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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 13, 2011 



LOS ANGELES COUNTY — During the month of July, 
D.I.S.A.R.M. officers confiscated 33 guns and 14 rifles, over 
$1.4 million in illegal drugs and drug money, and arrested 
178 probationers in 1,400 unannounced searches of residences, 
persons, vehicles, and businesses across Los Angeles 
County, announced County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich. 

 The searches were conducted through the Probation Department’s 
D.I.S.A.R.M. (Developing Increased Safety 
through Arms Reduction Management) program which 
pairs Probation Officers with local law enforcement to 
perform unannounced searches of probationers and their 
homes, as a condition of probation, and targets the confiscation 
of guns, drugs, and other contraband.

 D.I.S.A.R.M was initiated by Supervisor Antonovich following 
the tragic August 1999 shootings at the North Valley 
Jewish Community Center and the murder of a postal 
worker by Buford Furrow, an armed felon on probation 
from Washington State. 

 Since its implementation in February of 2000, the 
D.I.S.A.R.M. program has seized over 7,600 weapons and 
more than $256 million in illegal drugs and drug money and 
resulted in 15,000 arrests. Nearly 10 percent of probationers 
searched in this program have been found to be out of 
compliance with the terms of their probation. 


Now is a great time to volunteer for Sierra Madre’s General 
Plan Update! This is an important document that the community 
should be involved with. The General Plan Steering 
Committee seeks volunteers to assist with various tasks to 
help complete the technical reports needed for the General 
Plan Update. Topics needing volunteer help include noise, 
land use and urban form, natural environment, transportation 
and mobility, community services and facilities, and 
historic and cultural resources. 

 You can sign up by doing any of the following:

Call De Alcorn at (626) 355-4793

Call Development Services Department at (626) 355-7135


*Please provide your name, phone number, email address, 
and the topic that you’d like to help with. 



 Joan L. Baldwin was born on 
October 4, 1932 to proud parents 
Robert A. and Mary Myers 
in Columbus, Ohio. As one of 
the 4J’s, Joan, Joyce, Jacqueline 
and Jerry, she was very close 
to sisters and brother. Jacqueline 
and Jerry preceded her in 

 Joan graduated from East High 
School and left Ohio to attend 
Shaw University in Raleigh, 
North Carolina. After returning 
from college, she married 
Nathan Baldwin and this union 
brought forth five children, Nathan, 
Mark, Michelle, Marvin 
and Mary. Over the years, Joan 
adopted two other daughters, 
Susan Henderson and Donna 
Lassiter, an early manifestation 
of her willingness to share her 
life with others. 

 After a productive career in 
government service, she began 
to focus on her true calling. 
She loved mentoring and counseling 
others. She went back 
to school and received a degree 
from Columbus State University 
in Mental Health Counseling 
to assist her in her efforts. 
She received numerous awards 
and recognitions for her work 
and shortly before her death 
she received the 2011 Senior 
Citizens Honorary Certificate 
of Service.

 In addition to her counseling 
work, she stepped in and raised 
four of her grandchildren, Tiffany, 
Joann, Katrina and Stacey. 

 She departed this life on August 
7, 2011 after a valiant battle 
with pancreatic cancer. She 
is survived by her aunt, Alice 
V. Kelley; lifelong companion 
and husband of over 50 years, 
Nathan Baldwin; son, Mark 
Baldwin of Columbus; daughters, 
Michelle (Robert) Butler 
and Mary Baldwin of Maryland; 
sister Joyce (Rev. Napoleon) 
Kee; adopted daughters, 
Susan Henderson of California 
and Donna (Horace) Lassiter, 
of Maryland; 18 grandchildren, 
16 great grandchildren and 1 
great-great grandchild. She is 
also survived by good friend 
Bruce Biagi, and a host of nieces, 
nephews, friends and other 
family members and friends.

Donations in remembrance of 
Joan L. Baldwin may be sent to 
HomeReach Hospice, c/o Ohio 
Health Foundation, 180 E. 
Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 
foundation and click on “Make 
A Gift”.

(Note: Susan Henderson is the Publisher/
Editor of the Mountain Views 


During the week of Sunday, July 31st, 
to Saturday August 6th, the Sierra 
Madre Police Department responded 
to approximately 282 calls for service. 
See for updated 

Sunday, July 31st :

2:08 PM- Grand Theft Exceeding $950, 
500 blk. Manzanita Ave. Unknown 
suspect(s) stole a detached removable 
blue hardtop belonging to a Jeep Wrangler 
between the evening of July 27th 
and the morning of July 30th. 


Saturday, August 6th:

9:32 AM- Auto Burglary, 600 blk. E. Sierra 
Madre Blvd. Unknown suspect(s) 
entered a parked car on Friday August 
5th, between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM and 
removed the wallet from the victim’s 
purse leaving the purse behind. The 
victim notified the Police Department 
that someone had tried to use her debit/
credit cards. 

From Arcadia’s Best

Family Nature Hike Saturday August 20, 2011


 Bring the family and join us as we hike 
through Runyan Canyon Loop. We will meet at 
the Community Center at 7:30am sharp, board 
a bus to the trailhead in Hollywood just a few 
blocks from the Grauman’s Chinese Theater and 
enjoy a moderate level hike that totals 3.5 miles 
round trip. Join us as we hike through three 
great observation points with stunning views of 
Hollywood and the surrounding area. Along 
the route, celebrity sightings are not uncommon 
either. Additionally, there are several hundred 
plant species throughout the hike including 
black sage, elderberry, California sagebrush, wild 
buckwheat, golden yarrow, laurel, sumac, scrub 
oak and much more! 

After the hike we will picnic with our lunch 
together, please be sure to bring sunscreen and 
a hat. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and 
transportation. Children must be accompanied 
by an adult. You can register now, on-line, by 
mail or in person! To download the registration 
form, go on-line to the City of Arcadia’s website: or stop by the office, 375 
Campus Drive. For more information please call 

– By Scott Hettrick

Racing officials and the Mayors of two 
cities made it official Wednesday with a press 
conference to announce that horse racing’s 
biggest global event, the Breeders’ Cup, will 
return to Santa Anita Park in 2012.

The two-day annual World Championships 
event will return on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, it was 
announced today (Wednesday, Aug. 10) by 
Breeders’ Cup Limited at the JW Marriott at 
L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. It has been 
run in Arcadia five times before dating back to 
1986, including an unprecedented back-to-back 
hosting in 2008 and 2009, the latter of which 
featured the spectacular comeback win of then-
undefeated mare Zenyatta.

“Hosting the Breeders’ Cup is… an honor for 
Santa Anita to be chosen as host of the Breeders’ 
Cup… ,” said Frank Stronach, Chairman of The 
Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita.

Arcadia Mayor Gary Kovacic and Mayor Pro 
Tem Bob Harbicht joined Los Angeles Mayor 
Antonio Villaraigosa, Breeders’ Cup President 
& CEO Craig Fravel, Stronach Group President 
Greg Avioli, and California Horse Racing Board 
Chairman Keith Brackpool to support the media 
event today.

“With the Breeders’ Cup, the entire horse 
racing world literally comes to Arcadia, my 
beautiful hometown and Santa Anita, our city’s 
crown jewel,” KoRunnnivacic said. “Visitors 
from all over the world will enjoy our friendly 
community with its many first-class hotels, 
restaurants and attractions. As in past years, our 
community will also contribute greatly to the 
corps of 350 to 400 volunteers working the event.”
Harbicht added, “Arcadia, with its 
history, is well prepared to host an event 
the magnitude of the Breeders’ Cup.”
Kovacic said he hopes the Breeders’ Cup decides 
to stay here for good, something that was said on 
the verge of happening after the 2009 event until 
Santa Anita was forced to cancel races, replace 
the synthetic track, suffer through a bankruptcy, 
and discontinued its decades-long relationship 
with Oak Tree Racing for the fall meet during 
which the Breeders’ Cup has always been run at 
Santa Anita.

“This prestigious, international sporting 
phenomenon will boost our local economy and 
generate tens of millions of dollars in economic 
impact to the region.” said Mayor Villaraigosa.
The Breeders’ Cup, the richest prize-money 
event in sports with 15 races and purses 
totaling $26 million, generated in excess 
of $60 million in economic impact in the 
Los Angeles area in both 2008 and 2009.
Kovacic told a reporter that the tax revenue alone 
for Arcadia in the past has been around $3 million.
The 2008 and 2009 Breeders’ Cup championships 
set records in attendance, wagering, and the most 
international starters in event history with 34 
participants from outside the US in the 27-year 
history of the event, which will be run Nov4-5 at 
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky, and televised 
on ABC/ESPN to more than 130 countries.

The decision followed a lengthy review 
process by the Breeders’ Cup Host Site Selection 
Committee, which included proposals from 
multiple racing venues in North America.


Come celebrate one of the most talked about 
highlights of the summer! We still have a few 
tickets left! Join the Arcadia Recreation and 
Community Services Department for an adult 
excursion to this fantastic annual event in 
Laguna Beach on Friday, August 19th. Historic 
paintings come to life in this magnificent display 
of art. Only Make Believe is the theme for 2011. 
Don’t miss out on this great adult excursion! 
The trip fee of $60 includes pageant admission, 
round trip transportation in an air conditioned 
coach bus and snacks. Please arrive at 5pm, the 
bus leaves promptly at 5:30pm from the Arcadia 
Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia, 
CA 91007, and returns at midnight! 

For more questions, please contact the Recreation 
Office at 626.574.5113.


Under the Sea! Friday, August 12th – 6-11pm 
Recreation Staff and Volunteers will offer 
themed games, a movie, a delicious dinner and 
supervision so mom and dad can have a night on 
the town or a quiet evening at home. Children 
must be at least four years of age to attend. All 
activities will be geared toward elementary school 
children; anyone younger must be potty trained. 
The cost is $15.00 per child and also includes 
snacks and beverages. Registration for Kid’s 
Night Out can be done by fax, 626.821.4370 or by 
coming into the Recreation Office, 375 Campus 
Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. 

For more information please call 626.574.5113!

Arcadia Police Blotter

For the period of Sunday, July 31, through Saturday, 
August 6, the Police Department responded to 950 calls 
for service of which 133 required formal investigations. 
The following is a summary report of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, July 31:

1. At about 3:50 a.m., a residential burglary 
occurred in the 900 block of Balboa Drive. The 
suspect shattered the front door window with a 
large rock and entered the residence. Once inside, 
the suspect was confronted by a resident, and fled 
the location on foot. The suspect was described as 
a tall male, with a light skin complexion wearing 
dark pants. No loss was reported. 

 Shortly after 9:00 a.m., officers responded to 
the 1500 block of South Fifth Avenue regarding 
a white male in the backyard of the residence 
looking inside through a window. The suspect was 
located and detained. An investigation revealed 
he had an outstanding warrant. The 23-year-old 
White male was placed under arrest for suspicion 
of burglary as well as the warrant. 

Monday, August 1:

3. At approximately 8:28 a.m., officers 
responded to the 1100 block of West Duarte 
Road regarding a suspicious circumstance report. 
Officers were advised that on Saturday, August 
30th at about 9:15 a.m., two male subjects had 
identified themselves as AT&T employees and 
stated they needed to come in and check the wiring 
inside the location. The suspects, were described 
as a White male in his mid 30’s, 5’-09”, heavyset 
and a Hispanic male in his mid 30’s, 6’-01” and 
heavyset. Once inside, the resident followed the 
suspects around and they left shortly after. The 
resident later called AT&T who confirmed that no 
technicians had been sent to their residence that 
day. No loss was reported and a composite of the 
two suspects has been distributed to surrounding 

4. Between 1:00 a.m. and 2:22 p.m., an auto 
burglary occurred in the 100 block of North First 
Avenue. Suspect(s) smashed the front passenger 
side window and stole a purse containing a wallet, 
credit cards, a cell phone and cash.

Tuesday, August 2:

5. Shortly before 2:00 a.m., officers 
responded to the 00 block of East Colorado 
Boulevard regarding a disturbance. Officers 
located and detained a 32-year-old Hispanic male 
who was pounding on the victim’s door refusing 
to leave. The suspect was under the influence of 
alcohol and was arrested for being drunk in public.

6. At about 5:40 p.m., loss prevention 
personnel from Macy’s at the Westfield Santa 
Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, detained a 
juvenile for theft. The suspect took merchandise, 
concealed it, and walked out of the store without 
paying. The 14-year-old Hispanic male was 
arrested for theft.


Arcadia’s Citizen of the Year, Sho Tay, will make 
his fourth run at City Council early next year.
His two likeliest strongest opponents for the two 
available seats will be incumbent Mayor Gary 
Kovacic and former Mayor John Wuo.

Tay, who came in fourth place in the last election 
to Harbicht, Segal, and Amundson, said he feels he 
suffered last time from the way the election wound 
up being decided along racial lines, according to 
many observers, when there ended up being three 
candidates of Chinese descent, including himself, 
and three Caucasian candidates. The election was 
also by far the costliest ever in terms of campaign 
spending, and the rhetoric became very intense, 
particularly among the Chinese media.

An owner of multiple independent businesses, 
Tay says he most enjoys serving the people and 
community of Arcadia, which is why he wants to 
run for Council. He also said he has no intention 
of letting the result of his last three campaigns 
deter him from following through on his pledge to 
himself and others to become a City Councilman.

Seniors Celebrating Healthy Living and Clean Air Fair

Adults age 50 and over are invited to attend 
the “Seniors Celebrating Healthy Living and 
Clean Air Fair, which is being produced and 
sponsored by the South Coast Air Quality 
Management district (AQMD). 

Arcadia Senior Services is accepting 
reservations on behalf of the AQMD and free 
transportation is being provided courtesy of 
the AQMD. The event is being held from 9am-
2pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center on 
Thursday, September 15. The event will include 
a complimentary lunch and attendees will be 
provided with practical steps they can take in 
their home, neighborhood and community to 
help improve air quality. 

Advanced registration is required by 
Wednesday, August 31st. For more information 
or to register, please contact Arcadia Senior 
Services at 626.574.5130.