Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 12, 2019 


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



Jeff’s Book Pics By Jeff Brown

In the 
of rapper 
murder this 
March, his 
family and 
been locked in a bitter battle for custody 
of one of his young children. And as this 
ugly drama plays out in the courtroom and 
tabloids, it highlights the single-most costly 
estate-planning mistake a parent can make.
Hussle, 34, was gunned down outside his South 
Los Angeles clothing store in March. The young 
rapper’s death was tragic on many levels. But 
perhaps most tragic is what’s happening to 
Hussle’s kids. Because Hussle never named legal 
guardians, the decision of who will raise his two 
children—daughter Emani, 10, and son Kross, 
2—is now up to the courts. And this mistake 
is already having unfortunate consequences. 
In addition to not naming guardians for his kids, 
Hussle also failed to create a will, which makes 
their guardianship even more contentious. Hussle’s 
estate is estimated to be worth $2 million, and 
under California law, in the absence of a will, that 
money is to be split equally between his two kids. 
Given that both children are minors, however, 
they’re ineligible to access their inheritance until 
they reach the age of majority. This means that 
whomever ultimately wins guardianship of the 
children will likely gain control over their money 
as well.

Caught in the middle

Guardianship of Hussle’s son Kross, while still 
undecided, is currently not a source of conflict. Who 
will be awarded guardianship of Hussle’s daughter 
Emani, however, is very much in contention. 
Since the day of the shooting, Hussle’s sister, 
Samantha Smith, has been caring for Emani. 
Following Hussle’s shooting, Smith petitioned 
the court to obtain Emani’s guardianship. But 
Emani’s mother, Tanisha Foster, an old girlfriend 
of Hussle’s, is also seeking guardianship.
The competing parties have filed court documents 
alleging criminal conduct and making other 
terrible accusations against each other. This war 
is taking its toll on the whole family with poor 
Emani caught in the middle.

Don’t leave your child’s life in a judge’s hands

As Hussle’s case so dramatically demonstrates, if 
you’re the parent of minor children, it’s imperative 
that you select and legally document long-term 
guardians for your kids. In fact, as a parent, 
naming guardians for your children should be 
your number-one planning priority.

The fact that Hussle didn’t create a will is 
obviously another terrible mistake. But when it 
comes to your children’s well-being, all the money 
in the world is meaningless in comparison. For 
this reason, I’m going to focus solely on the 
consequences resulting from Hussle’s failure 
to name legal guardians, and how easily this 
whole ugly mess could have been avoided.

As we’re seeing with Hussle, leaving it up to 
the court to name guardians for your kids
can lead to conflict, as otherwise well-
meaning family members fight one another 
over custody. This process is not only 
costly, but it can be terribly traumatizing 
for everyone involved, especially your kids.
Hussle’s case also shows how agonizingly slow 
this process often is. There have already been 
numerous court hearings related to Emani’s 
custody since her father’s death in March, and 
the saga remains ongoing. Indeed, these custody 
battles often drag on for years, making the lawyers 
wealthy, while your kids are stuck in the middle.

But the most tragic consequence of Hussle’s 
failure to name legal guardians is that a judge will 
be the one who decides who’s best suited to care 
for his kids.
Though we can’t be sure exactly who Hussle 
would have wanted to raise Emani, it’s almost 
certain he wouldn’t have wanted a total stranger 
to make that decision for him. Yet, because he 
didn’t take the time to document legal guardians, 
that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

Child Protection Planning™

A Child Protection Plan™ is a comprehensive 
methodology to guide you step-by step through 
the process of legally documenting guardians for 
your kids for the short-term, long-term, and so 
much more. If you are a parent, you absolutely 
must put in place a Child Protection Plan™ for 
your minor children and/or children with special 

Get started immediately

Because naming legal guardians for your kids is so 
critical, you can’t afford to wait to get the process 

You must name long-term guardians and grant 
the people you choose (along with backups) 
the legal authority to temporarily care for your 
children, until the long-term guardians can be 
located and granted custody by the court. And 
you should also confidentially exclude any person 
you know you’d never want to raise your kids.
A Child Protection Plan™ provides for the well-
being and care of your kids no matter what 
happens to ensure your family never falls victim 
to the same tragic circumstances as Hussle’s. 

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 www. for more information.



These eight stories by the beloved Pulitzer winner Lahiri take us 
from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore 
the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds 
of sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, 
friends and lovers. Rich with the signature gifts that have established 
Jhumpa Lahiri as one of our most essential writers, Unaccustomed 
Earth exquisitely renders the most intricate workings of 
the heart and mind.

PETS by Amy Newmark and Robin Ganzert 

What has that dog done now? You’ll recognize your own canine companion 
in this collection of 101 stories about how very good and very 
bad our dogs can be.From clever dogs that sneak food to heroic dogs 
that save lives—from mischievous dogs that chew shoes to intuitive 
dogs that repair families—from goofy dogs that crack us up to nurturing 
dogs that act like therapists—you’ll have a new appreciation 
for your own dog’s unique skills.With a special emphasis on the joy of 
adopting dogs from shelters, these stories will make you laugh out loud 
and maybe even shed a tear or two. And your purchase will help support 
the great work of the American Humane Association!

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