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A Publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce

JULY 2011 • VOL. 17 NO. 7

City Officials Share Vision, Future Development Plans

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At the recent Chamber-sponsored State of the City event, over 130 members of the Whittier Chamber, community leaders and residents were pleased to learn that, despite a challenging economy, city leadership continues to make infrastructure improvements a priority and is working on making future development processes more streamlined. “We want to take the necessary steps now so we are prepared to act quickly when the economy improves and opportunities come our way,” shared City Manager Steve Helvey. “The State of the City event provides a great example of the type of leadership we have from Whittier’s City Council and City staff. We commend them for looking out for the long term interests of Whittier and taking steps to ensure the viability of our future without having to cut services or raise taxes,” stated Chamber President Ben Greer. Whittier officials, Chamber leaders, residents and business owners alike celebrated a huge victory when, on June 10, 2011, the State Public Works Board approved the sale of the 73 acre Nelles property to Brookfield Homes. “This is a project we have been actively supporting for a number of years and we are thrilled that it is finally happening,” said Greer, also Chair of the Chamber’s Economic

Development Committee. Residential, commercial buildings and some historic preservation are all potentially part of the scope of the project. “We are about a year to 18 months from seeing anything happen on the site while the developer meets conditions established by the state,” concluded Helvey. The City budget was one issue that officials discussed. In 2004 car dealerships in Whittier provided $2 million in sales tax revenue back to the City. This past year only $500,000 in sales tax was generated by the car dealers still in business in town. Despite a shortfall of nearly $2 million, City leaders have been successful in balancing the budget through cuts, reserves and revenue enhancements. “Whittier is very fortunate to own water rights. We don’t use all the water we own so we sell it to generate revenue estimated at $1,500,000,” stated Assistant City Manager Jeff Collier. The sale of City-owned water is one way Whittier is using its natural resources to generate income. Mineral extraction from the local hills could also produce greatly needed revenue through the sale of natural gas and oil although Helvey noted that, “the City Council hasn’t made a decision or taken a position on oil drilling in the Whittier hills. They want to see the facts.”

July 11, 2011- Mineral Extraction Public comment meeting at Parnell Park 6:00 p.m. Not a public hearing before the Planning Commission or City Council. Public hearings will be scheduled later in the fall. This is the opportunity for the public to submit written or verbal comments regarding the draft EIR.

Other items discussed included the revision of the Uptown and Whittier Boulevard Specific Plans. “These Plans give you the rights to do some things you want to do, and these guidelines will allow you to get it done faster,” explained Helvey. With regard to the Uptown area, officials commended the Uptown staff and board for being invested in area improvements. Uptown will continue with sidewalk repairs and has recently begun a Sunday Market Place event. In addition, Council approved a Parking Management Plan for Uptown that addresses current and future parking needs. The recommendation includes parking meters and an additional parking structure. As far as new development is concerned, even with the economic downturn, Whittier is still a good place to do business and there Continued on page 4

Chamber Offers “Summer Camp” Educational Series for Businesses Summer is a great time for vacations, family reunions and relaxing at the beach. Although you may take some time off from your business during this time of year, your business does not stop during your absence! While the Chamber’s B.O.S.S. (Business Owners Seminar Series) program, in partnership with the City of Whittier, takes a little summer break, members still have the opportunity for some valuable education as part of our new “Summer Camp” series in July. On three consecutive Wednesdays in July, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whittier Chamber office, members can learn more about Social Media, HR issues and Self Defense from Chamber experts in their respective fields. The first seminar on July 13 is “Facebook (and other Social Media) 101.” Presenter Alex Manriquez, owner of My Social Calling, will show attendees “nine easy ways to use Social Media to boost your business.” She will cover topics like whether your business should have a personal (profile) page or business (fan) page;

why Twitter is a good marketing tool; and other social media sites that could be helpful to you. “I am very excited to partner with the Chamber to educate businesses on how to use social media. Nothing takes the place of opportunities to build personal relationships – like those you can get from belonging to the Chamber – but there are other things you can do to increase the exposure for your business,” explained Manriquez. The second seminar “HR Boot Camp” will be on July 20. Rebecca Byrne will be leading the Boot Camp with topics such as non-exempt vs. exempt employees, interviewing and hiring and return to work issues. “These are all topics that every employer needs to know,” said Rebecca Byrne, a consultant with HR Direct Response who specializes in providing Human Resource consulting support and direction to small and mid-size businesses through retained partnerships or on a project basis. “A lot of common mistakes can be avoided by knowing the law and learning the correct ways to do things,” she explained.

The last “Summer Camp” seminar on July 27 is on “Self Defense in the Workplace.” Presented by trainers from the Aloisio Silva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school, this special class will help you learn simple and effective self defense skills and common sense precautions that will help you feel safer in any situation. “We know that many employees work different schedules and often leave their place of business in the dark. The demonstrations we will do, and skills we will teach, will incorporate Brazilian JiuJitsu and Muay Thai moves that will focus on anti-kidnapping, rape prevention and releasing the threat,” explained trainer Natalie Andrade. “This Summer Camp series is a great way to get expert advice on a variety of important topics. Just bring your own lunch and we will fill you up with good information!” explained VP of Business Information Leighton Anderson. The seminars are $10 each, or all 3 for $25. Registration and payment deadline is July 8th and can be made online in the Chamber Mall at or by calling the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554.

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Summer Greetings from the Whittier Chamber! I can’t believe it is already July. I love the summer in Whittier. You might even find me strolling through our shopping districts, relaxing in one of our exciting restaurants or perhaps enjoying some music at our free Concerts in the Park. At this time of year, however, when the business pace slows, I take the time to nurture my business relationships. Extra phone calls to check in with clients, a marketing mailing to prospects and thank you letters to recent customers all get extra attention. However, one regular tool I use to build and maintain my business Ben Greer, relationships is the Whittier Chamber. In Commercial Real GM Properties Estate, the hardest thing to get is “FACE TIME,” - a face to face meeting with a potential client or decision maker. The Chamber provides me with regular “FACE TIME” with the Whittier business community, without the constant pressure of having to close a deal. I get to know the client casually, often years before I will need to be of service in a real estate deal, or before that individual is in a position to give me a referral. In my career, the single best source of building meaningful business relationships is the access to other businesses that the Whittier Chamber has provided me. The Chamber also provides great visibility and it’s true that if you are out of sight, you are out of mind. If you want to be noticed, attending Chamber events, advertising in the Business Focus, participating in our Door 2 Door Residential Flyer Program or sponsoring an event are sure ways to keep your name in the forefront of your competitors! There are many other benefits of belonging to the Chamber. If you are not yet active, or perhaps need some help getting connected, let’s talk. A great place to begin getting connected is at our Wake Up Whittier networking breakfast. With over 200 attendees on a monthly basis, how can you afford not to go? What other group can provide you with that kind of great opportunity to build relationships? It is now held on the third Wednesday of every month. This month the date is July 20th and it will be held at the Harmony Center for Spiritual Living located at 12907 E. Bailey Street in Uptown. Our Tasty Tuesday Networking Lunch will be at Whittier College on Tuesday, July 26th. Tasty Tuesday is an informal delicious way to stay connected. I know if there’s food around, I’ll be sure to be there! These, and many other business and recreation activities, are listed on the Chamber’s website calendar. One of the events I want to spotlight is the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for “Art with Sara” at 1 p.m. on Friday July 8th. Sara is a terrific example of a young entrepreneur starting up an exciting new business in Whittier. She offers art classes for kids, teens and adults and is located at 13017 Bailey near Crepes and Grapes restaurant. Finally, thank you to Mayor Cathy Warner and City Manager Steve Helvey for the State of the City update last month at Whittier Area Community Church. There are a lot of positive and upbeat happenings in our city and we are grateful for the leadership our City staff and City Council provide.

The State of the City Address held last month was a great success! Thank you to the Whittier Chamber for coordinating this event and thank you also to the Whittier Area Community Church for hosting the State of the City. We were pleased to provide insight on City accomplishments and updates from the past year. Highlights included sharing information on the Fred C. Nelles site, whose sale was finally approved by the State Public Works Board to Brookfield Homes, on June 10th. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the presentation on the government access cable channel 3. At the June 28 meeting, the City Council formally extended the Local Economic Stimulus and Business Assistance Plan’s incentives Cathy Warner, Whittier City Mayor that were due to expire on June 30, 2011 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Business and property owners are encouraged to make improvements to their buildings during this next year to benefit from the fee subsidies on planning and building permits. The Plan has a total of nine economic development activities and includes the following fee reductions for businesses and property owners: 1. Temporary Banner Sign Permits Reduced from $152 to $25; and 2. 50% Planning Entitlements and Building Permit Fee Subsidies, for a potential savings of up to $20,000. The Local Economic Stimulus and Business Assistance Plan was designed to help business and property owners save money during the recession. For more information the City’s Business Assistance Program visit Community Development on the City’s website at or call (562) 567-9320. Last month we celebrated the unveiling of the Uptown Galleria Art in Public Places Project. This most recent installation of public art includes four art pieces throughout Uptown. The next time you are out shopping or dining in Uptown, be sure to look for the “Dress” located at the walkway by Mimo’s Restaurant, “From the Tree” located at the grassy lot adjacent to Jeanology, “Red Rascal” in the walkway north of Vinatero Wine Shop and “Crab Louis” located at the walkway north of the Whittier Village Cinemas. The intent of the Art in Public Places Program is to provide a collection of nationally recognized artwork throughout the City for public benefit. Summer Concerts in the Park are back! Co-sponsored by the City of Whittier, the L.A. County Arts Commission and County Supervisor Don Knabe, the concerts are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays at Central Park and Thursdays at Parnell Park beginning July 11th with a Tina Turner Tribute through August 18th. As parking is limited at both parks, the City encourages you to carpool with your friends and neighbors; and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. For a complete concert schedule, visit or call (562) 567-9430. Last, the City invites you to the 2nd Annual Flag-Raising Ceremony and Freedom Walk at the Palm Park Greenway Trailhead on July 4th in honor of Independence Day. The event will begin with a flag-raising at 8 a.m., featuring patriotic entertainment and light refreshments. Following the flag-raising, there will be a community walk along the Greenway Trail beginning and end at the Palm Park Trailhead. For more information, contact the Community Services Department at (562) 567-9460.

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UPTOWN UPDATE The Whittier Uptown Association offices are buzzing with business! We have just completed the 5th week of our new Sunday Market Place event. Each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. we host our Sunday Certified Produce Market. Each of our current vendors are doing well and are pleased with the event overall. To make the experience even better, we have also added face painting, a balloon maker and a children’s jumper, just to add excitement for the whole family. Each week we bring in 3 different bands and local musicians who entertain the shoppers Allan Nakken, visiting the Market Place. On July 3rd (4th of July Weekend), Executive Director we will have a number of new bands performing. These bands bring nearby residents and Sunday goers into the event make the experience of shopping even more enjoyable. Please come by with your family and enjoy the Sunday Market Place together! After shopping, we hope you will find your way into some of the many shops and restaurants located in our beautiful Uptown Whittier area. On August 20th, the Whittier Uptown Association will host our 11th Annual Hot Rod and Muscle Car Show. This year we will bring back the nostalgia and love of hot rods and muscle cars to the streets of Whittier. You may even find a few dragsters! We have promised our restaurants and stores that we will not be bringing in outside food vendors in order to drive customers into the many great eating establishments we are fortunate to have in Uptown. We hope for several hundred cars to be displayed in the show and look for thousands of neighbors and visitors to come out for the annual family event. The Uptown Board Members recently voted to have two car shows per year due to the overall popularity and success of each event. Our second show will take place in May of 2012, and will be a themed Vintage Car Show. This show will feature low customs, vintage, antique, foreign and exotic automobiles. We know from experience that our continued effort to put on great family events brings in large crowds and therefore additional revenue into our members’ businesses and restaurants. We are working hard to offer great events for everyone and continue to make Whittier your first choice for fun, food and family year round. The Uptown Board of Directors and staff wish you and your family a great summer season – see you on Sundays! Allan Nakken Executive Director Whittier Uptown Association


BUSINESS UPDATE IRS Announces Increase in 2011 Standard Mileage Rates The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. This rate may be used by taxpayers to calculate the deductible costs of operating a car for businesses and other purposes. The rate will increase to 55.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. This is an increase of 4.5 cents from the 51 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2011. The IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2011 in recognition of recent gasoline prices increase, the agency said in a news release. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year. While the price of gas is a significant factor in calculating the mileage figure, other items enter into the calculation of mileage rates, such as depreciation and insurance and other fixed and variable costs. The option business standard mileage rate is used to compute the deducible costs of operating a automobiles for business use in lieu of tracking actual costs. This rate is also used as a benchmark by the federal government and many businesses to reimburse their employees for mileage. The new six-month rate for computing deductible medical or moving expenses will also increase by 4.5 cents to 23.5 cents a mile, up from 19 cents for the first six month of 2011. The rate for providing services for charitable organizations is set by statue, not the IRS and remains at 14 cents a mile. The IRS reminded taxpayers that they always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. For more information, visit the IRS website at

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are exciting things on the horizon. Both the Mitsubishi and Chrysler sites have new owners and the Ford and Cadillac buildings are expected to be demolished soon. There is already interest in developing those properties. The Whittwood Town Center was recently sold to Cole Capital and the Center has released information that 2 new major food retailers will be joining the tenant list. On the Stats property, plans are being finalized to welcome a specialty market store. Over at The Gables in East Whittier, a new buyer has pulled permits and will continue development on that housing project. One ray of hope on the horizon is the Metro’s Light Rail Project. “We are fighting real hard to try to get the rail line to come down Washington Boulevard. It’s a very important policy issue that’s taking a lot of time,” explained Helvey. Other cities with light rail, including Pasadena and Long Beach, have seen a positive impact from having the rail located there. The Chamber and Whittier officials will continue to be involved in discussions and will closely monitor Metro’s decisions. Officials also spoke of needed infrastructure improvements including street improvements, alley improvements, new water main, curb and gutter repairs, LED street lights, underground electric and street lighting, new bus shelters and playground compliance upgrades to name a few. Repairs will continue to be a focus in 2011-2012, mostly funded by federal money. Whittier also recently renovated the Civic Center area including building a new $30 million Police Headquarters. The Center now includes a newly rededicated Peace Memorial as well as “The Final Salute,” a gift from the Whittier Community Foundation in honor of the men and women of the Whittier Police Department. “The Civic Center now looks appropriate,” commented Helvey. Helvey also spoke of the recent appointment of Police Chief Jeff Piper and the confidence the Council has in his leadership abilities. The Police Department has a new website (found at and can now be followed on Twitter (@whittierpd). The Department has recently renewed its contract and long-term commitment for policing with the city of Santa Fe Springs and looks forward to continuing service to that city. With regard to crime, in calendar year 2010, Part 1 crimes (robbery, retail burglary, GTA) were up 14% compared to 2009, mostly driven by property crimes such as auto burglaries. City Hall has recently been dedicated to creating business assistance programs including: • Commercial Façade Improvement Program • Etching Shield Program • 50% Planning Entitlement and Building Permit Fee Subsidies • Temporary Banner Permit fees reduced from $152 to $25 • Business Assistance Seminars with the Whittier Chamber (annually from Sept. to June) • Buy Whittier Policy—2% preferential treatment for bids from businesses located in the City Because of their efforts, Whittier was selected as a finalist in the ‘Most Business Friendly City’ competition by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. “We placed high in the competition because of our Annual Economic Development Strategy, Local Economic Stimulus and Business Assistance Plan, and our partnerships with the Whittier Chamber, Whittier Uptown Association and SASSFA,” Helvey explained. The Chamber extends a special thank you to breakfast sponsor California Grill and venue host Whittier Area Community Church. WACC Pastor Bill Ankerberg shared that through their recent capital projects they have invested $9.7 million into campus improvements and provided 170 jobs during the construction phase. “Whittier Area Community Church is a good neighbor and community partner,” stated Helvey. Mayor Cathy Warner encouraged guests to contact Council members or City staff with any questions or comments they may have on any issue. She also invited guests to use the City’s newly resdesigned website at

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FINANCIAL UPDATE Rollover IRAs Offer a Wide Range of Benefits

IRA assets can generally be divided among multiple beneficiaries in an estate plan. Douglas M. Rowan, CFP, CMFC Compared with employer-sponsored retirement accounts, a rollover IRA can provide you with the broadest range of investment choices and the greatest flexibility for distribution planning. Also, a rollover IRA can be operated with fewer restrictions. This brief overview Douglas M. Rowan, highlights some of the key benefits of a rollover IRA compared with an employer-sponsored plan. CFP, CMFC • More control: As the IRA account owner, you, with or without the aid of an Investment Advisor Representative, can make key decisions affecting management and administrative costs, overall level of service, investment direction, and asset allocation. You can develop a suitable mix of investments best reflecting your personal risk tolerance, investment philosophy, and financial goals. You can create IRAs that access the investment expertise of any available management complex, and can hire and fire your investment managers by buying or selling. You also control account administration through your choice of IRA custodians. • More flexibility: IRAs can be more useful in estate planning than employer-sponsored plans. IRA assets can generally be divided among multiple beneficiaries in an estate plan. Each of those beneficiaries can make use of planning structures such as the Stretch IRA concept to maintain tax-advantaged investment management during their lifetimes. Beneficiary distributions from employer-sponsored plans, in contrast, are generally taken in lump sums as cash payments. Also, except in states with explicit community property laws, IRA account holders have sole control over their beneficiary designations. Efficient Rollovers Require Careful Planning One common goal of planning for a lump-sum distribution is averting unnecessary tax withholding. Under federal tax rules, any lump-sum distribution that is not transferred directly from one retirement account to another is subject to a special withholding of 20%. This withholding will apply as long as the employer's check is made out to you -- even if you plan to place equivalent cash in an IRA immediately. To avert the withholding, you must first establish your rollover IRA, and then request that your employer transfer your assets directly to the custodian of that IRA. Keep in mind that the 20% withholding is not your ultimate tax liability. If you spend the lump-sum distribution rather than reinvest it in another tax-qualified retirement account, you'll have to declare the full value of the lump sum as income and pay the full tax at filing time. In addition, the IRS generally imposes a 10% penalty tax on withdrawals taken before age 59 1/2. Also, if you plan to roll over the entire sum, but have the check made out to you rather than your new IRA custodian, your employer will be required to withhold the 20%. In that event, you can get the 20% refunded if you complete the rollover within 60 days. You must deposit the full amount of your distribution in your new IRA, making up the withheld 20% out of other resources. When you file your tax return for the year, you can then include a request for refund of the lump-sum withholding.

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TAX TIPS Choices for Holding Investment Property Now that prices are off sharply from their peak levels of a few years ago, you may want to invest in real estate. If so, you are looking for a promising property at the right price. Assuming you find such an opportunity, you’ll have to make still another crucial decision: how to hold your property. Outright ownership The simplest option is to hold the property in your own name. You’ll have absolute control and flexibility. You can make the Richard Scrivanich, decisions on capital improvements, tenant selection, and so on; you Harvey & Parmelee can sell the property or refinance it. LLP You’ll face some disadvantages with this form of ownership, however. Depending on the amount of capital you’re willing to invest, you might be limited in what you can buy. You’ll also have to be sure that you’re adequately insured against any liability resulting from someone being injured on your property. Joint ownership Married couples especially might want to hold investment property as joint tenants with the right of survivorship. That way, when one owner dies, the surviving owner inherits automatically. The real estate won’t go through probate, which can be expensive and time consuming. The downside? When property is held as joint tenants with right of survivorship, no other heirs can inherit it. If you have remarried and hold property in this manner with your spouse, for example, you can’t leave all or part of this investment to children from a previous marriage.


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Businesses Score a “Hole In One” at the Chamber’s Hathaway Golf Classic On September 12th over 150 business owners and community members will convene at Friendly Hills Country Club for the Whittier Chamber’s popular Hathaway Golf Classic. As one of Whittier’s only business-focused tournaments, the event will feature great tournament gifts, a full day of business networking on and off the course, delicious food, and exciting prizes. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH), Bright Health Physicians, and Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary are the event’s Tournament Sponsors. “Friendly Hills Country Club is a beautiful course which is considered one of the finest and most challenging courses in the Los Angeles-Orange County area,” stated Shannon Gimbel, Hathaway Golf Chair and owner of Shannon G’s Flowers. “We are excited to be back at FHCC, designing a unique tournament with golf professionals and working with a talented staff.” Even if you are not a golfer, there are numerous ways to participate in the Hathaway Golf Classic. GOLF: The cost to participate in the Hathaway Golf Classic is only $225 per golfer ($290 with pre-paid tournament package) and includes green fees, cart, tournament gifts, lunch, awards banquet and several new and exciting on-course games with great opportunities to win! Foursomes are $900, and, if you want some extra marketing for your business, be an Eagle Sponsor for $1095 ($1355 with pre-paid tournament packages). Golfers can start their day by warming up for their round in the fun and challenging Putting Contest. An awards banquet and 19th Hole Mixer is a great way to end the day and will feature a delicious Friendly Hills Country Club buffet, exciting raffle prizes and more opportunities to win. This year the tournament features a best ball, or Scramble, format. NOT A GOLFER? ATTEND THE 19th HOLE MIXER! Non-golfers are invited and encouraged to join our golfers at the 19th Hole networking mixer! The Mixer will begin at 4:00 p.m. on the patio overlooking the picturesque golf course. It will feature cocktails, business networking, a delicious Friendly Hills buffet dinner, and a seat at the tournament awards banquet. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch the popular $2000 Golf Ball Drop, and each person will receive one entry into the Helicopter Ride Raffle and many more perks. More importantly, attending the 19th Hole Mixer grants you access to networking with the 150 golfers, City officials and corporate representatives who attend the Hathaway Golf Classic. Tickets to the 19th Hole Mixer are $40 per Chamber member, and $60 for non-members. BE A TEE SPONSOR!: Tee sponsorships are a great way to participate and market your business to the 200 golfers and volunteers that day. Tee sponsorships include a sign on the course, recognition in the dinner program, and a listing in all editions of the Business Focus newspapers prior to the tournament. There are many ways to make sure your business is seen with a tee sign this year: • Classic Tee Sign ($100 Chamber members; $150 non-members): Your business name on a sign • Feature your LOGO instead of your name (addt’l $25) • Include a card holder to display your business cards (addt’l $25) • Include a brochure holder on the tee sign (addt’l $25) WIN $2,000 IN THE GOLF BALL DROP! One of the most popular and exciting aspects of the Hathaway Golf Classic is the $2000 Golf Ball Drop! This cash prize game is open to both golfers and non-golfers and features the chance of winning up to $2,000! Here is how it works: Purchase a Hathaway golf ball from the Whittier Chamber for $25 (or 5 balls for $100). At the

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Clad in colorful caps and gowns and flashing 100-watt smiles, close to 3,000 Whittier Union High School District students received their high school diplomas during commencement ceremonies held last month. Graduates from California, Frontier, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe, Sierra Vista, Whittier high schools and the Whittier Adult School celebrated their accomplishments together. Parents, friends and family joined teachers, staff, administrators, members of the Whittier Union Board of Trustees and representatives from local school districts to congratulate Whittier Union’s seniors for receiving their high school diplomas. “We're very proud of our students, faculty and staff who have committed their time and efforts toward the goal of commencement," said Sandra Thorstenson, Whittier Union High School District superintendent. "It's a joyous time for all of our students." In their commencement speeches, graduates recounted stories of triumph over adversity. They spoke with nostalgia about their schools, friends and the experiences they shared and they spoke with unwavering optimism about their futures. The majority of Whittier Union High School graduates are headed for higher education ranging from four-year universities and community colleges to technical education colleges. Whittier Union High School District graduates will be attending prestigious universities such as Stanford, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Notre Dame, USC, Loyola Marymount and most of the colleges within both the University of California and California State University systems. California High School had 675 graduates proudly received their diplomas in a celebratory event that took place at the California High School Stadium. The class Valedictorians are Hailey Sharr and Lita Cauhana. The Salutatorians are Michael Neel and Amanda Peña. Associated Student Body President Natalie Gallovich gave the welcome, Amanda Peña took “A Look Back,” and Samantha Pillitiere offered “A Look to the Future.” La Serna High School celebrated the graduation of 524 seniors in a ceremony held at Downey High School’s Stadium. The class Valedictorians are Alexander James Ruiz and Sooyoung Shawn Wi. The Salutatorians are Jason Richard Block, Adrian Robert Flores-Navarro and Mark James LaVigne. The student speakers were Associated Student Body President Bill Haner, Senior Class President Janice Garcia and fellow student Pamela Perez. Pioneer High School’s 337 graduates walked across the stage to accept their diplomas at the school’s graduation ceremony held at Pioneer High’s CHS Graduate Samantha Titan Stadium. The class Valedictorian was Marissa Pillitiere Jauregui and the Salutatorian was Christian Felix. In




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Susie Cruz has owned her small business named Simply Susie’s Boutique for over eight years now in the city of Whittier and dedicates all of her time to what she considers to be her passion in life. “Eight years ago I was cleaning out my closet because they were coming to change my carpeting and when I took out all of the clothes, my husband said to me that if I sold everything, we could pay off the house and have spending money after that! He was kidding, of course, but the seed was planted and the next thing you know, I was opening up my own business,” Cruz says. Susie had a five-year business plan prior to opening the doors officially and never fully imagined she would still be running the show after almost nine years. After following all of the necessary steps to open her new business, she had to register and file for a business name, apply for a seller’s permit and finally a business license to operate within the city of Whittier. Although it may have appeared a daunting task at the time, Susie looks back at it as a major learning opportunity, as she currently works on her fifteen-year plan. However, getting started on your own business isn’t as easy as one, two, three and it definitely doesn’t happen overnight. It took Susie three months to set up her own shop and about three to four years to actually build up her business and clientele. She maintains there are no special classes you need to start your own business. “Passion for the job is all you need!” “I work endless hours, there’s no set time, but I love what I do so I never calculate that sort of thing,” she explained. With so much to be done before and after store hours, Susie maintains that keeping her customers happy is one of the toughest parts of owning a business. “In order for people to spread the word about my store,” says Cruz, “they need to be happy when they are here and when they leave with something. Getting your name out can be very tricky and even with some advertising, many small businesses will burn out early on and cannot afford to market like larger companies often can. What has worked for me is hosting fundraisers and fashion shows at the store for various non-profits, churches, schools and other organizations. By promoting for them, I usually get the word out to new people and end up with lots of customers I wouldn’t have otherwise seen.” With all of her contributions, assistance and help within the community, Susie has not only managed to run a successful small business, but there is no question that her good fortune will only get better in the future. For store hours and information on Simply Susie’s Boutique, located at 14608 Whittier Blvd., contact The Whittier Chamber celebrated with Simply Susie’s Susie Cruz at (562) 693-4939.

The Vagabond Inn, which is located at 14125 E. Whittier Blvd., is a family owned and operated business where owners KP & Sam Patel treat their customers like they are part of the family. They provide quality service with a smile and even offer continental breakfast for their guests. Guests at the Vagabond Inn rest in newly renovated rooms, decorated in chic, modern furniture adding to the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. The Vagabond Inn staff recently installed energy efficient windows, in addition to newly updated AC/heating units. The overall appearance has improved over the past few years due to continuous upgrades and changes, both within each room and the surrounding area, making it an ideal lodging choice for anyone visiting our fair city. Vagabond’s seasonal landscaping also enhances the look of historic Whittier Boulevard with its well maintained exterior. It is for their hard work and dedication to servicing our community, and for furthering the efforts of beautifying the City of Whittier, that the Whittier Beautiful Committee named Vagabond Inn Whittier the newest recipient of the Whittier Beautiful Award. For information on the Inn or to book a room, contact KP & Sam at (562) 698-9701.

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R.K. Knight Plumbing - “We’ve been members of the Whittier Chamber since 1992. We’re the professionals your friends refer you to. Call us to help you out with all your residential and commercial plumbing problems.” Ronald Knight – (562) 947-5588

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For a complete list of Chamber home maintenance and improvement businesses, please visit the Chamber’s online directory at and search under one of the following business categories: Air Conditioning & Heating • Electrical Contractors • Home Improvement • Roofing Asphalt Construction & Maintenance • Fire & Water Cleanup Restoration • Interior Design • Termite Control & Wood Repair Building Materials • Fireplace Accessories/Equipment • Janitorial Services • Tile Carpet & Flooring • Flooring • Landscape Contractors • Tree Services Carpet Cleaning • Furniture • Lumber • Security Systems Chimney Sweep • General Contractors • Paint Suppliers • Solar Power Cleaning Services • Handyman • Pest & Termite Control Services • Water-Softeners & Services Custom Cabinets • Hardware • Plumbers/Plumbing Supplies

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COMMUNITY CELEBrATIONS z Bambooze Sushi & Brewhouse owner Mike Iniguez celebrated with Whittier Chamber supporters during his grand opening ribbon cutting last month in Uptown

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Whittier Chamber President Ben Greer of GM Properties thanked Mayor Cathy Warner, outgoing City Manager Steve Helvey and incoming City Manager Jeff Collier for their entertaining and informative State of the City Address hosted by Whittier Area Community Church

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Here is one word in the English language that can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, etc. The word UP is a two-letter treat! Read until the end... You are sure to laugh! This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP. It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v]. It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car. At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special. And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions! If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now… My time is UP! Oh, and one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?

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Once you overcome these misconceptions, there will be nothing to stop you from building a powerful network that provides continuous business and opportunities. Think about the most successful people you know. What do they have in common? They have built a network of contacts that provide support, information and business referrals. They have mastered the art and science of networking, and business flows to them almost as a matter of course. It has taken these successful networkers years of hard work and perseverance to build their networks. It will take a similar commitment for you, too. However, many people, before building networking prowess, need to overcome three major networking misconceptions. 1. “How do I network if I’m not a naturally outgoing person?” Go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief—because you don’t have to become Mr. Public Speaker, Person About Town, to be a successful networker. Most business people, given a little real-world experience, naturally develop a certain level of comfort in dealing with customers, vendors, and others in their day-to-day transactions. Even people who are not gregarious or outgoing can form meaningful relationships and communicate. Over years of teaching people the art of networking, I’ve found many techniques that can make the process a whole lot easier—especially for those who consider themselves a bit introverted. For example, volunteering to be an ambassador or visitor host for a local business networking event can be a great way to get involved without feeling out of place. Think about it. When you have guests at your house or office, what do you do? You engage them, make them feel comfortable; perhaps you even offer them something to drink. What you don’t do is stand by yourself in the corner thinking about how you hate meeting new people. By serving as a visitor host at your local chamber event, you effectively become the host of the party. Try it! You’ll find it much easier to meet and talk to new people. 2. “Getting business by person-to-person referral sounds like something that used to happen when my great-grandfather was selling horse-drawn buggies. Why should I waste my time on a marketing method that’s generations out of date?” Yes, networking has been around a long time. It used to be the way that most businesses operated. In a small community, where everybody knows everybody, people do business with the people they trust, and they recommend these businesses to their friends. Smalltown professionals naturally tend to refer business to each other, too—usually to those who return the favor, but often simply on the basis of whose service will reflect best on the referrer. If you’re a plumber and you refer a customer to a dentist you know, you don’t want that customer complaining to you a week later about what a lousy dentist you sent him to.

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Today, most people do business on a larger scale, over a broader customer base and geographic area. More people now live in cities, and in even a small city most people are total strangers to one another. The personal connections of the old-style community, and the trust that went with them, is mostly gone. That’s why a system for generating referrals among a group of professionals who trust one another is so important these days, and it is why referral networking is not only the way of the past but the wave of the future. It’s a cost-effective strategy with a long-term payoff. It’s where business marketing is going, and it’s where you need to go if you’re going to stay in the game. As the great hockey player Wayne Gretzky said, “I don’t skate to where the puck is, but where it’s going to be.” 3. “Networking is not a hard science.” I once suggested to the business dean of a large university that the business curriculum should include courses in networking. His response? “My professors would never teach that material here. It’s all soft science.” I should not have been surprised, because I’ve run into this attitude many times at many business schools. But it shocked me to hear it at a progressive major university. We give people bachelor’s degrees in marketing, business, and even entrepreneurship, but we teach them hardly anything about the one subject that virtually every entrepreneur says is critically important to his or her business—networking and social capital. Why don’t business schools teach this subject? I think it’s because most are made up of professors who’ve never owned a business. Almost everything they’ve learned about running a business they’ve learned from books and consulting. Can you imagine a law course taught by someone who’s not an attorney, or an accounting course taught by anyone without direct accounting experience? Yet we put business professors in colleges to teach marketing and entrepreneurship with little or no firsthand experience in the field. Is it any wonder, then, that a subject so critically important to business people would be so completely missed by business schools? The science of networking is finally being codified and structured. Business schools around the world need to wake up and start teaching this curriculum. Schools with vision, foresight and the ability to act swiftly (the way business professors say businesses should act) will be positioning themselves as leaders in education by truly understanding and responding to the needs of today’s businesses. At the end of our conversation, I asked the dean, “How are courses on leadership any less a soft science than networking?” He didn’t have an answer. Called the “father of modern networking” by CNN, Dr. Ivan Misner is a New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Chairman of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. His newest book, Networking Like a Pro, can be viewed at Dr. Misner is also the Sr. Partner for the Referral Institute, an international referral training company.



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JULY COMMUNITY CALENDAr Special events in July: Pathways Support Group @ Red Cross Center (6706 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday. FREE. Contact (562) 698-0304 for more information $6 Zumba Class @ Aloisio Silva Brazilian Jui Jitsu (9150 Painter Ave., Ste. 105E, Whittier), 8 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday & Thursday. Contact Miguel Cosio at (562) 696-1010 Community yoga classes @ Friends Chiropractic (6736 Friends Ave., Whittier), 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat or one will be provided. Certified Instructor: Rebecca Merlino. Voluntary donations accepted. Contact Friends Chiropractic (562) 698-1275 Summer Live Salsa Series Poolside @ Radisson Hotel Whittier (7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier), 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. New band featured every Friday. For more information call (562) 945-8511 1.

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Flag-Raising Ceremony & Freedom Walk @ Palm Park Greenway Trailhead (5703 Palm Ave., Whittier), 8 a.m. refreshments & entertainment; 9 a.m. community walk. FREE. Call Darren Schmidt at (562) 908-3666


Uptown Realtors Open House & Ribbon Cutting @ 6519 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier), 4 p.m. Entertainment & networking. FREE. Contact Alex Alaniz at (562) 882-1976


Art with Sara Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting @ 13017 Bailey St., Whittier), 1 p.m. FREE. Contact Sara Meeker at (626) 539-0695


Elks Summer Dance @ Whittier Elks Lodge #1258 (13620 Whittier Blvd., Whittier), 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price $15 advance per person; $18 at the door (includes dinner). Contact Cynthia Diaz at (626) 327-2859

11. Concerts in the Park @ Central Park (6532 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 to 8:30 p.m. Proud Mary – A Tina Turner Tribute. FREE. Contact (562) 567-9430 13. Summer Camp for Businesses: Facebook (and other Social Media) 101 @ Whittier Chamber office (8158 Painter Ave., Whittier), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch. $10 per person. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP Casita Olvera 2nd Anniversary & Ribbon Cutting @ 14223 Leffingwell Rd., Whittier, 4 p.m. FREE. Contact Rodrigo Castillo at (562) 946-5588 14. Concerts in the Park @ Parnell Park (15390 Lambert Rd., Whittier), 7 to 8:30 p.m. Stone Soul – A Motown Tribute. FREE. Contact (562) 567-9430 15. “Music Under the Stars” @ Whittier Place Senior Living (12315 Burgess Ave., Whittier), 6:30 to 8 p.m. Food, entertainment and prizes. RSVP to (562) 777-1477 16. Summer Lecture Series – “Over A Century of Preservation & Restoration at El Ranchito” @ Pio Pico State Historic Park (6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier), 1 to 3 p.m. FREE. Contact Carolyn Schoff at (562) 695-1217 Ext: 104 for more information 18. Concerts in the Park @ Central Park (6532 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 to 8:30 p.m. Born Blue – A Tribute to Blues. FREE. Contact (562) 567-9430 19. Macy & Thomas Veterinary Hospital 5th Year Anniversary & Ribbon Cutting @ 14036 E. Whittier Blvd., 1 p.m. FREE. Contact Rachel at (562) 698-7985 20. Wake Up Whittier Networking Breakfast @ Harmony Center for Spiritual Living (12907 E. Bailey St., Whittier), 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. FREE for Chamber members; $20 for non-members. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 for more information Summer Camp for Businesses: HR Boot Camp @ Whittier Chamber office (8158 Painter Ave., Whittier), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch. $10 per person. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP 21. Concerts in the Park @ Parnell Park (15390 Lambert Rd., Whittier), 7 to 8:30 p.m. Funk-O-Matics - Disco. FREE. Contact (562) 567-9430 23. Annual Flea Market @ Whittier Museum (6755 Newlin Ave., Whittier), 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE to attend. Contact the Whittier Museum for details at (562) 945-3871 25. Concerts in the Park @ Central Park (6532 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 to 8:30 p.m. Gregory Wolfe – A Rod Stewart Tribute. FREE. Contact (562) 567-9430 “Break Free from Low Back Pain” Workshop @ Friends Chiropractic (6736 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 698-1275 to RSVP 26. Tasty Tuesday Networking Lunch @ Bon Appetit at Whittier College (7214 S. PainterAve., Whittier), 11:30 a.m. Cost $10. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 for more information 27. Summer Camp for Businesses: Self Defense in the Workplace @ Whittier Chamber office (8158 Painter Ave., Whittier), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own lunch. $10 per person. Contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP 28. Concerts in the Park @ Parnell Park (15390 Lambert Rd., Whittier), 7 to 8:30 p.m. I See Hawks in L.A. - Country. FREE. Contact (562) 567-9430 29. Tutti Frutti Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting @ 11743 Whittier Blvd. (in the Whittier Marketplace), 1 p.m. FREE. Contact Jacob Youseff at (562) 699-4800 30. Whittier Fitness Network’s Body Composition Testing Event @ Aloisio Silva Brazilian Jui Jitsu (9150 Painter Ave., Ste. 105E, Whittier), 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE but donations are accepted. For more information, join the WFN at

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NETWOrKING QUOTE The Whittier Chamber has not only helped our company by promoting Nobleza Tequila, but by introducing us to a wide range of business professionals throughout the community. We are extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet other members that have worked with us in other states. We have also been able to work with fellow members that have very unique businesses like Sage Restaurant & Lounge, who opened the door for us to work with other local businesses within the liquor industry. We are very proud to be a member of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce family. We hope to see you soon at Sage Restaurant & Lounge enjoying a Nobleza Margarita! Salud! Paula Torres, President of Nobleza Tequila

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ArOUND TOWN Join the YMCA of Greater Whittier For a Special Day of Golf

Save the date! The 44th Annual YMCA of Greater Whittier Golf Tournament is being held on Friday, August 5, 2011, at the Industry Hills Golf Club, on one of Southern California’s finest golf courses. The YMCA’s annual golf tournaments are all about the health of youth in our communities. This is especially important today with the ever increasing rates of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes among our children. Statistics show that kids today will live shorter life spans than their parents if these trends are not reversed. This year’s tournament proceeds will be used to enhance our healthy living programs to provide families with the support they need to eat healthier and get more active. Participate as a golfer for $195 and/or market your business as a tee sponsor for $100. Don’t miss this chance to be a part of a great tournament that supports the greater Whittier community. Contact Bob Schaefer at (562) 907-6530, Ext. 2002 or e-mail at for details on sponsorships and player registration.

“Fit For Life” 5K Run Seeks Sponsors

Sponsors are being sought for the “Fit for Life” Spooktacular 5K Run/Walk and “Children’s Creepy Crawly” Half-Mile Dash. The event will be held starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, October 29, beginning at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Avenue. Sponsorships for the “Fit for Life” 5K are available at various levels, giving local businesses the opportunity to promote their goods and services to the community. Depending on the level of sponsorship, benefits can include space in the event registration form, business name and/or logo on the event t-shirt, mile-markers, finish-line banner, name or logo on the Foundation website with a hyperlink, along with provision of an informational booth and complimentary admissions. The October event will feature a Halloween theme, as runners circle through the quaint Uptown business district and picturesque historic residential area before returning to the Community Center. The highly-popular Children’s Half-Mile Dash – this year with a “Creepy Crawly” theme – will also return to the event. Those interested in participating in the event as a sponsor or vendor or for more information on the “Fit for Life” 5K Run/Walk, the Greenway Trail Fitness Project or the Whittier Community Foundation, contact Greg Alaniz, Community Services Supervisor, at (562) 567-9460 or

Friends Chiropractic Offers Community Yoga Classes

Friends Chiropractic offers community Yoga classes every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. and all levels are welcome to attend. Learn how Yoga can help increase your flexibility, improve your range of motion, enhance your posture and much more. Bring a yoga mat or one will be provided. Certified Instructor: Rebecca Merlino. Location is at 6736 Friends Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601. Voluntary donations are accepted. Call (562) 698-1275 to reserve a spot.

Break Free From Low Back Pain With Interactive Workshop

If you are suffering from low back pain, you are not alone! The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 140 million workdays per year are lost due to low back pain. Learn the 7 steps necessary to overcoming your pain at this free workshop set for Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Friends Chiropractic, 6736 Friends Ave. Featured speaker is Dr. Yani Feliciano, Board Qualified Chiropractic Orthopedist and Wellness Advisor. Free booklet, materials and ProAdjuster Scan included for all participants. For more information and to register for this event, call (562) 698-1275.

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2nd Annual “Suitcases For Kids” Going Strong

Have any extra suitcases or backpacks lying around? If you do, please donate them during the Whittier Place 2nd annual “Suitcases for Kids” Drive, benefiting Concept 7 Foster and Adoption Services. Until July 31, Whittier Place will be collecting new and gently used suitcases and backpacks, as well as school supplies, for this worthy organization. Last Assisted Living • Memory Care year, over 545 suitcases and backpacks were collected, which filled an entire Whittier Place apartment from the floor to the ceiling! Donations can be dropped off at Whittier Place Senior Living, 12315 Burgess Avenue, Whittier, CA 90604. If you have any questions, please visit or call (562) 777-1477.

Calling All Crafters! Showcase Your Art at Upcoming Fair

Harmony Center Fine Art & Craft Fair is putting out a call for artists and crafters to apply for their 2nd annual event slated for the fall. The fair takes place the weekend of October 15 &16 of this year and all local artists are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is July 9. For more information or an application please call (562) 695-7494 or email

Whittier Museum to Host Annual Flea Market

Drop by the Whittier Museum on Saturday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their annual Flea Market held in the Museum parking lot, 6755 Newlin Ave. in Whittier. This event is free and will have plenty of terrific items for sale. The “Member’s Only” sale will take place on Friday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Become a member of the Whittier Museum and you can get a sneak peek of the many items available before the general public. For more information, contact the Museum office at (562) 945-3871.



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ArOUND TOWN Symphony Announces Upcoming Free Concert Season

Neal Welland, retired Santa Fe Springs Fire Chief, was re-elected and installed as President of the Rio Hondo Symphony Association at the Installation Tea at the Clarke Estate in Santa Fe Springs in June. He will preside during the orchestra’s 79th season of four free concerts. “I’m honored to be the President of such a fine organization once again. The orchestra provides a rare opportunity for the community to see, hear and experience the rich and uplifting nature of classical music,” said Welland. “The 78th season was a resounding success in spite of the fact that the greatest challenge was dealing with a $42,000 deficit. Through a combination of factors, including more contributions Neal Welland and in greater amounts, the deficit is now just $15,000,” he continued. He added that, with everyone working together once again, he expects the 79th season to be awesome. Other officers who were elected and installed were: Vice President, Leighton Anderson; Treasurer, Charles Barth, and Secretary, Les Woodson. Continuing on the board will be: Rick Censullo, Charles Claver, Mary Herrera, Joan Meister, Anne Young and Guild President Dorothy Carras. Serving on the Association’s staff during the 79th season will be: General Manager, Sue Walker; Orchestra Manager, Lou Anne Barth; Orchestra Manager and Librarian, Kathy Egbert, and Publicity and Advertising Manager and Program Editor, Dorothea Cummings. The season brochure will be available August 15, 2011. For more information or a brochure, please call (562) 698-8626 or visit the website at

Skyline Exhibits of Los Angeles Offers Free Seminar

A free seminar tailored for organizations promoting their products and services at trade show and special events will be sponsored by Skyline Exhibits of Los Angeles. Topics will include Trade Shows and Events – Your Strategic Choice, Setting Measurable Objectives, Measuring Your Performance, Selecting Shows and Spaces that Work, Exhibit Design for Selective Attraction, Promoting Your Participation Before/At/After and Selecting and Preparing the Right Staff. The two-hour seminar is geared toward sales, advertising and marketing visionaries and exhibit managers, owners, presidents and CEOs. It is also aimed at ad agency principals and art, creative and production directors. Participants will receive eye-opening facts and figures that justify trade shows as a profitable marketing medium. Attendees will also receive two great books including the Trade Show Marketing Idea Kit filled with tips, shortcuts and helpful planning worksheets, and the Booth Staffing Guidebook loaded with articles, worksheets, and checklists to help you to pick, train, and inspire your booth staff to new levels of performance. The two-hour program is scheduled for 9 a.m. on August 24, 2011 at Skyline Exhibits of Los Angeles in Santa Fe Springs. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Edna Salazar at Skyline Exhibits of Los Angeles (562) 944-1677 or at

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Enjoy “Music Under The Stars” at Whittier Place

On Friday, July 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy music under the stars at Whittier Place Senior Living. With a great band and delicious desserts, plus adorable Girl Scouts selling hot dogs, you can’t go wrong! Also, every person who brings a suitcase or backpack for the “Suitcases for Kids” drive will receive a FREE hot dog combo. Admission is free, but please bring your own folding chair or blanket to enjoy the music in the beautiful outdoor patio. Please RSVP to (562) 777-1477.

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Stay Connected With Local Fitness Network and Enjoy Fun, Free Events In July

Focusing on losing fat and maintaining or increasing lean muscle is a much healthier way to increase longevity and weight loss. Join local residents and the Whittier Fitness Network (WFN) on Saturday, July 30 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a free body composition analysis event at Aloisio Silva Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, 9150 Painter Ave., Suite 105 in Whittier. Everyone 8 years of age and older are welcome to test, which takes no more than 5 minutes. The event is free but donations will be gladly accepted. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be served and there will be chances to win prizes. For more details, please join the WFN website at It’s free to join and get back on track to a healthier you! Don’t forget to find WFN on Facebook and “Like” them at’

Chamber Member Welcomes New Patients During Children’s Chiropractic Month

July is Children’s Chiropractic Month! Stop by Dr. Wendy Kreider’s office, located at 16262 Whittier Blvd. #23 in Whittier, and receive 50% off of the initial exam and treatment for all children under 18 years old. Enjoy the summer vacation injury and pain free! Contact Dr. Wendy Kreider, Chiropractor, for information regarding chiropractic for children at (562) 943-2431. Dr. Wendy Kreider

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ArOUND TOWN American Cancer Society Offers Special Program For Women Fighting Cancer Do you know a woman with cancer? “Look Good, Feel Better” is a free program that helps women receiving active cancer treatment to combat the appearancerelated side effects of the treatments. Each participant receives a kit with makeup and skin care products. For more information or to register for a class near you, call your American Cancer Society at 1 (800) 227-2345 (available 24/7).

Whittier’s “Paws 4 A Cause” Seeks Sponsors






Sponsors are being sought for the “Paws 4 A Cause” OND A EC N S Canine-3K Walk/Run and Fashion Show. The event A will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, W September 24, at the Palm Park Greenway Trailhead, 5703 Palm Avenue. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Whittier Community Foundation. Sponsorships for Paws 4 A Cause are available at WHITTIER 2011 various levels, giving local businesses the opportunity to promote their goods and services to the community. Depending on the level of sponsorship, benefits can include space in the event program, business name and/or logo on the event t-shirt, mile-markers, finish-line banner, name or logo on the Foundation website with a hyperlink, along with provision of an informational booth and complimentary admissions. Vendors of all types of businesses are also invited to have a booth and market their businesses to the 1,000 plus residents expected to attend this event. Individual vendor booths cost $100. The September event will include a Canine 3-K Walk/Run, a shorter run for smaller and/or older dogs, a Dog Fashion Show, demonstrations and entertainment, along with opportunities for pet adoption from non-profit animal service groups. “Paws 4 A Cause” is a Committee of the Whittier Community Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing support for programs that benefit the Whittier community, fundraising year around to achieve this goal. Currently, the Foundation is spearheading the fundraising for the Greenway Trail Fitness Project. This project is for the purchase of outdoor fitness equipment for the Greenway Trail. Those interested in participating in the event as a sponsor or vendor, or for more information on the Canine-3K Walk/Run, “Paws 4 A Cause,” the Greenway Trail Fitness Project or the Whittier Community Foundation, contact Marlene Martel, Community Services Manager, at (562) 567-9460 or, or Jeff Lopez, Management Assistant, at (562) 567-9480 or


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Service Club Presents Annual Donations For YMCA Programs

The Whittier A.M. Y Service Club, who proudly generates funds to support the Greater Whittier YMCA (with its three facilities in Uptown, East Whittier, and Camp Arbolado in the San Bernardino mountains), recently presented Executive Director and CEO Mike Blackmore their annual donation in the amount of $26,000. Gifts to the YMCA ranged from support of Camp Arbolado, upgraded programs at East Whittier YMCA, support of sports programs at the various sites and field trips for the Stride (from right to left) Mike Blackmore, Dick Ward, Secretary; Gerry Cox, program at the Uptown Y, to note a few. These Treasurer; Terry Roznos, Barrie monies are raised in a variety of ways, but a Cruickshank & Curt Nilsen, Board primary source of income comes from the sale members; Nancy Libby, Vice of newspaper to a lighting company which uses President; and Tom Strout, President. it for packing. Other fundraisers include the sale of Christmas wreaths and the annual Pancake Breakfast held in the spring. For information about club membership, which is open to all persons regardless of age, gender or belief systems, please contact (562) 696-4326. Breakfast meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Local Women’s Group Supports Cancer Research With Annual Golf Event

The Women’s Council of Realtors, LA-Orange County Line Chapter, is proud to announce its 9th Annual Golf Tournament at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier, 8500 S. Villaverde Dr, on Monday, August 15, 2011. Proceeds from this event will benefit the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the WCR educational fund. Their goal is to assist Dr. Peter W. Laird, Ph.D, and the superb staff at USC Norris with the funds needed to continue their vital research in the early detection of Pancreatic Cancer. USC Norris Comprehensive is a major regional and national resource for cancer research, treatment, prevention and education. USC Norris scientists work toward a complete understanding of the most fundamental aspects of the disease. They study the abnormal cell growth characteristic of cancer to determine what goes wrong and how the process can be altered. They then work to quickly translate those findings into treatment and prevention strategies. Please join the WCR for a great day of golf and enjoy the pleasure of knowing that you are doing your part in fighting the battle against cancer. Any donations for the auction, raffle and/ or goodie bags are greatly appreciated. Sponsorships and donations are also tax deductible per IRS rules (Tax ID #74-2918251). Register online at For questions regarding the event or how to donate items, contact Steve Lopez, 2011 Golf Tournament Chair, at (562) 843-3184 or by email to


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Thank You Renewing Members of the Whittier Chamber A.J.’s Barber Shop (562) 789-2521 1 Year

Future Tech I (562) 907-9002 10 Years

ACRO Printing, Inc. (562) 945-9638 20 Years Aloha Air Conditioning (562) 693-2553 6 Years American Cancer Society (562) 437-0791 26 Years Banco Popular (562) 945-3724 96 Years Beverly Hospital (323) 837-5116 4 Years Bright Plaza Pharmacy Home Medical Equipment (562) 943-7589 9 Years Capital Investment Advisors (562) 698-3330 3 Years China Times Printing (626) 576-7006 14 Years Days Inn Whittier (562) 944-4760 Tina Bera DialMed Home Care (562) 464-0295 15 Years Don Steve’s Autoplex (562) 691-6704 5 Years Dr. Roof (562) 696-5580 21 Years Energy Control HVAC (562) 945-6966 9 Years Excel Staffing (562) 945-1700 1 Year

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Red Oak BBQ (562) 907-0008 5 Years RMH DanceSport Golden West Coach (562) 693-9911 (562) 696-5466 5 Years 6 Years Rouselle Termite and Pest Control Jere McDonald, An (562) 692-0481 Accountancy 7 Years (562) 945-1558 2 Years San Gabriel Valley Water Company (626) 448-6183 The Keeling Agency 52 Years (562) 947-2231 Santa Fe Rubber Products 9 Years (562) 693-2776 Lenihan, Bill and Joanie 39 Years 27 Years Secure Transportation Martin, Bruce G. (562) 941-0107 18 Years 24 Years Miller and Angevine SKILLS Foundation (562) 464-1150 (562) 325-5620 55 Years 15 Years Nordbak’s Promotional Skyy Nails Products (562) 693-0794 (562) 947-0111 1 Year 12 Years SoCal Post Acute Care Original Roadhouse Grill (562) 698-0451 (562) 945-7796 3 Years 1 Year Spiritt Family Services OT Studios (562) 903-7000 (562) 693-8173 13 Years 1 Year State Farm Insurance, Cheryl Estep Panera Bread (562) 693-7788 (562) 947-6395 10 Years 5 Years Trinity Lutheran Church and School PDQ Rentals (562) 699-7431 (562) 944-3206 13 Years 29 Years Whittier Marketplace Plaza Apartments (949) 851-1244 (562) 902-8710 2 Years 4 Years Whittier Union High School Polito, Gregory E. MD District (562) 907-7600 (562) 698-8121 16 Years 31 Years Prudential California Realty Zoe Christian Fellowship (562) 907-7600 (562) 906-5000 7 Years 13 Years

If you have after-tax contributions in your employer plan, you may opt to withdraw them without penalty when you roll over your assets. However, if you wish to leave those funds in your retirement account in order to continue tax deferral, you can include them in your rollover. When you begin regular distributions from your IRA, a prorated portion will be deemed nontaxable to reimburse you for the after-tax contributions. Potential Downsides of IRA Rollovers While there are many advantages to consolidated IRA rollovers, there are some potential drawbacks to keep in mind. Assets greater than $1 million in an IRA may be taken to satisfy your debts in certain personal bankruptcy scenarios. Assets in an employer-sponsored plan cannot be readily taken in many circumstances. Also, you must begin taking distributions from an IRA by April 1 of the year after you reach 70 1/2 whether or not you continue working, but employer-sponsored plans do not require distributions if you continue working past that age. Remember, the laws governing retirement assets and taxation are complex. In addition, there are many exceptions and limitations that may apply to your situation. Therefore, you should obtain qualified professional advice before taking any action. Douglas M. Rowan, CFP, CMFC is an investment adviser representative with over twenty-five years of experience in the field. He coordinates and helps people walk through the complexities of today’s marketplace, specializing in individual portfolio design. He handles the multi-dimensional financial affairs for a select group of families and businesses in Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Valley. (562) 945-7787 or (800) 441-0136. The views are those of Douglas M. Rowan, CFP, CMFC and should not be construed as investment advice. Additional risks are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic stability, and differences in accounting standards. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy. All economic and performance information is historical and not indicative of future results. Securities offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation, member SIPC July 2011 — This column is provided through the Financial Planning Association, the membership organization for the financial planning community, and is brought to you by Douglas M. Rowan, CFP, CMFC, a local member of FPA.

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Limited partners are usually investors with no say in the management of partnership assets. They are liable only for the capital they contribute and any notes they sign. Often, any real estate losses are allocated largely to the limited partners for tax purposes. One or more general partners runs the business. In a real estate limited partnership, the general partner is responsible for managing the property or delegating that responsibility. The general partner bears liability for all of the partnership’s obligations. Limited liability companies A limited liability company (LLC) might offer the best features of all the other structures. As an LLC investor (or member), you’ll benefit from partnership taxation. That is, any losses from the real estate are passed through to each member’s tax return. In addition, LLC members enjoy the same type of limited liability that corporate shareholders have, so their other personal assets are not at risk. In these litigious times, you should not downplay the threat of personal liability from real estate investments. By recognizing the danger, you may be able to limit your exposure. Example 2: Jane Clark invests in several rental properties. She has no co-owners. To minimize her paperwork, Jane could create a single-member (one owner) LLC to hold all those properties. Instead, Jane creates a separate single-member LLC for each property. Therefore, if a tenant is severely injured at one of Jane’s properties and sues for damages, the risk can be confined to that one property rather than affect all of the investment real estate Jane owns. 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

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Carmelo Bakery Emily and Tony Ravelo 14106 Lambert Rd. Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 696-7457

Tutti Frutti Jacob Youssef 11743 Whittier Blvd. Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 699-4800

There’s a new bakery in town! Carmelo Bakery specializes in gorgeous, specialty cakes and much more. Carmelo Bakery has treats available to buy on the go, or you can pre-order cakes, pastries, cookies, cupcakes, artisan breads and more! Whether you are planning a birthday, corporate, retirement, graduation or even an anniversary celebration, Carmelo Bakery is ready to meet your specific party needs! Call their friendly bakers today to help you pick out the perfect dessert.

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt is the newest craze to come to the Whittier Marketplace. They are a specialty frozen yogurt retailer with over 100 upcoming stores worldwide (California, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Hawaii, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Tahiti, Mexico, etc). Tutti Frutti premium frozen yogurt products are only made from the finest dairy products. There are substantial health benefits to eating frozen yogurt rather than ice cream and other desserts, and Tutti Frutti encourages customers to drop in and see for themselves!

BEVErAGE DISTrIBUTOr Coca-Cola Co. Rick Sandelo 13255 Amar. Rd. City of Industry, CA 91746 (626) 855-4462 The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio features 14 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply and Georgia. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the company’s beverage at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, the company is focused on initiatives that reduce their environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for their associates and enhance the economic development of the communities in which they operate. For more information, please visit the website at



Healthways Medical Group Edwin and Serena Chun 6518 Greenleaf Ave. Suite 25 Whittier, CA 90602 (562) 698-7161

At Healthways Medical Group, they take an integrated treatment approach and combine expert medical care with alternative treatment options. For people who do not want surgery but want to take care of their pain, Healthways has the experts who can start getting you better! Their goal is to get you out of pain quickly in a safe and effective manner. Healthways Medical is a one-stop shop for chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and nutrition.



Comfort Keepers HR Direct Response Andrew La Brada Rebecca Rodarte-Byrne 11900 La Mirada Blvd. Suite 10 (310) 903-9308 La Mirada, CA 90638 (714) 521-9955 Find effective solutions for your workplace with HR Direct Response. Their mission is to support your company’s efforts to increase productivity, contain costs, ensure compliance with Comfort Keepers would like to remind everyone that government regulations and develop a strategy to reduce the prevention at home can help keep seniors safe! Now is the time risk and liability associated with managing your workforce. HR to complete a Home Safety Audit to help prevent accidents before Direct Response offers resources to meet your objectives. You they occur. The three things that can lead to seniors losing their will be personally supported by experienced Human Resource independence are falls that lead to hospitalization, medication experts with professional certifications and advanced education mismanagement and under or mal-nutrition. Comfort Keepers in Human Resources. But most importantly, they have extensive can support seniors at home to reduce the incidents of each of hands-on experience. Their consultants have held key Human these factors. Contact the local Comfort Keepers office near you Resource positions in various size companies within diverse for more information and an in-home assessment. industries. Contact HR Direct Response to learn more and SKIN CArE SErVICES schedule an appointment. Sugar Bella Boutique OrGANIZATIONS 13122 Philadelphia St. Black Mat MMA Whittier, CA 90601 Brows Waxing Makeup Coach Phillip Koon (562) 698-7000 12200 E. Washington Blvd., Ste. J Teresa Escartin Whittier, CA 90606 (323) 864-4385 Sugar Bella boutique is a specialty boutique located in Uptown Whittier offering professional, pharmaceutical grade Untitled-1 1

Retiring America Larry Okamura (323) 327-3695 Retiring America and Insurance Services, Inc. is a company dedicated to the future of 75 million baby boomers that may be facing a retirement nightmare. Their purpose is to educate every family across America to become financially secure. Their mission is to teach every American family how to eliminate all their debt and create wealth. Call Larry today if you are looking to restructure your current retirement plan or would like additional information.

Black Mat MMA is an official 501 (c)(3) non profit organization teaching Mixed Martial Arts to boys and girls, young adults and to help “at risk” and “under-privileged” kids in the city of Whittier and surrounding areas. BMMMA was founded in 2003 to provide boys, girls and young adults a safe haven; a place where they could feel safe, be respected, and be treated with dignity and honesty; a place where they can grow as a martial artist, but most importantly as human beings. At Black Mat they learn the discipline to make changes in their young lives that will help them to achieve their goals beginning with graduation from middle school, then high school, and placing an emphasis on the importance of higher education. Staff is available to all parents and students for mentoring support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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skin care to specific treatments for the face and body, as well as brow shaping, waxing and make-up. Married entrepreneurs and licensed skin therapist of 13 years, Teresa Renee and Maurice Escartin created Sugar Bella Boutique so that clients could receive high quality services at an affordable price. Their customized skin treatments are performed with the finest skin care products utilizing Epicuren, glo therapeutics and Rhonda Allison. Also offered at Sugar Bella Boutique is Lipomassage, a non-surgical, body-sculpting treatments which helps to reduce fat and smooth cellulite. How would you like to wear make-up knowing that it is actually improving your skin with vitamins A, C and E, as well as green tea? Sugar Bella Boutique offers a wider variety of skin care services; call them today to improve the look of your skin!


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JULY 2011

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST Put us on their list! In their first-ever ranking of the Nation’s Best Hospitals

PIH was rated as high-performing in Orthopedics and four

by city, U.S. News & World Report has named Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) one of the “Best in Los Angeles.” We’re proud of this recognition,

other specialty areas. To find out more about our quality services, physicians, and exclusively affiliated medical group,

and thank our dedicated medical staff, employees and volunteers who made it possible.

Bright Health Physicians, call us at 1.877.285.DOCS (3627), or visit

Putting patients first by state-of-the-art, compassionate care has been our commitment to this community for more than 50 years. And every day, we’re taking our outstanding care to a higher level, beyond the expected, to serve you, our friends and neighbors even better. We think you’ll agree that’s the best news yet.

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