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Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 27, 2016 


ARCADIA, Calif. ... The countdown has begun to the opening of the much.anticipated Metro Gold 
Line Extension. The City of Arcadia is ready to welcome the first passenger train as it pulls up to the 
Arcadia station with a fun.filled, community celebration on Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
at the Arcadia Transit Plaza on the corner of Santa Clara St. And First Ave.

Everyone is invited to join Arcadia in a brief ribbon cutting by the Arcadia City Council, followed

by a celebration featuring live music from the popular band, “Cold Duck,” food vendors from local eateries, 
model train exhibit, and activities for kids such as face painting, balloon art, and kids train ride. 
The Transit Plaza will also be filled with community booths such as the Arcadia Historical Society who 
will be offering tours of the Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions in Downtown Arcadia, which 
recognizes the greatest contributors to California horse racing with bronze plaques along Huntington 
Drive. Not to mention, everyone will love seeing Arcadia’s finest with Arcadia Police and Fire expected 
to take part in the day’s festivities with their cars, trucks and gear. Many local businesses and the City 
of Arcadia will be offering a variety of giveaways and raffles for items such as bicycles, free meals and 
Metro one.month transit passes.

With the Metro Gold Line coming to town, there is no better time to get to know Arcadia and

the Downtown Arcadia area with all it has to offer – restaurants, entertainment, dining.


Karen Gutierrez-Mac Nair has been named the new 
CEO Of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce effective 
Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.

 Karen is Executive Director of the Santa Anita 
Family YMCA in Monrovia, where she has been 
employed for more than eight years. She is very 
familiar with the area since Santa Anita Family YMCA 
services Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte. Her daughter 
attended Arcadia Christian School from pre-school 
through eighth grade and they were part of Arcadia 
Girls Softball association for many years. Mac Nair 
has also recently been a member of the Arcadia Rotary 

 Karen replaces Arcadia Chamber CEO Scott Hettrick, 
who was appointed to the Arcadia Chamber Board of 
Directors in 2007 and named CEO in March 2011.
Scott announced his resignation in January effective 
Feb. 25 to move with his wife Betty to the Omaha, 
Nebraska area, where their daughter Brittany and 
her husband Matt had their first baby (a girl) on 
February 5; the first grandchild for Scott and Betty.
“It has been an honor and privilege to lead the 95 
year-old Arcadia Chamber the past five years,” Scott 
said. “We have the best business and community 
members, and the City and Chamber leaders have 
been nothing but supportive of the many changes 
we have made to improve our effectiveness and 
value. While Betty and I will greatly miss the city or 
family adopted 25 years ago and all the wonderful 
people and so many friends, we are looking forward 
to this new chapter in our lives with our newly-
extended family. And I leave with great comfort that 
the Chamber is being left in very good hands with 
Karen being a dynamic and forward-thinking leader.”
Mayor Gary Kovacic and the City of Arcadia recently 
honored the couple with a proclamation declaring 
February 16 as Scott and Betty Hettrick Day in 
Arcadia, followed on Feb. 18 by a send-off reception 
from about 60 Chamber board members and city 

 Said Arcadia Chamber President Andrew Gregson 
of the Executive Factor: “Over the past five years the 
Arcadia Chamber of Commerce has experienced 
changes at a whole other level. Producing larger 
events, offering a greatly expanded array of services to 
its business members that assists in their growth; and 
significantly increasing Chamber income to provide 
this additional value. Overseeing these changes has 
been the Arcadia Chamber’s CEO, Scott Hettrick 
whose guidance and dedication has been impeccable.”
“However, change is inevitable!,” Andrew continued. 
“Scott and his wife Betty are moving on and making a 
new start in life in Nebraska and we wish 
them all the very best. Meanwhile, the 
Arcadia Chamber Executive Committee has 
been working hard to find a new CEO. After 
much deliberation and with a unanimous 
vote, the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce 
is pleased to introduce and welcome new 
CEO Karen Mac Nair, who comes to the 
position with an excellent insight as to how 
to push the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce 
even further into the future. Her wealth of 
knowledge and experience will be gladly 
accepted and utilized.”

“Farewell Scott, and hello Karen.”

 In her job at the Santa Anita YMCA, 
Karen has overseen a $1 million budget and 
100 employees. Her job entailed many similarities with 
her new responsibilities at the Chamber, answering 
to a large board of volunteer directors and Executive 
Committee, creating and managing a budget, raising 
funds, developing relationships and working with 
officials from cities, schools, and organizations, 
producing events, and creating new programs. As an 
example, she developed, coordinated and managed 
Healthy Kids Day in conjunction with the City of 
Monrovia’s Spring Egg Hunt, which served more 
than 3,000 families each year, and she successfully 
coordinated the City’s “Friday Night Live” program 
for three years to provide activities for youth on Friday 
nights in Library Park.

 “I am so excited to step into my role here as the CEO 
of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce,” Karen says. “It 
is so wonderful to be able to join an organization that 
is led by so many great volunteers and staff. It shows 
how they care so much about our community. Scott 
has done such a wonderful job over the past five years 
and I want to keep the focus of moving our community 
and Chamber forward to spur the economic growth of 
this great city.”



ARCADIA, Calif. --- The City of Arcadia is excited to welcome the start of Metro Gold Line service to 
Arcadia. With a large number of people expected to use the Gold Line to reach Arcadia and locations 
within the City, Arcadia Transit introduces a new fixed route/fixed schedule shuttle service that will 
operate seven days a week, connecting visitors to some of the more popular destinations.

Shuttle service will run from 7:10 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. during the week and 9:20 a.m. to 6:35 p.m. on the 
weekends, making fixed stops at Santa Anita Park, Methodist Hospital, Westfield Santa Anita and the 
LA County Arboretum. This is a free service through June 15, 2016. 

The current dial-a-ride, on-demand reservation system will still be available to the general public. However, 
as of June 16, 2016, it will only be accessible to seniors and those with disabilities. At that time, the 
shuttle service will be expanded to cover different areas of Arcadia. The general public is encouraged to 
use this new fixed route/fixed schedule service. Please see the City website for the new shuttle service 
information at

Above - Karen Guitterrez-McNair 
Left: Scott Hettrick and wife Betty with 
Mayor Gary Kovacic



Learn a new style or technique of writing poetry, get 
feedback for your poems, and learn how to perform 
with confidence with a different poet master each 
week! Thursday, starting February 25, 2016 through 
April 14, 2016 in the Creative Center at the Arcadia 
Public Library. The workshops start at 4:00 p.m. and 
end at 5:30 p.m. 

 Weekly registration is required at the Arcadia 
Public Library Jerry Broadwell Children’s Room 
desk. This program is exclusively for students in 
grades 6 through12. Participants may choose to 
have their poems written during the series published 
and/or may perform them at the upcoming Poetry 
in Motion Youth Showcase for prizes held on April 
15, 2016.


February 25, 2016 – Open to Interpretation with 
Murray Thomas

March 3, 2016 – Page to Stage: Creative Memoir 
with Christine Jordan

March 10, 2016 – Humorous Poetry with Lynne 

March 17, 2016 – Limericks with Jessica Wilson 

March 24, 2016 – Cinematic Poetry with Kelly 
Grace Thomas

March 31, 2016 – Riding the Bus of Life with Luis 

April 7, 2016 – Family Portraits with Don Kingfisher 

April 14, 2016 – Embrace the Stage with Eric Eztli

This program is generously provided by Nuvein 
Foundation for Literature and the Arts and is being 
curated by Kimberly Cobain. 

 For more information, please visit the Library’s 
website at or 
call 626.821.5566. The Jerry Broadwell Children’s 
Room provides collections, programs, and services 
for children and their families from birth through 
eighth grade. The Arcadia Public Library is located 
at 20 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia. The Library is open 
Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 
p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 
p.m. You can also follow the Library on Twitter and 


DUARTE, CA, February 23, 2016 – The City of 
Duarte invites community members of all ages to 
partake in a series of fun filled activities during the 
upcoming Spring Break! 

 Bring the family to Breakfast With the Easter 
Bunny! On Saturday, March 27th, start the day off 
by enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast from 7:30 
- 9:30 a.m. at the Duarte Community Center, 1600 
Huntington Drive. The breakfast is hosted by Duarte 
Rotary Club and the cost for adults is $4, and $2 for 
children 10 years and older. 

 After breakfast, head over to Beardslee and Royal 
Oaks Parks for a free Easter Egg Hunt. Beardslee 
Park is located at 2000 Buena Vista St. and Royal 
Oaks Park is located at 2627 Royal Oaks Dr. The 
hunt starts at 10am sharp and is open to children 
ages 3-4, 5-7 and 8-10 years old. At the hunts, 
children will be able to collect candy and special 
prizes will be given to the lucky ones who collect the 
“Golden Eggs!” Baskets or bags will not be allowed 
and parents will be asked to stay off the hunting 
grounds. For additional information, contact the 
City of Duarte Parks and Recreation department at 
(626) 357-7931. 

 On Tuesday, March 29th, go to Six Flags Magic 
Mountain with the Duarte Teen Center! Teens 9th to 
12th grade will depart from the Teen Center at 8:30 
a.m. and will return at 7:30 p.m. The cost per person 
is $45 and registration is required as space is limited. 
Interested teens can register by calling the Duarte 
Teen Center at (626) 303-0863.

 Teens and children 8 – 17 years old can join in on 
the fun as the Recreation Department is organizing 
a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm on Wednesday, March 
30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for only $34. For additional 
information, contact the City of Duarte Parks and 
Recreation department at (626) 357-7931. 

 Teens, between the ages of 15-18, are invited to the 
Duarte Teen Center on Wednesday, April 6th to a free 
Youth Employment Workshop from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. 
During the seminar, teens will learn how to write a 
resume, complete a job application, practice interview 
skills and more. Local employers will be on site to 
share employment opportunities. Interested youth 
must RSVP by calling the Duarte Teen Center (626) 


About the City of Duarte

The City of Duarte was incorporated on August 
22, 1957. With integrity and transparency, the City 
provides exemplary public services in a caring and 
fiscally responsible manner with a commitment 
to our community’s future. For more information 
visit or call (626) 357-
7931. Follow the City of Duarte on Twitter @



Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events. 
To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to the City of 
Monrovia website and click on the crime mapping link. Sign 
up to follow us on Twitter for police notifications. 

Attempted Arson February 18 at 2:25 p.m., officers 
responded to the 400 block of South Violet regarding an 
attempted arson. The victim reported he saw a former 
female roommate outside his residence. He watched her 
exit her vehicle and walk over to his vehicle. She opened 
the driver’s door to his vehicle and began pouring 
gasoline throughout the interior of his vehicle from a red 
gas can she was carrying. He ran outside and confronted 

 As he approached, it appeared she was preparing to toss 
a lit cigarette into the vehicle, but she saw him and fled to 
her vehicle. She left the area without lighting the vehicle on 
fire. The investigation is continuing. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision February 18 at 6:35 p.m., 
officers were dispatched to the 400 block of South Violet 
regarding a traffic collision. The victim was unloading 
her vehicle, which was parked on the street. An unknown 
vehicle traveling south on Violet struck the left rear door 
of the parked vehicle and fled the scene. The investigation 
is continuing. 

Pursuit/Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Suspect Arrested 
February 19 at 3:41 p.m., an officer located a stolen vehicle 
in the area of Myrtle and Duarte. A pursuit ensued that 
went from Myrtle to Huntington, east on Huntington, 
then south on Mountain. The suspect sideswiped a vehicle 
at the 210 Freeway underpass on Mountain and continued 
south. The suspect vehicle became blocked by traffic on 
Mountain at the railroad tracks. Officers blocked the 
suspect in and approached the vehicle. The suspect would 
not follow verbal commands and resisted the officers, but 
was eventually removed from the vehicle and taken into 

Warrant/Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect 
Arrested February 19 at 8:45 p.m., an officer stopped 
a vehicle for a vehicle code violation at Primrose and 
Chestnut. The driver was found to have an outstanding 
warrant. During an inventory search of the vehicle prior to 
storing it, methamphetamine was found inside. 


Traffic Stop/Evading a Police Officer February 19 at 
11:21 p.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle in 
the area of Euclid and Shamrock for a vehicle code 
violation. The driver fled in the vehicle, heading south 
on Flagstone, where the vehicle came to an abrupt stop. 
Both occupants then jumped out of the vehicle and fled 
on foot. The passenger appeared to be holding something 
in his waistband as he ran. A search for the suspects was 
conducted, but they were not found. The Los Angeles 
Sheriff’s Department helicopter assisted at the scene. The 
vehicle was impounded as it matched the description of a 
vehicle involved in a recent crime that occurred in Duarte. 
The investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft/Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested 
February 21 at 12:08 p.m., an officer responded to a business 
in the 100 block of west Foothill regarding a shoplifter in 
custody. The suspect entered the store, concealed bottles of 
beer on his person, and left the store without paying. The 
suspect is an active gang member and was in violation of 
Monrovia’s gang injunction. He was arrested for shoplifting 
and violation of the court order. 

Fraud/Scam – Suspect Arrested February 21 at 2:15 
p.m., the victim of fraud called police to report the scam. 
He reported an ad on Craigslist regarding tickets for sale 
for Disneyland. The victim said he met with the suspect 
and bought the tickets, only to find out that they were 
fraudulent. He had a friend call the suspect requesting 
to buy additional tickets and they agreed to meet in 
Monrovia. The victim asked if police could help him 
recover his money. 

 Although the first incident did not occur in Monrovia, 
it was similar to a Monrovia case that occurred earlier 
that week. An officer was dispatched to the location at the 
time they agreed to meet and the suspect was detained. 
The suspect admitted he had taken gift cards from a local 
grocery store and advertised on Craigslist. He admitted 
selling three gift cards that were never activated. Two 
incidents possibly occurred in Monrovia. The first incident 
occurred in Arcadia, and the victim was advised to file 
a police report with Arcadia. The suspect also had four 
outstanding warrants. He was arrested and taken into 

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested February 21 at 7:05 p.m., 
dispatch received a call reporting suspects vandalizing a 
school in the 100 block of West Duarte Road. Two young 
male subjects were seen by witnesses spray painting a wall 
at the school. Officers arrived and detained two juveniles 
near the school. A field show up was conducted with 
three witnesses. All three witnesses positively identified 
the suspects. Both suspects were arrested for vandalism 
and taken into custody. They were booked and released 
to their parents with a citation to appear in court on the 

Commercial Burglary/Identity Theft – Suspects Arrested 
February 22 at 11:44 a.m., a business in the 500 block of 
West Huntington called police to report a burglary. Two 
female subjects walked into a business in the city of Arcadia 
and tried to purchase merchandise using an altered store 
credit card. The purchase was rejected and the females left 
the store. Loss prevention notified the Monrovia store in 
case they tried again. The same subjects made a purchase 
at the Monrovia location and were seen leaving the store. 
Officers responded to the area and located the suspects still 
in the shopping center. The suspects were arrested and in 
their possession officers found various items of identity 
theft, which was added to their charges. 

Robbery February 22 at 12:02 p.m., two subjects were 
working at a residence when they noticed a gray Toyota 
Tundra with paper plates pull up to their vehicle, which was 
loaded with equipment. The suspect removed a blower and 
trimmer from the back of the victim’s vehicle. When the 
victims approached the suspect, he brandished a firearm 
and fled the scene. The victims went to the police station to 
report the incident. The suspect was described as an adult, 
male Hispanic, 20-30 years old, with short hair and wearing 
a gray long-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. An area search was 
conducted, but the suspect vehicle was not located. The 
investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence/Non-Injury Traffic Collision – 
Suspect Arrested February 22 at 6:54 p.m., a traffic collision 
was reported in the area of Myrtle and Olive. Two vehicles 
were heading southbound Myrtle and one vehicle rear-ended 
the other. After an investigation, one male adult driver was 
arrested for driving under the influence. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision February 22 at 7:35 p.m., police 
responded to a non-injury traffic collision at Fifth and 
Huntington. A truck driver from out of state was driving his 
big rig west on Huntington 

and attempted to make a right turn onto Fifth Avenue. The 
truck trailer sideswiped the signal light and caused minor 
damage to the signal. 

Vandalism February 22 at 10:11 p.m., a vandalism incident 
was reported at a school in the 100 block of South Canyon. 
Unknown suspects spray painted on the wall of the school. 
The investigation is continuing. 

Vandalism February 23 at 12:44 a.m., officers were dispatched 
to a vandalism incident at an apartment complex in the 300 
block of South Canyon. The victim stated her front window 
had been broken. The investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision February 23 at 7:34 a.m., police 
responded to an injury traffic collision at Monterey and 
Colorado. A driver was traveling east on Colorado and 
failed to stop for the stop sign. The driver collided into 
a vehicle that was turning west onto Colorado from 
Monterey. The driver and passenger of the second vehicle 
received minor injuries. The driver who failed to stop was 
cited for the violation and the other parties were taken to 
a hospital and later released. 

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