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Mountain View News Saturday, September 3, 2016 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis

“Come with me and you’ll be, in a world of pure 
imagination, take a look and you’ll see, into your 

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder has left us, but we’ll always have our 
DVD copies of his genius: Blazing Saddles, The 
Producers, Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka. 
Thanks Gene, for so many great moments that 
made us laugh.

 Had lunch at Zugo’s this week with dear friend, 
Celia Kalm. Horribly hot outside, but nice and 
cool inside. Had the endive fennel salad, which 
is delicious. Especially like the pears and the 
candied walnuts; and, of course, the butternut 
squash ravioli. Can’t pass those things up...they 
are amazing! Don’t know if you knew this, but 
Ricky Budiono – the genius behind Zugo’s – has 
monthly wine tastings. Just ask to be put on the 
list. This is a lot of fun and we can’t resist the 
garlic fries. Zugo’s has nifty coupons on the back 
of the Mountain Views News...take a look!

 Next Saturday, September 3rd – the first day of 
college football – Creative Arts Group is hosting 
their annual Flea Market Sale from 9-3. If you 
time it right, you’ll be home in plenty of time for 
the start of the UCLA - Texas A & M game at 
12:30. I stopped by last year and staggered away 
with books, and art goodies, while other folks 
were walking away with couches and other great 
stuff. It’s right there at 108 No. Baldwin with lots 
of street parking.

 AND, The Crows Are Coming!! The 5th 
Annual Sierra Madre Scarecrow Festival. We 
love this thing. There’s a workshop on Saturday, 
Sept. 10th where they’ll teach you to make your 
own scarecrow. It is such a hoot to come across 
genius scarecrows all over town. Sierra Madreans 
are so witty and clever. Today’s picture is of my 
all time favorite which was up on Canon Drive a 
couple of years ago. You can vote, too, for your 
favorite starting October 1st. Entry registration 
is due by Sept. 23rd. You can register online: 

 A good friend sent me these “Amazing Simple 
Home Remedies,” and I, expecting something 
annoying like Martha Stewart’s handy hints for a 
perfect life, like this one: Now that it’s fall, bring 
your winter linens out of storage. Seriously? 
That’s right up there with making ice cubes 
out of leftover wine. Leftover wine? Seriously? 
Anyway, I read the first one and knew I had to 
share with all our Walking Sierra Madre friends 
and neighbors:

 1. Avoid cutting yourself when slicing 
vegetables by getting someone else to hold the 
vegetables while you chop.

 2. You need only two tools in life: WD-40 and 
duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the 
WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the 
duct tape.

 3. If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got 
an electrical problem.

 These wind up with a Thought For The Day: 
Some people are like Slinkies – not really good 
for anything but they bring a smile to your face 
when they’re pushed down the stairs.

 Here’s another Thought For The Day: If a word 
in the dictionary were misspelled, how would 
we know? Pray for rain and cooler weather... we 
need ‘em both! 

 My book page: Deanne Davis


 “Tablespoon of Love, Tablespoon of Laughter” 
is available there…

 An excellent The Kids Are Back In School gift, 
by the way!

The City is seeking nominations for this year’s 
Honors Awards. Submissions must be received 
by September 9 at 5:00 pm. Awards are:

George Mauer Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to a person / entity whose lifetime of 
service /embodies the spirit of volunteerism

Wistaria Award

Recognizes a Community partnership that 
provides community-wide programs and 

Public Safety Award

Presented for outstanding service and duty to 
the community

Public Service Award

The Employee of the Year Award for remarkable 
public and customer service

Community Youth Service Award

Presented to a youth (under 18) for outstanding 
service and dedication to the community

Nomination forms are available at City 
Hall or on the City’s website. Nominations 
can be dropped off at City Hall or 
emailed to Dorothy Costello at dcostello@



During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police 
Department responded to approximately 2 03 day and 
night time calls for service. 

Wednesday, August 24 Officers were dispatched to 
the station’s lobby regarding a fraud report at about 
12:30 p.m. It appears that the victim made contact 
with an unknown subject who was interested in 
buying couches the victim had advertised on a phone 
app “LETGO” for $300.00. The subject instructed the 
victim to cash a fraudulent $1700.00 check. Once the 
check was cashed and the victim kept the sale amount, 
the remaining balance was wired to an unknown 
subject in the city of Vallejo Ca. Because the check 
was returned unpaid, the victim is now responsible 
for the amount of the returned check. Case referred 
to Detectives 

At approximately 1:04 p.m. SMPD officers responded 
to a report of a hit and run accident in the 100 block 
of E. Montecito. Victim noticed front end damage to 
his vehicle that was not there when he parked at the 
location. A neighbor placed a note on the victim’s 
windshield with information on the car that hit his 
vehicle along with a photo of a white Chevy pickup 
truck driven by a male Hispanic. Case pending 
Friday, August 26 At about 7:37 a.m. officers were 
dispatched to an auto theft investigation in the 600 
block of W. Sierra Madre Bl. The victim stated that 
her car was parked and locked the previous night 
at 7:00 p.m. The victim described the car as a 1998 
red Honda CRV-SUV. A stolen vehicle alert sent out 
to surrounding police agencies. Case forwarded to 

9:00 a.m. A SMPD officer was dispatched to the 
station lobby regarding a stolen vehicle report. The 
victim reported that he locked his vehicle at about 
9:50 p.m. the night before in the rear car port in the 
600 block of W. Sierra Madre Bl. The victim described 
his vehicle as a 1997 tan Ford Explorer with scrapes 
and scratches in the rear passenger door and dents in 
the rear driver’s side quarter panel. A stolen vehicle 
alert sent out to surrounding police agencies.

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