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Inside this Week:

SM Calendar of Events

Sierra Madre:
Sierra Madre Police Blotter

Pasadena – Altadena:
Pet of the Week

The SGV / The World:
Looking Up
Christopher Nyerges
The Funnies

Arcadia Police Blotter

Monrovia – Duarte:
Monrovia Police Blotter

Education & Youth:
The Reel Deal
The Funnies

Good Food & Drink:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
In the Kitchen

Best Friends / Sports:
On the Course
Happy Tails
Pet of the Week

Arts / Health:
Sean's Shameless Reviews
The Joy of Yoga

Homes & Property:
One of a Kind

The Good Life:
… This and That
Senior Happenings

Business News & Trends:
On Line
Social Media Tips & Tricks
Legal Insights
Business Today

Hail Hamilton
Rich Johnson
Out to Pastor
Stuart Tolchin On …
The Funnies

Left Turn / Right Turn:
Tina Dupuy
As I See It
Gregory J. Wellborn
The Funnies

Legal Notices (1):

Legal Notices (2):

Legal Notices (3):

F. Y. I. :

Chris Bertrand
P. J. Carpenter
Peter Dills
Bob Eklund
Bobby Eldridge
Merri Jill Finstrom
Noah Green
Hail Hamilton
Howard W. Hays
Rich Johnson
Sean Kayden
Chris LeClerc
Christopher Nyerges
René Quenell
Patricia Richardson
La Quetta M. Shamblee
Ben Show
Rev. James L. Snyder
Stuart Tolchin
Katie Tse
Gregory J. Wellborn

Recent Issues:
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Issue 32
Issue 31
Issue 30
Issue 29
Issue 28
Issue 27
Issue 26
Issue 25
Issue 24

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MVNews this week:  Page 1



Up to 20 full eastbound freeway 

closures will begin to remove falsework

 After more than one year of intense activity, 
the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction 
Authority (Construction Authority) 
announced today that all structural work 
has been completed on the I-210 Gold Line 
Bridge. This announcement follows the recent 
completion of post-tensioning activities (internal 
strengthening of the structure through tensioning 
of supportive steel bands) and grouting 
of all internal ducts - the last steps in the process 
to complete the structural elements of the 
584-linear foot, $18.6 million rail bridge. 

“The bridge can now stand on its own,” said 
Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian. 
“This is an important milestone in our progress 
to complete the bridge, and we commend Skanska 
USA for their hard work and ability to meet 
the project deadlines while providing excellent 

 With the structure now fully secure on its own, 
the temporary support structure will now be removed. 
The “falsework,” which was installed in 
a series of nighttime closures in February and 
March 2012, has supported the bridge while 
under construction. Up to 20 nighttime closures 
of the eastbound I-210 Freeway will take 
place over the next six weeks to safely remove 
this temporary structure. 

 “The removal of the falsework is even more 
challenging than the installation,” said Balian. 
“When Skanska installed the support structure 
there was nothing around. Now they need to 
work around the bridge, as well as over an active 

To safeguard the traveling public, full closures 
of the eastbound I-210 Freeway are planned. 
For each of these consecutive closures, the eastbound 
I-210 Freeway will be closed between 
Baldwin and Santa Anita Aves. from Midnight 
until 5:00 a.m. The first closures will occur 
starting late Tuesday, Sept. 4, and include closures 
on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Closures 
will continue the following week, starting 
late Sunday, Sept. 9, and continue through early 
morning Friday, Sept. 14. Additional dates will 
be announced as they are scheduled, with work 
expected to continue through mid-October.

 “We understand that these closures can be inconvenient 
and we appreciate the community’s 
patience,” added Balian. “We encourage motorists 
and truckers who can use other routes to 
do so.”

When finished, the bridge will feature columns 
designed to resemble Native American baskets, 
in recognition of the first residents of the area 
- the Gabrieleno/Tongva Tribe. The baskets are 
under development now, and will be installed 
after the falsework removal process is complete. 

The bridge is on schedule to be completed in 
December 2012. In addition to the upcoming 
basket installation, additional work to be completed 
on the bridge includes: concrete placement 
for the barrier walls on either side of the 
deck, building retaining walls on the ingress 
and egress to the bridge, landscaping and lighting. 
In December, the bridge will be turned over 
to the Construction Authority, and future work 
to add the utilities, track and other light rail 

To learn more or receive construction alerts 
and project updates, sign-up at: http://www. or follow the project on 
Facebook and Twitter. To receive text alerts 
about freeway closures, text from your cell 
phone “GOLDLINENEWS” to 888777.

 About the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension 
Construction Authority (Construction 

The Construction Authority is an independent 
transportation planning and construction 
agency created in 1999 by the California State 
Legislature. Its purpose is to extend the Metro 
Gold Line light rail line from Union Station to 
Montclair, along the foothills of the San Gabriel 
Valley. The Construction Authority built the 
initial segment from Union Station to Pasadena 
and is underway on the Gold Line Foothill Extension. 
The Foothill Extension is a nearly $1.6 
billion extension that will connect Pasadena to 
Montclair in two construction segments. The 
first segment, Pasadena to Azusa, is funded by 
Los Angeles County’s Measure R and currently 
underway. The 11.5-mile Pasadena to Azusa 
segment will be completed in late 2015 and includes 
future stations in the cities of Arcadia, 
Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa. Three 
design-build contracts, totaling more than $500 
million will be overseen by the Construction 
Authority to complete the Pasadena to Azusa 
segment, including the $18.6 million I-210 
Gold Line Bridge, awarded to Skanska USA in 
June 2010 and a $486 million contract awarded 
in July 2011 to Foothill Transit Constructors 
(FTC). The Azusa to Montclair segment is currently 
undergoing final environmental review.


For more information, visit: www.foothillextension.



On Saturday morning in Kersting Court it wasn't 
hard to miss the energetic group of 15 or so Junior 
Youth from the local club called Epic Works. In 
colorful T-Shirts they held "Car Wash" signs at the 
main intersection attracting patrons to their fundraising 
event held at the Village Auto Clinic. 

The day was a huge success as people were happy 
to get their cars cleaned knowing the money was 
going toward feeding the homeless. Specifically, 
the Epic Works kids have donated their time and 
money at the Pasadena Union Rescue Mission 
twice this year, buying the food and cooking it up 

The group of kids ages 11 to 13 started up their 
"service club" last spring and began making 
plans to do volunteer work in and around their 

Local businessman, Bill Schlote, was happy to 
oblidge when the club asked if he could donate 
his space and the water. The group raised over 
$200 and are making plans to expand their service 

For more information about Epic Works Jr. 
Youth Service Club just like them on facebook at 


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 will be a day of remembrance, honor and appreciation in the city of Sierra 
Madre, The city’s Police and Fire Departments will hold their annual memorial service in honor of the 
victims of the 9-11 attack in 2001. They will then be honored by the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club, and 
later in the day, by the Sierra Madre City Council.

According to Chief Steve Heydorf, at 6:30 am, the SMFD and SMPD will hold their annual ceremony 
in front of the fire station which will include a moment of silence at the exact time the seccond World 
Trade Center Tower went down and the ringing of the bells in honor of those who lost their lives.

Following the ceremonies at the Fire Station, the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will honor the city’s first 
responders with breakfast at The Lodge, 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd at 7:45 am. The public is invited. For 
reservations for the Kiwanis breakfast, please call 626-355-0728.

Later in the day, at the regular City Council meeting, Mayor Josh Moran and the entire council will also 
honor our police and fire departments.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the attack that brought down the towers of the World Trade 
Center and killed thousands of Americans.


Sacramento – As Labor Day weekend approaches, 
millions of people will visit outdoor 
recreation areas throughout California. In anticipation 
of the increased outdoor activities, 
CAL FIRE officials are urging everyone to exercise 
extra caution and be safe this holiday 

Wildfires continue to burn in northern California 
and much of the state remains at high risk 
for wildfires. Over 500,000 acres have burned 
in California so far this year. The potential for 
additional large, destructive fires only increases 
as we approach fall. Residents and visitors to 
the recreational areas of California need to be 
extremely cautious and avoid starting any new 
fires while enjoying the last long weekend of 
summer with their friends and families. Due to 
existing or recent fires many areas are closed to 
visitors and campers. If you are planning to visit 
one of the National Forests within California, 
please contact the Forest Area Office directly 
to obtain current information on their closures 
and fire restrictions.

A state-wide burn ban has been in effect since 
August 15, 2012 for all statewide responsibility 
areas. All residential “dooryard” burning, forest 
management, hazard abatement, and other 
industrial-type burning is suspended until further 
notice. Campfires are only allowed in designated 

Wildfires are not the only danger posed by the 
outdoors; drowning also dramatically increase 
during the Labor Day weekend. CAL FIRE 
responds to water rescues all across the state, 
many of which tragically claim the lives of both 
adults and children.

CAL FIRE urges everyone to follow these important 
safety tips this holiday weekend: 


Obtain necessary permits needed for campfires 
and adhere to any restrictions

Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within 
a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire 

Have a responsible person in attendance at all 
times while campfire in use 

Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished 
before leaving 

When barbequing, never leave the grill 


In the Water: 

Always wear a life jacket! 

Children should always be supervised by a responsible 

Never swim alone 

Drinking and swimming is just as dangerous as 
drinking and driving. 


For more ways to be safe during the Labor Day 
Weekend visit the CAL FIRE website at www.

Save The Date:

2012 Health/Wellness Fair in the Park 

The City of Sierra Madre is teaming with the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce to provide 
the 2012 Health Fair/Wellness in the Park.

This event is free to attend and features health screenings, testing and senior related information. 
Sponsors include: Athens Services, Kensington Assisted Living, Supervisor Michael Antonovich, 
Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Commission.

Date: Saturday, September 22

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm Health Fair

 7:00am-11:00am Pancake Breakfast

Location: Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club is hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser in conjunction 
with the Health Fair from 7:00am-11:00am also at Memorial Park.

You can grab breakfast prior to stopping by the Health Fair/Wellness in the Park and support a 
fantastic local organization. Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast benefit the club’s charitable 
support of children’s organizations.

For more information, contact Adam Matsumoto with the City of Sierra Madre at 626-355-
7135, Ed Chen with the Sierra Madre Chamber at 626-355-5111 or Susan Henderson with the 
Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club, 626-355-0728. 

PCC Adopts Three Semester School Year.......Page Four

This Week’s Highlights: 

Best Friends/Sports Page 10 

Arts/Health Page 11

Homes & Property Page 12 

The Good Life Page 13

Business Today Page 14

Opinion Page 15

Left/Right - SM Notices Page 16

Legal Notices Page 17-19

Calendar Page 2

Sierra Madre News Page 3

Pasadena/Altadena Page 4

Around San Gabriel Valley Page 5

Arcadia Page 6

Monrovia/Duarte Page 7

Education and Youth Page 8

Good Food & Drink Page 9





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