Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Gov. Brown Signs AB 485 Into Law 

It’s been a long time coming, but Assembly Bill 485 - thePet Rescue and Adoption Act - has, at long last been signedinto California law. Much work had to be done before this 
victory could be won, and I want to express my sincerestappreciation to those who took part in the process.

I have mentioned Social Compassion in Legislation(SCIL) a few times in articles I’ve written in the past.
SCIL is an awesome organization comprised of a groupof remarkably driven advocates who dedicate their time,
energy and professional skills to making the world - or atleast most certainly the US - a better place for the animals.

SCIL initiated, gathered support for, and ultimatelysponsored Assembly Bill 485 all the way to the governor‘soffice in Sacramento. It was through their tenacious effortsalong with the help of the elected officials who supportedAB 485, that it was finally signed into law by Governor JerryBrown last Friday, October 13th.

AB 485 - introduced by Assemblymembers PatrickO’Donnell (D-Long Beach) and Matt Dababneh 
(D-Woodland Hills) - is a landmark bill banning the saleof mill-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. AB 485 willalso require that pet stores offer dogs, cats and rabbits fromshelters and rescue groups. The signing of AB 485 makesour state the first in the country to enact such a policy; onethat will eliminate the trafficking of mill-bred animals intoCalifornia pet stores.

“This is an exciting day for pets”, AssemblymemberO’Donnell said. “I am very grateful for the strong supportwe received from animal lovers across the state and from 
Social Compassion in Legislation, the bill’s sponsor. This isa big win for our four-legged friends, of course, but also forCalifornia taxpayers who spend more than $250 millionannually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters.” 

The bill comes on the heels of similar local bans approvedin various communities throughout California, includingsome of the first local ordinances in West Hollywood andthe city of Los Angeles, which were also driven by SCIL.
“When we began the effort to codify these local ordinancesinto state law earlier this year, many people said it couldn’tget done and that the timing wasn’t right.” said JudieMancuso, SCIL’s Founder and CEO. 

Yet since the bill’s introduction in February, underMancuso’s leadership, SCIL worked tirelessly with 
Assemblymember O’Donnell to build a broad coalitionincluding local governments, publicand private animal shelters, pet stores,
rescue groups and animal welfareadvocates. 

Facing significant opposition in theAssembly, the bill ultimately garneredbroad bipartisan support and in the endpassed the Senate with no opposition.
AB 485 had a significant number ofco-authors before proceeding to theGovernor, including Senators CathleenGalgiani (D-Stockton) & Bill Monning(D-Carmel), Assemblymembers 
Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona),
Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside), LauraFriedman (D-Glendale) and Ash Kalra(D-San Jose), for an impressive list of 


people and plays 

endlessly with his 
adorable siblings, sister Spot and brother, Earl 
Grey, plus their mama, Milky White. See more of 
them on our website, Call 
626-676-9505 for a Meet & Greet, or see Adoption 

Happy Tails 
by Chris Leclerc 

bipartisan support.

“By signing into law the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act,
California is setting an example on how businesses, localanimal shelters and rescue groups can work together towarda common goal: ending the inhumane treatment of animalsat puppy mills and the unnecessary euthanasia of pets atshelters”, remarked Assemblymember Dababneh. “While 
we celebrate this win today, it’s important to recognizethere’s still a lot of work to be done to increase the standards 
of animal welfare.” 

Based on a March, 2017 survey by SCIL, the majorityof retail pet stores in California have already shifted tothe “humane model” familiar to patrons of such stores asHealthy Spot, whose owner, Andrew Kim gave compellingtestimony in both the Assembly and Senate hearings insupport of the bill.

“I am thrilled to hear that AB 485 is now California 
law and codifies the best business practice of a humanepet store. We know this humane model can be successfulbecause this is how we have operated our stores since dayone and are thriving without the need to sell a single animal.

Now banning an outdated business practice of sellingpets will positively impact our community, reduceovercrowding in the shelters and provide more adoptionoptions through rescue partners. Making AB 485 the lawwas the right and smart business decision for California sothat our pets, businesses and communities can benefit”, said 
Andrew Kim, Founder and CEO, Healthy Spot.

The California Animal Control Director’s Association 
(CACDA) applauds Governor Brown’s signing of AB 485and believes the restriction of retails sales of dogs, cats andrabbits in pet shops to only those from shelters or rescueorganizations will decrease the demand for animals bred incommercial mills and increase the adoption of animals inshelters. 

I can’t thank these caring, compassionate people enoughfor the parts they all played in following the right path onbehalf of the animals. Without each and every one of thefolks mentioned in this article, such a daunting task maynever have been fulfilled. Kudos to you, SCIL and ourelected servants. Your love for the animals is, no doubt, 
reciprocated exponentially by them and by me as well! 

Source: SCIL Press Release, October 13, 2017 

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Deep inside, each 
of us has the desire 
to be clear, content, 
and joyful. In 
many ways, yoga isabout purifying-purifying 

body, purifying thoughts, and purifying perception in
an effort to get us to contentment and a joyful state ofbeing.

From the most practical viewpoint, yoga posesstretch the body, improve circulation, and melt built-
up stagnation in our muscles, joints, and fascia. Theinternal systems are nourished and purified throughall the different ways we bend and twist the body. Themovement aids overall physiological function.

If you practice yoga, you already know the impact ofmovement isn’t limited to the body alone. For many, 
this mental enhancement is why we do yoga!

Along with the yoga asana, we use breath work,
withdrawal of the senses, sustained concentration, 
and principles for right living all derived from the 

Real Life Tips from LIfe's Instruction Manual 

“That was awesome!” was the go-to phrase of the1990’s. People used it everywhere. Now we 
say everything is amazing; we might be overusingthat word.  Perhaps we overused the awesometoo, but we could incorporate a greater sense ofawe because it is an essential part of our gratitudepractice.

Awe is defined as “a feeling of reverential respectmixed with fear or wonder.” Researchers are 
currently studying awe as a treatment for PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Awe 
inspires curiosity. When we experiencesomething that is awesome, it takes our breathaway, we marvel and sometimes lose our words andability to communicate. Frequently we encounter 
that feeling in nature. People that suffer fromPTSD and are taken to nature reported sleepingbetter and less anxiety after having an awesomeexperience outdoors.

When we experience something that is awesome,
it inspires gratitude. Â

I want to live in a world that is fueled by gratitude,
and I think that you do too. What can you do to 

eight limbs of yoga. Each of these practices helps usgain control over the mind. When the mind is at ease,
there is clarity and less confusion. When our power ofdiscernment is strong, we feel connected to the worldand joyful experiences are easily accessible.

Within the greater scope of yoga, there is a whole setof cleansing actions called Kriyas. For example, using aneti pot is a main purification technique for the sinuses.
There are many other widely-used Kriyas which supportpurification.

Why all this purification? To elevate our spiritualconsciousness… to experience a pure state of beingclosest to who we are supposed to be in the world... tobe clear and content enough to be of service to thosearound us… to experience bliss… to see perfection inthe world at every turn.

Whatever level of awareness or sense of wellbeingyou are seeking, you will find it in yoga. Keep practicing.
Keep purifying. See you in class. 

Keely Totten, E-RYT 500 

experience and appreciate theawe-inspiring world around 
you? The City of Sierra

Lori A. Harris 

Madre and the Northeastern 
section of Los Angeles County have many naturepaths, parks, and hills. Treat yourself, go out andexplore your neighborhood.

Take the time to remember something awesomeand record it in your journal. What feelings did 
it inspire in you? Did you observe somethingin nature or some man-made wonder? Did you 
witness a miraculous athletic feat? Why was itawesome? Look for the awesome in your life andcelebrate it. 

Lori is a lawyer and coach you can learn moreabout her at her website and on 
her free app, Gratitude Train. 

Lori A. Harris 
Creator of the Gratitude Train App, available in theApp Store and Google 

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