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...]

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...]

Supporting non-profits gives her support

Mari Claveran

Chances are you've met or at least seen Mari Claveran. Maybe it was at any of the many high-profile fundraising events produced by Methodist Hospital like Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park. But chances are greater you would have seen her in the weeks and months leading up to these events -- most likely being solicited to be a sponsor by the slight, dark-haired woman with striking features and a thick and pleasing Spanish accent. Or maybe … [Read more...]

No change but this vote attracts public

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Nothing changed tonight (June 16, 2015) after the Arcadia City Council voted publicly to stop all work on updating city zoning codes and to continue with a survey of historic buildings everywhere except the Highlands. It's been quite an interesting couple of months of City Council meetings that can leave casual observers shaking our heads with puzzlement on a number of levels. As always, the City Council spent hours upon hours … [Read more...]

Homes, old/new, big/traditional

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Living in what is called South Arcadia, every day for the past quarter-century I drive, ride my bike, or walk past a variety of homes of varying architectural styles and size. More new homes continue to be built every year. The pictures below (click photos to enlarge) are homes on a single street over only a couple of blocks that I recently rode past on my bicycle. I was struck by the sharp contrast in size and style, and wondered which … [Read more...]

Carol Ulrich tributes

Carol Ulrich

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the Arcadia City Council closed their meeting in honor of Carol Ulrich, wife of former City Council Member Peter Ulrich. Carol died the previous Wednesday, May 13. The next night the final performance of the season of  the Kaleidoscope classical music concerts at the Arcadia Public Library was dedicated to the memory of Carol, who was a regular attendee of the concerts with Peter, a longtime member of the Arcadia … [Read more...]

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...]