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Mountain Views News Saturday, May 7, 2011 


CalPhil protestors lash out




From Arcadia’s Best

Dozens of picketers stood along Baldwin 
Avenue at the entrance of the Arboretum Saturday 
morning just before a 10:15 press conference 
called by the California Philharmonic Orchestra 
to vent their shock, frustration, and anger at the 
Los Angeles County Arboretum‘s announcement 
late Wednesday that this will be the last season 
CalPhil will be the featured orchestra at the 
Arboretum’s summer Festival on the Green 
outdoor orchestral performances.

The Arboretum has announced that it has 
entered into negotiations with the Pasadena 
Symphony Association and Pops to establish a 
contract to present summer concerts beginning 
in 2012. Details have not been worked out 
but Arboretum CEO Richard Schulhof told today that the move is strictly 
a business decision that is part of a broader 
strategic effort by the Arboretum to widen and 
diversify the offerings at the Arboretum to attract 
more visitors and more revenue. The Arboretum 
recently canceled its longstanding and popular 
L.A. Garden Show because revenue didn’t justify 
the enormous amount of resources and funding 
required to mount the event. This weekend the 
Arboretum is hosting a first-time Wild West Days 
to focus attention on the historical aspects of the 

Schulhof said he is considering adding 
Shakespeare In The Park/Under the Stars 
performances as well as music events that would 
appeal to Asian and Hispanic audiences.

But Andre Vener, board member and former 
CEO of CalPhil, and Robert W. Miller, founding 
chairman, said there was no logical reason 
that CalPhil could not have delivered anything 
any more than the Pasadena Symphony could 
offer, except the extremely high-profile name of 
celebrity Pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch.

CalPhil conductor Victor Vener has his own 
following, particularly locally, with the six 
summer concerts typically sold out, drawing 
about 300,000 people in the 14-years since 
Vener and CalPhil created the summer concerts 
in Arcadia. About 40% of the audiences are 
Arcadians, Vener said in noting his concern and 
loyalty to the city.

In fact, CalPhil moved its headquarters earlier 
this year from San Marino to an office at Westfield 
Santa Anita‘s Promenade, where CalPhil was 
featured at the opening of the Promenade a 
couple years ago. The Arcadia Chamber of 
Commerce has scheduled a welcome mixer at 
5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the new CalPhil 
office on the Promenade. Westfield is one of the 
primary sponsors and supporters of CalPhil. 
Andre Vener said CalPhil has not been in contact 
with Westfield about the situation yet.

Victor Vener said he was particularly concerned 
about the impact this would have on Arcadians 
and on local musicians.

Andre Vener said CalPhil is investigating 
options and hopes to talk with Los Angeles 
County officials such as County Supervisor 
Michael Antonovich and director Russ Guiney. 
But no legal action such as a lawsuit is being 
contemplated at this time.

Schulhof emphasized that he had nothing but 
respect for CalPhil and all that they have done 
at the Arboretum and that he looks forward to 
another great summer season with the CalPhil 
Festival On the Green concerts starting in June.

– By Scott Hettrick

Pasadena, CA – The Pasadena Symphony 
Association was invited to submit a response 
to a Request for Proposal (RFP) sent by the Los 
Angeles County Arboretum in February 2011 
as a part of the Arboretum’s review of its long-
term summer entertainment offerings. Over the 
course of the next several months, the Pasadena 
Symphony Association met with the Arboretum 
representatives to discuss the contents of its 

After a three month competitive process, based 
on the merit of its submission, the Pasadena 
Symphony Association was informed that the 
Arboretum Foundation Board of Directors voted 
to give the opportunity to begin negotiations 
of an agreement to the Pasadena Symphony 

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to 
produce not only a Summer POPS Series at the 
Arboretum beginning in 2012, but at the prospect 
of presenting an entire summer of entertainment 
offerings for the San Gabriel Valley which will 
include concerts for children and families. We 
have greatly enjoyed our partnership with the 
Rose Bowl and our ongoing relationship with the 
City of Pasadena. This summer we look forward 
to another successful summer season of music-
making on the Lawn adjacent the Rose Bowl. 
We remain committed to offering free music to 
Pasadena through our annual Music Under The 
Stars concert on the steps of City Hall. The move to 
the Arboretum will allow the Pasadena Symphony 
and POPS to share its artistic resources to an even 
wider audience and confirms our commitment to 
serving the entire San Gabriel Valley community,” 
states Paul Jan Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer of 
the Pasadena Symphony Association.

As one of the many non-profit organizations 
within the vast community of Arts ensembles 
that make up the Southern California collective, 
the Pasadena Symphony Association remains 
supportive of all of our colleagues who serve 
this community. It looks forward to working 
with a variety of performing organizations as it 
presents its Summer Series in partnership with the 
Arboretum beginning in the summer 2012. 


Park Appreciation 


The Nutro Company’s ROOM TO RUN™ 
Dog Park Appreciation Project

To support community dog parks and 
off-leash areas, The Nutro Company has 
teamed up with the City of Arcadia to 
host the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park 
Appreciation Project on May 7, 2011. Led by associates from 
The Nutro Company in partnership with City of Arcadia and 
members of the community, the ROOM TO RUN™ Project is a 
nationwide effort to enhance and revitalize dog parks in 30 cities 
across the U.S. and Canada. This year the dog park in Arcadia 
has been chosen to be a part of the program. Last year, volunteers 
spent more than 1,500 man hours improving parks in their 
communities. So, roll up your sleeves and come join us this year!

ROOM TO RUN™ projects will vary by location, but park projects 
may include painting fences, providing benches, picking up trash 
and landscaping. In an effort to focus on enhancements and for 
the safety of the dogs, pet owners may want to consider leaving 
their four-legged pals at home during the enhancements and 
bring them to the park following the event.

WHERE: Arcadia Dog Park (Eisenhower Park) located on 
the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Second 

WHO: Local community of dog owners (and lovers!) and 
The Nutro Company & the City of Arcadia’s Recreation and 
Community Services Department 

WHEN: May 7, 2011Check in begins at 8am, event is from 9am to 12pm

The Santa Anita Bowling Green Club held 
their May Floy Torvid Pairs Tournament on 
the 5th. It was a hot and muggy day but 12 avid 
lawn bowlers showed up and competed for the 

Format for the Floy Torvid tournament is 
easy. One game of 12 ends, eat lunch and play 
another game of 12 ends to wrap up the day. It 
usually starts around 9 AM and on the 5th it 
was over by 1:30 PM.

Taking top prize was the duo of Dewey Tse 
and Jim Miller. Second place was the team of 
Mari Rambo and Sandy Dalzell. Third slot 
went to Irene Mastro and Juanita Jones and 
fourth was Shuman Chan and Fred Robles. 
Two other teams didn•t finish in the money 
but they tried. They were Dick Ashmore and 
Gene Plunkett and the other one Houdini HO 
and Mattie Miller.

The Pairs tournament was a warm up for the 
Open House held on the 7th of May. All of the 
Southwest Lawn Bowls Association clubs held 
an Open House on the 7th, hoping to increase 
their memberships and make the public aware 
of the best kept secret in the sporting world. 
One new member at the Santa Anita club said 
he walked by the greens area for 41 years and 
never realized what was going on. This is why 
the clubs held their Open Houses on the 7th.

If you think lawn bowling could peak 
your interest go to the club•s website: www. and get more 
information than you ever thought you•d 
need. If you don•t have a computer, give Gene 
Plunkett a call at 626 351 5327 and he can give 
you all the information about free lessons and 
how you can become a champion in a very 
short time.

L to R. Dewey Tse and Jim Miller are all smiles 
after winning the Floy Torvid Pairs Tournament at 
the Santa Anita Bowling Green facility on Cinco 
de Mayo. You too can be a winner by learning to 
lawn bowl. Give it a try. (Photo by Gene Plunkett)

Arcadia Police Blotter

City of Arcadia 
2011 Summer Swim 

The City of Arcadia Recreation 
& Community Services Department 
will begin the summer swim 
program on Saturday, June 11 at 
the Arcadia High School Pool, located 
at 180 Campus Drive in Arcadia. 
The pool will open at 1pm 
and close at 5pm.

Swim lessons for Session One 
will begin on Monday, June 13th. 
Online registration is now underway 
by logging onto “http://www.” 

Walk-in registration for Session 
I begins Monday, May 9th at the 
Recreation Department, located 
at 375 Campus Drive. For more 
information regarding swim 
classes and the online and walk-in 
registration dates for Sessions 2-5, 
please call 626.574.5113.

For the period of Sunday, April 24, through Saturday, 
April 30, the Police Department responded to 866 calls 
for service of which 108 required formal investigations. 
The following is a summary report of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, April 24:

A traffic stop conducted around 1:00 a.m., on Live 
Oak and El Capitan Avenue, led to the arrest of the 
driver. A 35-year-old Hispanic male was taken into 
custody for possession of marijuana and hydrocodone 

Shortly before 7:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to 
the 400 block of North Altura Road regarding a suspicious 
vehicle parked in the area. A records check of the 
47-year-old Filipino male revealed two misdemeanor 
warrants totaling $70,000 in bail. The man was placed 
under arrest for the warrants.

Monday, April 25:

3. At about 11:45 a.m., a suspect armed with a handgun 
stole money from a man working as a handyman 
on the 300 block of North Altura Road and fled in a 
grey SUV. The suspect and his getaway driver then 
drove to Pasadena where they committed four more 
armed robberies within minutes of each other. Pasadena 
Officers found the suspect vehicle and the robbery 
suspects, a 29-year-old Hispanic male and a 
22-year-old Hispanic male, who were detained and 
subsequently taken into custody. The victim in our incident 
was able to positively identify the gunman, the 
weapon and the suspect vehicle as the ones at the scene 
on Altura Road. 

4. Around 6:00 p.m., officers responded to the 600 
block of East Camino Grove Avenue in regard to a 
suspicious circumstances report. Three male subjects 
were seen entering the driveway of a house that was 
tented for fumigation. Two Hispanic juveniles ages 16 
and 15 as well as an 18-year-old Hispanic male were 
taken into custody for residential burglary.

Tuesday, April 26:

5. Shortly before 11:00 a.m., an officer was dispatched 
to the 1900 block of South Santa Anita Avenue 
in regard to a suspicious circumstances report. 
An 85-year-old female of unknown race reported 
that at approximately 10:00 a.m. that morning an 
unknown adult Hispanic male knocked on her front 
door and stated he was a water company employee. 
He further stated that there had been a break in one 
of the city’s water lines and he needed to check the 
water supply in her home for contamination. The 
subject was allowed into the residence and was escorted 
throughout the home by the resident. Once 
the subject left the location, the resident called the 
water company who verified they had not had any 
line breaks nor had they sent anyone to her home. 
Due to several reported residential burglaries in the 
neighboring cities with the same circumstances, a 
composite of the subject was completed and a press 
release was produced in conjunction with West Covina 
PD as an advisory.

6. A traffic stop was conducted shortly before 11:00 
a.m. in the 200 block of West Camino Real for expired 
license plates. A records check of the driver revealed he 
had three active misdemeanor warrants. An inventory 
check of the vehicle further revealed methamphetamine 
as well as a glass pipe. The 24-year-old Hispanic 
male was placed under arrest for the warrants, possession 
of a controlled substance, as well as the possession 
of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, April 27:

7. Shortly after 6:00 a.m., units responded to the 
1000 block of West Huntington Drive regarding a 
possible suicidal subject. The 43-year-old male of unknown 
race was transported to Kaiser Permanente for 
a psychiatric evaluation. 

8. Between 12:00 p.m. and 1:40 p.m., a residential 
burglary occurred in the 1200 block of Greenfield Avenue. 
Unknown suspect(s) pried open the back door. 
Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked the master bedroom 
and stole a firearm for an approximate loss of 

Thursday, April 28:

9. Shortly after 12:00 p.m., officers were dispatched 
to a traffic collision on West Huntington Drive and 
Golden West Avenue. Upon investigation, one of the 
involved parties, a 70-year-old Hispanic male, was 
found to be intoxicated and placed under arrest for 
driving under the influence.

10. About 3:00 p.m., units responded to 1401 
South First Avenue (Dana Middle School) in regards 
to a student that brandished a knife at another student 
off school grounds. The 11-year-old Asian male, was 
placed under arrest for exhibiting a deadly weapon 
and later released to the custody of his parents.

Friday, April 29:

11. Between 12:00 p.m. April 20th and 9:30 a.m. 
April 29th, a commercial burglary occurred in the 
1100 block of South Baldwin Avenue. A citizen reported 
that a check mailed for a bill never reached its destination. 
Through on-line banking the citizen discovered 
the same check had been altered and deposited 
in the amount of $4800.00. An investigation revealed 
that the subject who deposited the check also resided 
in the same complex. A 35-year-old Asian male was 
placed under arrest for burglary, grand theft, forgery 
and passing a fictitious check.

12. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., a residential burglary occurred 
in the 500 block of East Longden Avenue. A 
witness reported three Black males climbing over a 
fence and into the rear yard of the property, while a 
vehicle circled the block. The subjects then exited the 
location, entered the vehicle and drove out of sight. 
An area check was conducted for the vehicle and suspects, 
however, they were not located. A check of the 
residence revealed a pried front door but no property 
appeared to be missing.

Saturday, April 30:

13. At approximately 12:15 p.m., units were dispatched 
to Santa Clara Street and Second Avenue regarding 
a non-injury traffic collision. An investigation 
revealed that one of the involved parties was an unlicensed 
17-year-old Hispanic female who had taken 
her mother’s car without permission. She was placed 
under arrest for driving without a license as well as 
taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

14. Between 8:00 p.m. April 29th and 4:45 p.m. 
April 30th, an auto burglary occurred in the 100 block 
of South Santa Anita Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) 
entered the vehicle, with no signs of forced entry. The 
suspect(s) stole a GPS unit, a flashlight and miscellaneous 
music CD’s for an approximate loss of $450.


 The Big Santa Anita Canyon Permittees’ Association (BSACPA) 
is holding their annual Cabin Owner’s Breakfast on Saturday, 
May 14, from 9am to 11am, at Adams’ Pack Station, Chantry Flat 
(at the top of Santa Anita Avenue/Santa Anita Canyon Road). 
The BSACPA is an organization of those who own cabins in the 
Canyon, works to keep trails maintained, and helps to educate the 
public to canyon safety.

 This is the first year that the event has been open to the public. 
Cost is $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for children under the age of 
10. The menu will consist of eggs, hash browns, sausage, veggie 
sausage, pancakes, fruit, juice, coffee, tea and all the fixings. 
Plates and utensils are supplied.

 If you’ve hiked the Big Santa Anita Canyon and been curious 
about the cabins you’ve seen by the trail and nestled among the 
oak, bay, and alder trees along the trail, this is the opportunity to 
meet and speak with many of the cabin owners, as well as learn 
more about Adams’ Pack Station. These privately owned cabins 
were constructed individually from the 1890s through the mid-
1920s. There are 81 still standing today, all that remain of the 
approximately 350 original cabins. They are privately owned, and 
under the terms of the Forest Service lease, the owners are not 
permitted to rent them.

 Accessible only by foot, just as they were a hundred years ago, 
few have any of the modern amenities many of us take for granted, 
such as electricity, central heat, or piped-in water for example, 
or indoor plumbing. There is, however, the original telephone 
system of sorts that has been in operation for over sixty years: a 
single line hand crank 6-volt battery operated system that runs 
between Sturtevant Camp and Chantry Flat. It is not part of the 
modern worldwide communications network by any means.

Visitors to the canyon sometimes see pack animals being 
led along the trail. The pack station at Chantry Flat has been 
in business since the 1930s, hauling supplies in to the original 
mountain camps and the cabins by horse and mule train. This 
is the second pack station; the original one being in Sierra 
Madre, but when the road to Chantry Flat was constructed in 
the 1930s, that station was discontinued. Without a road in the 
upper canyon there is no other way to bring in or haul out large 
or bulky items. Visitors to the pack station can visit with the 
resident mules, goats, chickens, and barn cats. 

 There will also be a fund-raising raffle held at 10:30am for a 
variety of items donated by the cabin owners and friends of 
BSACPA. Tickets will be on sale at $1.00 each or 7 tickets for 
$5.00. Parking is available in one of the three Forest Service Lots 
(with an Adventure Pass). 

Anyone interested in attending, please RSVP to BSACPA no later 
that May 9th at, or call Tina at (909) 
770-5700, x247.

We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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