting 25% increases in their income in fewer than 90 days. Guy uses a variety of technologydriven tools, and takes the time to determine which tool is most appropriate depending on the client’s business. In addition, he believes that online marketing is critical to forward movement, but without an off-line benefit, it is essentially ineffective. Guy takes the time to sit down and learn about each business he deals with. Tuned into current trends, Guy’s expertise is in the areas of social media, coupon systems, texting, search engine optimization (SEO), and coordinates with industry internet expert web designers and mobile app designers. Guy lives by the motto of not being focused on the money he can make, but rather focusing on how he can help others.

MORTGAGE BROKERS & LENDING Bank of America Home Loans Tony Serrano 7255 S. Greenleaf Ave. 2nd Floor Whittier, CA 990602 (562) 320-7092 Bank of America is committed to serving their customers along with providing financial education to the community. They are a strong brand with one out of two households having a relationship with Bank of America. Their Home Loan division has a strong presence nationwide, and currently has four branches that serve the city of Whittier. From obtaining a home equity line of credit, to assisting first time buyers with all type of home loan needs, Bank of America Home Loans is committed to providing excellent customer service and strives to deliver on brand commitment in the communities they serve.

MORTUARIES Guerra Gutierrez Mortuary Ron Galarze 6338 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 698-9935 Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuaries is proud to be a family owned funeral home that has served the Los Angeles area for over 60 years. As a family owned firm, they take pride in being family-focused. The Guerra & Gutierrez families have always believed in fair prices for funeral services. They want the families served to have the very best services they can get at an affordable cost. When you walk in their doors, they listen to your requests. No appointment is ever needed and they will work with your schedule. Guerra Gutierrez serves families of all faiths and cultures and will customize a service to your wishes. Historically, funeral services have been provided by generations of local families who have deep roots in their community. When dealing with such an important event, turning to a funeral director whom you know and trust can make a world of difference. Guerra & Gutierrez gives the personal attention and care that every family deserves. You will also receive the outstanding professionalism that only generations of service can cultivate. Their Whittier facility has proudly served the community since 1984.

ORGANIZATIONS Whittier Area Gay & Lesbian Business Alliance Frank Amador, President “Promoting business through equality!” The mission of the Whittier Area Gay & Lesbian Business Alliance is to promote networking within the existing gay and gay-friendly business and professional community, to promote business opportunities for local chamber members, to promote the City of Whittier as a year-round, gay and gay-friendly destination, to provide resources for our members via our website and local business directory, and to partner with local organizations in an effort to provide outreach and awareness. The Whittier Area Gay & Lesbian Business Alliance focuses mainly on Whittier, La Habra, La Mirada, Pico Rivera, Montebello, Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights and promotes gay-friendly companies and individuals providing services within these communities. Find them on Facebook! Whittier Conservancy Ted Snyder Whittier, CA (562) 693-5853 The Whittier Conservancy was born from the rubble of the Whittier Narrows Earthquake on October 1, 1987. As much of the Uptown business and residential neighborhood lay in ruins, a small group of courageous citizens banded together to save the heart of Whittier. The Whittier Conservancy is committed to the preservation and enhancement of Whittier’s unique character and quality of life. The Conservancy promotes awareness and appreciation of Whittier’s historic, aesthetic, and natural resources. The Conservancy works for the preservation and sensitive use of Whittier’s significant residential structures, landmark commercial buildings, and notable landscapes, including its valuable cultivated trees, public parks, and the natural beauty of the Whittier Hills.

TIRE & AUTOMOTVE SERVICES Pep Boys Richard Montano II 14101 Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 698-0503 In 1921, four Navy buddies pooled together $800 to open a single auto parts supply store in Philadelphia. This venture would go on to become the multi-billion dollar nationwide retail and service chain that is known as Pep Boys today. With over 800 stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the company has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Keeping a well-maintained vehicle is paramount to your safety and the safety of your passengers. Their team of nearly 20,000 professional technicians in over 800 locations nationwide will help keep your vehicle safe and reliable. From information to installation, you can count on Pep Boys for all of your vehicle maintenance needs. Whether you are an avid do-it-yourselfer or a do-it-for-me, Pep Boys has a wide selection of top quality brands and parts for most vehicles, including tires, replacement parts, maintenance products, accessories, electronics and so much more. The information seeker can learn more about vehicle systems, options and get expert advice from ASE-certified technicians. Schedule your next service appointment or tire installation easily online. For your convenience, same-day appointments are also available.




JUNE 2014



Shop Local

Corporate Sponsor

Corporate Sponsor






SPONSORSHIPS Increase the visibility of your business by serving as a sponsor at this year’s Shop Local Community Expo! CHAMBER SHOP LOCAL COUPON SHEET ..............................$50


Each space comes with a 6 ft table, table linen and signage $175 6’ table with tent covering $250 10 x 10 booth with canopy including extra space to creatively promote your business


Draw people to your business with a special offering coupon. Send us your logo and your coupon information and we will include it in our Chamber Shop Local Coupon Sheet handed out to all guests.

FLYER DISTRIBUTION .............................................................$100 Promote your business whether you have a table or not! Include 500 of your flyers in bags handed out to guests at the show.


Fill out your Exhibit Space Contract and email, mail, or fax back to the Whittier Chamber Office. Email to, mail to 8158 Painter Avenue, Whittier 90602 or fax to 562.693.2700


WATER STATION SPONSOR....................................................$250 Draw people to your table by having a Water Station at your table/ booth and have your information on the Shop Local Map handed out to each visitor.

LANE SPONSORSHIP ..............................................................$500 • Includes 2 endcap tables ($200 Value) • Banner on your lane with your business name and logo • Marketing as Lane Sponsor on Shop Local Showcase promotional materials.


Once your table is paid in full, pick your table location at the expo and know ahead of time where you will be in the show!

Enjoy a beautiful Southern California night strolling under the tents and visiting with representatives of over 100 of the Whittier Chamber’s finest businesses! Come ready to sample food from local restaurants, learn more about organizations within the community and enjoy demonstrations and entertainment provided by local groups! This is a FREE family friendly event with special activities for kids. Residents and business people alike are encouraged to attend and discover all the Whittier area business community has to offer!


Increase the visibility of your business by serving as a sponsor at this year’s Shop Local Community Expo!

Community Partners OF WHITTIER


For more information visit the Whittier Chamber at or call (562) 698-9554

Business Focus - June 2014  
Business Focus - June 2014