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Whittier Chamber members, City Council and community supporters celebrated the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of The Whole Child’s Birth to Five Center last month in Whittier. For more celebration photos see

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Business Focus Connecting the business and residential communities.

These Whittier Chamber ladies enjoyed business between bites at the Whittier Chamber’s Holiday Lunch Mixer! Thank you to DeLuca’s Italian Restaurant in Whittier for hosting the annual luncheon last month


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On March 31, 1913 a group of 70 local businessmen decided to form what was then called the Whittier Commercial Club whose object was to obtain the organized efforts of the merchants, business and professional men for the promotion of business

interests and mutual protection of its members. Businesses wishing to belong to the club paid an annual fee of $5. Membership was also extended to civic members who agreed to support the business interests of Whittier and were willing to pay $2 per year. At the same time the Whittier Commercial Club was meeting to support local business issues, a Board of Trade was also formed to promote Whittier business efforts. Determining it best to pool their resources and work together, the two groups joined together and formed the Whittier Chamber of Commerce on October 8, 1914. The first Chamber committees included transportation and public utilities, citrus industries and exhibitions, walnut industries, reception and entertainment, membership, legal, streets and good roads, trade extension, m e r c h a n t s department, labor, advertising and civic improvement. Some of the early Board of Directors minutes reflect that there was much discussion surrounding the opening of Turnbull

Canyon Road, the Los Nietos name consisting of 9 vice-presidents. Today, change to South Whittier and the the Executive Director team approach purchase of an office file cabinet is still in existence with Carol Crosby andand Lyn residential Carty serving in that lead for $16.38. Connecting Their annualthe budget business communities. was $2,750 with $600 allocated to capacity. All of the volunteers, board the annual salary of their full time of directors and staff are committed to providing the membership with secretary/manager. Also during the year 1914, the Whittier the best possible value for their dues Daily News joined the Chamber, investment. and remains today the longest “The Chamber has a rich history of standing member. serving the business community, and I Over the last 100 years the City of am proud to be a part of it in a small way,” Whittier and the Greater Los Angeles stated President Bonnie Watje. “Over area have grown and transformed. The the next year we will be celebrating Chamber has also seen many changes the Chamber’s centennial in a variety over the last century, but through them of ways including the distribution of a all, the membership has remained the 100 Year Commemorative Book and most important factor in determining the Business Directory, historic monthly quality of its programs. Today, business features in the Business Focus, the education, business development, installation of Shannon Gimbel as networking and legislative advocacy our next Chamber President and a continue to be the focus of Chamber centennial celebration in April. This is programs. Committees continue to a very special milestone for the Whittier be strong factors Area Chamber of Commerce and I in the Chamber ’s hope our members and residents alike success with over 15 join me in recognizing the success of active committees this amazing business organization driven by over 150 over the past 100 years.” volunteers. There As we look forward, the Chamber a r e c u r r e n t l y 2 0 will continue to be a leading force in members serving the economic development of our city o n t h e B o a r d o f and will work with our businesses to Directors with an provide the tools necessary for them e x e c u t i v e t e a m to grow and thrive.







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President Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. Past President & VP Administration Sue Dean, Notary Signing Network President-elect & VP Business Information Shannon Gimbel, Shannon G’s Flowers VP Community Affairs Melanie Bickley, Whittier Brokers VP Finance David Krake, Merrill Lynch VP Marketing Rudy Hernandez, RMH Dance & Productions VP Membership Ben Greer, GM Properties

Happy January – and welcome to the kickoff of the Whittier Chamber’s 100 th year of serving the business community. On behalf of the board of directors, I’d like to thank you for your membership and support over the years. It is members like you who have kept this Chamber strong and our business community thriving. Now that the holiday season has officially ended, you’ve probably experienced the resurgence of energy that comes with the start of a new year. For many, that means making a New Year’s resolution.

To ensure that your resolution is not all but forgotten by February, you must first choose the right resolution for the right reasons. Perhaps it is to increase your business presence in the community or to be more strategic with your marketing dollars; maybe it is to add that additional employee in order to take your business to the next level. It could be a personal goal to lose those 10 extra pounds from all the holiday treats. The key is to give some thought to what you really want and why you want it, and then create a plan to get there. The Whittier Chamber has the resources to help you reach your goals, whether they are business or personal. If you are not a Chamber member, I encourage you to become one – we have a convenient payment option which allows you to keep your expenses manageable. If you are a member, are you utilizing all the benefits of your membership like networking, informative seminars, advertising and more? Have

you made it part of your business plan to get more involved? Remember that even if you aren’t able to attend events, the Chamber is working on your behalf and giving you opportunities to gain leads and referrals all the time! Our goal is to help create a strong local economy and we need your support to continue our efforts to do that! Call the Whittier Chamber (562) 698-9554 or visit our website at to find out more about our programs and services. Take advantage of the opportunities we have to offer and let the Whittier Chamber help make 2014 your most successful year in business. Happy New Year to all and remember – a t t h e W h i t t i e r C h a m b e r, w e mean business!

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President’s Massage ............. 2 Tax Tips ................................. 2 Mayor’s Message ................... 4 10-4 Tips from the WPD ......... 5 Community Celebrations ........ 7 What’s Cool in Your School ..... 9 YP Corner .............................. 9 Member Marketplace ........... 10 Community Calendar ........... 10 Restaurant Row ................... 11 Networking Quote ................ 11 Tasty Tuesday ...................... 11 Around Town ........................ 14 Renewing Members ............. 15 New Members ..................... 15

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Happy New Year! The Whittier City Council welcomes the year 2014—it is bound to be a wonderful year as we celebrate the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce’s centennial year. We are thankful to the Chamber Board of Directors, staff and all the active members who have given countless hours of leadership and guidance to make Whittier a great place for business since 1914. We are proud to partner with you in serving the Whittier business community. Congratulations on reaching this milestone. We wish you much success in the next 100 years! As we settle into our normal routines after the busy holidays, it is wise to take a moment to reflect on the past year and consider all the possibilities that lay ahead in the coming year, especially for our businesses. You are encouraged to dust off your business plans and take some time to update your goals, financial projections and marketing activities for 2014 and the next five years.

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Construction of L.A. Fitness at the former Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge dealership Reconstruction of Polly’s Pies Restaurant Oakmont Senior Living at the former Harris Buick, Pontiac & GMC

As we celebrate the grand opening of the drive-thru Starbucks at Whittier Boulevard and Colima Road, we can look forward to another new drive-thru Starbucks at the northwest corner of Beverly Boulevard and Norwalk Boulevard. There will surely be many more projects coming into Whittier as the economy continues to improve. Finally, we appreciate the Whittier Uptown Association for making the holidays extra special in Uptown during December; the Holiday Sonata and the Christmas Parade are annual traditions that many families especially enjoyed this holiday season! May you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

IRS Announces 2014 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: • • •

56 cents per mile for business miles driven. 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes. 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

The business, medical and moving expense rates decrease one-half cent from the 2013 rates. The charitable rate is based on statute. The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

The City of Whittier, Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce and the Whittier Public Library present the January FREE Business Seminar:

As a reminder of some of the local successes from this past year—we saw many new restaurants open in Uptown such as Off the Hook Fish Grill, Orange Grill, Portsmouth Oyster Bar and the Rusty Monk Belgian Restaurant. Additionally, new stores opened throughout the city such as Sprouts, Massage Envy, Kidsmiles Children’s Dentistry and Beef’d Up Burgers. Projects which we can expect to progress this coming year include:

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. Under California Labor Code Section 2802, employers must fully reimburse employees for all expenses actually and necessarily incurred. Many employers typically choose to use the IRS mileage reimbursement rate, but its use is optional. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has stated that using the IRS mileage rate will generally satisfy an employer’s obligation to reimburse for business-related vehicle expenses, absent evidence to the contrary. If an employee can show, however, that the chosen mileage reimbursement rate, even the IRS rate, does not cover all actual expenses the employee has incurred, the employer must pay the difference. In addition to gasoline, business vehicle expenses include wear and tear (depreciation), repairs, oil, insurance and other costs.

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Employment Law Update January 30th, 2014 • 8:30 to 10 a.m. Whittier Central Library 7344 Washington Ave., Whittier 90602 Join us as we discuss the important, and sometimes unexpected, implications of recent employment trends. We will provide special focus on the following areas: • • • • •

Accommodations and the ADA | Obesity as a Disability & Electronic Cigarettes The Workforce Never Stops Working | Boundaries for the Mobile Workforce Areas of New Concern for Employers in 2014 | Key Legislative Changes Affordable Care Act Update | The Law, Protections and Benefits Managing the Next Wave of Regulations | Immigration & Labor

Presented by Paul S. Fleck, Partner at Chamber member Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, this seminar will provide practical practice tips employers can follow to limit their company’s liability. Mr. Fleck represents management exclusively in all aspects of employment litigation including defending claims for wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment and leave of absence violations. Additionally, Mr. Fleck regularly represents employers in matters brought by the federal Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Prior to joining AALRR, Mr. Fleck worked in the Human Resources field at both Fortune 500 and small California employers, which allows him to provide practical advice and counsel to employers on Human Resources and employee relations issues. Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo is a full-service California law firm with a focus on employment and labor, education, corporate, real estate, construction and litigation. Space is limited; call the Whittier Chamber at (562) 698-9554 or City at (562) 567-9320 to RSVP.

Activate Whittier celebrates five years of building a healthy, active Whittier

On November 20, 2013, Activate Whittier celebrated five years of building a healthy, active Whittier. The luncheon, located at Whittier College Villalobos Hall, brought community partners, board members and residents together to celebrate the accomplishments that have taken place. “Solving our obesity problem is not something a single person or organization can do alone. The hard work of our partner organizations and engaged residents are the reason for Activate Whittier’s success,” said Lori Tiffany, Vice-President and Executive Director, Uptown Whittier YMCA and Chair of Activate Whittier.

Some of the accomplishments from the last five years include: • 22 smoke-free parks in Whittier as a result of advocacy efforts; • 58 residents trained as community advocates through our “Change Starts With Me” leadership training; • $500,000 in grant funding awarded to support the work of Activate Whittier; • $15,000 raised through a the “Insanity Mud Run” at Longfellow Elementary School; • 9 local schools with salad bars as a healthy lunch option for students and staff; • 16 community assessments conducted with local organizations on policy/ environmental change; • 15 community partners, including three local school districts; and • 10 community organizations represented on the Board of Directors.

About Activate Whittier Since in 2008, Activate Whittier has been building a healthy, active Whittier through community engagement and partnerships with a focus on policies to improve the health and wellness of those living, working, learning and playing in our community. Today, Activate Whittier has been awarded $500,000 in grant funding and has the support of many community residents and partner organizations. Together, we have created a community action plan that features health promotion initiatives for the communityat-large, community organizations and local schools. For information contact Penny Lopez, Activate Whittier Project Manager, at or call (562) 907-6530. LIKE Activate Whittier on Facebook at





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by Captain Michael Davis and Code Enforcement Supervisor Nolan Berentis Whittier Municipal Code: Only Recommendation: Use other For years now, Code Enforcement temporary signs indicating in which means to promote open houses on has been communicating with real direction the open house is located Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. estate agents to convey the City’s sign are allowed. regulations and correct temporary sign Recommendation: Do not use 6. Issue: Signs posted at 8 a.m. or earlier violations. The aim of Code Enforcement for an open house that starts at 1 p.m. balloons and/or flags. has always been to address violations Whittier Municipal Code: Real estate of City rules through a collaborative 2. Issue: Temporary directional signs signs directing patrons to a particular educational process and seek cooperation placed in center medians and/or on property shall be placed in the public with community members. sidewalks. right of way only during the hours that Lately we’ve noticed an increase Whittier Municipal Code: Temporary an open house is occurring and at in open house signage displays with a signs can only be placed in landscaped which the seller or representative is corresponding increase in complaints parkways. present. regarding blatant sign violations. Recommendation: Work with Recommendation: Do not start In an attempt to resolve this situation, property owners to gain permission placing your signs until an hour we have actively sought out the assistance to post signs on private property before your open house begins of our real estate partners to take an active where landscaped parkways are and make sure a staff member is role in policing themselves to prevent not available. present at the location. excessive signage saturation and to keep Whittier’s high aesthetic appearance in 3. Issue: As many as 12 or more signs 7. Issue: Temporary signs chained to tact. Code Enforcement has taken the lead posted to direct people to an open utility poles. by reaching out to agents in the community house. Whittier Municipal Code: Signs shall be and providing them with the necessary Whittier Municipal Code: No more than temporary and will not be permanently information to avoid unnecessary contacts seven for sale or rent signs may be and warnings, eliminate potential costly temporarily placed in the public right fines and level the playing field when of way at any one time. using temporary signage to promote open Recommendation: Limit your houses. Some of these steps include: temporary directional signs in the public right of way to no more than • Submitting articles like this one to local seven signs. publications. • Holding meetings with brokers and 4. Issue: Signs displayed on all four agents in Whittier to answer frequently street corners. asked questions regarding the City’s Whittier Municipal Code: A distance of municipal codes. 500 feet or more is required between • Proactively inspecting and addressing individual directional signs on the municipal code violations seven days same street. a week. Recommendation: Strategically space signs so they are more than The City wants your business to flourish 500 feet apart. while still preserving our community’s high aesthetic standards. As part of the 5. Issue: Directional signs placed on educational process, Code Enforcement Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. has summarized some of the most Whittier Municipal Code: Temporary common violations that negatively impact directional signs shall only be placed Whittier’s appearance: Thursday through Sunday for a maximum of eight consecutive hours 1. Issue: Balloons and flags added to each day. temporary directional signs.

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affixed to or in the public right of way, but may be anchored or weighed down to prevent them from falling or being blown into the street. Recommendation: Avoid chaining signs to utility poles. Use other means to permanently attach signs in the public right of way. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with our officers. You are encouraged to contact a member of the Code Enforcement team with any ongoing issue or to discuss the sign regulations in more depth at (562) 567-9190 or Michael Davis is a Captain with the Whittier Police Department and can be reached at (562) 567-9253 or via email at Nolan Berentis is the Code Enforcement Supervisor with the Whittier Police Department and can be reached at (562) 567-9192 or via email at





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Congratulations to the doctors, staff, patients and friends who celebrated the recent opening and ribbon cutting at The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation’s Hope, Health & Healing Center in Whittier

Owner Juan Estrada and his staff were joined by Chamber supporters at the ribbon cutting celebration for Bailey Street Kitchen in Uptown Whittier

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Join us for our monthly networking events Wake Up Whittier 2014 Schedule

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Jan. 15

Rio Hondo College 3600 Workman Mill Rd.

Feb. 19

Emeritus at Chateau Whittier 13250 E. Philadelphia St.

Mar. 19

Radisson Hotel Whittier 7320 Greenleaf Ave.

April 16

City of Whittier – Community Center 7630 Washington Ave.

Great networking with nearly 200 people, great food and May 21 great fun! Win door prizes! Exchange business June 18 cards! Promote your business! Wake Up Whittier is FREE July 16 for Whittier Chamber members. Prospective members and guests Aug. 20 pay $20 at the door.

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Whittier Hospital 9080 Colima Rd. American Red Cross 6706 S. Friends Ave. Credit Union of Southern California 8028 Greenleaf Ave. Harmony Center for Spiritual Living 12907 E. Bailey St.

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Ritz Gardens Banquets 11201 First Ave.

Oct. 15

Family Church Whittier 8434 S. Greenleaf Ave.

Nov. 19

Candlewood Country Club 14000 Telegraph Rd.

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May 27, 2014 Roadhouse Grill 15156 E. Whittier Blvd.

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March 25, 2014 Seta Dine: Lounge 13033 Philadelphia St. April 29, 2014 Dattilo Restaurant 6746 S. Greenleaf Ave.

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September 30, 2014 El Tepeyac Cafe 13131 Crossroads Pkwy. South City of Industry, CA 91746 October 28, 2014 Lascari’s Italian Grill 16255 E. Whittier Blvd. November 25, 2014 Crepes & Grapes Cafe 6560 Greenleaf Ave.

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Santa Fe High School achieves Golden Bell Award for on-campus mental health services Santa Fe High School recently received a Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association for its on-campus social-emotional support services to students. Established in 2006, Santa Fe High’s Serenity Program provides direct mental health services on campus to support students experiencing emotional and social barriers that are affecting their academic achievement. These mental health services include but are not limited to individual and group counseling. “For nearly six years now, the Serenity Center at Santa Fe High has been filling an indispensible need for our students and their families,” said Santa Fe High School Principal Kevin Jamero. “Together with the school’s teaching and administrative personnel, this innovative program has assisted more than 1,200 students, giving them the ability to succeed not only in academics but also in their behavioral, psychological and emotional lives.” These social-emotional support services have contributed to an increase in attendance rates, a decrease in the need for discipline, an increase in API scores, and a reduction in D and F rates, which have led to more students completing college entrance requirements, Jamero said. The Serenity Program is led by Angela Castellanos, a counselor and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), who oversees all mental health services provided at the school. Castellanos directs a team of social work interns who come to Santa Fe as the result of partnerships formed with local universities. Santa Fe currently has eight interns from universities such as the University of Southern California, California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, Azusa Pacific University and Whittier College who provide more than 5,000 combined hours of free services to students each year. These master and bachelor-level social work interns are utilized to provide

individual and group counseling, case management, classroom presentations, parent education sessions and other mental health services Using research and evidence-based strategies and techniques, this unique counseling center is able to offer a wide scope of clinical services directly to students on campus. Additional programs include the development of a Family Resource Fair, Family Resource Center (physical and web-based resources), Parent Bridges (parent education and support) and Teacher Education, as well as consultations and partnerships with local agencies to provide additional resources to students and their families when needed. The Serenity Center has been well received by the students, parents, faculty and administration at Santa Fe High, as well as its surrounding community and local agencies, Jamero said “Referring our students to outside counseling agencies in the community for ongoing therapy often left our counseling team without the security of knowing that our students were receiving the services that they required,” he said. “Being able to provide those services on campus allows us to assist our students with early intervention, prevention and assistance when they need it.” In October of 2011, the program was highlighted at the monthly WUHSD Board of Trustees meeting and was well received by all members. An additional recognition was conferred by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. There are plans to provide on-campus mental health services at all of the District’s high schools. Whittier High School recently began providing oncampus mental health services through a partnership with The Whole Child, one of oldest private non-profit mental health contractors in Los Angeles County. “Santa Fe High School is very proud to offer its students a rigorous and relevant education while also providing its students with both the academic and social-emotional support needed for success,” Jamero said. The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program, now in its 34th year, promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.

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JAN 1 New Years Eve Dance @ Memories (12901 Philadelphia St.) 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $25 and includes party favors, hors d’ouevres and midnight countdown. Family friendly and kids 11 and under are free. Sponsored by Memories Swing Team. Contact Lee at (714) 925-2689 for reservations

JAN 7 The Physicians Forum @ Whittier Place Senior Living (12315 Burgess Ave.) 6 to 7 p.m. Dr. Maguire will be speaking on memory loss. For more information please call Cindy or Anna at (562) 696-2662

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JAN 10 JAN 23 Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting @ Dakara Sushi Annual Business Expo @ Radisson Hotel Whittier (14748 Whittier Blvd.) 4 p.m. FREE & open to (7320 Greenleaf Ave.) 4 to 7 p.m. FREE to attend; the public! Call the Whittier Chamber for more table sponsorships vary. Don’t miss the biggest information at (562) 698-9554 networking event in Whittier! Contact Natalie Saenz to reserve a table at (562) 698-9554

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Reception @ Whittier Art Association and Gallery (8035 Painter Ave.) 2:30 to 5 p.m. Admission is free Medical Spa (14368 Whittier Blvd.) 11 a.m. FREE & and artists will be available to answer questions about open to the public! Call the Whittier Chamber for their work. For more information please contact the more information at (562) 698-9554 Whittier Art Association and Gallery (562) 698-8710

JAN 15 Wake Up Whittier Monthly Networking Breakfast

JAN 25 Whittier Museum Book Sale @ Whittier Historical

Museum (6755 Newlin Ave.) 8 12 p.m. Free to attend so make sure to stop by and take a look. @ Rio Hondo College (3600 Workman Mill Rd.) For more information contact the Whittier Historical 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. FREE for Whittier Chamber Museum at (562) 945-3871 members; $20 for non-members. Contact Natalie at (562) 698-9554 for more information

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JAN 28 Tasty Tuesday Networking Lunch @ Bizarra Capital

(12706 Philadelphia St.) 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10.00 for lunch (all-inclusive). Please join the Whittier O r i e n t a t i o n @ W h i t t i e r C h a m b e r o f f i c e Chamber for our monthly networking lunch the (8158 Painter Ave.) 9:30 to 11 a.m. FREE & open to last Tuesday of each month. Tasty Tuesday is a all new and prospective Chamber members. Please great place to meet new business contacts, enjoy RSVP to Jessica at (562) 698-9554 a delicious meal and support a local restaurant. For information contact Natalie Saenz at (562) 698-9554 Boys and Girls Club of Whittier’s Youth of the Year Awards Dinner @ Radisson Hotel (7320 Greenleaf Ave.) 5:30 p.m. The awards dinner will be honoring Wednesday Night Live @ Shannon Center for 20 outstanding members from the Boys and Girls the Performing Arts (13406 Philadelphia St.) Club of Whittier. Tickets are $45. For information email 6 to 9 p.m. A comedy and variety show benefiting Deborah Arroyo at women and girls. Sponsored by Soroptimist International. Tickets are $45. For more information email Shelter’s Right Hand Tea @ First United Methodist Church of Whittier (13222 Bailey St.) 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your favorite tea cup and saucer and hear Honorable FREE Business Seminar @ Whittier Public Library Margaret Miller Bernal Speak. Free to members and (7344 Washington Ave.) 8:30 to 10 a.m. Featuring the community. Please RSVP to Debbie Bratton Employment Law information via attorney Paul (626) 437-3412 by January 12th Fleck of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. To RSVP call (562) 698-9554

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January 28, 2014 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bizarra Capital • 12706 Philadelphia St. $10 for Chamber members; $20 for non-members

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Nearly 1000 expected to attend Chamber’s largest business expo WHITTIER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Start the new year off right by participating in the Chamber’s largest business to business trade show and promote your business to nearly 1000 business people and residents! The Whittier Chamber’s annual trade show and networking event provides an opportunity for the business community to see the latest and greatest in the Whittier area marketplace, grow their professional networks, meet new leads and customers, sample food from some of Whittier’s most popular eateries and give Chamber members brand visibility. The Business Expo also establishes the Chamber as a leader in the effort to strengthen the local economy. Back to the Future is the theme for this year’s Business Expo which is set for Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel Whittier. “The theme is a reference to the Chamber’s 100 years of serving the Whittier area business community and we will be celebrating business through the years

and beyond at this event!” stated 2013-14 Board President Bonnie Watje from ACRO Printing, Inc. Taking place from 4 to 7 p.m., the Expo will feature nearly 100 Chamber businesses representing a variety of industries as well as local organizations and restaurants. This event is free and open to the general public to attend. “The Back to the Future Business Expo is a highly-regarded and well-attended event that allows businesses to showcase their unique services and products,” explained Expo co-chair Rudy Hernandez from RMH Dance and Production. “In addition,” he continued, “the Expo allows you to make key business contacts, network with attendees, gain visibility with Expo promotions, increase business credibility and sell your products/services at the event.” As always the Business Expo will feature a variety of food vendors representing some of Whittier’s finest restaurants, caterers and eateries.

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Free samples from each vendor’s menu will be showcased. Restaurants and caterers already signed up to participate are: California Grill, IHOP, Radisson Hotel Whittier and Catering by Herach & Ara. Another exciting feature of the Expo will be the $2,500 Cash Giveaway. Tickets are being sold by Chamber committee members, board members and ambassadors for $25 each. Gain extra marketing for your business by purchasing $100 worth of raffle tickets and get a FREE Wall of Fame Sponsorship with your business name and logo! “The Wall of Fame is a great way to market your business whether you have a display table or not,” explained Watje. So get together with your co-workers, family or friends for your chance to win! For more ticket information, call the Chamber at (562) 698-9554. Also being raffled off the night of the Expo will be 4 Lakers/ Celtics basketball tickets with parking.

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Anyone interested in purchasing an auction board square for $10 should also contact the Chamber office. “The Whittier Chamber’s Business Expo is one of the best business development tools around! We are expecting it to be a sell out event,” said Expo co-chair Elizabeth Martinez from Republic Services. Table prices range from $175 – $275 and 10’ x 10’ booth prices range from $275 – $395. In addition to the Wall of Fame, other marketing opportunities include participation on the passport, the mega marketing package, and donations to the centennial prize pod. To sign up for your spot today, call the Chamber office at (562) 698-9554 or visit our website at If you are serious about growing your business in the new year, don’t miss out on the chance to participate in this great event! Join these businesses who have already signed up for the Back to the Future Business Expo:

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A Special Event • ACRO Printing, Inc. • Beverly Hospital • Charter Business • City of Whittier Credit Union of Southern California • DialMED Home Care • Friendly Hills Bank Lady Bugs Environmental Termite & Pest Control • MAP Property Management Morningside of Fullerton • My Petite Medical Spa • Orbit Event Rentals Primary Residential Mortgage • RMH Dance and Productions Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary - Claudia Fimbres • Sams's Club Servpro of Whittier - Gina Romero • The Traveling Traveler • Uptown Flooring White Emerson Mortuary • Whittier Network Connection • Whittier Police Department

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Dr. Maguire of Maguire and Welsh Medical Group will be hosting the first speaker series of The Physicians Forum. This will be a kick-off for their new event, where Dr. Maguire will be speaking on Memory Loss. The Physician’s Forum is free and all are welcomed to attend. Dr. Maguire will be speaking on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Whittier Place Senior Living. Whittier Place Senior Living is

Beverly Hospital is proud to announce that it has been granted ISO 9001:2008 status as a Quality Management Systems compliant organization. This certification is accredited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Certification Inc. of Houston Texas. DNV is the only health care accreditation organization tying 9001 compliance with CMS approved accreditation. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approximately 60 ISO certified hospitals across the country - five in California. An ISO 9001:2008 certificate proves that Beverly Hospital quality management system has met the highest international standards of operation, assuring that patients receive the best possible care with consistency and continuous improvement. “This is a wonderful achievement for our physicians and staff who have worked so diligently for this recognition. We are excited to continue our efforts to further develop our process improvement goals in order to better serve our community,” commented Christina Pickering, Director of Quality/Risk Management at Beverly Hospital. The scope of Beverly Hospital healthcare services includes acute medical, surgical, intensive, coronary, hyperbaric medicine, obstetrics, pediatric and emergency and wound care. For information on Beverly Hospital call (323) 837-5116.

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Families overcome addictions together with help of weekly educational program When a loved one with a crippling addiction takes the brave step of entering a rehabilitation program, families are often hopeful and wary of a complete recovery. Frequently, the rehabilitation process follows the trauma of “hitting bottom,” an experience sometimes painfully shared by family and loved ones. The rehabilitation program may not even be the first one attempted. By recognizing that recovery is most successful when both the addict and family participate in building new ways of being together, Mark Scott and Dr. Sheila Khaleghian are presenting “The Family and Addiction Recovery.” Mark Scott, CADCII, Director of HOW House, a recovery home for men in Whittier, and Community Services Coordinator for Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, developed the program based on insights gained from 30 years of working with addiction

recovery. Dr. Sheila Khaleghian, Director of Clinical and Program Services at the Intercommunity Counseling Center (ICC), while focused professionally on families and couples, has also worked extensively with addictions and substance abuse. The Family and Addiction Recovery will be a seven-week family education program. Beginning in mid-February 2014, the weekly sessions will be led by Scott and Khaleghian at the Intercommunity Counseling Center located at 7702 Washington Avenue in Whittier. There will be additional professionals in the field of substance abuse participating in the program sessions. The program is offered at no charge to families. For questions regarding the program and its content, or to reserve a place in the series for your family, contact ICC at (562) 698-1272 or email

Soroptimist International is looking for a few good women If you are a woman interested in helping improve the lives of women and girls in your community, here is your chance. Soroptimist International of Whittier invites you to join them just in time to help with their annual fundraiser, Wednesday Night Live. Wednesday Night Live is a Comedy and Variety Show, which will be held on January 29th, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. The money raised from this event helps fund various programs and scholarships offered by Soroptimist International. Soroptimist International also welcomes you to attend one of their weekly luncheons as a guest on Tuesdays at the Radisson Hotel Whittier at 12 noon. For more information or any questions please call Liz Apodoca at (562) 693-5027 or Caren Grisham-Algots at (562) 400-6955 or visit their website at

Fix Auto Whittier rated among best in region; receives 2013 CMUS Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award Congratulations to Sam Shlitz and Fix Auto Whittier for receiving the 2013 CMUS Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award for another consecutive year. The award was created to showcase companies that excel in serving their customers and getting high marks. Based on research over the last 12 months, Fix Auto Whittier earned top honors and now has their very own award page at Celebration Media U.S. (CMUS) is a co-sponsor of the award and an independent professional research and marketing company that monitors positive and negative reviews, blogs, business rating services, social networks and other industry resources to determine the highest-rated and top-reviewed businesses in all 50 states and parts of Canada. Fix Auto Whittier has been a member of the Whittier Chamber since 2001 and owner Sam Shlitz currently serves as a volunteer on the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee. For more information on the award or to schedule an appointment with Fix Auto Whittier, call (562) 698-8227.

From Maddi’s Closet presents check to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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Friday, Jan. 10 - 8:00 pm ‹

Aloha Series

The Makaha Sons Saturday, Jan. 18 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm ‹

Whittier Art Association and Gallery presents “COLLABORATION: Artists Who Explore Together” This is the Whittier Art Association and Gallery’s 75th Year Anniversary. It would only be fitting that their first show of this timely celebration be Collaboration: Artists Who Explore Together. This exhibit will be featuring fiber art, which harkens back to a time when all such art was collaborative. From shearing the sheep, to spinning the wool, to quilting parties, all of these activities were enjoyed within the company of one another. The show itself, however, is completely 21st century and all guests will be treated to some very innovative work. Spearheaded by award winning Jeanette Kelly, there are ten celebrated fiber artists featured who have used their group experiences for inspiration. The inspiration for the final pieces will be displayed along with the resulting art work. The show opens on Wednesday, January 8th and goes through Sunday, February 2nd. The reception will take place on Saturday, January 11th from 2:30 to 5 p.m. There is no charge and the public is very much invited.

Artists from the show will be scheduled throughout the month to talk about the work and answer questions. Also at the Gallery: Monthly Life Drawing Group meets on the first Friday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m. The fee is $20 and for more information, please call John Williams at (951) 236-0862 The Gift Shop: Features textiles, jewelry, cards, prints, paintings and more by the Gallery’s award winning members. Prices are deliberately kept low to enable the community to purchase fine art work at reasonable prices. Ongoing Book Sale: Beautiful art and other titles are available for the donation you chose to make. These are books at extraordinary values that you must come by and see. You will be amazed! The WAA is a non profit organization and memberships and donations to the Gallery are tax deductible. Visit the Whittier Art Association and Gallery, 8035 Painter Avenue in Whittier. For more information call (562) 698-8710. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Inside Latin Jazz The Board of Directors and several key community volunteers From Maddi’s Closet met recently with Dr. Jonathan Finlay, Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Barbara Britt, RN, Karla Garcia, LCSW, and Joanne Reyes, Assistant Vice President of CHLA Foundation Development. They toured their newly completed facility at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and discussed the important role of patient outreach by From Maddi’s Closet. From Maddi’s Closet presented a check for $30,000 to Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. These funds will be used for research, the purchase of wheelchairs, ambulatory buggies, shower/tubs stools and flu shots for parents and siblings so they can remain bed side during the flu season. The funds will also go towards Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumor books, titled A Guide for the Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children. Contact From Maddi’s Closet to learn more about how you can help at (562) 943-3684.

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A Night of Great Guitar Music!

Muriel Anderson, Tierra Negra & Friends

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Family Series

The Frog Prince Saturday, Feb. 1 2:00 pm


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Bailey Street Kitchen 2 Years • (562) 464-0171 Chase Bank 2 Years • (562) 945-1592 • (562) 692-4767 (562) 947-0321 David A. Warner D.D.S., Inc. Periodontics 3 Years • (562) 945-7621 Friends of Family Health Center 2 Years • (562) 690-0400 Hacienda Golf Club 3 Years • (562) 694-1081 Señor Peppers 2 Years • (562) 907-1154 Ted Dean Plumbing 2 Years • (562) 695-5041 Water Replenishment District of Southern California 2 Years • (562) 921-5521

ACCOUTNING & TAX SERVICES Catherine M. Janowicz CPA Cathy Janowicz 901 E. Imperial Hwy. Suite C La Habra, CA 90631 (714) 449-0387 Cathy’s accounting practice was established in 1989, following nine years of working for other firms. Having her own business allows her to extend a level of personal service far beyond industry standards. Their tax services include sole proprietorships, partnerships, estates and trusts, corporations, individuals and IRS representation. Cathy also offers full accounting services, bookkeeping, financial statements, payroll and sales tax reports, and other business reports. Their office is fully computerized and continually updated to assure each of their clients the highest quality service. Referred by Bonnie Watje, ACRO Printing, Inc. & Mark Villalobos, Renew Massage and Skin Care


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Consolidated Disposal Service 27 Years • (562) 347-4000 Morgan Stanley, Jane Dicus, CFP, CIMA 22 Years • (714) 674-4154 Shelter’s Right Hand 20 Years • (562) 692-3358 Sir Speedy Printing Center 25 Years • (562) 698-7513 Whittier Elementary Teachers Association 24 Years • (562) 693-8411

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Dr. Barbara S. Stone, Civic Member 31 Years Emeritus at Whittier 38 Years • (562) 698-0596 Law Office of Robert L. Haendiges 31 Years • (562) 947-7758 40+ Years Harrison Electric 43 Years • (562) 695-8321 Oceanic Arts 45 Years • (562) 698-6960 50+ Years Whittier Secondary Education 55 Years • (562) 698-8121

INSURANCE New York Life Insurance Company Guillermo Vazquez 801 N. Brand Blvd. PH Glendale, CA 91203 (562) 662-7500 ext. 7716

5+ Years

Associated Cabinet 13 Years • (562) 266-1940 Digical Inc. 17 Years • (562) 696-2222 Emeritus at Chateau Whittier 18 Years • (562) 945-3904 Henri F. Pellissier, Civic Member 15 Years HOW House/C.R.C. Inc. 16 Years • (562) 777-1222 McDonnell Group 13 Years • (562) 907-4426 Shannon G’s Flowers, Party Planning, Gifts & More 10 Years • (562) 789-5808 Skills Foundation 17 Years • (562) 325-5620 State Farm Insurance, Cheryl Estep 12 Years • 562) 693-7788 Theodore A. Tanabe D.D.S. 14 Years • (562) 698-0387 Whittier Art Association & Gallery 15 Years • (562) 698-8710 Whittier High School Alumni Association 11 Years • (562) 698-8121



R.B. Paint & Body, Inc. Ray Bueno 10850 Norwalk Blvd. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (562) 903-1100

Aloha Air Conditioning 8 Years • (562) 693-2553 Apple Care Medical Group 5 Years • (714) 452-5056 Magic Smile Family Dentistry 6 Years • (562) 692-5311 Southern California Gas Company 6 Years • (562) 692-5311


BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS Whittier Prosperity Yield Joshua Villela 15111 Whittier Blvd. Suite 420 Whittier, CA 90603 (323) 605-7341 Whittier Prosperity Yield is a city prosperity development company. It is designed to grow the local economy and to keep money in the community. It provides tools, systems and organization to help stakeholders in the city to prosper. Stakeholders get what they need by helping others to get what they need. Stakeholders are defined as schools, churches and non-profits that refer their supporters to merchants who will support their fundraising goals. Merchants who increase their sales by getting referrals from the schools, churches and non-profits and in turn contribute a specific amount per each sale to the referring organization. Supporters or members of the schools, churches and non-profits who will support merchants by yielding their right to shop anywhere and choose to be socially responsible consumers and shoppers by choosing merchants because they support the organization they belong to or support. It is a win-win situation that increases prosperity to the whole city and local economy. The official planned launch date is the week of February 10th, 2014 with the first campaign being Valentine’s Day.

Whittier based New York Life, registered financial services professional that can assist you and your family with your Protection, Investment and Retirement needs. Let’s sit down for a cup of coffee! Royal Fox Insurance Services, Inc. Marlon Benavides 11611 E. Hadley St. Whittier, CA 90601 (562) 692-7131 Royal Fox Insurance Services, Inc. was founded in 1999 with the focus of providing cost-effective and quality automobile, property and casualty insurance individually to the 44 million plus residents of California. They are committed to diligently working closely with their business partners and underwriters to solely benefit you: the client. Call Royal Fox Insurance Services, Inc. anytime at (562) 692-7131 so that you can benefit from the expertise, loyalty and performance they’ll provide you. They offer special discounts of up to 25% given to all seniors 62+, homeowners, Chamber members and business owners. We got you!

REAL ESTATE Re/Max Dynasty/Allianz Mortgage Services Delicia “Dee” Barba 13215 E. Penn St. PH2 Whittier, CA 90602 (562) 464-1480 ReMAX Dynasty has been family owned and operated for over the past 20 years in the Uptown Whittier Penn Building. ReMAX Dynasty offers dynamic results-oriented real estate professionals possessing extensive industry experience. They offer exceptional business acumen and expertise leveraging core strengths to ultimately achieve a home seller’s, buyer’s and investor’s goal. They have a proven ability to assess client needs, establish rapport and build trust. Their belief is to be responsive to needs, communicate effectively and negotiate firmly and efficiently so that you, the client, can make a sound decision.

RESTAURANT Dakara Sushi Jason and Saori Enomoto 14748 Whittier Blvd. Suite G Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 698-0707 Jason and his wife, Saori, are excited about bringing authentic Japanese flavors to the city of Whittier under the name Dakara Sushi. Between the two of them, they have 20 years of experience as Sushi Chefs working for the popular Sushi Katsuya in Encino and Studio City. Saori is from Yokohama, Japan, but grew up in Whittier and graduated from La Serna in 1996. Their family frequented Mitsuru Restaurant throughout the years, and now it’s their turn to spread the love of sushi, and other popular Japanese dishes, to the community. In addition to sushi, try the baked crab roll, spicy tuna on crispy rice and seared albacore with crispy onion. Dakara Sushi is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Referred by David Numata, Scotty’s Flowers & Shannon Gimbel, Shannon G’s Flowers, Party Planning, Gifts and More

CHIROPRACTORS Des Roches Chiropractic • Kimberly Des Roches, D.C. 7217 Painter Ave. • Whittier, CA 90602 • (562) 392-0627 • Des Roches Chiropractic is a knowledgeable experienced professional in Chiropractic Care, Athletic Therapy and Pain Relief with no surgery, no meds and safe, gentle spinal correction. “Thank god for Dr. Kim Des Roches! After my first session of sports/chiropractic therapy, my shoulder, neck and arm were beginning to feel better and the pain was subsiding, but after three sessions of sports/chiropractic therapy with Dr. Kim Des Roches, I was able to re-commence my training at the gym after the unexpected three month break, and within three weeks was back to full fitness. Receiving chiropractic care from Dr. Kim Des Roches has targeted and resolved old injuries from many years ago in both of my rotator cuffs.” From Meryl (former patient). For more information on services offered, call Dr. Kim Des Roches, D.C. today! Referred by Jerry Warner, The Singleton Company/Promo Guy

SKIN CARE The Skin Room Brenda Rodriguez 14442 Whittier Blvd. Suite 104 Whittier, CA 90605 (562) 536-1142 The Skin Room specializes in skin improvement and offers treatment for all skin types. The Skin Room treats face and back acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, or even just dull skin with the processes of medical microdermabrasion, chemical peels and facials. Other services offered include full body waxing for men and women using organic wax that will make the waxing process very comfortable, body wraps for toning and firming and eyebrow or lash tinting. The Skin Room also offers a free e-wax for first time clients! Brenda has been a licensed aesthetician for 7 years and has seen many clients with skin issues such as acne, acne discoloration or scarring, hyperpigemenation and aging skin. Brenda benefits from helping people improve their skin, making them look healthier, happier, and more importantly, feel more confident in their own skin. Referred by Bhavan Singh, Legal Shield

WINDOW TINTING Xtreme Tint, LLC. Marilynn Melissa Ramirez 13433 Lambert Road Suite C Whittier, CA, 90605 (562) 789-0600 Xtreme Tint is the spot where quality window tinting and customizing autos matters. Whether it is your luxury car, SUV, home or office, they offer lifetime tinting manufacturer warranties and provide “factory like” installation from professionals that have been in the tinting and auto accessories business for more than 10 years. Their state of the art facility features hundreds of auto accessories in stock. If it’s not in stock, they can custom order it within 7 business days. From custom painted wheels to a dash board cover, they carry many auto accessories available for you. They offer comfortable seating while you wait and provide a plasma T.V. with movies, coffee and a very clean environment while making your stay at Xtreme Tint worth waiting for your vehicle. Coupon Offer: 20% off any purchase including Window Tint, Alarm or Vinyl Service at Rregular price with coupon. Cannot combine with other specials/deals/coupons. Excludes labor fee. By Appointment Only. Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

YOGA One Body Studios Allison Hettrick 2424 W. Whittier Blvd. La Habra, CA 90631 (562) 309-4641 See what all the Yoga and Pilates buzz is about at One Body Studios! One Body is a lovely wellness studio offering Yoga, Pilates, Massage and Chiropractic services to help you improve your overall health. Nestled on the border of Whittier and La Habra next to the infamous Honey Baked Ham store, you can retreat into the beautiful boutique studio designed to balance and restore the body and mind. Yoga and Pilates are the perfect solutions for those looking for a low impact exercise to increase flexibility and strength while relieving stress. One Body is open seven days a week and offers over 30 group classes in addition to private and semi-private sessions with their friendly and experienced instructors. New students are welcome to take 30 days unlimited mat classes for only $30! Interested in building core strength? Check out their Pilates Reformer intro for only $65. The intro package includes a one on one session to introduce you to the basics of the Reformer and your first group class. Check One Body out online at and schedule your first session today!





Business Focus - January 2014  
Business Focus - January 2014