Mountain Views News Saturday, November 20, 2010
5 Mountain Views News Saturday, November 20, 2010 PRACTICE HEALTH/MEDICAL MUTUAL AID AND RESPONSE SYSTEMS Arcadia –Methodist Hospital will participate in the 2010 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise on Thursday, Nov. 18. Coordinated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the annual exercise offers an opportunity to practice the health and medical mutual aid and response systems in the state. Methodist Hospital will take part 9-11 a.m. The scenario – an improvised explosive device in LA County – will test the communications, medical surge and intelligence and information sharing and dissemination capabilities of the Department of Homeland Security. The hospital and other agencies will have the opportunity to identify systematic and individual areas for improvement and best practices to share with others. Also participating will be the LA County Emergency Medical Services Agency, the LA County Medical Alert Center, the California Hospital Association, Arcadia Fire Department and local health and emergency response partners. When it came to a final vote of the Council Tuesday, there was barely a dissenting comment among the Council who approved it unanimously, and only one person in the audience who chose to offer a comment — Henry Nunez, a member of our committee — and he mostly praised the City staff but then threw in some barbs at the Council and specifically Bon Harbicht for not being as forward-thinking as he would prefer with creating a more aggressive and specific vision for developing the Downtown area around the planned Gold Line station and creating more housing flexibility to plan ahead for certain continued population growth. (He’s right about that — like it or not population growth is an inevitable reality and has climbed steadily for the past century — a whopping 257% from 1940 to 1950 alone, then another 78% by 1960 to 41,000. And it’s grown nearly 40% more in the past 50 years to about 57,000. Officials project the possibility of another 12% increase — or 7,000 more residents — in the next 20 years.) These were not new criticisms from Nunez, and the Council, particularly Harbicht, basically dismissed him, with Harbicht reiterating that he won his election to the Council earlier this year on the platform of no change and being a proponent of discouraging population growth in Arcadia. More relevant to me than the Nunez comments, was the fact that he was the lone person to take enough interest in the plan to develop a strong opinion. It’s been pretty much the same every step of the way. As Harbicht has said, unless it’s about peacocks, or, lately, coyotes, very few people seem to care enough about something as important as planning the future of Arcadia to show up to have their voice heard. Perhaps it’s human nature, but it is still discouraging to be reminded how disengaged people can be. Even business owners with a vested interest in the changes that could affect their shops seemed to be largely unaware of the General Plan process despite the considerable public outreach by the City. In any case, I would like to applaud the Councilmen for ultimately approving something that, even at the end, still included more progressive housing elements than some of them were completely comfortable with. I’d also like to commend the City staff once again, in particular Jason Kruckeberg and Lisa Flores, as well as my fellow GPAC committee members for successfully tackling such a mammoth project with so many moving parts such as trying to predict and protect the best possible scenarios for any eventual future of Santa Anita Park for horse racing and retail development, as well as the Gold Line and surrounding areas, not to mention the challenging Live Oak Avenue district. And there was so much more, from parks and bike paths to environmental considerations. One other relatively low-key element that I think is worth sharing is the cultural and, specifically, the historical aspect of the document. The City consistently gets a failing grade for its lack of any ordinances or city staff dedicated to the preservation or even archiving of historical assets in Arcadia. Although it doesn’t have a lot of teeth, I hope this Council and future Councils and city staff will follow-up on the Plan’s words of encouragement, including the following selected points: PR-9.1: Encourage the maintenance and preservation of historically, culturally, and/ or architecturally significant structures and sites in the community. PR-9.2: Explore partnerships with local community organizations such as Arcadia Historical Society to continue the preservation of historic and cultural resources. PR-9.3: Collect, preserve, and celebrate Arcadia’s heritage with quality exhibits and programs. PR-9.4: Preserve Santa Anita Park’s use as a live horse racing venue, and preserve and maintain iconic structures at the racetrack such as the grandstand. PR-9.5: Identify historic sites, structures, neighborhoods, and other resources through a Historic Resource Inventory. PR-9.6: Explore the establishment of a Cultural Heritage Ordinance. PR-9.7: Develop incentives that promote preservation and rehabilitation of historic structures, sites, and other resources. Here’s hoping that one day these suggestions will become reality so that we will not continue to see iconic structures more than a few decades old be regularly destroyed and lost forever. by Scott Hettrick, Arcadia’s Best DOOR OF HOPE HONORS FOUNDERS STEPHEN & IRIS LAZARIAN AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SILVER CELEBRATION AND ANNOUNCES $25,000 MATCH CHALLENGE ARCADIA COUNCIL APPROVES GENERAL PLAN Celebrating 25 Years of Equipping Homeless Families to Rebuild Their Lives Strolling carolers, live holiday music and an anonymous $25,000 match challenge will make the season bright as Door of Hope rings in the holidays with a 25th Anniversary Silver Celebration Gala event on December 4, 2010. The event celebrates 25 years of providing transitional housing and supportive services to homeless families, and honors founders Stephen and Iris Lazarian, who established Door of Hope in 1985 as a response to the large numbers of homeless families in the Pasadena area. The event, held at the Arcadia home of Harry and Connie Scolinos, which includes a silent and live auction, is sponsored by Standard Property, Inc., The Sterling Group, Industrial Metal Supply, SpaceBank as well as individual donors. In addition, Pasadena Magazine and the Pasadena and La Canada Outlook Newspapers are our event media sponsors. A special match challenge has also been announced for the event. All event sponsorships and donations (excluding ticket purchases) will qualify for Door of Hope to receive a $25,000 match challenge, which will support Door of Hope’s transitional housing program and supportive services for homeless families in Pasadena and Glendale. KNX1070 News radio’s Jim Thornton will lend his dulcet tones to the event, acting as Emcee and Auctioneer. Jim has won all major broadcasting awards including the Edward R. Murrow award, Golden Mike awards, and an Emmy. Jim has one of the most popular and distinct voices in Southern California, and began hosting KNX 1070 News radio’s afternoon drive newscast in January 2005. Jim has done national TV and radio campaigns including Old Spice, Domino’s Pizza, and Budweiser, and as the “voice” of the Pixar movie “Monsters Inc.” and the Monsters Inc. rides at Disney theme parks, his voice is heard worldwide. The 25th Anniversary Event Committee is headed up by community volunteers Michele Prince and Michele Giffin, and includes other local Door of Hope volunteers who have been instrumental in putting this event together. Pasadena’s Women In Networking group (WIN) has chosen Door of Hope as its beneficiary charity this year, and many members will be supporting the event that evening as well. “We are so pleased to have this special occasion to honor Steve and Iris Lazarian for their vision to support homeless families 25 years ago, as well as to celebrate the many other individuals, churches, and local businesses that have enabled Door of Hope to serve homeless families over the years,” said Tim Peters, Executive Director. “Door of Hope would not exist without the love, care and concern of the community, and we hope that many people are able to come out and help us celebrate this important milestone in our history.” Date: December 4, 2010 5pm – 8pm Location: The Home of Harry and Connie Scolinos in Arcadia (address given upon ticket purchase) Cost: $25/ticket Event sponsorships ranging from $250 to $5,000 are still available. Please visit www.doorofhope. us to purchase tickets. For more information, please call 626-304-9130. Book to Movie: Take 3! Friday, December 3 at 3:30 p.m. all middle school students sixth through eighth grade are invited to join in on the fun with a book discussion of The Lightning Thief. Each month join us as we enjoy snacks, create themed crafts and have fun. The Arcadia Public Library is located at 20 W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia. For more information, please call (626) 821-5566. Arcadia Police Blotter For the period of Sunday, November 7, through Saturday, November 13, the Police Department responded to 898 calls for service of which 152 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period. Sunday, November 7: 1. Around 1:48 p.m., loss prevention personnel from Macy’s advised that they had detained a woman for theft. The suspect was seen concealing merchandise in her purse and then left the store without making payment. A consent search of her vehicle revealed additional stolen property. A private person’s arrest was made, and a 38-year-old Asian was taken into custody for commercial burglary and receiving stolen property. 2. Units responded to the 1700 block of South First around 7:00 p.m. in reference to a domestic disturbance. During an argument, the suspect pushed his wife to the ground, grabbed her hair, and dragged her through the house. A 57-year-old male Caucasian was arrested for spousal battery, and an emergency protection order was obtained and served. Monday, November 8: 3. Between 8:25 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 1500 block of South Third. Unknown suspect(s) entered the home via an unlocked window. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked rooms and stole a digital camera, laptop computer, costume jewelry, and a large amount of cash. 4. Shortly after 4:00 p.m., a victim came to the station to file an identity theft report. He indicated that a known suspect had used his personal identifying information to take out a car loan to purchase a 2006 Lamborghini. The past due amount on the vehicle was approximately $14,000. Tuesday, November 9: 5. Around 10:50 a.m., a resident notified police that a male African-American was going door- to-door in the neighborhood indicating that he had lost a dog, and the suspicious man was seen driving a gray vehicle. An area search was conducted and a stolen gray vehicle was found backed into a driveway in the 1300 block of North Baldwin. Officers went to the rear of the location and found a door had been forced open and several rooms ransacked. A 26-year-old male African-American was subsequently located and arrested for residential burglary and vehicle theft. 6. Another residential burglary occurred in the 00 block of West Orange Grove between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) threw a rock at a bedroom window in order to gain entry into the house. A computer, camera, book reader, and an earring collection were stolen. Wednesday, November 10: 7. Units were called to Citizens Bank, 101 West Huntington, around 10:30 a.m. regarding a fraud report. A male African-American suspect attempted to cash a forged check in the amount of $5,200. After a bank representative advised that they were unable to determine the validity of the check, the suspect left the scene. Further investigation revealed that the check was stolen by the victim’s son and given to the suspect to cash. 8. Around 11:41 p.m., a 74-year-old male Asian was seen taking recyclables from various trash containers in the 400 block of West Camino Real. The man was cited and released at the scene. Thursday, November 11: 9. Around 12:43 p.m., a victim came to the station to file a fraud report. On November 4, the victim received a call from Nordstrom advising that over $2,258 in unusual charges were made on her credit card account. Furthermore, a female suspect was added onto the account without the victim’s knowledge or authorization. At that time, the credit card account was closed and another account was opened. On November 11, Nordstrom called the victim again and advised that another $4,238 in charges were made to the new account. A female suspect had called Nordstrom, posed as the victim, and added another authorized user to the account. 10. A license plate check was made on an occupied parked vehicle at Goldring and Kardashian around 1:50 p.m. It indicated that the registered owner of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant. The two occupants were contacted and warrant checks revealed that the 28-year-old female Hispanic driver actually had 12 outstanding misdemeanor warrants totaling over $206,000. She was arrested at the scene without incident. Friday, November 12: 11. Shortly after 9:32 a.m., units were called to the 100 block of Delta in regards to a disturbance. While en route, officers located the female subject who was involved in the altercation at El Monte and Palm. The woman advised that she and her boyfriend were involved in an argument, which escalated to the point where she grabbed a knife and wanted to kill herself. Officers determined that the woman was a danger to herself and was transported to a nearby hospital for a 72-hour psychological evaluation. 12. Units were dispatched to the 1700 block of North Santa Anita around 1:20 p.m. in reference to a bear sighting. A brown bear was found in a backyard, but the bear fled the location after seeing the officers. Saturday, November 13: 13. Around 12:19 a.m., units responded to the 300 block of South Baldwin regarding several vandalism incidents in the area. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a total of 19 vehicles were vandalized. The vandalisms occurred in the 200, 300, and 400 blocks of South Baldwin, 900 block of Hugo Reid, and the 00 block of North Altura. 14. An assault was reported at KTV, 612 East Live Oak, around 4:22 a.m. During an altercation inside the location, a male victim was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head and face by three male Asian suspects. When the victim later went out to the parking lot, he was attacked by several suspects armed with golf clubs. A female victim tried to intervene and was also struck. All the suspects had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. Carols, Choirs, and Cookies “Joy in This Place” will be the holiday music theme for a Carol-Sing/Cookie- Feast hosted by the Women’s Association of the Arcadia Presbyterian Church. Everyone is invited to taste some wonderful home-made Christmas cookies and sing favorite carols on Sat., Dec. 4, at 3:00 p.m. Several magnificent choirs will be featured. Tabitha Henken will direct the combined choirs of Westminster Gardens, Royal Oaks Manor, and New Hope Presbyterian Church. The 77-voice Arroyo High School Choir will be directed by Jennifer Stanley. Pianist John Brunn will accompany both groups. Ms. Henken will open the festivities with carols played on the church’s beautiful 3-manual organ. A cantata, “Joy in This Place,” is the centerpiece of the choral offerings by the combined choirs. The program will conclude with everyone’s joining to sing Handel’s glorious “Hallelujah Chorus.” This is a marvelous opportunity to usher in the holiday season, and to fill your heart and spirit with joyful music celebrating Jesus’ birth! The Presbyterian Church is located at 121 Alice St., Arcadia. For more information, call 626-445- 7470. Winter Holidays Around the World at the Arcadia Historical Museum On Saturday, December 18 at 2:30 p.m., come see how people around the world celebrate the winter holidays! Enjoy an afternoon filled with activities and crafts including a puppet show! Get a henna tattoo and make a cheeky caroler! Seating is limited and families will be accepted in the order that they are in line. The Arcadia Historical Museum is located at 380 W. Huntington Drive, immediately behind the Community Center. For more information, please call (626) 574-5440. ROAD CLOSURE: Duarte Road at Lovell Southern California Edison is repairing a large vault in Duarte Road with the work expected to be completed by December 10. The construction requires the closure of a traffic lane in each direction on Duarte between the hours of 7:00am and 3:30pm although the lane closures in both directions may not be necessary for the entire five weeks.