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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 29, 2014 


ARCADIA-- Arcadia Unified School District Superintendent 
Dr. Joel Shawn has announced that he will be 
retiring at the end of the school year. Dr. Shawn has been 
with the high-performing district since 2005, and was 
named superintendent in the summer of 2008. 

“I have been unbelievably fortunate to spend the final 
nine years of my 36-year career in Arcadia,” said Dr. 
Shawn. “The teachers and staff of this school district are 
clearly committed to the youth of Arcadia and are the 
best educators I have ever worked with. I am exceptionally 
proud of the work we have done together and believe 
the future holds continued success and excellence 
for Arcadia Unified.” 

Dr. Shawn led the district through the heart of the worst 
financial crisis since the Great Depression, yet did not 
cut a single arts or sports program, and was able to 

greatly minimize teacher layoffs. 

“In 2012, Dr. Shawn worked with the board to campaign for the community’s support of a $228 per 
parcel tax which generated $35 million for Arcadia schools that cannot be taken away by the state,” 
said Cung Nguyen, President of the Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education. “The funds 
were used to retain and attract high-quality teachers, protect academic programs and preserve the 
marching band and our visual and performing arts programs.” 

The first two phases of the $218 million Measure I Facilities Bond, which was passed in 2006, have 
also been successfully managed on time and under budget thanks to Dr. Shawn’s leadership. Arcadia 
students, teachers, and staff are now enjoying state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities throughout the 
district. Upon completion, Measure I will have modernized all ten schools in the district with the latest 
technology and modern amenities. Measure I was also responsible for the community’s new state-
of-the-art 1,200 seat Arcadia Performing Arts Center located on the Arcadia High School campus. 

Dr. Shawn’s student-first approach and leadership ability has helped uphold Arcadia Unified’s reputation 
of being one of the best public school districts in the entire country. Boasting a district-wide 
929 on the latest Academic Performance Index (API), and a graduation rate of 99%, AUSD continues 
to be recognized nationally for many of its academic, arts, and sports programs. Among AUSD’s 
many prestigious recognitions is a “Gold Medal” rating for Arcadia High School from the U.S. News 
and World Report’s 2013 National Rankings, for which more than 21,000 public high schools were 

In this current school year alone, AUSD has three of the top four highest scoring middle schools in 
Los Angeles County on the Academic Performance Index, including Foothills Middle School, which 
earned the highest score in the county with an impressive 977. In addition to 22 National Merit 
Scholarships finalists at Arcadia High School this year, two Arcadia High students grabbed additional 
headlines with their remarkable test scores. One student earned a perfect score on his AP Calculus 
BC Exam, while another earned the highest possible score on the ACT Exam. Both rare feats were 
accomplished by less than one-tenth of one percent of students who took those particular exams. 

“While it is extremely difficult for me to imagine my life without coming to AUSD everyday, I am 
excited to begin my next chapter,” Dr. Shawn added. “I am convinced that our students will lead the 
world in the years to come, and that our work here has shaped them in ways that will help to guarantee 
a brighter future for everyone.” 

Dr. Shawn’s last day on the job will be June 30, 2014. 


The annual Salute to Seniors Luncheon sponsored 
by the Arcadia Rotary Club will be held 
on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 11:30am-1:30pm 
at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus 

 At this special event, the Arcadia Rotary Club 
along with the City Council, Senior Commissioners 
and other guests will honor Glynna 
Harper, the City of Arcadia 2014 senior citizen 
of the year. 

Glynna Harper has been selected by the Arcadia 
Senior Citizen Commission as the 2014 Senior 
Citizen of the Year. Glynna currently serves as 
the First Vice President of the Arcadia Friendship 
Club and handles the duties of “The Sunshine 
Lady.” In addition to her duties with the 
Friendship Club, Glynna contributes her time 
volunteering at the Community Center. Her duties 
have included working as an Ambassador, 
greeting people as they enter the facility, sharing 
the programs and services available to them and providing tours. Glynna also assists once per week 

with the meals program, serving as a greeter and taking the paid lunch tickets from the program 


Glynna’s contributions to the Arcadia Community are numerous. She is passionate about the community 
she lives in and serves and always strives to make a difference. Her leadership is an inspiration 
to those around her as she embodies the friendly atmosphere at the Community Center. 

On behalf of the Arcadia Rotary Club and the City of Arcadia, it is a pleasure to announce Glynna 
Harper as the 2014 Senior Citizen of the year. 


The eye-opening film “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women 
Worldwide” will be shown at the April 14 meeting of the Arcadia Branch of the American Association 
of University Women (AAUW). Filmed in ten countries, “Half the Sky” was first published as a 
book in 2009 by husband and wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to address the global 
struggles of women. It was then made into a film for the Independent Lens series on PBS stations. 
The Arcadia AAUW presentation will feature selected scenes from the PBS video and will run from 
30 to 40 minutes. 

“Half the Sky” addresses the global problems of sex trafficking, forced prostitution, violence against 
women, and early maternal mortality of women in such countries as Cambodia, Vietnam, India, 
Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Somaliland. Authors Kristof and WuDunn, along with celebrity activists, 
actually traveled to ten countries to do filming and interviewing. The resultant book and video offer 
first-hand accounts of how oppression of women and girls is being confronted through meaningful 
solutions such as health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. One 
of the scenes selected for viewing at Arcadia AAUW’s meeting is of women in Kenya who are using 
micro-loans from the Grameen Bank (“village” bank, begun in Bangladesh) to raise capital for home 
businesses and provide for their families. 

Arcadia AAUW will hold its meeting on Monday evening, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the 
Church of the Good Shepherd’s Jordan Hall, 400 W. Duarte Rd. (SW corner of Duarte Rd. and Holly 
Ave.), Arcadia. The public is invited to attend this free meeting, and all are invited to come at 6:30 for 
socializing and refreshments. An open discussion will follow the video viewing. 

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 membership or the meeting, please call Tamara Kato at 

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

For the period of Sunday, March 16th, through Saturday, March 22nd, the Police Departmentresponded to 1,041 calls for service of which 142 required formal investigations. Thefollowing is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during thisperiod. 

Sunday, March 16:

1. Around 1:10 a.m., an officer working a DUI checkpoint at the intersection of Baldwin Avenueand Gate 8 near the Santa Anita Race Track made contact with a 19-year-old Asian male driving a greyHonda Civic. The officer detected an odor of alcohol emitting from inside the vehicle and discoveredthe subject was under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.01 percent. He was cited,
released in the field without incident, and his vehicle was impounded.
2. At approximately 2:12 p.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of Alta Oaks Drive regardinga subject check. An investigation revealed an unknown Asian male, approximately 16-year-old,
made contact with several residents at their front door requesting to collect their election ballots foran upcoming Arcadia City Council election, possibly to tamper with the votes. An area check wasconducted, but the subject was not located. 
Monday, March 17:

3. At about 4:34 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Wells Fargo inside Ralphs, 211 East Foothill 
Boulevard, in regards to a check fraud report. A 41-year-old Black male suspect attempted to cash 
a forged check. As the teller delayed the transaction, the suspect became upset and left without his 
driver’s license. The suspect fled in a newer model, four-door silver Nissan Maxima or Altima with a 
Black female passenger. 
An investigation revealed two hours prior, the Black female passenger successfully cashed a forged 
check at the Wells Fargo inside Pavillions, 745 West Naomi Avenue. Video Surveillance is pending 
review and further investigation is being conducted by the Detective Bureau. 
4. Just after 4:00 a.m., an officer made consensual contact with a subject in the parking lot of 
Coco’s, 1150 Colorado Boulevard. The subject provided false information; however, an investigation 
revealed the 29-year-old Hispanic male had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and was in 
possession of stolen property. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
Tuesday, March 18:

5. Around 11:19 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 2000 block of South Eighth Avenueregarding a suspicious occupied vehicle. The officer discovered the 23-year-old Chinese male driverwas smoking inside the vehicle with his friend, the passenger. A search of his vehicle revealed he was inpossession of concentrated cannabis. He was arrested, transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking,
and his vehicle was impounded. The passenger was released without incident.
6. Just before 4:30 p.m., an officer conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle for reckless drivingin the area of Live Oak Avenue and Second Avenue. The officer discovered the 20-year-old Black maledriver was in possession of a fully-loaded semi-automatic handgun. He was arrested, transported to theArcadia City Jail for booking, and his vehicle was impounded. 
Wednesday, March 19:

7. At approximately 3:52 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of WestFoothill Boulevard regarding a burglary report. Unknown suspects forced entry through a side door,
ransacked the residence, and fled undetected with multiple items of property. A screwdriver was locatedin one of the closets and booked as evidence. 
8. Around 11:20 p.m., an officer conducted an enforcement stop on a bicyclist in the area ofJeffries Avenue and Rochelle Avenue for riding against traffic. The officer discovered the 36-year-oldWhite male was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and transported to theArcadia City Jail for booking. 
Thursday, March 20:

9. At about 1:46 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Clark Street 
and Peck Road for an inoperative license plate lamp. The officer discovered the 42-year-old Hispanic 
male driver was under the influence of alcohol. A records check revealed he had a suspended license, 
an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, and was driving without a court ordered ignition interlock 
device. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
10. Shortly after 2:20 a.m., an officer made consensual contact with a subject walking in the area of 
Santa Clara Street and Fifth Avenue. The officer discovered the 29-year-old Hispanic male was under 
the influence of methamphetamine. A search of his hotel room at Extended Stay Hotel, 401 East Santa 
Clara Street, revealed he was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
Friday, March 21:

11. At approximately 2:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residential burglary in progress in 
the 100 block of West La Sierra drive. Three unknown Hispanic male suspects, one adult and two 
juveniles, were observed fleeing from a residence. Along with police helicopter assistance, all three 
suspects were located and detained in the surrounding neighborhood. An investigation revealed the 
suspects entered an attached storage room looking for property to pawn. One of the suspects was in 
possession of concentrated cannabis and possible stolen property. All three suspects were arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
12. Just after 6:00 p.m., officers was dispatched to Sephora at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, regarding a theft report. A 22-year-old male suspect concealed merchandise inside 
a used shopping bag and exited the store without making payment. A search of his person revealed 
he was in possession of burglary tools and stolen merchandise from other stores. He was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
Saturday, March 15:

13. Just after 5:00 p.m., an officer responded to Helen’s Cycles, 142 East Huntington Drive, 
regarding a burglary report. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through a window and fled with three 
bicycles valued at $13,400. No evidence or witnesses were located. 
14. Around 9:15 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 1800 block of Alta Oaks Drive 
regarding a burglary report. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through a laundry room window and 
ransacked the residence. The victims believed the total loss was over $3,000 in property. No evidence 
was located and no one reported seeing or hearing anything suspicious. 

The Arcadia Police Department held a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at the intersection of 
Baldwin Avenue & Gate 8 on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 9 PM to 3 AM. A summary of our 
enforcement efforts is listed below: 

2969 —Vehicles Passed Through the Checkpoint 
2057 —Vehicles Were Screened/Contacted 
54 —Vehicles Were Contacted in the Secondary Inspection Area 
12 —Field Sobriety Tests Were Administered 
4 —DUI Alcohol Arrests 
1 —Minor with BAC of +.01% 
2 —Traffic Warrant Arrests 
1 —Open Container Citation 
12 —Unlicensed Driver Citations 
5 —Suspended License Arrests/Citations 
5 —30 Day Vehicle Impounds 
7 —1 Day Vehicle Storages 

We would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. It simply 
is not worth it to drive while impaired. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly and use a sober 
designated driver. 

Don’t forget to visit the Arcadia Police Department News & Information Blog or follow us on 
Facebook, Twitter or Nixle for other pertinent news and information. Remember, the solution begins 
with you! 

Funding for this operation is provided from a grant administered by the California Office of Traffic 
Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Poetry In Motion: A Teen Event 

Teens in sixth grade through twelfth grade are invited to perform a scene, recite a poem, sing, or play 
a song in front of a live audience and compete for a prize. Teens can compete with an original piece, 
read aloud during the Open Mic session, or simply be part of the audience. Register in the Jerry 
Broadwell Children’s Room beginning Friday, March 28, 2014. Poetry and lyrics must be submitted 
and approved prior to the event. All entries must be received by Friday, April 11, 2014.
The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts is once again partnering with the Arcadia Public 
Library for this annual event.
Reservations are not necessary and admission is free but space is limited so come early. For more 
information, please call 626.821.5566 or visit the Arcadia Public Library’s website at http://library. You can also follow the Library on Twitter and Facebook. The Library is located at 20 

W. Duarte Rd. Arcadia. All programs are free.
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 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.