Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 30, 2019

MVNews this week:  Page B:1




By Joan Schmidt

There have been some changes at The Sheriff’s Department. Undersheriff Ray Leyva has resigned. 
He did not agree with some of the actions of the new Sheriff. But neither did the Board of Supervisors 
or local newspapers. 

 Assistant Sheriff Tim Murakami is now Undersheriff. He comes to this position with 
decades of leadership and experience across multiple bureaus. His career began as a deputy at 
Men’s Central Jail, patrol deputy at East LA Station and member of Gang Suppression Team. As a 
sergeant, he was part of Operation Safe Jails at Sybil Brand Institute, at the Recruit Training Bureau, 
and Industry Station as a patrol sergeant and Asian Community Liaison Leader. After promotion 
to lieutenant, assignments included Industry, Cerritos and Temple Stations. After his promotion to 
captain, Murakami returned to Industry Station until his 2019 appointment as Assistant Sheriff.

 As Undersheriff, Murakami will supervise three Assistant Sheriffs who represent a majority 
of the Department including patrol, detectives, courts, technology, specialized operations and 
countywide services. He will also directly oversee professional standards, training, administrative 
services and personnel.

 Promoting to Assistant Sheriff is Chief Robin Limon who has been a Department leader 
in numerous high-profile positions. She began as a line deputy at Sybil Brand Institute before 
transferring to the Transportation Bureau. Assignments include patrol at Norwalk Station, 
detective at Major Crimes Bureau, and as a sergeant, she worked in multiple custody positions, field 
sergeant and watch sergeant at Pico Rivera Station and at the Emergency Operations Bureau before 
promoting to Lieutenant. Lieutenant assignments ranged from custody to courts before returning 
to Norwalk Station as a watch commander and service area lieutenant. In December, 2018, Sheriff 
Villanueva promoted Limon to Chief, overseeing Court Services division.

By Joan Schmidt

 Senator Susan 
Rubio chose Maki Hseih, 
2019 Woman of the Year 
for CA Senate District 22. 
“Maki Hseih is not only a 
world class violinist and 
vocalist, but a visionary 
whose passion to lead 
has truly engaged our 
community,” Senator 
Rubio said. “I’m proud 
to have named her this 
year’s Woman of the 

born, Hseih trained at 
Peabody Conservatory 
as violinist, concert 
pianist, and opera 
singer, performing 
in 12 languages. As 
executive director of 
the Arcadia Performing 
Arts Center Foundation, 
Hseih promotes high-quality cultural and artistic 
programming, and oversees fundraising. Under 
her leadership, four festivals and three galas 
integrated youth talent with world-class artists; 
revenue increased 114 percent. Mickey Segal, Alan 
Whitman and Lily Lui endowed $250,000 each for 
the Center; it’s the first time the Foundation is in 
the black.

 Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio chose Ana 
Estevez as 48th Assembly District Woman of the 

I met Ana Estevez, the bravest mother I ever 
met, at the Justice for Homicide Victim’s 2018 
Memorial. Ana told her story and there were 
no dry eyes. When Ana met Piqui’s father, she 
thought he was the man of her dreams, but was 
greatly mistaken. During their eight and a half 
year marriage, she suffered five miscarriages and 
prayed for a child. Her prayers were answered; her 
beloved son Piqui was born. When Piqui was four, 
she told her husband, she wanted a divorce. Piqui 
would return from weekends with bruises. The 
family courts gravely failed Ana and Piqui; they 
kept minimizing the father’s past violence with the 
boy. On July 19, 2017, Piqui was murdered after a 
trip to Disneyland with his father.

 Ana told us she was on a mission for Piqui. 
Something had to be done. She didn’t want other 
parents to suffer as she did. She told us that many 
mornings, she didn’t want to get out of bed. The 
pain of losing such a beloved son was unbearable, 
but Ana did. Ana contacted Assemblywoman 
Rubio and explained her great pain and her desire 
to improve the court system.

Assemblywoman Rubio brought H.R. 113, “Piqui”s 
Resolution” to encourage trauma-informed 
training for family court professionals and offers 
more protections for a child if they are a witness to 
domestic violence, injured or abused” to the floor 
with two co-sponsors. Ana had bravely traveled 
to Sacramento and told the legislators her story. 
“Our children deserve to live full lives-my Piqui 
deserved to live more than five years and this 
powerful statement by the House gives me real 
hope that the family court cover-ups and denials 
of child abuse are being exposed.

On August 23, 2018, Piqui’s Resolution was 
adopted by the California Legislature. By then it 
had 76 co-authors. Ana was so grateful. Tragically, 
during the last decade, 53 California children have 
been killed by their parents; 653 nationwide.



that time of year to support our wonderful letter carriers in their nationwide 
"Stamp Out Hunger" food collection event! This event is the 
largest single-day food drive and is scheduled in May each year to help 
keep food pantries stocked during the summer months when the kids are 
home all day from school!

This event is a great opportunity for youth and adult volunteers! Last 
year, over 300 volunteers assisted letter carriers by unloading, sorting 
and packing food at participating local post offices. Foothill Unity Center, 
Inc. received over 200,000 pounds of food from this event!

 Pasadena Altadena Arcadia 

 600 Lincoln Ave. 22741 N. Lake Ave. 41 Wheeler Ave. 

 Pasadena, CA 91109 Altadena, CA 91001 Arcadia, CA 91006


 Monrovia/Duarte San Marino Warehouse

 225 Ivy Ave. 2960 Huntington Dr. 790 W. Chestnut Ave.

 Monrovia, CA 91016 San Marino, CA 91108 Monrovia, CA 91016 

Letter carriers and volunteers make a huge difference in the work Foothill Unity Center, Inc. does in 
distributing this food to low-income families and the homeless population in eleven communities in 
the San Gabriel Valley. 

“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers” by Terry Guillemets

If you are not available to volunteer for this event, please consider donating resources. Thank you for 
all your support and for being the heart of change in your local communities!

by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

Not another robocall! We’ve all felt that way. Wondering what to do about robocalls? Check out this 
new video:

The FTC worked with AARP to create a series of videos about imposter scams – including robocalls, 
IRS imposters and Medicare scams. While the videos are aimed at older Asian Americans and Pacific 
Islanders, the tips apply to everyone. For three Fridays, we’ve highlighted these videos: first Medicare 
scams, then IRS imposters, and now robocalls.

In this week’s video, you’ll hear about imposter scams that come by robocall, and some steps you 
can take. The robovoice may claim to be a utility, a government agency, or even a foreign consulate. 
Don’t believe them. Instead:

Hang up on illegal robocalls. Is the recording trying to sell you something? Did you give your written 
permission to get calls from that company? No? Then that call is illegal. No need to feel like you’re 
being rude when you hang up.

Consider protecting yourself with technology like a call blocking app or device. You also can ask 
your phone provider if it has call-blocking tools. To learn more, go to

Report the call. Report robocalls at The more we hear from you, the more we can 
help fight scams.

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