Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Could there have been Three Montgomery Wards in Downtown Pomona ?

Montgomery Ward Third & Thomas 1929
But this one looks like the building on the southwest corner of Second and Gordon, which is still there. Sometimes they put the wrong address or street name on these pictures.

Montgomery Ward Second and Park Ave. 1958

Montgomery Ward 162 East Second St. Year ?

I always thought that there was only two Montgomery Wards in Downtown Pomona, but as you can see by this sign there was one at 162 East Second St. The sign Says Montgomery Ward Freight Entrance, I don't know if anyone else ever notice that sign. This is the kind of things I enjoy finding, the things that still remain today. I'm always looking at doorways and side of old buildings, to see if there was any signs of what it use to be. Well at least I got a picture of it before someone comes along and puts graffiti on it.
  So Ren he was on third, no Porky he was first, so first was on Second, yes twice. So who  was third, no he was first, so if he was first how can he be second twice. Because he was in two place at two different times. So twice he was on second, so who was on third, yes he was but you said he was first. PORKY ! just take my word on it. Can I have a cookie, No !

Ren's Music Corner

Biography of The Rat Pack Part 1



Fri, May 3, 2013

7:00 pm

The Glass House

Pomona, CA

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Nancy McCracken Learning Expo


Location: Fairplex Expo Hall 6

6th Annual Nancy Mc Cracken Science,
Mathematics, Service Learning, and Arts Expo
A free and fun family event!

Scientific experiments, displays, & demonstrations
Sky dome planetarium shows
Real skeleton reconstruction from owl pellets
Chemical reactions
Health and wellness info
Jeopardy-like science quiz
Math games
Pomona Police Department forensic crime scene investigation
Science projects galore

Something for everyone
Art demonstrations
Service learning projects displays
Workshops for adults on drug interactions, health, photography
Recycling and e-waste information
Take-home projects for the youth
Health screenings
Earthquake preparedness workshops
And much, much more!
Free parking and admission!

Info: nancymccrackenexpo@yahoo.com
Web Site: http://nancymccrackenexpo.webs.com/


May 01, 2013

04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Prolong Twilight Cruise

Location: Fairplex

All '72 and earlier rods, customs, classics, and muscle cars are invited to join us in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum parking lot at Fairplex from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Featuring celebrity selectors and great raffle prizes the Prolong Twilight Cruise is an event car-lovers won't want to miss. Vehicles selected by our celebrities win the opportunity to parade down the Pomona Drag Strip on Sunday morning during the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in November.
Twilight Cruise admission is FREE and free admission to the Museum after 3 p.m. Food and beverages are available. It's a fun evening and a great chance to see some of the coolest cars in Southern California, so please join us.
All proceeds generated by the raffle go to support the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Prolong Twilight Cruise is run by the Cal-Rods Car Club. PROLONG Super Lubricants is the proud Sponsor of the NHRA Twilight Cruise.
Parking is at Gate 2

Suicidal Tendencies
with: Sick Of It All & Waking The Dead
Choose either GA Floor (standing) or GA Balcony (unreserved seats). GA Balcony tickets do not include access to the Floor or Pit areas. Pit wristbands are given out on a first-come first serve basis to GA Floor ticket holders based on capacity.
May 11
Doors open: 7pm
Show Starts: 8pm
Genre: Punk Rock
Ages: All Ages
Tickets Onsale: Friday, 3/1 at 10am
Ticket Price: $29.50 adv / $33 dos
Pre-Sale Begins: 02/28 10:00AM
Pre-Sale Ends: 02/28 10:00PM
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Elvis Lives


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The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event

This National Tour takes to the road via Producer's On Stage Touring by special permission of Elvis Presley Enterprises and is endorsed and approved by Elvis's Family! On Stage Touring is a subsidiary of On Stage Entertainment, owners and operators of Legends In Concert productions worldwide.
The show is a pulse-racing, multi-media, musical journey across Elvis's Life, featuring film of some of Elvis's most memorable Live performance in addition to the four finalists from the WORLDWIDE ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST. Four memorable eras with performances by four fabulous Elvis Contest Winners, all co-marketed by FX Arts and Elvis Presley Enterprises in association with On Stage Touring.
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Les Misérables is now the world’s longest-running musical, seen by over 65 million people in 42 countries.
Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s classic sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France.
Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.
Les Miserables
March 14-16, 2014
WHERE: California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.
Tickets currently on sale through season sales only.
TICKETS: Available through www.ticketmaster.com, August 2013

LeRoy Haynes Multi-Chamber Mixer

LeRoy Haynes Multi-Chamber Mixer
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
233 W. Baseline Rd. 
La Verne Ca

Food and beverage stations, prizes, campus tours

Network with chamber members from eight cities: la verne, claremont, glendora, montclair, pomona, san dimas and upland

Attendance is free for all!

WebWatch Alert

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Subject:  Official Notifications by E-mail and Text Message
Dear Resident,

The Pomona Police Department will begin utilizing a new service to access important, valuable community information when you
need it, using the latest technology.  Our agency will create and publish messages through the Nixle Community Information
Service.  Nixle will then deliver this information to you instantly via text, email and/or web message.  Notifications can also be
accessed online at Nixle's website at http://local.nixle.com/pomona-police-department/.  The service is secure, reliable and
easy for our group to use.  YOU decide what information you want and whether you want it sent to your cell phone, email, or
just simply over the web. 

Please register now at www.nixle.com.

There you can also access the most Frequently Asked Questions.  You can also sign up by texting "POMONAPD" to 888777 on your cell phone.We also ask that you consider forwarding this information to your neighbors or friends in the community. 
New communication forms continue to evolve and we believe this service will allow us to keep you informed in the most
convenient, reliable way possible.
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Pomona Police Department's Open House

The Pomona Police Department will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Pomona Police Station located at 490 W. Mission Blvd., Pomona. The Open House will include tours through the Pomona Police Department., including the Jail, the newly remodeled Front Desk and Records Bureau, and the Dispatch Center. Displays and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day. The Command Staff, Gang Violence Suppression Unit, K-9, Motor Officers, Aero Bureau, Citizen Volunteer Patrols (CVPs), Explorers and the Crime Prevention staff will be available to answer questions.
Tours will begin on the half hour from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Participants will need to meet in front of the station.
For more information, please call Crime Prevention at 909-620-2318.

Restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress on display at Chino Airport

SoCal Edison: Hundreds of Customers in Sierra Madre Without Power

A widespread outage has left more than 1,200 Southern California Edison customers in Sierra Madre without power Monday afternoon, according to the utility company.
The problem was reported about 12:50 p.m. April 29 near West Highland and Auburn avenues, according to the SCE outage map. The Sierra Madre Public Library and other city facilities were among the buildings affected by the outage, according to the city's Facebook page.
As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, Edison reported that 1,217 customers were still without power, and crews were continuing to assess the damage, which was reportedly caused by equipment problems.
There was no estimated time given when power would be restored.

Freeway Fire Extinguished Within Minutes

A fast response by Los Angeles County Fire crews helped to quick extinguish a small grass fire that blackened about a quarter acre off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 210.
The blaze was reported about 2:08 p.m. in the area near the southbound transition to the 57 Freeway in Glendora.
Crews from a nearby station extinguished the blaze in a few minutes and took about 20 minutes for the clean up process, according to a Los Angeles County Fire spokesman.

Arcadia High Theater Department Wins Top Prize in Regional Contest

The department earned the Sweepstakes Trophy for overall excellence at the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California competition, according to a news release. Several students won individual awards as well.
"This is one more example of our outstanding students and the drama program, examples of the overall excellence for which Arcadia High School is known," said Arcadia High School Principal Dr. Brent Forsee in a statement.
The award winners are:
  1. Sweepstakes:  Steven Volpe
  2. First Place: Grand Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Kristina Price, Paean Wang, Ashley Poon, and Chloe Yin
  3. First Place: Group Drama: Romeo and Juliet: Anthony Nappier, Chloe Conrad, Luke Karsana, Craig Capps, Alana Deblase, and Angela King
  4. First Place: Royal Court Costumes: Queen Elizabeth: Alex Tan
  5. First Place: Group Comedy: Much Ado About Nothing: Keith Harmel, Gordon Chang, Emily Johnson, Patrick Matsutani, Summer Ellis, and Annabelle Muljana
  6. Second Place: Tragic Deaths: Macbeth: David Liu and Janessa Floyd
  7. Finals (Top 10) Replay: Troilus and Cressida: Christian Cruz, Nicole Richcreek, Liam Swan, Catherine Liu, Shelby Dreves, Christie Kuo, Susana Nestor, and Carolyn Ho
  8. Finals (Top 10) Sets/Lights/Graphics: Romeo and Juliet: Samantha Grasso and Ninoshka Figueroa Correa and Sean Monje
  9. Semi Finalist: B-Stories: Troilus and Cressida: Cassie Nickles, Sommer Zetter, Hunter Gibson, and Sarah Falatoonzadeh 
  10. Semi Finalist: Monologues: Richard III/ Much Ado About Nothing: Dominique Ortiz

Two Opera Professionals Produce Legendary Operas at Home

About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. 
It is an insane idea, to produce opera at your home and expect audiences to flock to backyard performances of Così fan tutte or Don Giovanni. But a couple of wild and crazy professionals, artistic director Josh Shaw of Highland Park and musical director Stephen Karr of New Jersey, have done just that. Their company, Pacific Opera Project (POP)—launched in 2011—aims to provide audiences with an alternative to L.A.'s big-budget opera circuit and offer local performers a showcase for their talent.  (They even pay their artists!) A fully functioning opera company, POP operates primarily out of Josh Shaw’s home on the border of Eagle rock. The compound houses skeletons of sets, props and costumes procured from studio auctions, including a pair of purple pants worn by Jack Nicholson during his turn as the Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman.
Shaw, 34, an opera singer/director who refuses to cast himself in POP productions, and Karr, 33, who scores and conducts the music, cut costs by doing almost everything themselves. Pieces originally composed for full orchestras are played by a 10-piece band. Karr, who commutes 3,000 miles from New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and baby, bunks in a tree-house in Shaw’s backyard when helping with shows that draw between 120 and 150 patrons. The pair, who had worked together in 2006, reconnected when Shaw placed several ads seeking a musical director. Both have scores of professional experience, Karr with Opera New Jersey, Palm Beach Opera, and Opera UCLA; and Shaw with directing credits at The Southern Illinois Music Festival, Redlands Opera Theater and Chamber Opera Players of Los Angles.
It’s all paid off, especially now that POP has earned 50(c)3 status, which allows the pair to apply for grants and better compensate both their performers and themselves, and operate with budgets of more than twice the size of their first few shows. Aside from the above mentioned operas, they have produced Trouble in Tahiti, Sweeney Todd, La bohème, The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. They’ll be offering The Mikado in September and The Turn of the Screw in January 2014.
Here is how they buried their fears and managed to produce a home-grown opera company that is now in the black.
Q. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve taken on? or, What's a goal you're trying to achieve right now? Starting an opera company has felt like a series of dramatic challenges to overcome. In the current financial environment, establishing an organization to perform one of the most expensive of the performing arts may seem to have been a risky proposition. While it remains so, we are happy to say we have now finished our eighth production since our founding in 2011, hopefully providing some proof of both our staying power and that of live musical and theatrical events. A goal we are currently working towards is building our company into a community-supported source of arts and entertainment for greater Los Angeles, so we are not so dependent on ticket sales for our day to day production expenses.
We also aspire to become a company who pays its artists a reasonable wage for the incredible amount of work they do to make our productions excellent. While there are always artists hungry for opportunities who will work for free or very little, we feel that as we grow in size and stature at POP, we have a responsibility to the people without whom we would have an empty stage.
Q. What inspired you to take on this challenge?  or, How do you plan to achieve this goal? The story of our founding begins with Josh's and my dissatisfaction with the availability of opera in the Los Angeles area. There are many companies producing opera here, from other small-budget organizations like us all the way up to multi-million dollar, world class performances, but we thought there was room for a different sort of experience. We keep the intimate and immediate experience of our audience foremost in mind, hoping to provide every person who comes to our shows with the satisfaction of having interacted with, and — if we are lucky — having received some measure of enlightenment from our performances of this ancient but still relevant art form.
Being artists ourselves, we always have large goals in mind for the artistic side, and will hopefully never be fully satisfied with the company. That is what keeps creative people creative, but our most immediate and communicable goals are financial. While we have been supporting ourselves largely through ticket sales, along with a few generous donations, we hope to fund a larger percentage of our budget through arts grants from local municipal funds and private foundations. Our board is busy researching organizations who might be interested in helping us do this work.
Q. Did you succeed? or What will you do when you succeed? According to our audiences, we seem to have occupied a space that needed to be filled in our area. We are developing a following, which grows with every show. What began with a single, generous donation has grown into a company that has more resources at its disposal for every new production. We are raising our artistic expectations with each successive production, and are seeing progress towards our goals of artist pay and financial support. I am not sure if one ever completes the building of an organization like this, but once we find ourselves in a position with a comfortable budget and staff to take care of some of the jobs that Josh and I do which take away from our time to think about the larger picture, we aspire to be a fixture in the Los Angeles cultural scene, and hopefully an arts destination that will serve the region for years to come.

Crash Near Claremont Injures 2

At least two people were injured badly enough to warrant airlifts to trauma centers following a crash near the Claremont city limits Sunday, a police dispatcher said.
The crash on Towne Avenue, near Bonita Avenue, was reported about 10:40 a.m., according to a Pomona police dispatcher.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Fans Welcome Reign Squad Back from the Road

A grateful crowd of fans greeted the Ontario Reign hockey team at Citizens Business Bank Arena late Sunday. The team returned home that night after three-game road trip against the Idaho Steelheads.
The Reign, part of the ECHL minor hockey league, is currently locked in a battle with the Steelheads in the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, the league's version of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Reign is affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings.
After five games, the Reign trail the Steelheads three games to two in the best-of-seven series.
About 20 fans welcomed the team at the arena despite the late hour on a Sunday night. The team's flight touched down at the Los Angeeles/Ontario International Airport after 10 p.m. Vehicles loaded with the team and their gear trickled in as the fans cheered.
The Reign lost game five against the Steelheads 2-1 in overtime. The next game is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a Game 7, if necessary, scheduled for Wednesday in Ontario.
Those interested in learning more of the game or the playoffs, visit the Reign’s website.

KGEM spoke with members of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group's annual Mother's Day home tour.

Heat, More Fire Danger on the Way

Increased fire danger continues in the area this week as the weather warms up and combines with low humidity and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service.
Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials warned of increased fire risk in the area last week due to dry weather and the presence of tall dry grass, Patch previously reported.
Watch Patch video of fire officials speaking about increased fire danger here.
“Critical fire weather conditions” could come to the valleys and mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties—including the San Gabriel Valley--Wednesday through Friday, the NWS warned.
See the Ready, Set Go! Wildfire Action Plan from the Los Angeles County Fire Department here.
Temperatures will peak Thursday and Friday with highs in the 90s.

Diamond Bar High and Diamond Ranch Make Toughest Schools List

The two campuses that serve Diamond Bar students made a list of the most challenging public high schools in the country.
Both Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch high schools made the Washington Post's recently released annual rankings of the most academically rigorous in the country.
In California, Diamond Bar High ranked No. 45, according to the list of of schools. The Walnut Valley Unified School District campus fell seven spots from 38 last year.
Pomona Unified School District's Diamond Ranch High ranked No. 150, down 46 spots from 2012's ranking of 104th in the state.
Walnut High School was not listed.
Troy High School in Fullerton, which draws students from Diamond Bar and Walnut ranked No. 13 and Rowland High in the neighboring Rowland Unified School District ranked No. 113.
These rankings come around the same time that both Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch were named to a U.S. News & World Report list of the best schools.
Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews has rated public high schools around the country for the past 15 years based on something called the “Challenge Index,” according to the release. The index takes the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at the school that year and divides it by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.
“With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had as many tests in 2012 as they had graduates, were put on the national list at washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge,” Mathews explains in a Washington Post story. Before posting the list, he also filters out magnet or charter high schools that have few average-performing students.
This year, only 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools were included on the list, according to Mathews.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Ren's Stick People

Ren's Stick People was a Big Hit at the Sculpture Park on 2nd St. here in Pomona, so I decided to repaint it. And as you can see Porky wanted to be the first.

Click on image and print

Ren's Joke of the Day

No way can I forget Monday, not like this

Just a little info about Pomona that you might enjoy

  • In an I Love Lucy episode, the main characters of the show "go out to the country" on a day trip to Pomona. This is now seen as odd due to Pomona since becoming quite urban. In 1940, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz spent their honeymoon in downtown Pomona.
    • It was rumored that Walt Disney originally planned on having Disneyland built in Pomona, but the city council declined his offer, fearing that the park would not succeed and would cause the city to go into debt. According to Matthew Tresaugue, former reporter for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, it was one of 71 considered cities, but was ruled out due to temperature extremes, i.e. too hot in summer and too cold at night. It is interesting to note, however, that author James Ellroy used Pomona as the setting for the fictional amusement park Dream-a-Dreamland in his novel L.A. Confidential. Dream-a-Dreamland and its fictional owner, the cartoon magnate Ray Dieterling, were based very closely on Disneyland and Walt Disney.
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror XVI" episode of The Simpsons, during the introductory scene, during the Springfield Isoptopes's game Pomona was used in a parody of 'The OC'. A poster background depicting the word Pomona in a 'The OC' template. The announcer prompts Fox's newest endeavor 'Pomona' "it's even hotter away from the beach." Treehouse of Horror XVI was written and produced by Pomona native Marc Wilmore.
    • In the 1979 Steven Spielberg film 1941, the following takes place. Hollywood Boulevard, 7:35 p.m.: Stilwell goes to see Dumbo. By 9:05 p.m., Birkhead and Donna are headed toward the 501st Bomb Disbursement Unit at Barstow, where Maddox shows them the unit's dilapidated aircraft. Maddox, convinced the Japanese are sending parachutists into the hills near Pomona, lets Birkhead and Donna borrow his aircraft, assuming they are going on reconnaissance.
    Sports radio personality"Jim Rome" once stated that "If its east of Pomona, it ends with "Tucky".
    • In 2003 the film The Cat in the Hat starring Mike Myers transformed Pomona's Antique Row into a scene straight from the imagination of Dr. Suess'.

    Ren's Music Corner

    Caltrans to Close 1-10 and I-605 Freeways Connector this Week

    Besides the I-10 Freeway closures at night between the I-605 and Puente Avenue, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces closures for some of the I-10/I-605 Freeway connectors.
    The schedule of closures is part of the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) interchange improvement project.
    Caltrans is constructing a direct flyover connector between the I-605 South and I-10 East freeways to improve traffic flow in the San Gabriel Valley.
    The following schedule will be in effect, weather permitting:

    Monday, April 29 through Thursday, May 2

    • 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Southbound I-605 connector to west- and eastbound I-10
    • 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to 4 lanes of southbound I-605 between West Ramona Boulevard and I-10
    • 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Southbound I-605 West Ramona Boulevard on-ramp

    Friday, May 3

    • 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Southbound I-605 connector to west- and eastbound I -10
    • 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Up to 4 lanes of  southbound I-605 between West Ramona Boulevard and I-10
    • 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Southbound I-605 West Ramona Boulevard on ramp
    Detour signs will be posted to direct motorists. Anticipated completion is winter, 2014. Caltrans reminds you to Slow For the Cone Zone.

    Monrovia Fire Department: How To Clear Brush Without Starting a Brush Blaze

    From the city manager's weekly report:
    Equipment use is a major cause of fires in California.  According to data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), equipment use was responsible for over 25% of the fires between 2000 and 2005.
    Equipment use, however, is central to creating and maintaining defensible space.  Weed eaters, lawn mowers, trimmers and chain saws are the tools of the trade for clearing and thinning brush.
    Brush clearance should be done in the spring.  If it begins too late in the year the live and dead vegetation have both dried out, increasing the risk of starting a fire.  If you start too early on the annual weeds, they will grow again and need repeated treatments.  However, as we have learned from the Madison Fire, wildfires can begin at any time of year.
    Defensible space is as critical as ever, but care must be taken in creating it.  It is possible to use power tools safely, but it requires extra diligence.
    How can a homeowner do the necessary work without sparking fires?  Here are some basic guidelines for safe power tool use:
    • Work while plants still retain some of their early-morning moisture – generally before 10 a.m.
    • Do not work in windy conditions.
    • Don’t park in dry grass or brush.
    • Use lawn mowers for turf only.
    • For dry weeds and grass, use weed trimmers or hand tools.
    • With string trimmers, use plastic or nylon line only, not any type of metallic material that will be prone to sparks.
    • Check in advance for rocks that might spark when hit or thrown by power equipment.
    • Use spark arresters on all portable gasoline powered equipment.
    • Fuel up away from dry weeds, and, of course, don’t smoke!
    • Have a helper at a safe distance acting as a spotter to watch for sparks, smoke or flame.
    • Carry water or an appropriate fire extinguisher and make sure you know how – and when – to use it.
    • Do not attempt to extinguish a large fire yourself.
    • Carry a cell phone to call 911 immediately if there is a fire of any size.
    • Consider replacing annual, weedy growth with low-flammability perennial plants that can be effectively pruned and groomed during winter dormancy.
    CalFire has a video on safe equipment use in dry brush and fact sheets in both English and Spanish on the subject:
    Our wonderful firefighters succeeded in saving all the homes threatened by the Madison Fire – as skilled and dedicated as they are, they could not have accomplished this if not for the defensible space that the residents had provided around their homes.
    Make sure to maintain that defensible space to help the firefighters save your home in the event of a wildfire --- but do it safely.  Follow the guidelines above!

    Video: Arcadia Cops Vs. Firefighters in Basketbal Showdown

    Arcadia firefighters took on Arcadia cops in the "Battle of the Badges" Saturday night. The police won, according to the department's Facebook page.
    The event benefits the Special Olympics.
    See video of the contest here.

    Claremont Police Arrests Two on Suspicion of Burglarizing Businesses

    Two men suspected burglarizing a Chevron gas station were taken into custody Friday, possibly as they prepared to burglarize another business, Claremont Police officials said.
    Abraham Lopez, 35, of Whittier, and Benny Gutierrez, 38, of Chino, are in custody at the Claremont City Jail. Bail was set at $500,000 for each. The duo is also suspected in other commercial burglaries that have occurred at different Claremont businesses, wrote Lt. Jason Walters in a news release.
    A Claremont Police officer spotted the men at 3:25 a.m. in front of a business in the 1300 block of North Towne Avenue, according to the news release. The official detained and searched them and found gloves, a hammer and a flashlight, Walters wrote.
    The suspects were already on active probation following convictions for burglary around Los Angeles County.
    Police searched Lopez’ and Gutierrez’s home and found evidence linking them to the Chevron gas station burglaries and other recent commercial burglaries, officials said.
    Both men are scheduled to appear in Pomona Superior Court on April 30.

    Crash Near Claremont Injures 2

    At least two people were injured badly enough to warrant airlifts to trauma centers following a crash near the Claremont city limits Sunday, a police dispatcher said.
    The crash on Towne Avenue, near Bonita Avenue, was reported about 10:40 a.m., according to a Pomona police dispatcher.
    The cause of the crash was under investigation.

    Glendora Man Arrested in Connection With Alleged Pomona Chop Shop

    An informant's tip led officers to a commercial structure in Pomona, where they found three stolen vehicles and a stolen handgun, a police lieutenant said today.
    Two men were detained when police were dispatched at 1:45 p.m. Saturday to 1124 Price St., said Chuck Becker of Pomona Police.
    Officers arriving at the scene saw several male suspects running from the building. One of the suspects tried to avoid police by going on to the building's roof. Officers were able to detain 33-year-old Covina resident Gabriel Mejia and Hijinio Arroyo, a 37-year-old Glendora resident, Becker said.
    Consent was given to enter the building, where they found several vehicles in various states of being dismantled, including three vehicles that were reported stolen and several other miscellaneous vehicle parts scattered throughout the building, he said.
    Several pieces of stolen property were returned to their owners, Becker said.
    Both men were arrested on suspicion of operating a chop shop and also for possession of stolen property. Each is being held in the Pomona jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
    Arroyo will be arraigned at Pomona Superior Court, April 30, according to county booking records.
    Related Topics: Burglary, Crime, and Theft

    Diamond Bar Cub Scouts Work on Burrowing Owl Project

    Around 25 Cub Scouts from Diamond Bar went to work recently to build underground dens for burrowing owls at the El Sobrante Wildlife Preserve.
    The boys visited the Corona preserve March 2 to learn about the burrowing owls, conservation, and green practices.  Waste Management of Southern California hosted the event.
    El Sobrante Wildlife Preserve features more than 650 acres of protected open space adjacent to Waste Management's landfill. The staff at the preserve team up with other conservation land managers to protect many of the animal and plant species there, including the burrowing owl, officials said in a news release.
    A joint effort is underway to increase the burrowing owl's population to at least five at the wildlife preserve.  The burrowing owl once was common in Riverside County but its numbers are declining rapidly because of environmental factors, officials said. The owls live in open grasslands and nest in underground burrows dug out by other animals such as ground squirrels. A sighting is rare.
    “We organize conservation projects on our wildlife preserve so youths can uncover the importance of protecting the environment and its species,” said Miriam Cardenas, El Sobrante Landfill community relations representative. “As an added bonus, we are always thrilled to offer these educational activities to youth groups in cities where Waste Management does business.”
    Other species living at the preserve include the coastal California gnatcatcher and the Stephens' kangaroo rat.
    Waste Management's El Sobrante Landfill and Wildlife Preserve began offering outdoor education programs to students, scouts, and community groups in 2000.

    Industry Sheriff's Task Force Recovers $30,000 in Stolen Plastic

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Plastic Industrial Task Force has busted another illegal warehouse operation stowing and grinding stolen trademarked plastic products.
    The City of Industry Sheriff's Station-based task force recently recovered stolen products  with an estimated value of $30,000, according to a news release. The team also seized $60,000 in miscellaneous equipment used in the illegal operation.
    The sheriff's department did not release information about the location of the illegal operation, date of the bust, or the suspects. No suspects were arrested, sheriff's investigators said.
    Most of the stolen plastic products were found intact, but some had been ground in an effort to make them untraceable, authorities said.
    The bust followed a length investigation and investigators served a search warrant at the location.

    The investigation continues.
    The City of Industry funds the Plastic Industrial Task Force, which has been in operation since September 2011.
    Since the team was formed, task force members have recovered and returne more than $7 million in stolen trademarked plastic products to businesses and  arrested 71 suspects involved in the illegal operations, authorities said. The task force has shuttered 29 locations used to stow, grind, and prime for sale intact and ground stolen plastic.

    For more information, call Sgt. Nabeel Mitry at 626-773-2060, Industry Sheriff's Station.

    Sunday, April 28, 2013

    Full Closure of Azusa Ave. - Azusa begins Tomorrow,
    Monday, April 29, 2013

    Crews will be constructing grade crossing improvements at Azusa Avenue between 9th Street and Foothill Boulevard. This work requires a full closure of Azusa Avenue at the railroad crossing through July 2013. This work is anticipated to begin tomorrow, Monday April 29, 2013.

    Click here to view construction notice.


    Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we build this important project!

    Community Hotline: (626) 324-7098

    Visit a public information office:
    Arcadia: 400 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Suite 101-B, Arcadia, CA
    (Mon & Wed only 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
    Monrovia: 406 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 202, Monrovia, CA
    (Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
    Azusa: 1300 Optical Drive, Suite 500, Azusa, CA
    (Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

    For information on how to submit a project related claim, click here.

    Life with Porky

    I miss RAA she use to rub my belly when I was feeling down, she was the best at belly rubs. Ren doesn't say much about her like he use to, but I know he misses her also.

    Ren's "Belive it or Not"

    Have a great Sunday

    Full Week Schedule of I-10 Freeway Closures (April 27-May 2)

    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will continue closing the portion of the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) in Baldwin Park this Saturday and Sunday and also during the week.
    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is closing the portions of the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) as part of the High Occupancy Vehicle lane construction project.
    Caltrans is also scheduling a Extended 55 Hour Closure on I-605/I-10 connector and the Valley Blvd. on ramp to Northbound 605 in El Monte.
    Here is the full schedule of closures:

    Extended 55 Hour Closure
    10 p.m. Friday, April 26 through 5 a.m. Monday, April 29

    Valley Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-605
    Northbound I-605 connector to westbound I-10
    Southbound I-605 connector to eastbound I-10
    Eastbound I-10 connector to northbound I-605
    Saturday, April 27

    Westbound I-10

    ·         11 p.m. to 9 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from Puente Avenue to I-605.

    ·         1 a.m. to 6 a.m. – Full freeway closure from Puente Avenue to I-605.

    ·         3 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Frazier Street and Francisquito Avenue on- and off-ramps.

    ·         11 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue on-ramp.

    ·         8 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Puente Avenue on-ramp.


    Eastbound I-10

    ·         11 p.m. to 10 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from I-605 to Puente Avenue.

    ·         2 a.m. to 7 a.m. – Full freeway closure from I-605 to Puente Avenue.

    ·         9 p.m. to 10 a.m. – Durfee Avenue on-ramp.

    ·         3 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.

    ·         11:59 p.m. to 11 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue off-ramp

    Sunday, April 28

    Westbound I-10

    ·         10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from Puente Avenue to I-605.

    ·         11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Full freeway closure from Puente Avenue to I-605.

    ·         9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Connector to I-605.

    ·         3 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Frazier Street and Francisquito Avenue on- and off-ramps.

    ·         8 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Puente Avenue on-ramp.

    Eastbound I-10

    ·         10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from I-605 to Puente Avenue.

    ·         1 a.m. to 5 a.m. – Full freeway closure from I-605 to Puente Avenue.

    ·         9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Durfee Avenue on-ramp.

    ·         7 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Frazier Street off-ramp.

    ·         3 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.

    ·         10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue off-ramp.


    Monday, April 29 through Thursday, May 2

    ·         8 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Southbound I-605 connector to eastbound I-10.

    ·         7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Northbound I-605 connectors to I-10.

    ·         8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Northbound I-605 Valley Boulevard on-ramps.

    Westbound I-10

    ·         9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Frazier Street. Baldwin Park Boulevard and Francisquito Avenue on- and off-ramps.

    ·         9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from Puente Avenue to I-605.

    ·         11 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Full freeway closure from Puente Avenue to I-605.

    ·         9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Connector to I-605.

    ·         7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Frazier Street, Baldwin Park Boulevard, and Francisquito Avenue on- and off-ramps.

    ·         9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Puente Avenue on-ramp.

    Eastbound I-10                                                                                                                             

    ·         9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.

    ·         10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Up to 3 lanes from I-605 to Puente Avenue.

    ·         1 a.m. to 5 a.m. - Full freeway closure from I-605 to Puente Avenue.

    ·         9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Connector to northbound I-605.

    ·         9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Durfee Avenue on-ramp.

    ·         8 p.m. to 7 a.m. – Frazier Street off-ramp.

    ·         7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Baldwin Park Boulevard on- and off-ramps.

    ·         10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Francisquito Avenue off-ramp.

    Join Arcadia's Adult Excursion to the Hollywood Bowl

    From the city of Arcadia:
    Come celebrate one of the most talked about highlights of the upcoming summer! Join the Arcadia Recreation and Community Services Department as we kick off the 2013 summer season with our annual adult excursion to the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 6-11:30pm. Enjoy an evening with the brilliant Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, special celebrity guests and a spectacular fireworks finale! Invite a few friends and bring a basket of picnic delights for a captivating evening of entertainment! Tickets are $40.00 and are on sale now online, by mail, walk-in or fax-in.
    Tickets will be available for early pick up beginning Monday, June 17 from 8am to 9pm in the Community Center and continuing through Friday, June 21 until 5pm.  Participants can only receive tickets with a receipt or a proper ID. On the night of the event, Saturday, June 22, participants should meet at the Arcadia County Park parking lot near the fountain located at Huntington Drive and Santa Anita Ave at 6pm.
    Go to the City of Arcadia’s website: www.ci.arcadia.ca.us, to download the registration form or stop by the office, 375 Campus Drive. For more information please call 626.574.5113!