Vanishing institutions


This year has started out with news of the loss of several significant pieces of Arcadia: the Arcadia Welfare & Thrift Store on First Avenue closed after more than 82 years of operation the The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys headquarters on Second Avenue got pushed out of Arcadia to a new base in Monrovia to make room for more housing on Second Avenue the City bought and closed the 101-to-1 … [Read more...]

Arcadia officials’ China field trip

Scott Hettrick

Updated Feb. 17, 2015: Arcadia city officials will spend nearly two weeks observing, absorbing, and learning about Chinese and Taiwanese culture and even authentic, original night markets first-hand when they travel to Taiwan, mainland China, and Hong Kong from March 18 - April 1. This isn't just elected City Council Members -- three of the five of them are going -- but also City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto, Fire Chief Kurt Norwood, Public Works … [Read more...]

One Three Dog-gone good Night


Three Dog Night singer Danny Hutton noted to the audience at Arcadia Performing Arts Center Saturday that in the mid-1960s he and co-founder Cory Wells began their rock band career by playing at high schools. And here they were, nearly half-a-century later, back at a high school campus again on Jan. 10, 2015. The L.A.-based band was playing to an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of more than 1,000 mostly baby boomers, many of whom … [Read more...]

Shuttle diplomacy in Arcadia


There's a lot of pride in showing off your town to visitors and having them express genuine interest and gratitude. Some of us had that opportunity this last weekend when a handful of us representing the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce (Vicki Knight, Bill Hacket, Lisa Ferrick and myself) and Arcadia Historical Society (Bev Street and myself) decided to ride back and forth for several hours on the City of Arcadia's shuttle buses from Downtown … [Read more...]

East creates Arcadia Wild West?

Scott Hettrick

"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

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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...]

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...]

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...]