East creates Arcadia Wild West?

scott hettrick of arcadia's best

"In a conspiracy like this, you build from the outer edges and go step by step. If you shoot too high and miss, everybody feels more secure. You've put the investigation back months." - Deep Throat to Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men." Bloomberg Business Week, the same magazine that in 2008 and 2009 named Arcadia the Best City in California to Raise Kids, published a lengthy article on Oct. 15, 2014, describing Arcadia as a haven … [Read more...]

Going One Direction to diverse music

scott hettrick of arcadia's best

My wife Betty and I may have been the only people in their 50s at one of the recent concerts of One Direction at the Rose Bowl who were there without teen or pre-teen kids with us. Many parents didn’t even bother going in the stadium that was filled with 60,000 fans on three consecutive nights, choosing instead to lie around on the golf course-turned-parking lot for several hours eating and drinking like it was a tail-gate party, or to hang out … [Read more...]

AHS: Your Challenge Went Too Far


Don’t get me wrong: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a great fundraising strategy. It has raised awareness of the disease to people all over the globe and has brought a total of $112.4 million as of September 12. However, when you're living in California with one of the most severe droughts on record, you should probably think again before doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. During the annual Arcadia High School All-School Assembly on … [Read more...]

Making history: Walk of Champions

Scott Hettrick

Fifty-four years ago a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 1960. It quickly became world famous and remains one of the most popular tourist attactions to this day, with new stars regularly added. A groundbreaking ceremony and activities for the Arcadia Historical Society's new Thoroughbred Racing Walk of Champions will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the heart of Downtown Arcadia on First Avenue, … [Read more...]

Free Fun Flute Club starts Oct. 19

Emily Zheng

Come join Fun Flute Club’s fourth year with free weekly group lessons for elementary school flute students enrolled in their school’s music program! The last three years were amazing. Thank you to the community's continued support! I am looking forward to another great year. Some of Fun Flute Club’s goals are to help elementary school music students master flute technique and tonality, develop a passion for music, and build confidence in … [Read more...]

I was nailed by Arcadia Police

Scott Hettrick

I got a speeding ticket from an Arcadia policeman Friday morning. It's going to be a big one because I was driving well in excess of the posted limit; only for about two seconds, mind you, and there was little traffic and no pedestrians or school kids. I was running late to meet a half-dozen people sitting on a city shuttle bus waiting for me to join them so we could be driven to Long Beach, so I came around a corner and stepped in the gas just … [Read more...]

California Girls State 2014

Emily Zheng

One of the most valuable hidden gems in California, California Girls State is an experience of a lifetime for high school junior girls. Many people, including myself, did not know about this program in-depth before attending, but it is truly a life-changing experience that positively empowers girls and instills the basic ideals and principles of American government. What is Girls State? It is a week-long leadership program of the American Legion … [Read more...]

Police Wow local residents

Glen Oyoung

APD Rolls out Blue Carpet for Leadership Academy Chief Guthrie Shares Vision, Taste of Police Work The word “hero” is used quite frequently regarding our first responders, particularly in our post-9/11 world. After the most recent Leadership Academy session, I definitely cannot think of a more fitting term for the men and women who serve us in the Arcadia Police Department and I’m sure my fellow attendees would agree. The Community … [Read more...]