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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 25, 2012 


Davidi to join Everman, Councilman Segal and Nutritionist-Gourmet wife Lee

Arcadia Mayor Pro Tem Mickey Segal and his wife, Lee, a nutritionist and gourmet cook, will join Food Network reality stars Penny Davidi and Jyll Everman as judges of Taste of Arcadia’s first-ever culinary 
contest. The annual Arcadia Chamber of Commerce event will be held 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday, September 24, at the L.A. County Arboretum.

Celebrity chefs Davidi and Everman competed in Food Network’s Season 7 Next Food Network Star in New York last summer.

The judges will sample food, desserts and drinks from dozens of vendors throughout the entire evening, Winners will need to be present and still serving to guests when judges announce their selections near 
the end of the event at 9 p.m. in the following categories:

Best of Show; Most Innovative Dish; Best Savory Item; Best Dessert Item; and Best Presentation.

Chef David Flood of Flavor Catering Company and Nordstrom Café has been responsible for organizing the contest and recruiting the Food Nework celebrities.

About Penny Davidi 

Born in Iran and raised in California, Davidi shared her Middle Eastern recipes as the first Persian Jewish chef on the show. She learned the art of cooking from the 
women in her family and later developed her own innovative recipes. Davidi also competed in Chopped All-Stars Season 2, landing a spot in the “Showdown” episode, 
which aired in May. Mother of two teenagers, In 2008 Davidi sold her successful business, Pizza Rustica in Beverly Hills to focus on other projects. She most recently 
used her celebrity to help raise awareness and support for PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). 

About Jyl Everman

Everman, a finalist in Food Network's Season 7 Next Food Network Star, also has been a guest on the Rachel Ray Morning Show and several national radio stations. She 
was a private chef for six years before opening Jyllicious Bites, a catering company devoted to gourmet finger foods. She currently teaches monthly cooking classes at 
Village Kitchen Shoppe and is a part-time culinary specialist at Williams-Sonoma.

About Mickey Segal

Serving his third four-year term on the Arcadia City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Mickey Segal has served as Mayor twice. The 
certified public accountant is the managing partner of Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP. His numerous philanthropic activities 
include: chairing the $2.5 million Capital Campaign for the Arcadia Unified School District’s technology plan; chairing a $6 
million Capital Campaign for Covenant House; and chairing the Capital Campaign for Methodist Hospital’s North Tower, raising 
over $28 million. He is currently chair of Methodist Hospital’s board of trustees and has co-chaired the American Cancer 
Society’s Southern California Invitational Golf Tournament for six years. He also co-chairs the Heartbeat of Hollywood Golf 
Tournament for the benefit of the Motion Picture Television Fund, which raises over $700,000. A board member of the Unified 
Educational Trust at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Mickey is the vice-chair of planned giving for their 
$150 million Capital Campaign.

Segal and his wife Lee will be presented a Humanitarian Award at the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership's 9th Annual 
San Gabriel Valley Awards Gala on Sept. 7 at the San Gabriel Country Club in San Gabriel.

The independent non-profit Jewish Federation of San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys will honor Segal and Steve Sopkin at the 
Honoring Community Leaders Brunch at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia on Sunday, Oct. 21.

About Lee Segal

Earlier this year, Lee Segal was named one of “50 Fabulous Women” by THE Magazine of Pasadena for her generous community 
support. Relying on her degree in food and nutrition from Cal Poly Pomona, she recently prepared 50 pounds of beef brisket 
for two Arcadia Chamber events. She is a volunteer board member of the Arcadia Welfare & Thrift Shop on First Avenue and 
has been chair of the organization’s annual White Christmas charity service. She also serves on the Arcadia Historical Museum 
Commission and Arcadia Museum Foundation board of directors. 

As the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens of the Year in 2008, the Segals are pictured on the Arcadia Historical Society’s 
“History Lives Here” historical marker in front of the Chamber offices at 388 W. Huntington Drive.

The culinary contest is only one of several new features and activities planned for this year’s Taste of Arcadia, the community’s signature event that draws about 1,000 
guests who enjoy the many different foods and tastes from the best local restaurants, caterers and wine-and-beer vendors.

New this year will be a Business Showcase at the Taste, featuring about 30 tables featuring area businesses and organizations, including new cars from several dealers.

New also this year will be a strolling magician and the eight-piece Lounge-O-Rama band, made up of local JPL and NASA employees. The band will play timeless Swing 
and Big Band numbers early in the evening, moving to classic pop/rock favorites after the sun sets and the dance party starts heating up. And helping with that will be 
the popular Brazilian Dancers. Arcadia High School’s talented drum line will again greet guests as they enter the gate.

Advance tickets are $50 and will be $60 at the gate. You can buy online at: or call the chamber office at 626-447-2159.

As always, a percentage of the evening’s proceeds is donated to local non-profit organizations. This year there will be more beneficiaries than ever, with the chamber donating $5 of every ticket sold by a pre-
approved organization. Interested groups should call the chamber at 626-447-2159 to be approved.

About Taste of Arcadia

Taste of Arcadia began as a much smaller event nearly 40 years ago to raise money for the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association float. Known as both The Wines Shed Mixer and A Taste of Arcadia, the 
event was held on the infield at Santa Anita Park for a time. When the association dissolved in 1999, all assets, including the annual fund-raiser, were transferred to the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce. The 
chamber continued the food and wine event at Santa Anita under various names, including the Festival of Food, before moving the venue to the LA County Arboretum several years later and adopting the 
name Taste of Arcadia. Tickets are all-inclusive, providing unlimited “tastes” and free parking. For more information about Taste of Arcadia or the Arcadia Chamber, please call 626-447-2159.

Penny Davidi

Mickey and Lee Segal

Jyl Everman


For the period of Sunday, August 12th, through Saturday, August 18th, the Police Department responded to 1,028 calls 
for service of which 122 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, August 12:

1. Around 3:42 p.m., an officer responded to Sephora at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin 
Avenue, in reference to a theft report. An adult suspect concealed various items inside her purse and 
exited the store without making payment. The 21-year-old Chinese female was arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
2. At approximately 9:12 p.m., an officer made contact with a male adult who was seen carrying 
a beer can as he loitered behind the Art Institute of Arcadia, 17 East Huntington Drive. The officer 
discovered the subject was intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The 45-year-old Hispanic male 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Monday, August 13:

3. At about 9:03 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a tan Yukon for expired registration 
tags, in the 3000 block of East Colorado Boulevard. A records check revealed the driver was never issued 
a license. The 42-year-old Hispanic male was cited, released in the field, and his vehicle was left legally 
4. Around 8:27 p.m., officers were dispatched to a traffic collision at the intersection of Baldwin 
Avenue and the eastbound 210 freeway onramp. When party-one came to a stop for the red light on 
southbound Baldwin Avenue, he was struck from behind by party-two. An investigation revealed party-
two was unable to stop in time because he was speeding. No injuries were reported. 

Tuesday, August 14:

5. Shortly after 12:40 p.m., an officer responded to Nordstrom at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, in reference to a theft report. A male suspect grabbed a bundle of clothes worth over 
$4,000 and exited the store without making payment. He was seen entering a white sedan, possibly a KIA, 
which fled northbound on Baldwin Avenue. The suspect is described as an Asian male, approximately 
18-years-old, 5’5” tall, with short black spiky hair, wearing shorts and a t-shirt. The incident was recorded 
on video surveillance. 
6. At about 8:15 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration on 
First Avenue at Alta Street. An investigation revealed the driver was never issued a license and was 
in possession of methamphetamine. The 51-year-old White male was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 


Wednesday, August 15:

7. At almost 2:00 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle run a stop sign through the intersection of 
Naomi Avenue and Golden West Road. Upon contact with the driver, the officer noticed a strong odor 
of alcohol emitting from his breath and person. An investigation revealed the driver was under the 
influence and was in possession of a controlled substance. The 37-year-old White male was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
8. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the Arcadia Police Department front counter 
regarding a fraud report. The victim discovered unknown suspect(s) used her credit card account to buy 
flights to Panama City. The victim had her credit card in her possession at the time of the report and had 
no idea how her information was compromised. 

Thursday, August 16:

9. Around 1:08 a.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia Methodist Hospital, 300 West Huntington 
Drive, in regards to a report of possible child abuse. A one-year-old girl was transported to the hospital 
by her father and grandmother after she fell out of a window and broke her leg. An investigation revealed 
the infant pushed through a window screen while nobody was watching. Doctors determined the injury 
was a result of an accident, and the Department of Child and Family Services discovered no signs of 
abuse or neglect. 
10. At approximately 12:35 p.m., an officer was dispatched to an apartment complex in the 800 
block of West Huntington Drive regarding a laundry theft report. The victim explained he left several 
loads of clothes unattended while they were washing in the communal laundry room and discovered 
them missing a short time later. He had no idea who took his clothes and no one reported seeing or 
hearing anything suspicious.

Friday, August 17:

11. At about 9:50 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Hampton Road regarding a 
commercial burglary report. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residential construction site, stole 
numerous tools worth over $2,000, and fled undetected. The officer dusted for latent fingerprints but 
found none. 
12. At almost 8:41 p.m., an officer responded to JCPenney at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin 
Avenue, in reference to a theft investigation. Two female adults, both sisters, concealed merchandise 
inside used shopping bags and exited the store without making payment. An investigation revealed they 
also stole from Macy’s. The 27 and 21-year-old Hispanic females were arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking.