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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 8, 2012 



A press release issued by the Pasadena Unified School District last week, and published in this 
paper, incorrectly stated that “Voters in Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre will go to the polls 
March 5, 2013 for the primary nominating election and April 16, 2013 for the general election (if 

However, it has since been learned that Sierra Madre is in the newly organized District 6 and 
will not be choosing their candidate until 2015.

A subsequent release was sent on Monday that eliminated that statement. 



Unbroken: a World War II airman’s story of survival, 
resilience, and redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, has 
been chosen as the City of Sierra Madre 2013 One 
Book One City selection by the Sierra Madre Public 

In this long-awaited book, Hillenbrand writes with 
the same rich and vivid narrative voice she used in 
Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s 
journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to 
the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. 

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Force 
bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, leaving only 
a slick of oil and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a 
face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, who 
was pulling himself aboard a life raft. So begins one 
of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second 
World War.

Hillenbrand’s moving book has garnered multiple 
awards including: 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2011 Indies’ Choice Book Award, 
2011 Christopher Book Award, and 2012 American Library Association Notable Books.

A month-long series of free events, open to the public, is being planned for February 
2013, focusing on WW II. Copies of the book to check out are available at the Sierra 
Madre Public Library.

Sierra Madre residents have held a One Book One City event for the past 9 years 
beginning with The Grapes of Wrath, followed by Tortilla Curtain and Wizard of Oz. It 
became an ‘annual’ event in 2009 with Fahrenheit 451, then Zorro, On Gold Mountain 
and last year, Sherlock Holmes. One Book One City invites Sierra Madreans to read 
the same notable book at the same time and encourages everyone to come together to 
explore literature and its cultural perspective. 

For more information, please contact Alice Kuo at 626.355.7186. Sierra Madre Library is 
located at 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 91024.

The "Giving Girls" from Sierra Madre, CA, designed and made their own jewelry and hair accessories, 
and then sold it from Sierra Madre's Kersting Court, on Friday, November 30th, 
2012, braving rain and cold weather in support of their chosen cause. The efforts of these 
inspiring 5th graders, Annalee Longhurst, Maggie Newhart, and Malia Teran, raised over 
$160.00 in support of the L.A. CADA Homeless Outreach Project, located on Skid Row in 
downtown Los Angeles (470-A East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013). The "Giving Girls" 
show the importance making a difference and supporting those in need. 


Rotary of Sierra Madre is pleased to announce its newest 
member, Spencer Moniz, a recent graduate of Loyola-
Marymount University. Pictured is Spencer receiving a special 
gift from the President.

Spencer was very interested in finding a match for his service 
visions. As an Eagle Scout and Crimson Circle member he is 
passionate about service. His favorite programs was hosting the 
Hunger Banquet, which is a national convention held to raise 
awareness of homelessness. He looks forward to creating new 
programs for Rotary to participate.

Spencer Moniz works for Forest Pharmaceutical as a rep to the 
San Gabriel Valley. This position allows him to be a resource for 
doctors while educating them in medications for their patients. 
He states’ “It is invigorating knowing and hearing from doctors 
that the medications I explained to patients are now helping 
the patients. I feel like I am making a difference each day by 
representing meds that are truly helping those in need. 

He moved to Sierra Madre to live in a town that is very 
connected where he could walk around town and feel a part of 
the community. 

He also looks forward to working on the Dan Stover Music Contest where High School Seniors compete 
for the sought after district award at three levels. Last year the district award was $3000. For more 
information regarding Rotary or the Dan Stover contest, contact