Stopped by gang of Mexicans

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While driving up Santa Anita Canyon Road to enjoy a lovely picnic lunch at Chantry Flat with my wife on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, we were rounding one of the many narrow switchbacks when we saw young men on both sides of the road doing something that looked like it could put us in danger. At first glance these men appeared to be Mexican, were dressed all in black with dark sunglasses and were wearing loose-fitting shirts and black ball caps … [Read more...]

AHS Alum Obama comment response


Ryan Liu, an Arcadia High School Class of 2013 alumni and Pasadena City College Class of 2015 Valedictorian, has recently been making headlines with President Obama’s Senior White House staffers for his community college advocacy. Liu is a political science major and first-generation college student who will be continuing his studies at Yale University this fall. He recently urged President Obama to renew his commitment to community … [Read more...]

Water, money-saving tip from Glasco


Arcadia resident, realtor and elected city Clerk Gene Glasco has been enjoying big savings on water usage and his bills at his home for months, and has shared his secret -- simply attaching a hot water re-circulation system and timer to your water heater -- on his Arcadia Inside Out blog here... … [Read more...]

Arcadia’s Leadership Academy


The second City of Arcadia Leadership Academy ran from May to July this year, and I had the privilege of participating in it. This free, nine-week interactive civic education program for Arcadia residents 18 and over was initiated by City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto and has been a great platform for informing residents about the City’s operations and processes while also allowing city staff to gauge and respond to their concerns. I signed up … [Read more...]

Chu Biz Person of Year: Hettrick


A well-deserved honor was awarded to the founder of Arcadia's Best and Arcadia Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Hettrick on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Temple City Historical Society and Woman’s Club. A familiar face at hundreds of events around the city and also a selfless, caring person to all, Scott was honored at Congresswoman Judy Chu’s 6th Annual DiverCities Congressional Awards Ceremony with the Business Person of the Year … [Read more...]

AHS winner now World Champ


Andrew Leung a 2015 graduate of Arcadia High School, teamed up with Saratoga High School grad Bruce Lou to sweep this past week's International History Olympiad at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The recent AHS National Quiz Bowl Champion is now also a World Champion. The International History Olympiad is designed to bring top history students from around the world together to test their knowledge in various … [Read more...]

Transcript Delay Costs AHS Students


Imagine spending the past twelve years in school. You stayed up late nights to study and finish assignments and dedicated countless hours towards your causes. After four long, grueling years of high school, you graduated. You’re going to college! Only one thing left to do before you can officially enroll for the fall… send in your final transcript. I was at this point about a month ago with my fellow Arcadia High School graduates. Having … [Read more...]

City Council sausage-making

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"No one should see how laws or sausages are made." The saying that originated in the 19th century was unfortunately borne out at the Arcadia City Council meeting Tuesday night, July 7, 2015. It wasn't pretty seeing the process but by the end of the meeting the five-member Mayor-led Council and City Manager announced the following notable accomplishments, among other things: Unanimously approved reconsidering at next meeting of July 21 … [Read more...]