Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, June 3, 2017

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More than 200 small businesses and prime contractors attend Industry Workshop 

MONROVIA, Calif. – Today, the Foothill GoldCEO of the Foothill Gold Line Construction 
Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority. “Having a large pool of highlyAuthority) hosted an Industry Workshop at qualified contractors and skilled talent to workthe DoubleTree Hotel in Monrovia, CA. The with benefits the project and taxpayers.”
event drew more than 200 small business Small businesses in attendance ranged in keyrepresentatives and prime contractors interestedspecialties integral to designing and buildingin upcoming business opportunities with thea light rail project, including civil, structural,
Construction Authority as the agency beginssystems, utilities and architecture. All attendees 
procurement for the nearly $1.4 billion, six-were added to the Project Interest List that will bestation Foothill Gold Line light rail project fromgiven to prime contractors who will be biddingGlendora to Montclair. on the two contracts. 
Event attendees were given the opportunity toMore information on the contracting 
network and meet potential teaming partnersopportunities with the Foothill Gold Line 
before receiving information from key projectConstruction Authority can be found by visitingrepresentatives on the upcoming contracting 
opportunities and project status and timeline.contracting-opportunities/. 
Attendees also learned about the Construction 
Authority’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE)About the Foothill Gold Line Construction 
program, which has a goal of 16.6% participationAuthority – The Foothill Gold Line Constructionby SBEs in all contracts.Authority is an independent transportation

“Today’s Industry Workshop marks the planning and construction agency created in 
beginning of the procurement phase for the1998 by the California State Legislature to plan,
Glendora to Montclair project; a day many of usdesign and build the Metro Gold Line light railhave been tirelessly working towards for manysystem from Union Station to Montclair, alongyears,” said Doug Tessitor, Chairman of thethe Foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. TheFoothill Gold Line board of directors. “With agency completed the first segment from UnionMeasure M’s passage last November, the majorityStation to Pasadena in 2003 and the Pasadena 
of the funding needed for the project was secured;to Azusa segment in 2015; both on time andand because the Construction Authority was ableunder budget. The agency began work on theto complete the segment from Pasadena to AzusaFoothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair 
under budget, we are able to kick the Glendorain 2003. The Glendora to Montclair project wasto Montclair segment off a few years earlierenvironmentally cleared in March 2013 underthan anticipated in Measure M, using residualthe California Environmental Quality Act 
Measure R funds.” (CEQA) and completed advanced conceptual

Two significant contracts will be procured inengineering in September 2016. Groundbreakingthe next 18 months by the Construction Authorityis set for October 21, 2017, with substantial 
for the project – (1) Utility Relocation design-completion anticipated in late-2025 to early-2026.
bid-build contract and (2) Alignment design-When completed, the extension will add newbuild contract. The Requests for Bids (RFB) forstations in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, 
the Utility Relocation contract will be issued inLa Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair. 
July 2017, with the contract award anticipated inRidership on the extension alone is anticipatedSeptember 2017. The Request for Qualificationsto exceed 18,300 boardings on weekdays by(RFQ) for the Alignment contract, the first step2035. The majority of the funding needed toin a multi-step procurement process, will bebuild the Glendora to Montclair segment isissued in November 2017, with short-listed teams being allocated through Los Angeles County’sdetermined in February 2018. Short-listed teamsMeasure M sales tax, which takes effect July 1,
will then receive the Request for Proposals.2017. Residual Measure R funding will also be“There was tremendous interest and turnout at used, along with funding from San Bernardinothe workshop, which bodes well for the qualityCounty to complete the portion of the projectof the potential bidders,” stated Habib F. Balian, from Claremont to Montclair. 


Viet Nam Memorial at Arcadia County Park. 

By Joan Schmidt

I love May-its cool weather, singing birds, andbeautiful new flowers. But most of, it’s time to remember 
our heroes and their sacrifices. 

The first tribute was to slain peace officers who havemade the ultimate sacrifice- to keep us safe. They leavebehind spouses, children and even parents whose livesare never the same. Special ceremonies occurred inWashington D.C. and Sacramento, CA. Locally, theLASD 48th Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial honored all 
LA County Officers killed in the line of duty, adding theirnames to the Memorial Wall. Sadly the three recent wereLASD Sergeants Steven Owen and Alfonso Lopez, andWhittier PD Officer Keith Boyer. From the distant past,
historical research revealed from LASD, Arthur Solomon 
(EOW Aug. 7, 1917) and Charles Winston, (EOW Apr. 3,1926), and from the Marshall’s Office Frederick Moore(EOW: Jan. 16, 1947.)

In front of the wall were six beautiful floral wreaths 
for each honoree. The Memorial Torch was passed toSheriff McDonnell (The Torch Run began Friday at theHall of Justice when Undersheriff LaBerge lit the torch.
Nearly 2000 runners participated over a three day period,
covering 300 miles, stopping at each Sheriff ’s Station andstrategic points in between.)

Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper spoke of his slain officerKeith Boyer... “an intelligent, inspiring, compassionateperson who provided excellent public service for nearlythirty years.” The Sheriff praised his Sergeants Al Lopezand Steve Owen for their dedication to their duties. 

There was a release of doves to signify peace and theceremony ended with TAPS.

On the last Monday of May, we observe MemorialSupervisor Bargar was so cordial and thrilled manyDay which began as “Decoration Day”, Twenty-fourVets by posing with them and thanking them for theircommunities across the US claim to be the as birthplaceservice. (Thanks to her great staff and LA County Parksof the first Memorial Day celebration! President Lyndonand Recreation Volunteers for the wonderful day!
Johnson sanctioned Waterloo, New York as the “official” At Arcadia County Park, there also was a special ONE-
birthplace of Memorial Day because of their well-plannedYEAR observance of the beautiful Viet Nam Memorial 
observance in May, 1866. However, Boalsburg PA won’tbuilt last year. (Thank you Gene Glasco and the Elksback down-their first remembrance was in 1864, and in Lodge and MANY GENEROUS Donors) Also the1865, a large community observance occurred.Beautiful DISPLAY of flags. (Thank Arcadia Rotary Club

This past Saturday Supervisor Bargar continuedfor your assistance. These service clubs are BEYONDAntonovich’s great tradition with the 20th Annualawesome! 
Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans and Their Lastly, I must acknowledge Live Oak Cemetery inFamilies. It was FABULOUS as always. Channel 4’sMonrovia. Their annual Memorial Day Observation isFritz Coleman was M.C., Guest Speakers includedunmatched. Major General Gravett was keynote speakerCongresswoman Judy Chu and Arcadia Mayor Peterand Monrovia HS Band provided the Military Medley.
Amundson. Attending were Brigadier General Ruth Highlights included 21 Gun Salute, Raising of the Flag,
Wong, Commander Hugh Crooks, and Council Placing of Wreaths on the Veterans Memorial and theMembers Becky Shevlin (Monrovia), Karen DouglasRelease of Doves. After the ceremony, there was a light(Glendora), LASD Captain Dave Flores, CHP Captainlunch provided. Thank you to Live Oak Cemetery and allGreg Hammond and MANY wonderful Veterans whowho made this event so special.
thoroughly enjoyed great music and food, numerousThank you to all our fallen heroes and to their familiesdisplays, info booths, a flyover and much more. who made sacrifices. God bless America. 


Imagine teenaged math and 

a Master’s in Education at Cal Polyscience students attending classes

Pomona, and an Ed.D. in Education 
and doing projects in their very own

from Azusa Pacific. She was a science 
special building! That is exactly what

teacher and an administrator before 
will happen in the Corona-Norco

becoming director of Eastvale STEMUnified School District (Riverside

County) when the new Eastvale

 The CalRTA #71 luncheon meetingSTEM Academy opens in 2018.

will take place on Friday, June 9 at 11:30STEM stands for science, technology,

a.m. at the Senior Center Building inengineering, and mathematics. The 
Arcadia Park (county park), 405 W.
school’s mission is to “prepare all

Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, next to 
students to be college and career

the Lawn Bowling Greens. The cost 
ready in the STEM fields.” Although

of the luncheon for those who pay atthe school is located on the campus

the door is $13. As an alternative to 
of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, it is based onthe hot meal, a tuna salad is available. For luncheon 
the concept of “A School Within a School.” reservations, please call John Gera at (626) 286-0714

Members of the California Retired Teachers’ by the June 2 deadline.
Association #71 (CalRTA-SGV) will learn moreMembership in the California Retired Teachers’about the STEM Academy when Dr. Kim Lu Lawe,Association is open to all retired educators, to 
Director, speaks to the group. Dr. Lawe is a product ofcurrent educators, and to any others interested inEl Monte schools both as a student and a teacher. She joining. CalRTA’s motto is “Your Partner in Pension 
earned a B.S. in Biology from Redlands University, Protection.” 

Whittier Police Chief Jeff Potter releases Doves. 

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