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A Publication of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce

APRIL 2012 • VOL. 18 NO. 4

Free seminar to focus on state agency assistance for small business

8158 Painter Avenue Whittier, CA 90602 phone (562) 698-9554 fax (562) 693-2700 Supporting the Business Community Since 1914


Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce Presort Std. 8158 Painter Avenue US Postage PAID Whittier, CA 90602

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We Mean Business

Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and the City of Whittier, in collaboration with the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a Free Small Business Seminar inviting entrepreneurs, business owners and administrators to engage in a few hours of hands on and information sessions on how to maintain and expand their businesses. Senator Ron Calderon “There isn’t enough one can do to help small business weather the effects of a downward economy,” said Senator Calderon. “This is also a great way for small business owners to meet one another and share secrets of success.” Participants will have the opportunity hear Senator Calderon talk about the latest legislation affecting small business. Small business experts will also talk about ways to hire new employees and receive tax credits,

strategies to prevent tax penalties and prepare for a possible audit, as well as ways to secure business loans from financial and government institutions. California Employment Development Department, the Small Business Development Corporation and the California Board of Equalization are among the presenters. In addition to the seminar, participants will have an opportunity to meet one on one with state agency representatives and local chambers of commerce, including the Whittier Area, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk and Pico Rivera Chambers. The seminar takes place, Friday, April 20th at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Rd. in Whittier. Registration begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. The seminar begins at 8 a.m., followed by one on one consultation sessions and expo. For additional information on the workshop, please contact the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554.

Mayor’s prayer breakfast features decorated Navy combat pilot Jim Horsley will be the keynote speaker at the 47th Annual Whittier Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast presented by Mayor Cathy Warner. The breakfast will be held at the Radisson Hotel Whittier, located at 7320 Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier, on Friday, April 6th at 7 a.m. Admission is $25 and tables of 10 are available for $250. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. Jim’s professional career includes 200 missions as a highly decorated Navy combat pilot in Vietnam and over 150 air shows as a demonstration pilot with the world famous Blue Angels.

Upon completion of his military service, he entered commercial real estate development and ran his own company for five years. Jim then spent nine years in major gift fundraising and senior leadership in a world-wide humanitarian organization, and led 12 major donor vision trips to Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, including two visits to North Vietnam. He recently joined Pro Athletes Outreach as Chief Operating Officer from his prior duties as the Director, Flight Resources at Alteon Training with responsibilities for the development of training programs for new pilots overseas on behalf of Boeing customers. Jim’s relationship with Christ began three years after his tour with the Blue Angels, and he has spoken to churches, men’s retreats, veterans’ groups, prayer breakfasts and sports and business chapels over the past 20 years. In 1998,

he expanded his ministry by writing “A Different Kind of Courage,” released nationally through Word Publishing. He currently lives in the Seattle area and is a former Rotarian and past member of Jim Horsley the Seafair Board of Directors. He and his wife Sonya have been married 38 years, and have two children and two grandchildren. The event is patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C. which is designed to be a time of prayer for our city, state and nation, as well as its leaders, and a time or rededication of individuals to God. The breakfast is always held on Good Friday before Easter. For more information or tickets, please contact committee member Mike Delgado at (562) 944-6325.

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City of Whittier Community Center (7630 Washington Avenue, Whittier, CA 90602) Angelica Frausto of the City of Whittier, Diane Britton with Shelter’s Right Hand and Monica Peters with Saving Grace Renovations stopped to smile during the Wake Up Whittier event at the Radisson Hotel. For more photos from the monthly networking breakfast, see page 7

April 18, 2012 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Local residents and business owners heard from candidates running for Whittier City Council during the recent Candidates Forum co-sponsored by the Whittier Chamber of Commerce and the Whittier Uptown Association. To learn more about each candidate, please see pages 10 and 11



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As we begin a new Chamber year and I write my first message, I feel honored and privileged to serve as the Whittier Chamber of Commerce 99th President, following in the footsteps of many amazing past presidents! I have had the experience of sitting on the board for the past five years with many top Whittier community leaders. I’d like to congratulate Past President Ben Greer on the successful year he had and I look forward to continuing his efforts in building a better business community in Whittier. I also look forward to working closely with our exceptional board of directors who will assist me over this Sue Dean, next year. Notary Signing Network A little bit about me… I have been married to a wonderful man, Steve, for nine years. Between us we have four adult children; three are married, and one is in college. We are also blessed with four beautiful grand children; currently the score is even with two boys and two girls. Three of our children our local, which makes us a strong Whittier family! I am owner/operator of Notary Signing Network here in Whittier. I started this business eight years ago. Notary Signing Network is a nationwide notary signing agency, typically working with escrow and mortgage companies, and sending notaries out for loan closings. When I started out, the first proactive business decision I made was to join the Whittier Chamber, and it has proved to be one of the smartest decisions I’ve made. The Chamber has afforded me the opportunity to build my business through countless networking events, low cost marketing and referrals, and I encourage all local business owners to join the Whittier Chamber and watch their business grow. We have much to look forward to in the upcoming year, and I am excited to move ahead with the many projects and events coming soon to Whittier. To mention a few, we have the City Council election coming up quickly on April 10th. Please be sure to be an active Whittier resident and come out to vote on April 10th for the Whittier City Council. Over the past several years I have had the privilege to work with the City, and I understand even more the importance of having a strong relationship between business owners and local city government. You can find more information on each of the candidates on pages 10 and 11 of this issue of the Business Focus. I am also excited about our new tenants coming soon to the Whittwood Town Center: Chipotle Mexican Restaurant, The Habit Burger Grill and Panda Express. Three great restaurants, which are a celebrated addition to Whittier, and are a good example of the growth we are currently experiencing! Also, don’t forget we have the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast happening on Friday, April 6th at the Radisson Hotel. This is always a special event and well worth your time. There is so much to celebrate here in our special Whittier community. I look forward to working with our business community, the Chamber board, staff and the City as we continue the trend of growth and moving forward!

As my second term as Mayor comes to an end this month, I would like to say “thank you!” Many thanks to the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, their board of directors, staff and businesses who volunteer their time to partner with the City to create a better, more business friendly City. It has been a pleasure to work with you all during this past year. I would also like to acknowledge the Whittier Uptown Association for working closely with the Chamber in helping the City keep a positive business climate. Together we can always achieve more! It has been a busy, exciting year to serve as Mayor. While the Cathy Warner, elimination of redevelopment will certainly change the way we Whittier City Mayor focus our economic development efforts, we remain committed to the business community. As business owners, you should be aware that the Council and staff are already looking at alternative funding sources and potential economic development programs. Additionally, staff is closely following proposed legislation to restore a permanent funding source for job creation, infill development, transit-oriented development and affordable housing. Despite the elimination of redevelopment, many accomplishments have occurred during the past year. Following is a recap of some of our recent successes: •

First, Whittier continues to attract new businesses. Chipotle, Panda Express and The Habit Burger Grill will all be open in the coming months at the Whittwood Town Center. We also saw new businesses, both restaurants and retail, open in Uptown, such as Bailey Street California Kitchen, Barilla Italian Restaurant, two new dessert restaurants including Sugar Expressions and Sweet Dreams Dessert Lounge, and Forté Music. On Whittier Boulevard, a lease was fully executed at the former Stats site for a new Sprouts Market. Whether a large entity or small entrepreneur, we are proud that Whittier remains a viable place for business!

Second, the Council approved Mosaic Gardens, a 21-unit residential complex located at Philadelphia and Pickering, which will enhance and improve the gateway to Uptown, especially since the site has sat vacant for over 22 years. Mosaic Gardens is well underway and will be completed by the end of the year.

Third, the approval of a $5.3 million renovation at the Whittwood Branch will expand the library from 9,735 square feet to 15,733 square feet. Construction is underway and it is expected to open by December 2012.

Finally, we celebrated the unveiling of the Whittier Community Foundation’s Whittier Police Memorial that now adorns the City Hall campus.

Yes, it has been a great year—once again, thank you to all of you who continue to make Whittier such a special place in which to live and work! Have a wonderful Easter!

40th Annual 2012-2013 Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Sue Dean, Notary Signing Network Immediate Past President Ben Greer, GM Properties VP Administration & President-elect Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. VP Business Information Greg Gunter, Greg's Auto Body VP Community Affairs Heather Crawford, Prudential California Realty VP Finance Jeff Ball, Friendly Hills Bank VP Marketing Shannon Gimbel, Shannon G's Flowers VP Membership David Krake, Merrill Lynch VP Special Events Rudy Hernandez, RMH Dance & Productions

DIRECTORS Gus Arriaza, Cartridge World Susie Ausdal, Union Bank Melanie Bickley, Whittier Brokers Ernie Ceja, Vinatero Wine Shop Eric Day, Credit Union Of Southern California Miguel Granados, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary Ana Gutierrez, Whittier College Gary Lee Martinez, The Traveling Traveler Carolyn Reggio, CAPC, Inc. Gil Rodriguez, Coldwell Banker Alliance Realty Monique Rodriguez, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital STAFF Carol Crosby & Lyn Carty, Executive Directors Jessica Schreiner Magdosku, Director of Membership Katie Galvin, Director of Public Relations Amber Bookil-Lawrence, Bookkeeper Natalie Saenz, Event & Member Relations Coordinator

Purple & Gold Golf Classic Friday, May 4, 2012

10 a.m. Registration 12 p.m. Shotgun Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort Individual Golfer: $250 Foursome: $950 Tee Signs: $100 for more info email Mike Rizzo at or call 562 907-4967

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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 circulation is 6,000. 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, please contact Katie Galvin at (562) 698-9554.

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2012-2013 Whittier Chamber Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Sue Dean Notary Signing Network 2012-2013 President

Ben Greer GM Properties Immediate Past President

Jeff Ball Friendly Hills Bank VP Finance

Bonnie Watje ACRO Printing, Inc. VP Administration & President-elect

Greg Gunter Greg's Auto Body VP Business Information

David Krake Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. VP Membership

Shannon Gimbel Shannon G's Flowers VP Marketing

Heather Crawford Prudential California Realty VP Community Affairs

Rudy Hernandez RMH Dance & Productions VP Special Events


Gus Arriaza Cartridge World

Ana Gutierrez Whittier College

Susie Ausdal Union Bank

Melanie Bickley Whittier Brokers

Gary Lee Martinez The Traveling Traveler

Ernie Ceja Vinatero Wine Shop

Carolyn Reggio CAPC, Inc.

Eric Day Credit Union of Southern California

Gil Rodriguez Coldwell Banker Alliance Realty

Miguel Granados Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary

Monique Rodriguez Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital



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Law not always clear on employee actions involving social media

Free business seminar to help retailers increase their bottom line

We think one of our employees is posting negative remarks about the company on his Facebook page. Is this information considered private? One of the fastest-developing areas of employment law is the use of the social media. Employers face a series of challenges when navigating the various social media websites. When an employee admits to wrongdoing on a nonprivate service, he/she has put that information out for anyone to view, and it can be actionable. Expressing Opinions Murkier areas stem from postings of opinions or complaints about the workplace however. “I hate my boss,” is not an actionable statement; and comments about working conditions can be considered protected and/or concerted activities protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Indeed, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has evaluated an employer’s rule prohibiting making disparaging comments about the company through any media, including online blogs, other electronic media or through the media. The NLRB found that this policy was unlawful on the basis that it would “reasonably be construed to restrict Section 7 activity, such as statements that the Employer is, for example, not treating employees fairly or paying them sufficiently.” The NLRB has made it clear that it is monitoring employers’ policies in this area. Company Equipment Additional problems arise when employers monitor emails and Internet activity, even on company-provided equipment. Before, if the employer had a clear policy advising employees that their company computers would be monitored, the law held that employees had little or no expectation of privacy. More and more, however, courts are increasingly reluctant to support the employer’s position of unrestrained monitoring of electronic information sent/posted even when using the employer’s computer system. In addition, it is imperative that employers are clear and precise on any monitoring, and that they inform their employees of the potential lack of privacy. Password-Protected Sites If an employee restricts access to social networking posts such as Facebook or MySpace by requiring use of a private password, the situation changes. If an employer accesses this information without the employee’s permission, that employer could face a claim of violation of privacy, even if the employee is using the company computer. Employers have even accessed employees’ password-protected websites by posing as another individual. Accessing the information without permission could violate the Stored Communications Act (SCA). In one case, an employee gave her password to a supervisor and when the supervisor viewed postings on MySpace where other employees had made negative comments about the company, those employees were then terminated. That court held that the employee giving the password was coerced and there was a verdict against the employer for violating the SCA. As social networking continues to grow at rapid speeds, it is increasingly important for employers to consult with legal counsel to keep informed about current developments in the law and to develop the best policies and practices.

The “Retail Smart Guys” are coming to Whittier! Don’t miss the next B.O.S.S. (Business Owners’ Seminar Series) workshop, presented by Dan Jablons, a retail consultant with the Retail Smart Guys…where the goal is to help retailers increase their sales. This seminar is for small and large retailers. The BUSINESS OWNERS SEMINAR SERIES market is picking up, but are you prepared? When Brought to you by the is the last time you did some inventory planning or Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce updated your window display? Attend this seminar to learn more about visual merchandising, window displays, inventory planning and marketing all focused on increasing your bottom line. If you or someone you know owns a retail business in the Whittier area, this workshop is for you. Dan Jablons worked in retail while attending Ohio State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Production. He has worked with retailers such as Walmart, Target, JC Penney, American Apparel, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Jimmy Choo, Charles David, Diesel, Oakley, Tumi, Hollywood Bowl and many others. He has worked for a clothing manufacturer, a leading point-of-sale provider (where he installed systems and provided merchandising help for retailers large and small) and has extensive experience in providing internet marketing for retailers. In addition to his vast retail background, Dan also has a background in improvisational theatre. He has performed with comedy troupes all across the USA, and has appeared on the hit television program “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Dan combines his extensive knowledge of retail with his comedy skills for a truly great experience. Attend the seminar and start the day off right by laughing and learning from one of the retail industry's most popular speakers! The Retail Smart Guys is a consulting firm that specializes in helping retailers find more cash in their businesses through proper inventory planning, sales forecasting, marketing and financial planning. The Retail Smart Guys offer a variety of services to retailers ranging from inventory planning and sales forecasting to retail blogging. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 12th from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Nixon Room of the Whittier Central Library, located at 7344 Washington Ave. in Whittier. Space is limited; make sure to RSVP. Please contact the Whittier Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 or the City at (562) 567-9320 to reserve your space.

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TAX TIPS Computing tax on gain on sale of depreciable realty by an individual Generally, the gain from the sale by a noncorporate taxpayer of real estate that is a capital asset (or is used in a business) and is held more than 12 months isn't taxed at a rate higher than 15%. But a more complex set of rules comes into play when the asset sold is depreciable real estate. This is so because, in that case, a maximum rate of 25% will apply to what's called unrecaptured section 1250 gain and a maximum rate of 15% will apply to the balance of the gain. “Unrecaptured section 1250 gain” refers to the Richard Scrivanich, portion of gain that is eligible for capital gain treatment even though it is Harvey & Parmelee attributable to previously allowable depreciation. A further complication is LLP that the portion of the gain that is unrecaptured section 1250 gain depends, as shown below, on when the property was placed in service. Property placed in service after 1986. For real estate placed in service after 1986, all depreciation deductions allowable before the sale of the real estate give rise to unrecaptured section 1250 gain. Thus, if you sell, at a gain of $200,000, a building on which $90,000 of depreciation deductions were allowable to you through the time of sale, $90,000 of the gain is unrecaptured section 1250 gain that will be taxed at a rate of 25%. The remaining $110,000 of the gain will be taxed at a rate of 15%. Property placed in service before 1987 and after 1980. For real estate placed in service before 1987, but after 1980 (pre-1987 realty), the treatment of gain on sale depends on whether the real estate is residential or nonresidential. Residential real estate. The applicable rules are the same as for a sale of post-1986 property, but because, under the pre-'87 depreciation rules, the property will be fully depreciated by the time of sale, all sales proceeds not in excess of the original cost are taxed at a rate of 25%, and only any appreciation is taxed at a rate of 15%. Nonresidential real estate. If you depreciated nonresidential pre-1987 realty using just straight-line depreciation, the tax results will be the same as for residential real estate. But if, as was possible, you, at any time, used a declining balance method to depreciate the realty, the gain on sale will be taxed as follows: • gain, to the extent of the depreciation allowable to the time of sale, will be recaptured as ordinary income, and, thus, taxed at ordinary income rates; that means that because, under the pre-'87 depreciation rules, the property will be fully depreciated by the time of sale, all sales proceeds not in excess of the original cost will be taxed at ordinary income rates. • any appreciation is taxed at a rate of 15%. Pre-1981 property. The following rules apply if you sell real estate placed in service before 1981: • the excess of depreciation claimed over straight-line depreciation is recaptured as ordinary income, and, thus, taxed at ordinary income rates (but the amount of excess depreciation subject to recapture may be less for certain residential real estate or for real estate acquired before 1970). • gain, to the extent of the balance of depreciation allowable, is unrecaptured section 1250 gain, taxed at a rate of 25%. • the balance of the gain, if any, would be taxed at a rate of 15%.

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Tickets Now On Sale for:

Whittier College Theatre Arts Dept.

“She Stoops To Conquer” by Oliver Goldsmith

Directed by Gil Gonzalez

April 18 - 22



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NEW BOARD MEMBERS Suzanne Ausdal Suzanne Ausdal is the branch manager of Union Bank. She has been with Union Bank for 32 years and has worked in Whittier for eight years. “The residents of Whittier have a special place in my heart. I love talking and helping the citizens of Whittier,” stated Susie. Susie is a big fan of the Whittier Chamber and was name the 2010-2011 Ambassador of the Year. “My fellow ambassadors are a special group of individuals who care about the businesses in Whittier just as much as I do. Our main function is to work hand in hand with the Chamber to help grow business, to network and help the City of Whittier to prosper.” Susie was honored and thrilled when she learned she was being considered for the Whittier Chamber Board. “Whittier is my home and what better way to serve my community than to be involved with the businesses and residents of Whittier,” added Susie.

Melanie Bickley Whittier Brokers is a family business, and for three generations has helped families call Whittier home through real estate sales and property management. Whittier Brokers has been a member of the Whittier Chamber since 1961. Melanie became the operating broker for Whittier Brokers in 1996, but has been active in the Whittier real estate community for over two decades.

In 1990, Melanie served as president of the Whittier Chamber. “The Whittier Chamber is our most important business relationship; as it allows various community interests to cooperate in making and keeping Whittier viable as a desirable place to live, work and shop,” says Melanie. Melanie currently serves as a board member and past president of Soroptimist International of Whittier. She is married to Maurice, and they happily live, work and shop in Whittier. Some of Melanie’s favorite things include the ocean, great food and old friends.

Miguel Granados For the past five years Miguel has worked in Operations for Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary and is currently the Director of Mortuary Operations. He has been with Rose Hills for 13 years and originally started in the Finance and Accounting Department. Miguel has been a resident of Chino for over 15 years where he lives with his wife and 10 year old son. Miguel will be finishing his MBA in Marketing and Strategic Leadership from the University of La Verne in May of 2012. In his spare time, Miguel enjoys working with his hands and has remodeled homes from demolition to completion. He also enjoys camping and traveling. Miguel devotes most of his spare time to helping with little league and serving as a coach. “I am extremely happy to be nominated to the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Whittier business community” added Miguel.

Gary Lee Martinez Gary Lee Martinez is the owner of The Tr a v e l i n g Tr a v e l e r which is celebrating their 20th year in the travel industry. Gary’s agency, located in the Whittier Commerce Building, specializes in leisure travel which includes vacation packages, cruises, group travel, escorted tours and honeymoons. Gary’s true passion is travel and he has been fortunate to travel to many exotic destinations. Gary says he gets great satisfaction from sending his clients (who are now his friends) on many of their dream vacations! Gary is very proud to be a member of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Whittier Lions Club. He also enjoys working with several of the local non-profit organizations such as C.A.P.C. As a resident of Whittier, Gary has a special interest in building the business community and is looking forward to representing Whittier Chamber members on the board of directors in a positive and supportive manner at all times and in all places.

Gil Rodriguez Gil has worked as a Realtor in the Whittier area at Coldwell Banker Alliance Realty for over five years. He is excited and happy to be a part of the Whittier community, both as a resident and a business owner. He has seen his business grow and is thankful to have joined the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce where he currently serves as an Ambassador.

Gil is happily married to his wife Jacque and they have three wonderful young men. In his spare time, Gil likes to play golf, he enjoys running, and practices martial arts. He enjoys nature and loves hiking in the mountains. Gil is very passionate about helping people reach their goal in the real estate industry and is 100% dedicated to helping clients reach the American dream of property ownership. “Nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing the smiles and happiness that come from my clients, with every successful sale or purchase,” Gil says.

Monique Rodriguez Monique is the Public Relations Manager for Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) and Bright Health Physicians where she oversees public and community relations. She works with the media, plans community events, handles government relations, writes and edits enterprise publications, advertisements and more! In addition to her full-time job, Monique is currently attending California State University Long Beach and is in the Masters of Public Administration Program. Monique is very active in Whittier and the surrounding communities. She attends many of functions held by local chambers of commerce and other not-for-profits. She is a member of the Regional Chamber Alliance (RCA) committee and a current Board member with the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce. Monique loves people and is excited to help businesses connect with one another to grow and retain a strong business network in Whittier. “It is all about relationships and keeping business local and working with people you trust,” says Monique.



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Chamber honors outstanding volunteers


Wake Up Whittier

La Donna Munier, Friendly Hills Bank • AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR Members of the Whittier Chamber Ambassador Committee often serve as an extension of the Chamber staff. They attend numerous events throughout the month and help to make Whittier Chamber members feel welcome and valued. Each year, the committee chooses one member who has exceeded expectations as an Ambassador. This year La Donna Munier from Friendly Hills Bank was chosen by her peers and recognized at the Chamber’s 98th Installation event as the 2011 Ambassador of the Year. La Donna has been on the Ambassador Committee off and on for years but has recently become active again. During the past year she has rarely missed a ribbon cutting, is the first to volunteer to help at events and provides a wonderful first impression as a greeter at Wake Up Whittier. La Donna is a wonderful Chamber advocate and we are proud to honor her with the 2011-2012 Ambassador of the Year award.

Whittier Chamber members got up bright and early to exchange business cards over breakfast during the monthly Wake Up Whittier at the Radisson Hotel in March

Shannon Gimbel, Shannon G’s Flowers • CHAIR OF THE YEAR Shannon Gimbel from Shannon G’s Flowers was chosen as the Chair of the Year by the Executive Committee for her role as Chair of the Hathaway Golf Committee. “Shannon is someone who really stepped up in 2011 and made a great commitment to this committee. Under her leadership and creativity with sponsorships and raffle ticket sales, Hathaway added more money to the Chamber’s bottom line than in recent years and was a well-run tournament that our members really enjoyed,” explained Past President Ben Greer. In addition to chairing the Hathaway Golf Committee, Shannon served as the VP of Community Affairs on the Executive Committee and was a generous in-kind donor for the Silver Shield Awards Banquet. Thank you, Shannon, for being a great volunteer and Chamber advocate!

Ben Greer of GM Properties made his final debut as President to present Radisson Hotel’s Director of Sales & Marketing Tiffany Young with a certificate of appreciation for hosting another successful Chamber event

La Donna Munier, Friendly Hills Bank • VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR The Chamber is proud to honor La Donna Munier from Friendly Hills Bank with the 20112012 Volunteer of the Year award for her outstanding service to the Whittier Chamber this year. “Along with her participation on numerous other committees, La Donna served a pivotal role this past year on the Chamber’s Silver Shield Committee,” explained Past President Ben Greer. Although it is unprecedented for the Chamber to give two awards to the same person, La Donna was chosen via ballot by both the Ambassador and Executive committees to receive both honors and the leadership of the Chamber overwhelmingly supported the vote. As one of the original founders of the Silver Shield event, La Donna’s passion shines through every year. This year she was instrumental in securing new sponsors and helping to ensure that the event ran smoothly.

New member Debbie Brown with Keller Williams Realty received a warm welcome from Christy Van Der Westhuizen of Whittier Place Senior Living and Merrill Gardens’ Tom Rios during the monthly meeting

RMH Dance & Productions • BUSINESS OF THE YEAR RMH Dance and Productions, owned by Rudy and Maria Hernandez, has been selected as this year’s Business of the Year. Rudy and Maria joined the Whittier Chamber in 1998 and have been very involved these last few years. We’ve had the privilege of having Rudy serve on our Board of Directors in 2011 as VP of Marketing and this year as the VP of Special Events. In addition, Rudy has participated on just about every committee there is at the Chamber! Rudy and Maria give generously of their time and talent throughout the community, supporting many non-profit organizations such as CAPC, Inc. and the Whittier Community Foundation just to name a few. Aside from running a dance studio where they offer a comprehensive range of exciting dance programs for all skill levels, as well as dance parties, showcases and special events, they provide DJ/MC services, sound and lighting effects, dance entertainment and party rental equipment. They are a one-stop shop for a great event! The Whittier Chamber has appreciated the creative contributions RMH has made to our Chamber and, because of their outstanding volunteerism and dedication to the business community, we are pleased to present the Business of the Year Award to RMH Dance and Productions!

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TASTY TUESDAY z Incoming President Sue Dean of Notary Signing Network (center) welcomed Karen Toth with San Miguel Apartments and Nadine Dausey of NMS Consulting to the Chamber’s monthly luncheon

Swiss Park Banquet Center owners Angelika and Marcus Kollmai (3rd, 4th from left) and their talented staff greeted guests and served up a delicious lunch during the Tasty Tuesday event in February

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Invest in Whittier’s future today: Contributions sought for Chamber’s educational scholarship fund The Whittier Chamber’s Education Committee is now seeking donations from the Whittier business community for its Educational Scholarship Fund, named in memory of Randy Basurto. Each year the Whittier Chamber recognizes deserving high school seniors from the Whittier Union High School District for their academic achievements and service to the community with a $500 scholarship. Each scholarship goes towards books, room and board or tuition for their first year of college. Last year the Chamber was able to award five outstanding students and hopes to increase that number this year. “The students who apply for this scholarship continue to amaze me with what they have accomplished during their four years of high school. It is our duty to help them succeed in such difficult financial times. These students are the future of our community,” stated Jeanie McHatton, Education Committee chair. The Educational Scholarship Fund is named after board member and volunteer Randy Keith Basurto who died in 1998 of a heart attack at the age of 46. Basurto worked for HealthFirst Medical Group as Medical Operations Manager and had been employed there for seven years. Chamber members and friends of Randy are encouraged to donate money to the cause. “The purpose of this scholarship is to both remember Randy with a program that he was passionate about and to support the youth of Whittier as they continue with their education,” stated McHatton. The following is a list highlighting the marketing values associated with different gift levels. Gift Level



◊ Your business logo and name listed in a special scholarship feature in the July edition of the Business Focus ◊ Recognition at the May and June Wake Up Whittier networking breakfasts ◊ Business name listed on the certificate of recognition awarded to each recipient ◊ Business name listed in the Chamber’s e-newsletter


◊ Your business name listed in a special scholarship feature in the July edition of the Business Focus ◊ Recognition at the May and June Wake Up Whittier networking breakfasts

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Randy Basurto Educational Scholarship Fund can send a check, made payable to the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, to 8158 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90602, or visit the “Chamber Store” on the Chamber’s website at For additional information, please contact the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554.

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WHAT’S COOL IN YOUR SCHOOL “I’m humbled and honored to receive so much recognition,” LaVigne said. “But I really WUHSD community honors need to share this with Sandy and the team at La Serna that make the success of our OASIS possible.” Sandra Thorstenson and Ken Lavigne students The evening also included a special musical presentation from “Thoroughly Modern Millie,”

In an outpouring of appreciation, more than 200 community members recently gathered at the Friendly Hills Country Club for a reception to honor WUHSD Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson and La Serna High School teacher Ken LaVigne for their service and dedication to students and the communities they serve. Paid for through donations, the event was held to recognize the recent honors received by Thorstenson and LaVigne. Thorstenson was selected by the Association of California School Administrators as their State Superintendent of the Year and recently was named by Assemblymember Tony Mendoza as Whittier’s Woman of the Year. LaVigne was chosen one of five California Teachers of the Year for 2012. A table at the reception was filled with resolutions from the state legislature, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the cities of Whittier, Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs in acknowledgement of Thorstenson’s and LaVigne’s work. The WUHSD Board of Trustees, teachers, administrators, staff, students and parents attended the event together with local elected officials, local district superintendents and community leaders. Speakers included Whittier Mayor Cathy Warner, Norwalk Mayor Mike Mendez and Santa Fe Springs Councilmember Juanita Trujillo, who each thanked Thorstenson and LaVigne for working to provide the best education possible to all of their students, and in doing so, improving the health and vitality of the communities that Whittier Union serves. “When we go out into the community, we are so proud to talk about our schools and the excellent education they provide,” said Warner. “Thank you, Sandy and Ken, for helping to make our community a great place to live.” "I am honored by your recognition here tonight, but I must emphasize that it’s our teamwork – our collective efforts across Whittier Union – that should be acknowledged," Thorstenson told the audience. “Our entire community, and our extended school family, have proven what can happen when we work symbiotically and are committed to do whatever it takes to ensure our District’s moral purpose: to improve our students’ well-being and ability to achieve.” La Serna High School Principal Drew Passalacqua spoke about Ken LaVigne, who is lead teacher for Organized Academic Support in School (OASIS), an intervention program for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Passalacqua highlighted LaVigne’s love for his students and determination to do anything necessary to help them succeed. “Trying to describe Mr. LaVigne is like trying to explain the genius of Leonardo DaVinci or trying to describe the love John Wooden had for his players,” Passalacqua said. “At La Serna we call Mr. LaVigne our King Crabber. Crabbing is a flight term that refers to Left to right: WUHSD Board of Trustees aiming or shooting high to land in the Leighton Anderson, Russell Castañeda Calleros with correct location. Mr. LaVigne aims La Serna OASIS teacher Ken LaVigne, or shoots high for all of his kids, thus WUHSD Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson, and WUHSD Trustees Dr. Ralph Pacheco, allowing them to reach their potential.” Tim Schneider, and Jeff Baird

by 40 La Serna High School musical theater students, and special video presentations on LaVigne and Thorstenson created by La Serna Film Production teacher Sam Knaak. The event was paid for through donations from URS, De La Rosa & Co., Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc., TDM Architects, and Deborah Wilder, Attorney.

Bell Gardens High students explore a future in healthcare at Beverly Hospital This past February, Beverly Hospital Nursing and Education Department welcomed eighteen Bell Gardens High School students along with instructor Shawn Berry, a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), to attend a hospital orientation. The objective, to embark upon a 10-week Regional Occupational Program (ROP) for students interested in the healthcare field. Upon completion of the program on April 27th, they will have received basic training in medical terminology, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, infection control and hospital/patient care. For some, the program will serve as entry level training to becoming a CNA and for many, to become registered nurses and more. The ROP program at Beverly Hospital gives students an opportunity to experience hands on basic patient care within the student’s scope of practice. Since orientation, the Bell Gardens students have dedicated themselves to the program, reporting two days a week between 7 and 8 a.m., prior to attending classes at their high school. They train on clinical rotation and work alongside CNA preceptors in various units of the hospital: Outpatient Surgery, Telemetry, Medical/ Surgical, Obstetrics and Emergency Care. The excitement on the faces of the teens as they learn to care for patients is reminiscent of seasoned nurses - when first introduced to healthcare. According to Shawn Berry, LVN, the students love the experience as it gives them a nice overview of the entire medical profession. Over the past eight years, Beverly Hospital and Bell Gardens High School has been in partnership together exposing students to the healthcare field. Through the Regional Occupational Program, the students interact with staff learning about colleges and training required for different levels of the medical field. They are also able to differentiate between a number of medical titles and requirements to attain credentials. The healthcare industry is competitive and one of the fastest growing fields. Early recruitment is paramount. Educating the community about the different careers available is important for getting a great start. “This program serves as encouragement to the younger generations about the opportunities out there. It gives hope to children regarding all the options available to accomplish their dreams,” said Director Dismus Irungu, Beverly Hospital Education Department. “The students are the look of the future in the medical field. Beverly Hospital has opened the door of opportunity through education with Bell Garden High ROP Students. We are proud to have played a part.” To learn more about the ROP education program at Beverly Hospital, contact Dismus Irungu at (323) 725-5027.

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Avoiding Senior Scams Senior citizens are at risk for numerous types of fraud from unsolicited phone calls to mail and email. Join us as we expose some of the more common scams and get information to help protect our seniors from becoming a victim. Also, learn how to defend yourself and your loved ones from predators who try to take advantage of others through these scams.

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2012 City Council Candidates Number of years in Whittier: 59 years. Current occupation: Attorney since 1978. Began as Deputy to State Board of Equalization Chairman Ernie Dronenburg and commenced law practice at Bewley, Lassleben & Miller, LLP in 1983. Why Joe is running for City Council: It has been my privilege to have served the people of Whittier as a member of the Whittier City Council for the past six years. I am excited to continue working to make Whittier an even better place to Live, Work and Shop. My goals continue to be Public Safety, Quality Economic Development and Whittier Values. We have seen significant progress toward our goals. I am especially pleased that: Crime is down, our police department is fully staffed, and we have a new police station that was completed without any new taxes and under budget; • The Nelles project is moving forward but we must establish a trust/restricted fund to preserve and protect the potential oil revenues now and for future generations; • We must continue to fight to bring the Gold Line to Whittier and extend the award winning Greenway Trail; • The economy has affected everyone, including Whittier. However, we must continue to be fiscally responsible. Together we can make future opportunities a reality and still balance preservation with quality economic growth/development, while retaining our core values. Educational Background: 1974 Bachelor of Arts – Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah 1977 Juris Doctorate • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California Organizations & Affiliations: Greater Whittier YMCA, HOT (Hispanic Outreach Taskforce Advisory Board), Boy Scouts of America, Plymouth Congregational Church, Whittier High School Alumni Association. Last minute words from Joe: I look forward to continuing the work that we have started. The future is bright and I am blessed to be a part of a wonderful community.

Number of years in Whittier: I have been a resident of Whittier since 1948. My family came here in 1920. Current occupation: (1)Teacher On Special Assignment, Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program, (2) Registered Dental Hygienist, (3) Local Business Owner Why Cathy is running for City Council: I am running for reelection so I might be able to complete the projects the Council has started such as the development of the Nelles property into a Mixed Use project containing housing, retail and commercial which would generate additional sales tax dollars and property tax dollars to the city in addition to removing blight. Also, I would like to see the Oil Extraction Project well on its way to fruition. This entails resolving the existing lawsuits, completing negotiations with the county and assuring appropriate monitoring of the mitigation measures and the conditions of approval. Also, it is imperative that those of us with City Council experience are returned so that we might advocate with the Oversight Board that will be appointed to make decisions on behalf of the Whittier Successor Agency regarding our Redevelopment debt and assets. Educational Background: California High School Fullerton College (AA degree) University of Missouri at Kansas City (BS in Dental Hygiene) USC (Master of Leadership) Organizations & Affiliations: President, East Whittier Educational Foundation President, La Serna High School PTA President, Friendly Hills Property Owners Association Member, National Charity League – 13 years Whittier Cultural Arts Commission – two years East Whittier City School District Governing Board – two years Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees – 12 years Tri-Cities ROP Governing Board – six years Chairman, Project Area Committee, Commercial Corridor Redevelopment Project Area Whittier City Council – eight years, former Mayor and current Mayor

Other interesting facts about Cathy: Cathy has seven children and 21 grandchildren. She went back to school as an adult to complete a Master of Leadership last May at USC-Price School of Public Policy.

NICK DONOVAN Number of years in Whittier: I am a 15 year Whittier resident. My wife Toni Garcia attended high school in Whittier and we have four sons who all attend local public schools. Current occupation: I am a senior Vice President for one of the largest insurance brokerages in the world. Why Nick is running for City Council: I am running for City Council because I know we need to move Whittier in a new direction, supporting the growth of local business, protecting the health and safety of all our families and growing a local system of government that listens to the people and




represents all their interests, not the interests of a few. Educational background: I was educated in England and am a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Organizations & Affiliations: I currently am a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Forum for Corporate Directors, Professional Liability Underwriters Association, past board member of Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce, British American Business Council, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation Board of Governors,

Past President LA Morning Rotary and numerous charitable organizations. Other interesting facts about Nick: I reside in Friendly Hills, am a past board member of Friendly Hills Country Club, avid golfer, tennis player, jazz enthusiast and theater lover.


Number of years in Whittier: Upon moving to Whittier 36 years ago, Kristina and I immediately fell in love with the area. Current occupation: Soon after I began teaching Government classes at Rio Hondo Community College, my wife opened a successful small business on Whittier Boulevard—Kristina and Company Hair Care. Through her, I know what it is like to run a small business. Kristina shared the highs and the lows over the dinner table or, more often, on the run. Why Owen is running for City Council: I know that recent years have been economically challenging for cities statewide. But I am proud of Whittier’s response and of my role in maintaining fiscal discipline and protecting public safety. In recent years, we have opened a new police station and done so without increased taxes or bonds. More importantly, crime rates continue to be low in Whittier, and our police force is fully staffed. We have completed the Greenway Trail, bringing neighborhoods together through recreation and exercise. Our next goal must be to extend the trail to our city line on the east and to the river bike trail on the west. I’m also proud that Whittier has continued to provide quality city services and balanced budgets. And, I am especially proud that Whittier has been honored three years in a row as one of the five most business-friendly cities of our size by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Now, as Whittier moves forward, continuity and vigilance will be required to sustain our quality of life and expand economic opportunity. Organizations & Affiliations: Public service beckoned long ago. I served for 11 years as an elected member of the Whittier City School Board of Education, and have been a member of the Whittier City Council since 2000. I served as Mayor from 2004-2005 and 2007-2008. Other interesting facts about Owen: When I find spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, bicycling and finding distant cousins to enlarge my genealogy file. I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to be your representative on the Whittier City Council and for the opportunity to work alongside the Chamber of Commerce and the Uptown Association to help make Whittier a better place to live, to raise a family and to run a business.

LUPE SAHUGUN-GARCIA Number of years in Whittier: I have lived and worked in Whittier for 34 years. We are blessed with five children all of whom have been born and raised in Whittier and attended our local schools. Current occupation: My husband and I own and run an adult residential facility for the developmentally disabled here in Whittier, which has been operating for the past 21 years, and are licensed by the State of California. Why Lupe is running for City Council: Whittier is very dear to my family. It has a uniqueness and charm to it. We have enjoyed living here thus far, however, this does not mean there isn’t room for improvement. Whittier has the potential to be much more than it is currently. Progress and growth are possible but in order to achieve Whittier’s sustainability, strides must be taken economically, socially and environmentally. Public safety and Whittier’s economic growth are two of my highest priorities. I want to help market our city to businesses, making it more business friendly and appealing. In order for there to be progress and growth there needs to be change. Being a small business owner licensed by the State of California has given me the experience needed. I am very familiar with the State of California rules, regulations and codes, as well as such documents and their interpretation. Educational background: I graduated from Pioneer High School here in Whittier. I received my Registered Dental Assisting training from the Southern California School of Medical and Dental Careers in Anaheim, and then went on to the University of Southern California and received certification as an RDA with Specialized training in the Orthodontic field in which I currently work part time as well, aside from running our adult residential facility. Organizations & Affiliations: • California Residential Care Association • Friends of the Whittier Hills, Board Member • Natural Resources Defense Council, Member • Sierra Club, Member • Docent and Trail Watch Volunteer for the Habitat Authority Parent Teachers Association (PTA) • Member Whittier Hills Oil Watch, Active member Last minute words from Lupe: In order for there to be progress and growth there needs to be change. As your City Council member, I will tackle issues that are important to our community. I will support development that meets the needs of our families and invest in programs that keep our families safe. I want people to want to live, work, shop and hike in Whittier.

CRAIG LEBOW Number of years in Whittier: My wife and I have lived in Whittier for 14 years. Both of our sons were born in Whittier and attend school here. Current occupation: I am an Estimator and Project Manager for a Steel Fabricator/Erector in Santa Fe Springs; our specialty is fabrication of commercial and industrial projects. My scope of responsibilities includes project estimating, sales, value engineering, project management, planning, testing, inspection, addressing shop and field issues and fiscal responsibility. I have

over 25 years of experience in this position. Why Craig is running for City Council: Whittier has many valuable resources most importantly its people who take pride in their community. Whittier has great neighborhoods, good schools, enterprising businesses, many community activities and groups. I see improvement for the quality of life for Whittier’s great citizens that is why I am running for City Council. Educational background: My background is engineering and business; I have a certificate in Gardening and Horticulture. Organizations & Affiliations: I have coached youth sports at the YMCA for over seven years. I volunteer at my sons’ school. I am a member of the Friendly Hills Property Owners

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Association and an Advocate for Whittier Hills Oil Watch. I have not had the privilege to have been on any City commissions or groups; however I have made a point to regularly attend and participate in City Council and Planning Commission meetings. Other interesting facts about Craig: Being a competitive ocean swimmer has given me an appreciation for protecting our natural environment; complimented by my certificate in gardening and horticulture, I have a good understanding of plant biology. I am Spanish speaking and have negotiated sales contracts in Mexico from Spanish speaking suppliers for my employers as required.

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Mixer & Silent Auction

A Colorful Blend of 5 Chambers: La Habra, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs & Whittier

Thursday, May 10, 2012 4 -7 p.m. Doubletree Hotel Norwalk (13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk)

The WHITTIER color is ORANGE! “Orange you glad you are a Whittier Chamber member?!”

Join the Whittier Chamber for a special Wake Up Whittier featuring some of Whittier’s finest non-profit organizations! The Wake Up Whittier monthly networking breakfast is FREE for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Salute to Service tables are first-come, first-served at $70 each. Deadline to submit payment and organization information is May 1, 2011. For more information about “Salute to Service” call Natalie at (562) 698-9554 or visit us at

Free to Attend! Shop ‘til you drop with hundreds of items at the silent auction tables $10 Auction Board opportunities for sale to win an iPad and other big prizes 5 times more networking power with tons of new people from neighboring cities Chance to win great raffle prizes Eat delicious hearty hors d’oeuvres from the Doubletree Hotel and other local food vendors

COMMUNITY ADVOCATES for PEOPLE’S CHOICE “Empowering individuals with disabilities to maximize the quality of their lives in their homes & communities”

CAPC, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that Capitalizes on Capabilities Tax ID #: 95-4389351

Enjoy music & entertainment by RMH Dance & Productions

Celebrating 28 YEARS of Assisting Individuals with Disabilities



2012 Silver Shield Awards Banquet

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Silver Shield chair Doug Rowan welcomes President Ben Greer to the stage

Forensic Specialist Mike Cracknell was presented with the Employee of the Year Award

Chief Jeff Piper presents Diane Liberti with the Reserve Officer of the Year Award

Chief Jeff Piper congratulates Officer of the Year Award Detective Robert Wolfe

Whittier Chamber of Commerce Executive Directors Lyn Carty and Carol Crosby along with President Ben Greer welcome Assemblyman Curt Hagman to the Silver Shield Awards Banquet

Chief Jeff Piper, Santa Fe Springs Mayor Bill Rounds and Whittier Mayor Cathy Warner award the Medal of Valor to Officer Jerry Reyes

Corporal Jason Zuhlke received the Chaplain’s Recognition Award from Police Chaplain Don Sanderson

Chief Jeff Piper and Chamber Executive Director Carol Crosby congratulate Community Relations Officer Bradley White for coordinating an outstanding Silver Shield Awards Banquet

Badge Sponsors

Chief Sponsors Bob & Dave’s Towing Chief Jeff Piper and WPOA representative Officer Angela Calzada present a shadow box in honor of late K9 partner Rex to Officer Steve Garcia and his son Taylor while Officer Chris Silva and K9 partner Prinz look on

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Chamber supporters Bob Apodaca, Glenn Watje, Caroline Medrano, Bonnie Watje, Bob Marks, Joyce Kaufman and Ruth B. Shannon get ready to enjoy the Silver Shield Awards Banquet honoring the p Whittier Police Department

Captain Sponsors Ferguson, Praet & Sherman

Chamber members Angel Flores Flores, Roadrunner Towing, Kim Praster, Ladybugs, President Ben Greer, GM Properties, and Eric Day, Dave Gunderson and Debbie Childs from CUSoCal network during the reception hour at the Nixon Library

Entertainment Sponsors Ernie Hernandez, Calendar Entertainment Services RMH Dance & Productions

L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe

Design & Printing ACRO Printing, Inc.

Wine Sponsors PDQ Rentals • California Grill • Sage

Meals for on Duty Officers Olive Garden

Centerpiece Sponsor Shannon G’s Flowers

Officer Appreciation Gifts Havana House Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary Uptown Wellness Center

Raffle Sponsors The Traveling Traveler Herb Messick, Financial Network Ramsey A. Ezaki, D.D.S.

Ron Ridout, Realty Executives Cornerstone, Trisha Smith and Sylvia Southerland from Southern California Edison, Mayor Pro Tem Owen Newcomer and wife Kristina and Samantha Ridout, Boys & Girls Club of Whittier join the Chamber in supporting the Whittier Police Department

Photography & Videography Say Cheese Photography HopeBoat Productions

Silver Sponsors Bewley, Lassleben & Miller • Consolidated Disposal Service • Jones & Mayer • Popular Community Bank • Rio Hondo College • The SKILLS Foundation - Board of Directors Southern California Edison • Target Specialty Products • Whittier College

Friend Sponsors Ball, Rob and Ginny • Bonne Sante – Mitzi Cristobal • Boys and Girls Club • CAPC, Inc. • DialMed Home Care • Excel Staffing • Ezaki, Dr. Ramsey • Financial Network, Chris George Fisher, Leslie and Howard • Fix Auto Whittier • Friends Chiropractic • Future Tech I • Gil Rodriguez & Associates • GM Properties • Greg’s Auto Body • Harrison Electric • HealthFirst Medical (2) HNS Auto • Kiwanis of Greater Whittier • L.A. CADA • Lambert Inn • Mary Kay – Linda Amodeo • Matrix Oil (5) • Merrill Lynch – David Krake • Middleton, Elizabeth • Miller & Angevine • Nordbak's Notary Signing Network • Pacific Western Bank (3) • Panagos, Bonnie Jo and Lee • Peel, John & Laurie • Pellissier, Henri and Diane • Posada Whittier • Prudential California Realty – Heather Crawford RMH Dance & Productions • Road Runner Towing (2) • Sargent's Sporting Goods • Segovia, Maria • Smokey Joe's Chimney Sweep • Soroptimist Int’l of Whittier (2) • SPIRITT Family Services State Farm - Cheryl Estep • SWFCU (2) • Target • Vinatero Wine Shop • WAPADH • Whittier Area Community Church (2) • Whittier Host Lions Club (5) • Whittier Mailing Service (3) Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project • Whittier Uptown Association • Whittier Women's Club • Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter • Women’s Council of Realtors • YMCA of Greater Whittier

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Holistic health includes the whole family "The whole is more than the sum of its parts." - Aristotle, Metaphysica In holistic health, we speak about treating the whole person. It makes sense. We are complex beings with emotions, thoughts and body parts. Each choice we make affects the whole of our being. We have made multiple choices to be who we are at this very moment. Yuki Sato, In the same vein, whatever health concerns we have, we’ve made Contributing Editor many choices to reach our current state of health. Multiple things come together to make us who we are today. Holistic health can reach beyond our individual bodies. It can also speak of our environment and our communities. Our closest community is our family. Individual families are little communities with their own special rules, needs and values. Each family member fulfills a role. When one family member has health concerns, the whole family experiences changes. Illness can cause stress on the whole family, changing the dynamic of our most tight-knit community. With Community Acupuncture (CA), multiple people are treated in a common room, creating a space of peace and healing. The CA center also becomes its own community where people are invested in getting well and staying that way. For parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers and children, CA is a wonderful opportunity to share this healing with our whole families. When whole families are treated together in CA, individuals are able to focus on their specific needs, while all family members benefit from stress reduction. Self-care is modeled to the youngest members, setting them up for a proactive, empowered approach to their health. The experience allows for positive bonding through relaxation and mindfulness. This broader view of holistic health encourages healthy change at a deep and dynamic level, not only affecting a piece of the whole, but in fact, affecting change for the whole family and community. What better gift can you give your family? Call me at (562) 686-8419 for more information on how I can help you and your family stay healthy this year! Yuki Sato graduated from The New England School of Acupuncture and holds both California and nationally board certifications. She has experience in treating allergies, digestive disorders, insomnia, menopause, pain and stress. Yuki has always been passionate about helping others and it quickly became apparent to her that she wanted to be a vessel in helping others obtain optimal health. When Yuki is not working, she enjoys golfing, traveling, being active and spending time with family and friends.

Q&A with Luke Harrison, Harrison Electric 1.

How long have you been in business, have you always been in the Whittier area, are you family owned and operated, etc.? Harrison Electric was started by my dad in a rental house behind my grandmother's in 1960. My parents moved to west Whittier in 1962, where my dad, Luke Sr., operated the business from his home until he passed away in 1976. My mother, Wanda Harrison, and I were partners in the business until she retired in 1989. We incorporated as Whittier Power Systems, Inc. in 1993. The business was moved to our present location in 1999, located at 11830 Camilla St.

Luke Harrison installs solar power system for Greg's Auto Body in Whittier


What are a few new and existing services you offer that business owners and residents should know about? We provide traditional electrical services for residential, commercial and industrial customers, as well as new construction, rewiring, tenant improvement wiring, commercial and residential service upgrades and troubleshooting. We also install standby generators for homes and businesses. We have our own high-reach manlifts to service and install parking lot lighting and inside lighting, especially over chairs and pews in churches and auditoriums. Since 2001, we have been involved in the solar industry and have been installing solar power (not hot water) systems, and working with the state and utilities to secure rebates for the systems for our customers. Our newest endeavor is to start providing cleaning and maintenance of solar power systems to keep them producing power at their peak. You will be able to see this service on the web soon under 3.

Tell us about solar panels and how they can improve a home or business. In a residential or business application, solar power can reduce your electric bill by as much as 100%, although for maximum return on investment, a system should be sized by a professional such as us. Getting a solar power system designed, installed, inspected and brought onto the grid is a lot more than just putting the solar components on a building and connecting to power. Our most recent commercial solar installation is for Greg Gunter, owner of Greg's Autobody in Whittier. His system is designed to cover about 100% of his electricity usage. Any residential customer that has an electric bill over $200/month and all commercial customers should call us for a free solar quote and evaluation. 4.

Give us the 3 most important things we should know about Harrison Electric and/ or why we should call YOU first! 1) Although we are still a small company by some standards, we still have our office staff personally answering your phone calls who really care! 2) In this day and age, when companies have ceased to do small service calls to cut overhead, Harrison Electric has maintained service personnel to take care of our customers in the event of emergencies and other urgent electrical needs. 3) Our management has a combined 125+ years of experience in the electrical industry, and 50+ years in the solar industry. Visit our main website at or call (562) 695-8321 to speak with a representative today.

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APRIL COMMUNITY CALENDAR Every Monday: Pathways Support Group @ American Red Cross (6701 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 698-0304 for more information Every Wednesday: Community Yoga Class @ Friends Chiropractic (6736 Friends Ave., Whittier), 6:30 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 698-1275 for more information. All Month: 15th Annual Million Dollar Giveaway to Fight Hunger @ Interfaith Food Center (14545 Leffingwell Rd., Whittier). Donations can be mailed or delivered. Contact (562) 903-1478 for more information 4.

Whittier Art Association’s April Show Opens @ Whittier Art Gallery (8035 Painter Ave., Whittier). Show will run from April 4th through April 29th. Contact (562) 698-9710 for more information


47th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast @ Radisson Hotel (7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier), 7 a.m. $25 per person includes breakfast. Guest speaker Jim Horsely. Contact Mike Delgado for tickets or information at (562) 944-6325


Free Tax Preparation & Filing @ Public Safety Center, 2nd Floor (11940 Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE. For families and individuals with household incomes of $50,000 or less. Appointment required. RSVP to (562) 864-5600 to schedule an appointment Whittier Art Association’s April Show Reception @ Whittier Art Gallery (8035 Painter Ave., Whittier), 3 to 5 p.m. Contact (562) 698-9710 for more information

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11. “College Financial 101: Understanding Your Award Letter” Webinar sponsored by South Western Federal Credit Union. Begins at 3:30 p.m. FREE. Contact Jennifer Collaso at (562) 694-8296 Ext: 2254 for more information 12. “Unique Boutique: Managing Your Specialty Shop” B.O.S.S. Seminar @ Whittier Public Library (7344 S. Washington Ave., Whittier), 8 to 9:30 a.m. FREE and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the City of Whittier. Contact the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP

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NETWORKING QUOTE The Whittier Chamber remains the best deal in town. As a small business in the Whittier area, I have found that the biggest bang for my buck has been the Whittier Chamber of Commerce. Most people cut their marketing budget in tough times, but that’s the worst time to do it. Now more than ever, small businesses need to be marketing to the community to gain a competitive edge. I have found tremendous value in the marketing and networking opportunities offered by the Whittier Chamber, many of which are included in your annual membership.

14. Dinner with Yunte Huang, Author of Charlie Chan @ Whittier Public Library (7344 S. Washington Ave., Whittier), 6 to 8 p.m. $50 per person. Contact (562) 567-9922 15. Bridal/Quinceanera Faire @ Swiss Park Banquet Center (1905 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE. Contact Swiss Park for information on vendors at (562) 699-1525

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18. Wake Up Whittier Monthly Networking Breakfast @ Whittier Community Center (7630 Washington Ave., Whittier), 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. FREE for Whittier Chamber members; $20 for non members. Contact the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 for more information Open House @ El Rancho Vista Healthcare Center (8925 Mines Ave., Pico Rivera), 2 to 6 p.m. FREE. Contact Betty Moreno at (562) 298-6805 19. New Member Orientation & Open House @ the Whittier Chamber office (8158 Painter Ave., Whittier), 10 to 11:30 a.m. FREE. Refreshments will be served. Learn more about your membership! Contact Jessica Magdosku at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP “Stopping Senior Scams” Workshop @ Whittier Place Senior Living (12315 Burgess Ave., Whittier), 6 to 7:30 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 321-9401 to reserve your spot 20. Small Business Seminar @ Parnell Park (15390 Lambert Rd., Whittier), 7:30 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. program starts. FREE and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Senator Ron Calderon and City of Whittier. Contact the Chamber Office at (562) 698-9554 to RSVP Quartermania Fundraiser @ East Whittier Middle School Activity Center (13502 Whittier Blvd., Whittier), 5:30 p.m. $20 per person; includes dinner. Bring a roll of quarters! Contact Ginny Ball for tickets at (562) 693-0941 21. 50th Anniversary Celebration with the Friends of La Serna: Wine Tasting & Auction Fundraiser @ Friendly Hills Country Club (8500 S. Villaverde Dr., Whittier), 7 to 11 p.m. $45 per person. Contact (562) 698-8121 for more information 23. “Break Free from the Bondage of Headaches” Workshop @ Friends Chiropractic (6736 Friends Ave., Whittier), 7 p.m. FREE. Contact (562) 698-1275 to reserve your spot 24. Tasty Tuesday Monthly Networking Lunch @ Bailey’s Street California Kitchen (13010 Bailey St., Whittier), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 all inclusive. For more information contact the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 25. “Home Buying Essentials” Workshop @ Credit Union of Southern California, Whittier Branch (8028 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier), FREE. RSVP online at or contact (866) 287-6225 28. 16 th Annual Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence 5K Fitness Walk @ Central Park (6532 Friends Ave., Whittier), 6:30 a.m. registration. Contact (562) 696-6382 for more information

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Monthly Mixer and Speaker Series Wednesday, April 25 6 – 9 pm Featured Speaker: The Whittier Uptown Association Topic: Whittier Uptown Business Association Board of Directors Installation Join us for an opportunity to win a special prize and enjoy refreshments in the company of old and new friends. We hope to see you here!

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Whittier Relay for Life @ California High School (9800 S. Mills Rd., Whittier), 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. Contact (562) 437-0791 for more information 17th Annual Antique Street Faire @ Uptown Whittier (13000 Philadelphia St., Whittier), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE. Fun for the whole family! Contact the Whittier Uptown Association at (562) 696-2662 for more information 29. New Century Singer’s 43rd Annual Scholarship Concert @ Downey Civic Theatre (8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey), 2 p.m. $15 presale, $18 at the door. Contact (562) 861-8211 for more information

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Local singing group hosts 43rd annual scholarship concert New Century Singers Whittier are hosing the 43rd annual scholarship concert of the California Women's Chorus. The 200 voice chorus will be directed by Russ Litchfield, Secretary of the Music Department at Whittier College and the Director of Music at First Friends Church in Whittier. The concert will feature performances by the scholarship winners: Brian Vu, baritone, Meagan Martin, mezzo soprano and Anush Avetisyan, soprano. All three are from UCLA and are each being awarded with $2,000. The concert will be on April 29th, 2012 at 2 p.m., at the Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Blvd. in Downey. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For tickets, contact the Downey Theatre box office (562) 861-8211, or Brigitta Weger (562) 698-7394,

"Art Without Limits" this month at local gallery The Whittier Art Association invites all artists to enter its April Show, which will be judged by the celebrated watercolorist Willellyn McFarland. There is no theme, so it’s a chance for artists to explore their creativity without limits. The take-in days for artwork will be Saturday, March 31st and Sunday April 1st from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The show will run from April 4th through the 29th. All media is welcome. The Whittier area is home to many distinguished artists and the public is urged to come and see the best of the best and what they have to offer. The reception is April 7th from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (562) 698-9710 or visit the Whittier Art Association and Gallery at 8035 Painter Avenue in Whittier.

Best tacos in town at Setá dine:lounge; to-go lunch menu coming soon Seta’s new to-go lunch menu earns the restaurant a “Best Tacos in Town” title! Chef Hugo Molina has done it again creating a fresh new to-go menu for guests who require a quick, healthy and economical lunch. The “Best Tacos in Town” menu will have traditional favorites with a Chef Hugo Molina twist. A must try, including the Puerco en Barbacoa with Salsa Guajillo on homemade tortillas. Be the first to experience Seta’s newest creations! Seta dine: lounge is located in Uptown Whittier at 13033 Philadelphia St. For more information, visit the website at or call (562) 698-3355.

WPOA hosts golf tournament to support whittier youth programs The 13th Annual W.P.O.A. Cops Helping Kids! Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia (777 Alta Vista St., Placentia) with registration starting at 11 a.m. The day includes golf fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner, program and prizes! The Whittier Police Officers’ Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1970 dedicated to supporting the officers of the Whittier Police Department and community based organizations. The W.P.O.A. is also looking for sponsorships at various levels for this upcoming event. For more information, contact David T. Yoshitake at (562) 567-9281.

Break free from headaches with upcoming workshop There are 129 classifications for headaches, but only one matters to you… yours! Attend this workshop to learn what you need to know about how to eliminate your headaches for good, including the danger signs for serious headaches that require immediate attention, the 10 most common headache triggers and eight things you can implement immediately to eliminate your headaches quickly and permanently. Don’t let headaches ruin your life! Call to register for the workshop being held on Monday, April 23rd at 7 p.m. at 6736 Friends Avenue in Whittier. Guest speaker will be Dr. Yani Feliciano, Board Qualified Chiropractic Orthopedist and Wellness Advisor. Call (562) 698-1275 to reserve your seat. Free booklet and materials for all participants, as well as a complimentary ProAdjuster scan. You’ve got nothing to lose but your pain!

Community yoga classes offered at Friends Chiropractic Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m., Friends Chiropractic in Uptown Whittier will be hosting community yoga classes. All levels welcome! Come learn how yoga can help you increase your flexibility, improve your range of motion, enhance your posture and much more. Bring a yoga mat or one will be provided for you. Certified Instructor: Rebecca Merlino. Friends Chiropractic is located at 6736 Friends Avenue in Whittier. Call (562) 698-1275 to reserve a spot. Voluntary donations are graciously accepted.






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Registration is underway for the Shelter's Right Hand 16th Annual Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence 5K Fitness Walk to benefit the Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter. On Saturday, April 28th, walkers will step out in support of victims of domestic violence from Central Park for a 3-mile walk which offers a close-up view of the quaint historic residential neighborhoods and business districts of Uptown Whittier. This year's 5K Honorary Walk Chairs, John and Linda Belsito, will lead the way. Walkers from businesses, schools and organizations will be acknowledged at the Walk kick-off. The Shelter's Right Hand is pleased to announce that Wells Fargo and Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles County, Fourth District, are the Presenting Sponsors of the Walk. Generous grants from these two sponsors make it possible for the entry fees, sponsorships and individual donations to go directly to the Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter. The Shelter's Right Hand wishes to thank each and every business, organization and individual for partnering with them to bring hope and renewed lives for families fleeing domestic violence. For walk information, including where to obtain entry forms, visit the Shelter's Right Hand website at or call (562) 696-6382. You can also register online at Donations to benefit the crisis shelter are payable to Shelter's Right Hand, P.O. Box 9304, Whittier, CA, 90608-9304.

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AROUND TOWN Tri-Cities ROP welcomes new executive director The Governing Board of Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program is pleased to announce the appointment of David Bennett as the new Executive Director. Having extensive experience in Senior Management roles in the private sector will provide an added element to the leadership David brings as Executive Director. Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton and has completed coursework at the University of California’s Chief Business Official’s Program. The realignment of the position of Superintendent to Executive Director comes as a result of Tri-Cities ROP’s need for organizational down-sizing and cost saving efficiencies due to the State budget and its economic effect on funding for education. Included in the reorganization was the combining of the Superintendent’s and Director of Business Services’ responsibilities into the newly created position of Executive Director. “In light of the economic climate facing school districts in the State, we feel that this reorganization is consistent with the direction our partner districts, and districts across the State are taking,” commented Executive Director Bennett. Tri-Cities ROP Governing Board President, Loring Davies, who also serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Whittier Union High School District, said, “Tri-Cities ROP is most grateful for the service provided by former Superintendent Norm Kirschenbaum and we wish him well. Norm’s replacement will have big shoes to fill, but Bennett has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a solid grasp of the essential components of TCROP, and we are confident he will continue to provide outstanding leadership for our organization in the years to come.” Tri-Cities ROP is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and utilizes only instructors who hold credentials from the State of California commission on Teacher Credentialing. For more information on Tri-Cities ROP, contact (562) 698-9571.

Volunteer group seeks new members Assistance League is seeking new members to help with its many philanthropic programs that make the Whittier area a better place in which to live. Members make life-long friendships while using their special talents and skills in helping others. According to Sandy Vinatieri, Membership Chair, Assistance League’s many philanthropies include Operation School Bell, Dental Care & Dental Education, Continuing Education Scholarships, Operation Summer Reading and others. “We have so much fun working hard together while doing so much good for the community,” said Vinatieri. Assistance League raises money through its ongoing Bargain Bin Thrift Shop and Timeless Treasures Gift Shop. Major fundraisers include Christmas Carousel, Trail-A-Thon, Carousel of Trees and a direct mail campaign. The more than 80 members meet once a month at the Chapter House located at 6339 Greenleaf near Hadley. Anyone interested in becoming a member or learning more about the philanthropic group may call (562) 693-6533 for additional information.

There are 129 classifications for headaches... The ProAdjuster is the Answer.

Most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced the pounding pain of an excruciating headache. The throbbing…pounding…sensation of a splitting headache is an all too accepted condition for millions of people each day. Some suffer with headaches several times a month, others even more often. A headache can be a distraction that affects your job and your family life. HEADACHES are not a normal condition - Even though in the U.S. it’s reported that an estimated 60 million to 80 million people experience recurring headaches. In fact, more than 1 million days of school and 160 million days of work are lost per year due to headaches. The costs are astronomical. Recent research has uncovered that headaches result in an estimated $30 billion in medical expenses each year. Other alarming studies from the National Pain Foundation report 76 percent of women and 57 percent of men report at least one significant headache per month.

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Friends of Pio Pico vow to save Pio Pico State Historic Park from closure with rescue campaign Pio Pico State Historic is one of 70 California state parks slated for closure on or before July 1st, 2012. These closures were mandated after a $33M cut to the state park budget, resulting in the closure of 25% of the state’s 278 state parks. California’s State Historic Parks are the hardest hit, and nearly half of them appear on the closure list. After months of exploring other options for keeping the Pio Pico State Historic Park open with the local city governments and LA County as partners, the Friends of Pio Pico (the park’s nonprofit cooperating association) is vowing to keep the park open by raising $80,000 to cover the shortfall that would otherwise close the park’s gates. “The local cities and county have always been great supporters of the park,” says Carolyn Schoff, President of the Friends of Pio Pico. “But to be honest, no government agency (city, county or otherwise) currently has the funds or available resources to keep the park open. We are currently working closely with the City of Whittier and they are helping us in whatever ways they can. During their May budget review, they will consider what resources may be available to support the park. We are also waiting to hear back from Supervisor Don Knabe as to whether he will be able to assist with funding as well.” At a recent emergency strategic planning session, Schoff and the entire Board of Directors were resolved to save the park and hammered out a plan to raise the $80,000. The campaign, dubbed “Rescue Pio Pico,” seeks to combine special events at and outside the park, designed to raise public awareness and bring the community together to raise the funds over the next three months. In addition to seeking donors, benefactors and corporations to help raise the funds, the campaign includes an Easter Egg Hunt on April 7th and Pio Pico’s Birthday Celebration on May 4th. It will conclude with Fiesta de Pio Pico: Celebration or Wake? on June 16th, either celebrating the success of efforts to save the park or a wake to mourn the loss of a great historic treasure. Other plans include getting the entire community involved with the “Pesos for Pio Pico” recycling fundraising drive (every other Saturday at the park beginning on March 31st) and with the “Pedal for Pio Pico” bike-a-thon. Pio Pico State Historic Park is one of California’s oldest State Historic Parks, and is the site of the 1850s adobe mansion of Pio de Jesus Pico IV, last Governor of Mexican California. The park serves the local community and school children who come to experience the unique opportunity this park provides to "walk through California history." The Friends of Pio Pico is the nonprofit cooperating association for the park. The nonprofit was founded in 1999 in order to raise over $3M to renovate the historic adobe and park after the 1987 and 1994 earthquakes nearly destroyed them. The group has also supported the cultural and educational programs at the park since its reopening in 2003. Once again, it is stepping up to the plate to raise funds to keep the park open! For more information on the “Rescue Pio Pico” Campaign and efforts to save the Pio Pico State Historic Park, please check the official website at or contact Carolyn Schoff at

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AROUND TOWN Final admission free concert of season to be held by Rio Hondo Symphony

Quartermania event to raise funds for East Whittier School District arts programs

“The Sea,” the Rio Hondo Symphony’s last admission-free concert of its 79th season, will be presented at 3 p.m. on May 6th, 2012 in the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School. Performing as soloists will be the two winners of the Symphony Association’s Young Artists Competition held last January. Sashell Beck, 25, soprano from South Pasadena, was the winner in the voice category. The winner among the string players was Sean Fischer, 22 year-old cellist from Long Beach. Both have received numerous awards and have studied at the Coleman Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. Conductor Kimo Furumoto will begin the concert with Richard Rodger’s Selections from Victory at Sea. During the concert’s tribute to the sea, the audience will hear impressions of wind on the waves, boisterous sailors and mighty vessels. Each season the community orchestra performs four free concerts for the enjoyment of everyone in the community. It is sponsored by the cities of Whittier, Pico Rivera and Santa Fe Springs, and by Rio Hondo College. For more information, please call (562) 698-8626 or visit the orchestra’s website at for more concert details.

The East Whittier Arts Education Foundation is having a Quartermania event on April 20th in the East Whittier Middle School Activity Center (just behind the gym) beginning at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and Quartermania beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 and you will want to bring a roll of quarters for the crazy fun! The fundraiser is to support the arts (drama, music, visual arts and dance) in all of the schools in the East Whittier School District. Tickets are available via PayPal at or call Ginny Ball, President of the Foundation at (562) 693-0941. If you’ve never been to a Quartermania, now is the time to come join the fun!

Office of Senator Ron Calderon presents “Stopping Senior Scams” workshop at Whittier Place Community members are at risk for numerous types of fraud, but even more so are our senior citizens. Through this special workshop event, the hope is to provide attendees with information and assistance that help prevent seniors from being a victim of a scam. From unsolicited phone calls, to mail and email, Whittier Place wants to make sure that seniors are able to protect themselves from predators who are ready to take advantage of others. Presented by the Office of State Senator Ron Calderon, this workshop is free to the public and is hosted by Whittier Place Senior Living on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to (562) 321-9401 by Tuesday, April 17th to reserve a spot for this very informative workshop.

Expressions of hope: cancer survivors' and caregivers' art exhibit to show at Whittier Art Gallery in June Cancer survivors and caregivers of all ages, both amateurs and seasoned artists, are invited to submit original works of art for the Expressions of Hope group exhibit being sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. The exhibit will be displayed in the Whittier Art Gallery from June 6th through July 1st, 2012. Original art work will be accepted in various forms and artists will be asked to include a brief paragraph explaining what their artwork represents. To obtain a submission form or to find out more about this event, please contact the American Cancer Society Office at (562) 698-0811 Ext. 12820.

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Driving safety tips for every season As weather and road conditions change with the seasons, following proper driving safety tips will help keep you safe as you enjoy the cool crisp air, Spring rain showers or the beautiful colors of the leaves. However, when those leaves accumulate on the roadway and become wet, they can get extremely slippery, making the driving conditions similar to driving on ice. If the temperature drops below freezing, the wet leaves will freeze and turn into even more danger on the roadway. Besides reducing the car's traction, causing skidding and the possibility of losing control of the vehicle, leaves often cover the painted road markings, making it difficult to know the locations of the lanes. Here are some great tips on how to avoid danger and other weather related accidents on the road: - Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves especially when driving around turns - Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency - keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you - Leaves make it difficult to see potholes and bumps in the road - A pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting place to a child. Children enjoy jumping into the leaf piles or burrowing down into them and hiding. Never drive through a leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children are playing - Keep your windshield clean at all times to avoid wet leaves getting stuck under the windshield wiper blades - In order to avoid the possibility of a fire hazard from the exhaust system or catalytic converter, never park your vehicle over a pile of leaves For more helpful driving tips or information, contact Angel Flores with Road Runner Specialty Towing at (562) 692-8260.

Interfaith Food Center announces 15th annual million dollar giveaway to fight hunger Interfaith Food Center is participating in the Feinstein Foundation’s Million Dollar Giveaway this Spring! From March 1st to April 30th, Interfaith will be collecting donations in the form of cash, checks and food items (valued at $1/item or $1/pound). The million dollars will be divided among the participating agencies, so the more donations made, the more funding Interfaith Food Center receives. Donations can be mailed or delivered to: Interfaith Food Center, 14545 Leffingwell Road, Whittier, CA 90604, or call (562) 903-1478 to arrange for pick up. Monetary donations can also be made by visiting the IFC website at



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Theresa’s Treasures (562) 706-6310 · 2 years White Emerson Mortuary (562) 698-0304 · 91 years

Oralingua School (562) 945-8391 · 10 years

CAPC, Inc. (562) 693-8826 · 22 years

Whittier Brokers (562) 693-3757 · 51 years

Pacific Western Bank (562) 902-2292 · 11 years

Cosmic Express Corp. (562) 236-1868 · 3 years

Whittier High School Alumni Association (562) 698-8121 x1227 · 10 years

Pay Advance Payroll (52) 697-7920 · 8 years

Crepes & Grapes Café (562) 696-3255 · 8 years

Pioneer High School (562) 698-8121 x5000 · 11 years

Discount Tires (562) 698-0503 · 5 years E. Jordan Brookes Co., Inc. (562) 968-2100 · 4 years Family Church of Whittier (562) 698-6737 · 13 years

Minimum opening deposit is only $50. Bring in your debit card and unused checks from another financial institution and we’ll pay you up to $25. The first ACH direct deposit of $100 or more must be received within 60 days of account opening to receive the $50 cash payment. However, you may have up to an additional 1–46 day grace period beyond such initial 60-day period for the first ACH deposit of $100 or more to be deposited to your account. The duration of such grace period, if any, is dependent upon the day in the calendar month in which you open your account. The first bill must be paid by Bill Pay service within 60 days of account opening to receive the $50 cash payment. The cash payments for direct deposit and Bill Pay are limited to one payment per household, are subject to IRS form 1099-INT, and will be credited to your checking account within 60 days after all conditions have been met. Your account must be open to receive the cash payments. If the account has fewer than five transactions per month for three consecutive months, the account will be converted to Flat Fee Checking. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Limit one gift per new account. We reserve the right to substitute an item of similar value. ©2011 Banco Popular North America. Member FDIC.

State Farm Insurance – Drew Martin (562) 943-4343 · 7 years

Oceanic Arts (562) 698-6960 · 44 years

California Grill (562) 907-7017 · 16 years

Friends Chiropractic (562) 698-1275 · 4 years

John’s Automotive (562) 947-0311 · 25 years

Mathis Moving & Storage (562) 943-7885 · 4 years

Best RV & Self Storage (562) 692-8687 · 1 year

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State Farm Insurance – Clayton Agency (562) 947-4795 · 31 years

Harvey & Parmelee, LLP, CPAs (562) 698-9891 · 53 years

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (562) 653-3200 · 7 years

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SoCal Post Acute Care (562) 698-0451 · 4 years

Haas Business Service (562) 698-9538 · 47 years

Whittier Republican Women Federated (562) 691-2419 · 27 years

Quad at Whittier (562) 693-5543 x1210 · 15 years Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary (562) 699-0921 · 59 years

Whittier Rio-Hondo AIDS Project (562) 698-3850 · 17 years Whittier Village Cinemas (562) 945-5271 · 16 years

Chang, Roy H., D.D.S. (562) 945-1149 · 17 years

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NEW MEMBERS AUTO BODY & AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS Meyer Paintless Dent Repair • Ron Meyer PO Box 3446 • La Habra, CA 90632 (562) 686-1098 • PDR service will save you time and money over conventional dent repair! As the owner of a collision repair center for over 20 years, Ron Meyer has seen just about everything. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is a relatively new process for removing minor dents, dings and hail damage from automobiles. They now offer windshield chip and crack repair along with headlamp restoration. Give Meyer Paintless Dent Repair a call today.

CHIROPRACTOR Dietz Chiropractic • Dr. Rob Dietz 1211 W. Imperial Hwy. #228 • Brea, CA 92821 (562) 696-2016 •

ORGANIZATIONS Mind Research Institute • Renee White 3631 S. Harbor Blvd. • Santa Ana, CA 92704 (714) 751-5443 • • The MIND Research Institute enables elementary and secondary students to reach their full academic and career potential through developing and deploying math instructional software and systems. A non-profit organization, MIND also conducts basic neuroscientific, mathematics and education research to improve math education and advance scientific understanding. The innovative visual approach teaches math concepts; their comprehensive courseware aligns with state standards and the benefits of MIND programs increases state standardized test scores for students, classes and schools.


Innovative Playgrounds • Alvino Larios, President/Owner 12407 E. Slauson Ave.Unit D • Whittier, CA 90606 (877) 732-5700 • • Dr. Dietz is excited to be back in Whittier as a returning member of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce. The team at Innovative Playgrounds Company, LLC brings over 20 years of combined commercial He specializes in combing thoarts of therapeutic massage with chiropractic manipulation to obtain the most playground sales, project management and installation experience in the park, recreation, school and childcare benefit to his patients in the least amount of visits to his office. It is all about value for his patients. Compare industry. Their products include, playground/fitness equipment, safety surfacing, shade structures and sport/ his services and you will experience the incredible value for yourself. There is a VERY big difference! site amenities. They are committed to making a difference in the lives of children by providing safe, fun and quality playground equipment. They build on providing first class service by establishing relationships that COMPUTER NETWORKING/REPAIRS/TRAINING demonstrate what we believe in: customer trust. Lapcomp Computers • Sal Perez Referred by the Whittier Community Foundation (626) 674-0573 • • Sal Perez established Lapcomp Computers in 2008, however his experience in the computer industry stretches as far back as 1982. He is a Novell Certified Network Engineer and is also experienced in the installation of phone systems, T-1 lines and in the setup and maintenance of full corporate networks. If your computer needs are on the home front and not in the office, he has you covered there as well. If you have internet access, he has the ability to connect to your PC remotely and troubleshoot your issues on the spot no matter where you are in the world. Sal looks forward to being the person that you trust when it comes to your computer maintenance, installation and troubleshooting needs.

FINANCIAL PLANNING Ameriprise Financial • Scott D. Robinson, CFP 5855 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Suite 500 • Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (818) 227-9642 ext.6 • As a financial advisor focusing on working with affluent clients, Scott can give you the extra confidence that comes from a partnership with someone who understands your financial goals, needs and dreams. Scott specializes in comprehensive financial planning to help individuals and business owners take control of their financial future. He focuses his practice on understanding the unique challenges of preparing for and transitioning to retirement in today's turbulent economic environment. In 2011, Scott received the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board). The CFP® designation is a mark of distinction for individuals who have met the education, examination, experience and ethics standards established by the CFP Board. Referred by Yuki Sato, Kenkou Acupuncture & Wellness

OBSTETRICS & GYNELCOLOGY Natural Birth Center & Women’s Wellness • Simona Istrate, CNM, BSN 9209 S. Colima Rd. Suite 4100 • Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 696-2313 • • Simona is dedicated to changing the world…one birth at a time. She has spent over 20 years in labor and delivery. Through her experience she has come to realize that the only way to guarantee the most meaningful and nurturing environment for a woman in her most precious and vulnerable moments was to establish her own birthing and wellness center. She firmly believes that every woman has the innate wisdom, power and sensibility to birth her baby naturally. She has chosen to make this the foundation by which she’s built the center and invites you to experience the birth of your child in an environment that doesn't belie the personal and spiritual importance of the moment. Referred by Vince Rubino and Ana Moncada of Santa Maria’s Children and Family Center


Pabst, Kinney, & Associates, Inc. – Est. 1981 • George Pabst, President 13129 Philadelphia St. • Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 987-3244 • • Pabst, Kinney & Associates, a full service real estate brokerage, management and investment company, recently opened a new office in Whitier. PKA’s home office is in Long Beach where they manage over 300 apartment buildings totaling 3000 units. They also service 145 homes, 40 homeowner associations and 12 retail centers. George Pabst oversees the Property Management division. Kristie Kinney Pabst is the managing broker of the sales division. The brokerage division is staffed by professional brokers, not just agents. Their website,, provides detailed information on the company. Their number one goal is to provide quality service that is consistent, professional and dependable.

REALTOR Keller Williams • Debbie Brown, Realtor® • DRE#01910846 6737 Bright Ave. Suite 109 • Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 242-9430 • Debbie Brown has joined the Keller Williams Realty Whittier Market Center. She recently moved back to Southern California from Mississippi after being away for 7 years. Debbie has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Long Beach State and her passions include cooking, decorating, gardening and taking care of her six rescue dogs! “We are truly lucky to have Debbie Brown join us here at the Whittier Market Center” says Team Leader Dan Peart. “Keller Williams Realty offers its associates unparalleled career growth and lifelong learning opportunities in the real estate industry. We know that Debbie will be a great fit and it is our customers who will truly benefit from her joining us.” For all your residential real estate needs, contact Debbie Brown at (562) 242-9430, by email at or via her website at www.

STREET SWEEPING A Power Sweeping, Inc. • David Patapoff, CEO 3737 San Gabriel River Pkwy. • Pico Rivera, CA 90640 (562) 568-5127 • A Power Sweeping is proud to join the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce. They have been serving the greater Southern California area for over 15 years and have been supportive of various service clubs and little league organizations in the area. They are a private company offering street sweeping and parking lot sweeping services to keep businesses looking fresh and clean. Call Dave at (562) 568-5127 for a quote and estimate today!



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(and we know it) At Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) and Bright Health Physicians our patients are our highest priority. With us, you have access to a synchronized team of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing you with personalized, preventative care. Not to mention, access to the comprehensive array of services at PIH. We want to keep you healthy because we care and because you deserve it.

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Business Focus - April 2012  
Business Focus - April 2012