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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 8, 2012 


The Arcadia Public Library would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the Arcadia Library Foundation 
and those who generously support the Arcadia Library Foundation for their generous monetary 
gift of over $16,000 so far this fiscal year. This money will be used to fund the two Kaleidoscope 
Classical Concerts in January and April of 2013; the purchase of additional chairs for the Cay Mortenson 
Auditorium; the purchase of additional new adult Chinese language materials; the purchase of 
additional copies of best seller eBooks; updated computer software for the preschool computer stations 
at the Library; and updated public performance rights DVDS for children’s programming.

It’s not too late to make a tax deductible donation to the Arcadia Library Foundation. For more information, 
visit or call (626) 821-4364.

About the City of Arcadia

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Arcadia is an 11.38 square mile community 
with a population of just over 56,000. Located approximately 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, 
Arcadia is known for combining small-town charm with the conveniences and amenities of a 
mid-size city. Arcadia is a full-service charter city governed by a five-member City Council, elected 
at large. Recognized for exceptional education and recreation opportunities and beautiful neighborhoods, 
Arcadia is also defined as the “Community of Homes” and has twice been designated the “Best 
City in California in which to Raise Kids” by Business Week Magazine.


Special Thank You and Much More…Arcadia Chamber’s Government Forum

Story and Photo By Joan Schmidt

 What a great informative meeting at the Arcadia Chambers this past Thursday! First on the 
agenda, there was a celebration marking Peter Ulrich’s 90th Birthday. (Peter is the Chair for these 
great monthly Government Forum meetings.) The ladies had a cake with candles and everyone sang, 
“Happy Birthday”. Certificates were presented to mark this great event from Congressman Dreier 
(Mark Harmsen), Senator Bob Huff (David Monroy), Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (Steve Johnson) 
and the City of Arcadia by City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto. 

 The table turned and the Chamber presented Certificates to the representatives of the government 
officials for their ongoing support all these years - attending meetings and giving updates. They 
included Mark Harmsen from Congressman Dreier, David Monroy from Senator Huff, Bill Hackett 
from Assemblyman Portantino, and Steve Johnson from Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. Congressman 
Dreier and Assemblyman Portantino are stepping down, while Assemblyman Donnelly is heading 
a new district in the desert. Then someone from Arcadia wondered who will be the new Senator 
because of the recent legislation that passed. (It had to do with even and odd years, and I am more 
confused than ever!)

 There was a special presentation on the “Clean Water, Clean Beaches measure. 40% of the collected 
monies would go to local cities, 50% to the Watershed Area groups and 10% to Flood Control 
District. However, the proposed amounts were large and even schools could be taxed. Brian Mejia 
from Supervisor Antonovich’s office passed out a flyer from the Supervisor warning property owners 
to be on the lookout for a “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” flyer that needs to be filled out and returned 
to protect against additional tax. Unfortunately the flyer looks like “junk mail” and many have already 
thrown it out! If you misplaced it, please email or call 800-218-0018 for 
a copy.

 There are many fun events happening in the upcoming weeks:

• December 9, 2012, (Sunday). 10:00am-2:00pm. Tours of the Queen Anne Cottage located at 
the Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3233. 

• December 11, 2012, (Tuesday) There will be an Open House at the new facilities for the 
Administrative Headquarters of the Angeles National Forest from 2:00pm-7:00pm. Sign in is at 
2:00. At 2:30, Welcome and Introduction of Guests and Dignitaries, followed by a Ceremony. From 
3:00pm-7:00pm, there will be an Open House, Tours, and Refreshments. Please RSVP to John D. 
Wagner, . 
• December 15, 2012, (Saturday) 10:00am. There will be a special Completion Ceremony of 
the Gold Line Bridge at Newcastle Park, 101 West Colorado Blvd., Arcadia. Please RSVP to Lisa Levy 
Buch (626) 305-7004 or email: 

These monthly government forum meetings are open to the public. Much information is given and 
there is usually a guest speaker. Meetings are on the first Thursday of each month at the Arcadia 
Chambers at 8:00 am. The Chamber is located at 388 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia. (626) 447-


On Monday December 17th, Dean Griffith and a group of real estate agents from Coldwell Banker’s 
Arcadia Regional Office will make their annual holiday trip to the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission. 
Dean and his fellow agents are collecting new and used clothing, blankets, and any cash or checks that 
you would like to donate to the Mission. Last year they collected 4 truckloads of clothing & blankets 
and approximately $1500 in donations for the mission. 

The annual “Trip to the Mission” was started 25 years ago by Bruce Pfeiffer, an agent in Coldwell 
Banker’s Arcadia Regional Office. After 20 years of leading the trip to the mission, Bruce handed 
over his duties to Dean. The Union Rescue Mission’s efforts are focused on reducing homelessness 
throughout LA County and specifically Skid Row. Currently, Los Angeles County has 3% of the 
nation’s total population, but 10% of its homeless population.

Coldwell Banker’s Arcadia Regional Office is located at 15 E Foothill Blvd in Arcadia and you can 
bring your donations into the office until Monday December 17th at 9:00am. If you need assistance or 
would like your donations to be picked up you can contact Dean Griffith at (626) 664-9163.

Above, left to right, Peter Ulrich, Dominic Lazzaretto,MarkHarsen,BillHacket,SteveJohnson,David Monroy.


For the period of Sunday, November 24th, through Saturday, December 1st, the Police Department 
responded to 923 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, November 25:

1. At about 11:09 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the Annie Nails, 709 S. First Avenue, in 
reference to a burglary. Investigation revealed that suspect(s) had broken the front glass door during 
the late night hours of November 24th to the early morning hours of November 25th, and ransacked the 
nail salon. The business owner did not notice anything missing. There were no surveillance cameras at 
the location.


2. At about 7:28 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Walnut Avenue regarding a traffic 
collision involving two vehicles. During their investigation, officers discovered one of the drivers was 
under the influence of alcohol. The 34-year-old, White male was subsequently arrested for drunk driving 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for processing. 

Monday, November 26:

3. At about 6:11 a.m., officers responded to the 000 block of E. Live Oak Avenue regarding two 
suspicious males standing outside a building, holding flashlights. Investigation revealed there was an 
open door leading inside the building. Officers searched the surrounding area and could not locate the 
subjects. It was unknown if anything was missing from the location. 

4. At approximately 11:50 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with tinted 
windows on Colorado Boulevard near Michillinda Avenue. Upon contact, the officer discovered the 
driver had a suspended license. A consensual search of the vehicle revealed the driver was in possession 
of methamphetamine and meth pipes. The 43-year-old, White male was arrested for possession of a 
controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and was transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Tuesday, November 27:

5. Shortly after 8:00 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration 
on Live Oak Avenue near Santa Anita Avenue. A subsequent investigation and consensual search of the 
vehicle revealed the driver had a suspended license, two outstanding warrants for his arrest, and was in 
possession of a stolen license plate. The 20-year-old, Hispanic male was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

6. At approximately 10:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Santa Anita Race Track, 285 W. 
Huntington Drive, regarding a theft. Investigation revealed that suspect(s) stole a television from a wall 
mounted bracket. There were no surveillance cameras and no suspects were seen or heard during the 

Wednesday, November 28:

7. Around 5:33 p.m., officers responded to the 000 block of E. Live Oak Avenue regarding a stolen 
vehicle. Investigation revealed a 1991 black Acura Integra was stolen from the location between 6:30 
a.m. and 5:30 p.m. There were no witnesses or surveillance cameras, and the stolen vehicle was not 
discovered in the surrounding area.

8. At about 8:27 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of W. Duarte Road in reference 
to an auto burglary. A subsequent investigation revealed the passenger side window of the 1990 blue 
Buick had been damaged, and a CD player was stolen. There were no signs of the suspect(s) in the area. 

Thursday, November 29:

9. Around 12:05 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of W. Huntington Drive regarding 
a commercial burglary. Investigation revealed that suspect(s) forced opened a door leading into the 
community laundry room, pried open two coin vaults on laundry machines, and stole an unknown 
amount of coins. No suspects were seen or heard during the incident. 

10. At about 5:06 p.m., an officer responded to Macy’s at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin 
Avenue, regarding a male employee in custody for theft. The suspect concealed several clothing items 
in a plastic bag and in his pockets, and exited the store through the employee exit without paying. The 
20-year-old, Black male were arrested for petty theft and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Friday, November 30:

11. At approximately 8:07 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 000 block of W. Longden Avenue 
regarding a theft that occurred earlier in the day at All Seasons Children Center, 2612 S. Baldwin 
Avenue. The female victim reported her purse had been stolen from her unlocked car while she was 
dropping off her daughter. Investigation revealed the suspect approached the vehicle while the victim 
stepped away, opened the passenger door and stole the victim’s purse before fleeing in a black sedan. 
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 200 lbs, wearing a black, hooded sweater. The victim can 
identify the suspect if seen again.

12. At about 8:35 p.m., officers responded to the area of Huntington Drive and Morlan Place 
regarding a physical fight between two male subjects. During the investigation, officers contacted two 
juvenile subjects, one of whom had a knife in his pocket. The 15-year-old, Hispanic male was arrested for 
possession of a switchblade, transported to Arcadia City Jail for processing, and subsequently released 
to his parents.

Saturday, December 1:

13. At approximately 2:57 a.m., officers were dispatched to Albertsons, 298 E. Live Oak Avenue, in 
reference to a commercial burglary. Surveillance cameras revealed a male suspect broke the front glass 
door, entered the store, and stole several cartons of cigarettes before feeling the scene. The suspect was 
described as a White male, 6 ft. tall, thin build, carrying a black backpack. 

14. At about 9:49 p.m., an officer working a DUI checkpoint stopped a vehicle due to a strong odor 
of marijuana emitting from it. No marijuana was discovered, but the driver was found to be unlicensed. 
The 23-year-old, Hispanic male was consequently cited and released in the field. 

Brighter Side Singers to Bring

A “White Christmas” to Arcadia AAUW 

 Thanks to Temple City High School’s Brighter Side Singers and composer Irving Berlin, the 
Arcadia Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be treated to a 
“White Christmas.” Performing as a show choir and wearing dazzling outfits, the singers will bring 
fancy footwork and youthful exuberance to their performance. Popular director Matt Byers has 
promised that his choristers will sing a variety of songs from the 1950s movie “White Christmas.” 
Of course, no program would be complete without the singing of the much-loved title song, “White 
Christmas,” the top-selling single recording of all time. 

 The Arcadia Branch of AAUW is inviting the public to come enjoy the Brighter Side Singers’ 
performance at its meeting on Monday, December 10, at the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Jordan 
Hall, 400 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia (SW corner of Duarte Rd. and Holly Ave.). Socializing and 
refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program to follow at 7:00 p.m.

 Director Matt Byers says that Temple City H. S.’s Performing Arts Department is busy 
preparing for its holiday program, “One Magic Christmas.” Slated for March 2013 is the 48th spring 
musical, “The King and I.” Byers, an alumnus of Temple City H. S. and a graduate of CSU-Los 
Angeles, has directed the Singers for over 25 years. Accompanist Jon Howie is also a graduate of 
Temple City H. S. and CSU-Los Angeles. For more information about Temple City H. S.’s Performing 
Arts events, please call (626) 548-5053.

 Membership in the American Association of University Women is open to all women and 
men holding a university or college degree, as well as to those with an Associate of Arts degree or its 
equivalent. For more information about AAUW, please call Tamara Kato at

 (626) 375-6756 or Patricia Dietrich at (626) 446-8437.