Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, August 24, 2019 


By Dr. Edward C. Ortell, Citrus College Area 3 Trustee

The signs of fall are upon us. No, not cooler days and autumn leaves. 
Rather it’s the abundant information about college courses and dorm 
room decor and the deluge of ads for school supplies that are popping 
up in mailboxes, magazines, and just about everywhere we go.

If you are thinking about upgrading your lifestyle with a new career 
or better paying job in 2020, now is the time to act. 

Education pays—especially in today’s job market. Middle skill jobs, 
those that require more than a high school diploma but less than a 
bachelor’s degree, make up some of the fastest growing employment 
sectors in the country. 

And, the more you learn, the more you earn. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median 
monthly earnings of full-time workers in 2017 were approximately $2,800 for high school graduates 
(no college) and $4,800 for those with bachelor’s degrees. The Community College League of California 
states that students who earn a California community college degree or certificate nearly double their 
earnings within three years.

Affordable local community colleges offer career training in fields as diverse as nursing, real estate, 
construction management, and performing arts. A community college can place you on a low-cost 
pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Or, you can upgrade your skills and earning potential by taking a few 
courses that will give you advanced technical training or up-to-date computer skills.

If you are a first generation college student, have limited finances or are unsure about navigating 
complex admission procedures, a community college is the place for you. Student support services 
abound and friendly staff will walk you through registration, the financial aid process, creating an 
educational plan, tutoring options and much more. Work with them to design a program that fits your 
current work and family responsibilities and will lead to college success. 

What could be more exciting than starting this fall with a viable plan for achieving the career of your 
dreams? As Mark Twain so famously said, ““Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to 
work a day in your life.” 

About the Author:

Dr. Edward C. Ortell is the senior governing board member at Citrus College and a Professor Emeritus 
at Pasadena City College. He has served on the California Community College Trustees (CCCT) state 
board of directors and eight terms as president of the Citrus College Board of Trustees.


Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Dr. William Walner

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Jo-Anne Woolner


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle College Preparatory

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay Lewis

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

Arcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon



PASADENA, CA (August 23, 2019) Calling all 
adults! Why should kids have all the fun? This 
fall Kidspace Children's Museum will celebrate 
40 years of PLAY by hosting its second annual 
PLAYDATE. On Thursday, September 19 from 
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., guests will be treated to 
an evening of signature cocktails and tasty bites. 
Guests will explore the campus with friends and 
have the chance to 'be a kid again' as they ride 
adult tricycles, participate in drum circles, race 
rubber duckies, and of course, sing and dance. 
This after-hours event will give guests the opportunity 
to play their way through this one-of-
a-kind museum experience.

"I am very proud of the impact Kidspace continues 
to make in Southern California - 40 years 
is a true accomplishment. From excited first time student visitors, to parents who enthusiastically remember 
their favorite exhibit from childhood, to delighted grandparents who play alongside their 
grandchildren, it seems that everyone has fond memories of 'growing up at Kidspace'." Mike Bryant, 
Board President, went on to say, "We created PLAYDATE as a fun and unique way for adults to 'be a 
kid again' at Kidspace, while building and strengthening the museum's annual fund for today's guests 
and future generations."

PLAYDATE gives the community an opportunity to come together in support of Kidspace's annual 
fund, which includes Kidspace for All access programs and daily activities. In 2018, the museum 
served nearly 380,000 guests, 90,000 of whom gained access through Kidspace for All free and discounted 
programs. This represents a lot of splashing, mud-pies, tugs on the lever, puppet shows, walks 
across the rope-bridge, and animal encounters. Life-changing moments are made possible each year 
because community supporters believe in the power of play at Kidspace.

Kidspace for All programs include: Free Family Nights, Museums Free-For-All day, Kidspace on the 
Road outreach programs, military members discounts, My Masterpieces art program for Pasadena 
Unified School District's kindergarten students, and EBT reduced cost admission.

PLAYDATE tickets start at $40. Patron and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please visit or call (626) 243-4508 for more information.

This event is made possible by the following sponsors: Armanino LLP, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 
JACMAR Foodservice Distribution, Kikori Whiskey, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Outlook Newspapers, 
Pasadena Now, Payden & Rygel, Playhouse District Association, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.


Kidspace Children's Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., in Brookside Park, Pasadena, CA on 
3.5 acres of both indoor and outdoor, interactive environments. The museum features over 40 hands-
on exhibits with daily programs and monthly events for children ages 1 to 10. The mission of Kidspace 
is to nurture the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become 
joyful, active learners. Admission is $14 for adults and children. Free for children under one year. For 
more information, visit



Whether it’s called “The Great Wealth Transfer,” “The Silver 
Tsunami,” or some other catchy-sounding name, it’s a fact that a 
tremendous amount of wealth will pass from aging Baby Boomers 
to younger generations in the next few decades. In fact, it’s said 
to be the largest transfer of intergenerational wealth in history.
Because no one knows exactly how long Boomers will live or 
how much money they’ll spend before they pass on, it’s impossible to accurately predict just how 
much wealth will be transferred. But studies suggest it’s somewhere between $30 and $50 trillion. 
Yes, that’s “trillion” with a “T.”

A blessing or a curse?

And while most are talking about the benefits this asset transfer might have for younger generations 
and the economy, few are talking about its potential negative ramifications. Yet there’s plenty of 
evidence suggesting that many people, especially younger generations, are woefully unprepared to 
handle such an inheritance. 

 Indeed, an Ohio State University study found that one third of people who received an inheritance 
had a negative savings within two years of getting the money. Another study by The Williams Group 
found that intergenerational wealth transfers often become a source of tension and dispute among 
family members, and 70% of such transfers fail by the time they reach the second generation.

 Whether you will be inheriting or passing on this wealth, it’s crucial to have a plan in place to 
reduce the potentially calamitous effects such transfers can lead to. Without proper estate planning, 
the money and other assets that get passed on can easily become more of a curse than a blessing.
Get proactive

There are several proactive measures you can take to help stave off the risks posed by the big wealth transfer. 
Beyond having a comprehensive estate plan, openly discussing your values and legacy with your loved 
ones can be key to ensuring your planning strategies work exactly as you intended. Here’s what we suggest: 
Create a plan: If you haven’t created your estate plan yet—and far too many folks haven’t—it’s 
essential that you put a plan in place as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter how young you are 
or if you have a family yet, all adults over 18 should have some basic planning vehicles in place. 
From there, be sure to regularly review your plan (and update it immediately after major 
life events like marriage, births, deaths, inheritances, and divorce) throughout your lifetime. 
Discuss wealth with your family early and often: Don’t put off talking about wealth with 
your family until you’re in retirement or nearing death. Clearly communicate with your 
children and grandchildren what wealth means to you and how you’d like them to use 
the assets they inherit when you pass away. Make such discussions a regular event, so you 
can address different aspects of wealth and your family legacy as they grow and mature. 
When discussing wealth with your family members, focus on the values you want to instill, 
rather than what and how much they can expect to inherit. Let them know what values are most 
important to you and try to mirror those values in your family life as much as possible. Whether 
it’s saving and investing, charitable giving, or community service, having your kids live your 
values while growing up is often the best way to ensure they carry them on once you’re gone. 
Communicate your wealth’s purpose: Outside of clearly communicating your values, you 
should also discuss the specific purpose(s) you want your wealth to serve in your loved ones’ 
lives. You worked hard to build your family wealth, so you’ve more than earned the right to 
stipulate how it gets used and managed when you’re gone. Though you can create specific terms 
and conditions for your wealth’s future use in planning vehicles like a living trust, don’t make 
your loved ones wait until you’re dead to learn exactly how you want their inheritance used. 
If you want your wealth to be used to fund your children’s college education, provide the down 
payment on their first home, or invested for their retirement, tell them so. By discussing such things 
while you’re still around, you can ensure your loved ones know exactly why you made the planning 
decisions you did. And doing so can greatly reduce future conflict and confusion about what your 
true wishes really are. 

Secure your wealth, your legacy, and your family’s future

Regardless of how much or how little wealth you plan to pass on—or stand to inherit—it’s vital that 
you take steps to make sure that wealth is protected and put to the best use possible. A good plan 
should facilitate your ability to communicate your most treasured values, experiences, and stories 
with the ones you’re leaving behind so you can rest assured that the coming wealth transfer offers 
the maximum benefit for those you love most. 

Dedicated to empowering your family, building your wealth 
and defining your legacy,

 A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a mission to help 
parents protect what they love most. His office is located at 55 
Auburn Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Schedule an

appointment to sit down and talk about ensuring a legacy of love 
and financial security for your family by calling 626.355.4000 or 
visit for more information.

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