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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 29, 2012 


The California Retired Teachers’ 
Association #71 (CalRTA) will 
be treated to

an up-front look at polar bears 
when two of their fellow retirees 
tell of their adventures with 

polar bears at Churchill in the 
Manitoba province of Canada. 
Shirley Burkhardt and Suzette 
Johnston, retired educators from 
the El Monte City School District, 
will share their adventures in the 
Hudson Bay region by giving a 
power-point presentation at a 
luncheon meeting of CalRTA 
#71 on Friday, October 12, at 
the Senior Center Building in 
Arcadia Park, 405 W. Santa Anita 
Avenue, Arcadia, next to the 
Lawn Bowling Greens.

Both Burkhardt and Johnston are 
seasoned travelers. In their trip to 
Churchill, they enjoyed polar-
bear viewing while riding on a 
tundra buggy, taking a dog sled 
ride, and roughing it in other 
ways. Their presentation will 
bring their adventures to life. 
Guests are welcome to come 
enjoy the CalRTA luncheon and 
the exciting program. The cost of 
the luncheon for members and 
guests is $10. The reservation 
deadline is Friday, October 
5. For luncheon information, 
please call John Gera at (626) 

Membership in the California 
Retired Teachers’ Association is 
open to all retired educators, as 
well as to any others interested 
in joining this active group. 
CalRTA #71 (SGV) meets on 
alternate months, beginning in 
October and ending in June. 
Meetings always include a legislative update for retired educators, as well as an entertaining program 
and/or an informative speaker. 


For the period of Sunday, September 16th, through Saturday, September 22nd, the Police Department 
responded to 914 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, September 16:

1. At about 3:38 a.m., an officer made consensual contact with two subjects in the 300 block of 
East Foothill Boulevard. An investigation revealed one subject was under the influence of a controlled 
substance. The 19-year-old Hispanic male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

2. Around 11:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of East Longden Avenue regarding 
an attempted residential burglary report. The resident observed a female subject tampering with her 
screen door. Upon being confronted, the subject asked for an unknown resident and quickly walked 
toward an awaiting black SUV. The subject is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 35 to 
40-years-old, with brown hair, light complexion, and wearing a red t-shirt. No evidence was located. 

Monday, September 17:

3. Shortly after 12:00 p.m., an officer was dispatched to USA Dinseng City, 1240 South Golden 
West Avenue, regarding a theft report. A male suspect picked up two bags of dried sea cucumbers, 
valued at about $2,000, and loaded them into an awaiting vehicle described as a white four-door sedan. 
The suspect and vehicle can be identified if seen again.

4. Around 1:00 p.m., an officer responded to Arcadia High School, 180 Campus Drive, in reference 
to a student in possession of a knife. The male subject brought a three-inch dagger, lighters, marijuana, 
and drug paraphernalia to school. The 17-year-old Hispanic male was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Tuesday, September 18:

5. At about 2:46 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding in the area 
of Santa Anita Avenue and Norman Avenue. As the officer explained the listed violation, the driver 
revealed he was in possession of methamphetamine. The 37-year-old White male was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

6. At approximately 5:43 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of West Naomi Avenue in 
regards to a male subject yelling and cursing in the street. An investigation revealed the subject was 
intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The 61-year-old White male was arrested and transported to 
the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Wednesday, September 19:

7. At about 1:30 a.m., an officer conducted an enforcement stop on a blue Infinity in the 000 block 
of East Huntington Drive for expired registration. As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed a 
fraudulent registration sticker on the license plate. A vehicle search revealed the driver was in possession 
of personal identifying information for approximately thirty-four people and stolen property including 
mail and new credit cards. The 42-year-old Black male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking. 

8. Around 11:25 a.m., an officer responded to Avus Traffic School, 333 North Santa Anita Avenue 
#1, in regards to a possible fraud. An investigation revealed a previous employee stole blank DMV 
certificates (for traffic school completion) and was issuing them to people in exchange for money. The 
53-year-old female of unknown race was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Thursday, September 20:

9. Shortly after 4:00 a.m., officers responded to Hollywood Noodle, 48 East Live Oak Avenue, 
in regards to an activated alarm. Upon arrival, the officers observed two juveniles climbing out of the 
business through a broken window and ordered them to the ground. One subject was detained while the 
other fled northbound on Live Oak Avenue. Officers recognized his identity and later arrested him at 
his residence. An investigation revealed the 13 and 14-year-old Hispanic males ransacked the restaurant 
and stole approximately $100 from the register. Both suspects were booked at the Arcadia City Jail and 
later released to their parents. 

10. At approximately 6:23 p.m., and officer was dispatched to the intersection of Foothill Boulevard 
and Burnell Oaks Lane regarding a two-party traffic accident. One of the drivers made a left turn in front 
of oncoming traffic and collided with an SUV, causing the driver of the SUV to lose control and hit a 
tree. No injuries were reported. 

Friday, September 21:

11. Just before 1:00 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an unsafe turn in the 
area of Santa Anita Avenue and the 210 freeway. Upon contact with the driver, the officer noticed a 
strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person. An investigation revealed the driver was under the 
influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 percent. The 21-year-old Hispanic male 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

12. At about 5:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Macy’s at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, in reference to a theft report. A female subject concealed merchandise inside her 
purse and exited the store without making payment. The 21-year-old Hispanic female was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Saturday, September 22:

13. Shortly after 2:50 p.m., an officer made consensual contact with a male subject in the area 
of Huntington Drive and La Cadena Avenue. An investigation revealed the subject was under the 
influence of alcohol and had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. The 39-year-old Hispanic male 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

14. At about 10:10 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Huntington Drive and East 
Baldwin Avenue regarding a fight in progress between two males. As the officers arrived, both subjects 
fled the area on foot. One subject was detained while the other evaded capture. An investigation 
revealed the detained subject, a 34-year-old Hispanic male, was under the influence of alcohol and 
had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail 
for booking. 

This magnificent Canadian polar bear may weigh half a 
ton or more!

Suzette Johnston acts as “musher” while Shirley Burkhardt 
settles in for a dog sled ride at Churchill, Manitoba.





Bring the family and join us as we hike to the 
Hollywood Sign on Saturday, October 13th! 
(Originally was scheduled for Saturday, September 
29th)! This nature hike is approximately 
4.5 miles roundtrip with a moderate level of 
difficulty. Participants will meet at the Arcadia 
Community Center at 7:30am and travel by bus 
to the Bronson Canyon entrance to Griffith Park 
in Hollywood. Upon arrival, participants will 
do some light stretching and then embark on a 
hike to the world-famous icon, the “Hollywood 
Sign” and experience an epic view of L.A.’s unique 
urban sprawl. It is the most famous sign in the 
world, and was originally erected in 1923, then 
rebuilt in 1979. Each letter is 50-feet high and 30-
feet wide and the full sign spans 450-feet across 
a summit on Mount Lee. At the end of the hike 
participants will enjoy a picnic lunch. The $15 
fee includes transportation and lunch. 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: www. or stop by the office, 375 Campus 
Drive. For more information please call 




ARCADIA, Calif. – A new “History Lives Here” 
historical marker showcasing vintage photographs 
and descriptions of the history and evolution 
of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and 
Botanic Garden that was once the home of Arcadia 
founder Lucky Baldwin will be dedicated at 
4 p.m. October 2 near the main entrance of the 

A special first-ever preview of a mock-up of the 
Marker will be unveiled to attendees of the Arcadia 
Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of 
Arcadia at the Arboretum on Sept. 24.

This is the ninth marker dedicated by the Arcadia 
Historical Society in five years and the first to be 
entirely funded and presented by the independent 
Friends of the Society group which supports 
the Society in many ways. The tenth Marker will 
be dedicated this fall, coinciding with the unveiling 
of a new life-size statue of Lucky Baldwin.

Among the little-seen photographs presented on 
the Arboretum Marker will be an 1889 painting 
by H. H. Cross of Baldwin and daughter Anita 
sitting with dogs near the famous lake in front 
of the guest cottage (now called the Queen Anne 
Cottage); Lucky Baldwin’s nearby adobe home 
place of more than three decades (often called 
the Hugo Reid adobe, though Reid never lived 
there); and postcard views of the Baldwin Ranch, 
circa 1905, referred to by the Los Angeles Times 
in 1893 as one of the most beautiful botanical 
gardens in the world.

The 127-acre Arboretum was the heart of the 
sprawling Rancho Santa Anita, originally an outpost 
of Mission San Gabriel. Baldwin purchased 
8,500 acres of Rancho Santa Anita in 1875 and 
eventually owned nearly 50,000 acres of today’s 
San Gabriel Valley before he died in 1909. His 
daughter Anita maintained her father’s beloved 
Santa Anita home site for decades but was forced 
to sell it in 1936 due to financial burdens created 
by the Great Depression. In 1947, the new owners, 
a real estate syndicate headed by the Chandler 
family (longtime owners of the Los Angeles 
Times) sold the prime property surrounding the 
adobe and cottage at less than market value to an 
ambitious group of horticulturists backed by the 
County and the State for the purpose of create 
an Arboretum. History still lives here because of 
their efforts.

The series of Historical Markers are part of the 
non-profit Society's mission to create broader 
public awareness of noteworthy historical events, 
people, and landmarks in Arcadia. The Society’s 
first Historical Marker was presented during the 
Centennial Celebration of First Avenue Middle 
School in October 2007. Others since then: Los 
Angeles County’s Arcadia Park near the peacock 
fountain; the original City Hall on the northwest 
corner of Huntington Drive and First Avenue; the 
Woman's Club of Arcadia on First Avenue; three 
presented during 75th Anniversary dedications 
for the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, Santa 
Anita Park, and Adams’ Pack Station; and most 
recently The Derby restaurant last year.


Gene Glasco is president of the Arcadia Historical 

Sandy Snider researched, wrote and coordinated 
the photographs for the Derby, Arboretum, and 
upcoming Lucky Baldwin markers as a member 
of the Society’s Historical Marker Committee 
chaired by Scott Hettrick and assisted by Carol 


Arcadia Historical Society: 626-446-8512

or Scott Hettrick, e-mail: / 
cell: 626-485-8783

Web site:


Effective Sunday, September 23, 2012, the Arcadia 
Police Department Records Bureau operating 
hours will be from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

The Police Department lobby will remain open 
for community access to the online reporting 
system and the overnight parking permit 
(TOPEC) machine. A push button speaker 
system is available in the lobby for those requiring 
immediate police assistance between the hours 
of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The speaker system 
communicates directly with our Dispatch Center.

General business related to the Records Bureau, 
such as obtaining copies of reports, submitting 
paperwork, and fingerprinting, will be available 
each day during regular operating hours. Other 
services such as filling out police reports for 
various crimes, obtaining copies of collision 
reports, and acquiring overnight parking permits, 
are also available online for your convenience. 
These and other links to specific services can 
be found on the Department website at www.

Inquiries may be directed to Records Manager 
Audree Luevano at 626.574.5157 or to the Watch 
Commander at 626.574.5156.


The organization called TraffickFree San Gabriel aims to “raise awareness of the human trafficking 
problem in our community and bring healing to the survivors of modern slavery.” 

Members of the group conduct research and educate themselves about trafficking happening

in their own community and elsewhere. TraffickFree San Gabriel representatives will speak at a 
meeting of the Arcadia Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on 
Monday evening, October 8, 2012. 

The meeting will take place in the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Jordan Hall, 400 W. Duarte Rd. 
(SW corner of Duarte Rd. and Holly Ave.), Arcadia. The meeting is open to the

public at no charge, and ample parking is available in the church parking lot. All are invited to come 
for socializing and refreshments at 6:30 p.m., with the program to follow at 7:00 p.m.

 Membership in the American Association of University Women is open to women and

men university (or college) graduates, as well as to those holding an Associate of Arts degree or its 
equivalent. For membership information, please call Tamara Kato at (626) 375-6756 or

Patricia Dietrich at (626) 446-8437. Those interested may join at any time.