Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, April 14, 2018

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By Joan Schmidt

 Last week I attended two special Arcadia 
events. The first was Community Connections, 
held at the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, the 
first Thursday of every month with a special guest 
speaker. April’s speakers were Brian Greene and 
Clifford Daniels from Methodist Hospital. We 
learned that Methodist received a 5 Star Rating 
from Medicare for Overall Hospital Quality, the 
third year in a row. It is in the top 1% of Hospitals 
in the U.S. for patient safety, quality and 
efficiency, and is a LA County EMS Approved 
Comprehensive Stroke Center and LA County 
EMS Approved Heart Attack Receiving Center. 
Methodist Hospital’s ER treats between 100-150 
patients per day; that is more than 50,000 patients 
per year!

 A few years ago, I attended the opening of 
their new GYN/Oncology Clinic. Recently they 
completed the new Rehabilitation Unit and there 
also is a floor for only “Replacement” patients 
with highly trained nurses and staff. Besides the 
excellent clinical services, Methodist provides 
community outreach and support groups. Please 

REMINDER: May’s Community Connection: 
Guest Speaker: Arcadia Police Chief Guthrie, May 
3, 2018, 8:00 AM Embassy Suites by Hilton, 211 
E. Huntington Drive Arcadia (Different location, 
larger attendance expected.)

 Friday was the Mayor’s Breakfast/State of the 
City Address. Mayor Amundson thanked Sponsor, 
Foothill Credit Union, all attendees, and noted a 
portion of the profits would be donated to Foothill 
Unity Center. Attending were past Mayors Gail 
Marshall, Dr. Sheng Cheng, Gary Kovacic, Bob 
Harbict, the entire current City Council, Arcadia 
Police Chief Guthrie, Fire Chief Lang, El Monte 
Councilman Jay Gomez, City Clerk Gene Glasco 
and many more!

 The theme was “Leaving a Legacy”. Mayor 
Amundson, born and raised in Arcadia spoke of 
what a great city it is,-to live, love, learn, and leave 
a legacy. The City’s mission is to provide each 
resident with unsurpassed quality of life. He spoke 
of the great Police Department-crime is down, 
their two canines, and many great community 
programs; and their great Fire Department, which 
responded to 14 strikes-their Chief Lang cut his 
vacation short to attend. The Mayor said Arcadia 
was a City of homes and families, and recently 
received the Business Most friendly Award. He 
praised Assistant City Manager/Development 
Services Director Jason Kruckeberg and Tom 
Tait, Public Works for their outstanding work. 
Amundson spoke of Arcadia’s great Library with 
its 42 high tech computers, the Gilb Museum, 
which is free and has so many displays, the Floretta 
Lauber Education Room, the great work of Carol 
Libby, Arcadia Historical Society, and the Arcadia 
Chinese Museum which donates and supports so 
many projects.

 Guest Speaker was retired Supervisor Mike 
Antonovich. (36 years public service) He felt the 
most important legacy was to help a child. He 
spoke of single parents and how difficult that is. 
Also the foster kids, who are released from the 
system, but still need guidance and programs 
to help them. He was proud of his pet adoption 
program on TV-all got homes. While in office, he 
had an annual Veterans’ Fair. In my county area, 
Antonovich brought transit service, kept Pamela 
Park open, brought a gym, provided funds for 
programs, and the summer beach bus. There is 
the stop sign at Daines/Tyler, a new Library in the 
works, and he hasa always supported the Sheriff’s 
Department. He had 15 Town Councils and 
worked with them, just as he did with his Cities. 
Mayor Amundson gave Antonovich a “Stetson” 
hat just like the late President Reagan wore and 
also gave a special award to Gene Glasco.(Thanks 
Burt Brink for photos!) It was a great event. 

Katie Orth626.688.0418 
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