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Inside this Week:

SM Calendar of Events

Sierra Madre:
Sierra Madre Police Blotter
Letter to the Editor

Pasadena – Altadena:
Pet of the Week

Around The San Gabriel Valley:
Christopher Nyerges
What's Going On

Arcadia Police Blotter

Monrovia – Duarte:

Education & Youth:
The Reel Deal

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

Just for Best Friends:
Happy Tails
Pet of the Week

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

The Good Life:
… This and That
Senior Happenings

Homes & Property:
One of a Kind

Legal Notices (1):

Legal Notices (2):

Legal Notices (3):

Legal Notices (4):

F. Y. I. :

Chris Bertrand
Peter Dills
Sean Kayden
Chris LeClerc
Christopher Nyerges
René Quenell
Joan Schmidt
Ben Show
Katie Tse
Jasmine Kelsey Williams

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RIVERSIDE, CA—A 27 year old man 
who enticed juvenile females to engage 
in sexual acts was sentenced Tuesday 
to 240 months’ imprisonment by United 
States District Court Judge Virginia 
A. Phillips, announced Andre. Birotte, 
Jr., the United States Attorney in Los 
Angeles, and Bill Lewis, the Assistant 
Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles 
Field Office.

Jonathan Calvo, 27, of Sierra Madre, 
was convicted in September 2012. 
During Tuesday’s hearing, Calvo was 
also sentenced to lifetime supervision 
and fines.

On May 14, 2011, the Riverside County 
Sheriff’s Department and the FBI’s 
Regional Inland Apprehension Team 
(IRAT) were contacted after a teenager 
was reported missing from Riverside 
County, California. From that date 
through May 26, 2011, investigators 
conducted a physical search for the 
missing teenager, as well as a search of 
the victim’s online communications. 
Based on the victim’s online activity, 
investigators determined the victim 
had been corresponding with an adult 
male who was successfully identified as 

On the evening of May 26, 2011, agents 
and task force officers went to Calvo’s 
residence and rescued the endangered 
teenager. Subsequent interviews and 
evidence collected at the scene indicated 
that Calvo had engaged in unlawful 
sexual contact with the victim and 
that he had documented the sexual acts 
with a digital camera. The victim was 
found in the residence and returned to 
her parents on the evening of May 26, 
2011, following a medical examination. 
Calvo was arrested a short time later.

During the course of the continuing 
investigation, evidence revealed Calvo 
was in receipt of and that he possessed 
images and videos depicting child pornography, 
some of which he produced 
himself. The digital evidence revealed 
that Calvo had engaged in unlawful 
sexual conduct with additional minor 
victims since at least 2004 in multiple 
unrelated cases, including with females 
aged 13 and 14, both of whom 
were successfully identified and later 

On August 3, 2011, a federal grand 
jury returned an indictment against 
the defendant, Jonathan Paul Calvo, 
charging him with sexual exploitation 
of a child and receipt and possession 
of child pornography. In March 2012, 
Calvo was charged in a first superseding 
indictment with additional violations 
stemming from new evidence. In 
September 2012, Calvo pleaded guilty 
to one count of enticing a minor to engage 
in sex.

During the investigation, investigators 
found dozens of images and videos 
Calvo had taken depicting sexually 
explicit activity with the minor victims 
he enticed to his home, as well as many 
he received online depicting victims of 
sexual exploitation previously identified 
by the National Center for Missing 
and Exploited Children.

The successful conclusion of this case 
is the result of a joint investigation by 
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, 
and additional IRAT member 
agencies, including the Riverside Police 
Department and the San Bernardino 
Police Department. The defendant 
was prosecuted by the United States 
Attorney’s Office, Riverside Branch, in 
the Central District of California.

Released from FBI 2/5/13



Last week on February 2nd, aka Ground 
Hog Day, Americans eagerly awaited the 
weather verdict from its time honored 
expert weather predictor, Punxsutawny 
Phil. Annually, when our furry friend 
emerges from his hibernation and looks 
around, he ignores the crowds and the 
paparazzi, he looks to see one thing only, 
his shadow. That will determine for him, 
whether he should go back to bed (if 
his shadow isn’t visible), or whether he 
should tidy up his winter hideaway and 
get ready for spring in a few short weeks. 
(Six to be exact). 

Well, when he emerged this year, he did 
not see his shadow and predicted that Spring was a mere six weeks away. He 
even had a collaborator on his prediction, his cousin in New York, Staten Island 
Chuck. Chuck saw his shadow too and refrained from biting Mayor Bloomberg 
this year.

Hmmm, given that just seven days later there is a blizzard in the East and almost 
snow in Sierra Madre, one has to wonder if these guys have lost their sight? Or 
perhaps they know something that we don’t, i.e., that this freezing weather will 
be immediately followed by record heat and they will be vindicated! 

Nevertheless, it appears that our heretofore reliable way of predicting the onset 
of warmer weather has lost its reliability. Perhaps the celebrity of it all got to 
him. After all, once you get a statue erected of you in the town square, it’s hard 
to stay focused. That’s what we get for listening to a rodent!

(By the way, the picture above is a tribute to him in the town square of Gobbler’s 
Knob in Pennsylvania, taken by Dave Felt on his way to the Pittsburgh airport last 


On Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm the City of Sierra Madre 
will host its 3rd Annual State of the City Address at the Community Recreation 
Center in the Sierra Madre Room at 611 East Sierra Madre Boulevard. 

This year’s theme is “Finding the Right Balance” and this event will highlight 
programs and services the City has provided over the past year and give residents 
insight to the City’s goals for the next fiscal year.



Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is warning 
customers to be aware of a payment scam involving utility 
imposters demanding customers pay their energy bills 
with pre-paid cash cards or face immediate termination of 
utility service. The fraudulent activity has been reported in 
Los Angeles and at this time there are no indications that 
SoCalGas customers have been targeted.

Customers of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 
(LADWP) have reported that individuals misrepresenting 
themselves as utility employees are calling and threatening 
to turn off electric and water service if payment is not made 
to them that day. Utility customers have been told that 
the payment must be made by purchasing a pre-pay cash 
card, and are directed to another phone number where 
information is then obtained from the card and the cash 
value is removed from the card.

“Although there are no reports of SoCalGas customers 
being a victim of this fraudulent activity, we want to alert 
our customers in an effort to prevent them from becoming 
potential victims,” said Michael Schneider, vice president of 
customer operations at SoCalGas. “We advise customers to 
be alert and not to provide any type of financial information 
if they receive a call from a suspicious company.”

SoCalGas customers have multiple payment options: 
online, pre-enrolled direct debit, by mail, or in person at an 
authorized payment location.

For customers behind in their payment, the utility provides 
past due notification in writing before service is shut-off for 
non-payment. When customers call SoCalGas for billing 
inquiries, employees will always be able to provide account 
information and the exact past due balance. Additionally, all 
SoCalGas employees on company business are required to 
carry a photo ID badge.

If customers receive a phone call that makes them feel 
uncomfortable, they should hang up and call SoCalGas at 
1-800-427-2200 or 1-800-342-4545 in Spanish, or the local 
authorities to file a report. 


Shuttle tickets to ride up to view the 
Wistaria Vine at the annual Wistaria 
Festival will be available for purchase 
on February 15th. . The 2013 Wistaria 
Festival will take place on March 17th, 

 The Festival features tours of the 
world’s largest blossoming plant, 
certified by the Guinness Book 
of World Records. Each year, the 
property owners upon whose land the 
vine sits open their property to allow 
thousands to view the vine. Dozens 
of Sierra Madre residents volunteer 
to act as docents at the property, 
telling the story of the vine, which was 
originally planted from a 1-gallon pot 
that was purchased for $0.75 in 1894. 
In addition to the tours of the vine, the 
two main downtown streets of Sierra 
Madre are closed to traffic so that 
crafters and artists can set up booths 
to display and sell their arts/crafts. 
Downtown village shops are open, 
and musical acts perform at multiple 
outdoor venues. Memorial Park 
is transformed into a combination 
Kids/Food zone, as bouncy houses, 
slides, rock climbing and other kids 
attractions set up in the park alongside 
food vendors, both for profit and non-
profit alike.

 The shuttle to the vine from 
downtown avoids a long uphill walk 
from downtown to the neighborhood 
in which the vine sits. “Day of” tickets 
for the shuttle are $15 this year, and 
pre-sale tickets are $12. Also this year 
seniors (over 65) and children (6 to 
16) receive a discounted rate of $7. 
Children under five ride for free. For 
more information call 626-355-5111.


Feeling a bit gift-challenged this 
Valentine’s Day? Why not treat your 
sweetheart to a lovely afternoon at the 
annual Friends of the Sierra Madre 
Library Wine Tasting. This year’s event 
will be held on Sunday, February 17, 
from 2:00-5:00PM at Alverno Villa, 
200 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre. 

For your tasting pleasure, vintners 
will be bringing wines not just from 
California and Oregon, but from all 
over the world. Representatives from 
such wineries as Layer Cake, Beringer, 
Mondavi, Clos du Bois, and Wild 
Horse will be offering tastes of some 
of their finest wines. There will even 
be a British beer for you beer lovers to 
sample. This year we’ve invited more 
than a dozen restaurants to provide 
delectable hors d’oeuvres to be paired 
with the fine wines you’ll be sipping. 
Long-time Sierra Madre restaurants, 
The Only Place, Beantown, Lucky 
Baldwin’s, Corfu, and Village Pizzeria, 
will be offering samples of their 
specialties. Also joining us will be two 
of the newer Sierra Madre restaurants, 
T. Boyles and Sierra Brigante as well as 
Pasadena and Arcadia restaurants 

including Matt Denny’s and The 
Corner Bakery. 

Entertainment throughout the 
afternoon will be provided by three 
musical groups. Sudbury and Ramos 
will be on acoustic guitars, The Two 
Steves will be playing their own style 
of “bluesy” country rock, and guitarist 
Steve Bellikoff will be offering some jazz 
favorites. So as you stroll through the 
different rooms of the lovely Alverno 
Villa you’ll be treated to tastes of fine 
wines, bites of delectable appetizers all 
while being serenaded by some of our 
finest local musicians.

Again this year we’ll be having a silent 
auction for some unique and exciting 
items. Featured are weekend getaways 
to La Quinta and Arrowhead, a private 
Rose Float Tour and two tickets to the 
2014 parade, a Day at the Races (box 
seats and Turf Club), wine tastings, 
tickets to Disneyland, sporting events, 
and the theater, gourmet dinners, 
jewelry, portrait packages, and original 
art work. In addition, you will be 
able to purchase tickets for hourly 
opportunity drawings for some very 
special prizes.

We have been told that Sherlock 
Holmes will be meeting three of his 
friends from Oz, Dorothy, Glinda, and 
the Tin Man, at this year’s wine tasting. 
So why not bring your Valentine 
and join them. It promises to be a 
very lovely way to spend a Sunday 

If you wish to purchase tickets in 
advance, tickets to the Wine Tasting 
are $60 and can be purchased at the 
Sierra Madre Library, 440 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (telephone 
626 355-7186) or from these Sierra 
Madre businesses: The Bottle Shop, 
Savor the Flavor, and Arnold’s Frontier 
Hardware and Gifts . Proceeds from the 
Wine Tasting benefit the resources and 
programs of the Sierra Madre Library. 
For more information, visit our website 
at www.sierramadrelibraryfriends.

SIERRA BRIGANTE - Sierra Madre’s Newest Restaurant......................Page 9

This Week’s Highlights: 

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

Best Friends Page 10

Arts/Health Page 11

The Good Life Page 12

Homes & Property Page 13

Legal Notices Page 14 

Legal Notices Page 15

Legal Notices Page 16

Legal Notices Page 17

FYI Page 18





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