Kurt Norwood new Fire Chief

Arcadia Fire Chief

Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto appointed Kurt Norwood to the position of Arcadia Fire Chief, effective May 1, 2014. Norwood has been with AFD for 27 years. The appointment of Norwood follows last month's retirement of Fire Chief Tony Trabbie. Norwood has been Acting Fire Chief. Accepting the appointment, Mr. Norwood said: “I am truly grateful for the opportunity provided me by the City Council and City Manager to serve the … [Read more...]

Volunteer City Commissioners sought


The Arcadia City Clerk’s Office is currently accepting applications from residents who would like to serve on a City Board or Commission. Arcadia’s Board and Commission members serve without compensation. To serve on a City board or commission, you must be 18 years or older, a registered voter and a resident of the City of Arcadia. Arcadia’s Board and Commission members serve in an advisory capacity and provide critical input on quality of … [Read more...]

Fire Chief Trabbie retiring

Fire Chief Tony Trabbie

After 30 years in the fire service, 27 in Arcadia, Fire Chief, Tony Trabbie, will retire on April 30, 2014. Chief Trabbie progressed through the ranks in Arcadia from Firefighter to Fire Chief. His service throughout has been exemplary, always demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and the ability to effectively manage the technical and administrative functions of the Fire Department while maintaining a constant commitment to … [Read more...]

Beck, Chandler, Tay win election

Tom Beck and his wife thank supporters moments after election results were finalized.

Update Friday, April 11, 2014 (final official voting results): For the first time in years, Arcadia residents will have two first-time City Council Members starting new four-year terms on Tuesday, April 15 -- Tom Beck and Sho Tay. Joining them to make up the trio of candidates elected Tuesday night is longtime Council Member and former Mayor Roger Chandler who returns after a mandatory two-year hiatus. The two losing candidates were Burton … [Read more...]

Mayor’s Breakfast March 28


The 40th annual Mayor’s Community Breakfast will take place on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 a.m. at the Community Center. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, President of Cal Poly Pomona since 2003. He is a well-known expert in early childhood special education, having received his PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to his duties as University President, Dr. Ortiz is also involved in numerous … [Read more...]

Council Candidates together


About 125 local resident voters had a chance to hear the five candidates for three City Council seats introduce themselves Thursday (March 6, 2014) courtesy of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and the Arcadia Association of Realtors. AAR CEO Andrew Cooper and Chamber CEO Scott Hettrick were co-moderators and weaved in dozens of written questions submtted by members of the audience during the 90-minute forum at the Arcadia Public … [Read more...]

Arcadia unions praise new deals


Leaders of the City's labor unions praised the City of Arcadia's recent groundbreaking negotiations spearheaded by Mayor Segal and first reported here at ArcadiasBest.com on Jan. 13: Beth Stogner, President of the Arcadia City Employees Association: “On behalf of the members of the (ACEA), I wish to thank Mayor Segal for his vision and the successful completion of a more positive, productive, and efficient labor negotiation process. The … [Read more...]

Segal not running; four new candidates


Updated Jan. 15, 4:45 p.m.: On the heels of spearheading an unprecedented long-term contract renewal negotiation with all five City unions simultaneously and in record time, Arcadia Mayor Mickey Segal has opted not to run for re-election on April 8. His decision opens the door for at least two first-time new members on the Council, and potentially a majority of the five-member Council. For the first time in recent memory, there is no … [Read more...]