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Official Bimonthly Publication of the Montebello Chamber of Commerce                                                           Vol. 12, No. 6 / December 2012

                                                                                          CalChamber Releases List
                                                                                          of New Employment Laws
                                                                                          Affecting Businesses in 2013
                                                                                             The California Chamber of Commerce has released a list of new employment laws
                                                                                          scheduled to take effect in 2013 or earlier that will have an impact on businesses in
                                                                                             There have been significant changes in key areas, such as anti-discrimination
                                                                                          protections, employee access to personnel records and employer access to personal
                                                                                          social media accounts. Other laws relate to specific industries, such as farm labor
                                                                                          contractors and temporary services employers.
                                                                                             Unless specified, the following list of new legislation goes into effect on January

Bon Appetit, Taste of the
                                                                                          1, 2013. The entire list can also be viewed at,
                                                                                          Religion and Reasonable Accommodation
                                                                                             AB 1964 clarifies that Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) discrimination

Town Supports ‘Dine Local’                                                                protections and reasonable accommodation requirements cover religious dress prac-
                                                                                          tices and religious grooming practices. It also specifies that segregating an individual
                                                                                          from other employees or the public is not a reasonable accommodation of religious
  The Montebello Chamber of Com-             Hansen, D.M.D. said it was wonderful         beliefs or observances.
merce hosted its fourth annual “Taste        to see the residents of Montebello attend    Sex Discrimination and Breastfeeding
of the Town” and auction where more          the event and get a chance to sample tasty      AB 2386 changes the definition of “sex” under FEHA for purposes of discrimina-
than 400 residents and businesses came       treats from the many restaurants located     tion protections to include breastfeeding and related medical conditions.
together for an evening of delicious food,   in and around our own community.             Social Media and Personal Passwords
wine and spirit tasting, live auction, op-      If you missed this year’s event, the         CalChamber-supported AB 1844 prohibits employers from requiring or requesting
portunity raffle, and live entertainment.    chamber is definitely looking forward        employees or job applicants to provide user names or passwords for personal social
  The event was held at the Bagramian        and anticipating promoting next year’s       media accounts and from requesting an employee or applicant to divulge personal
Hall located directly behind Holy Cross      taste of the town to be held on Friday,      social media. There are limited exceptions, including an exception relating to em-
Church, an exquisitely beautiful location    November 8, 2013. SAvE THE DATE!             ployer investigations.
and hidden gem here in town. Twenty          The Taste has become “The Event” for         Inspection of Personnel Records
restaurants and wineries presented delec-    Montebello.                                     AB 2674 makes significant changes to the inspection and retention of personnel
table delights of their best menu items.        Thank you to our ‘Premier’ event          records, in the following areas: (1) who has the right to inspect or request copies of
  Chamber President Andrea Wagg re-          sponsors: White Arrow Inc., Dr. Sudha        personnel files; (2) any deadlines for providing access to files; (3) where and how
marked that the chamber received many        Anita Govindarajan, The Shops at             records must be made available; (4) an employer’s obligations to retain files; and (5)
comments from those attending on what        Montebello, and Holy Cross Armenian          penalties for failure to comply.
an extraordinary and elegant event it was    Cathedral. Please see pages 14-15 for        Itemized Wage Statements/
and that they are looking forward to next    a complete list of sponsors and partici-     Temporary Service Employers
year’s Taste of the Town.                    pants.                                          AB 1744 takes effect on July 1, 2013. It relates to itemized wage statement and
  Chairman of the Board Ralph E.                                                          wage notice requirements and requires specified information from temporary service
                                                                                          Penalties for Wage Statement Violations

Montebello                                                                                   SB 1255 amends the Labor Code to specifically define an “injury” as it relates to
                                                                                          a violation of the itemized wage statement statute. Employers are required to provide
                                                                                          specified information to employees on a wage statement each time wages are paid. An
Hires New City                                                                            employee who “suffers an injury” as a result of an employer knowingly or intentionally
                                                                                          failing to comply with the statute is entitled to recover damages against the employer.

Administrator                                                                             Commission Agreements
                                                                                             AB 2675 amends the written commission agreement law (which takes effect on
                                                                                          January 1, 2013) to exempt certain types of wage payments from the written agree-
Francesca Tucker-Schuyler                                                                 ment requirement.
Appointed by City Council                                                                 Fixed Salaries and Overtime
See story on page 23                                                                         AB 2103 amends the Labor Code to state that payment of a fixed salary to a non-
                                                                                          exempt employee will be deemed to be payment only for the employee’s regular
                                                                                          nonovertime hours, notwithstanding any private agreement or “explicit mutual wage
                                                                                          agreement” to the contrary.
  Montebello                                                                                                                                               continued on page 24
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                                                                CHAIRMAN’S PAGE
Chairman’s Commentary                                                                                     Spotlight on

                           By	Chairman	Ralph	E.	Hansen,	D.M.D.
                             Since the last issue of the Spotlight, the chamber board
                           and many community leaders were invited to tour the newly-
                           revamped vons in Montebello.
                             With what they term a “lifestyle remodel”, our vons will                               An Official Publication of the
                           serve as the first prototype for what will become standard in
                                                                                                                  Montebello Chamber of Commerce
                           many stores throughout Southern California. I am impressed
                           that despite being part of a large corporation, the values that                                      2012-2013 Officers
                           are exhibited are those of a model hometown business.             Chairman of the Board . . . Ralph E. Hansen, D.M.D, Whittier Palm Dentistry
                             The pride of the employees in serving their community go        First Vice Chairman . . . . . . . . Albert Napoli, Metropolitan Water District
                           beyond their jobs as many are volunteers in many charitable
                                                                                             Second Vice Chairman . . . Ernesto Flores, Camino Federal Credit Union
organizations. Maybe it stems from the fact that 62 of their 69 employees actually
                                                                                             Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Humberto Garcia, Legal Shield
live in Montebello or maybe it is the example the company sets by financially sup-
                                                                                             Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabriel Robles, Cathay Bank
porting so many causes in our city.
                                                                                             Past Chairman . . . John Pringle, Esq., Roquemore, Pringle and Moore, Inc.
   Stemming from a 50-year history in the community, vons has continued to re-
spond to the changing needs of their customers. By encouraging feedback and being            Member at Large . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Nomura, M’s Flowers
responsive to changing demographics, the store continues to evolve and maintain its                                             Board of Directors
image as eager to fulfill its role as the neighborhood grocery store.
                                                                                             Armando Arenas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Costa Restaurant
   Any business that wishes to be successful should follow the lead set by vons. Even
                                                                                             Marissa Castro-Salvati . . . . . . . . . . . . . Southern California Edison
though most businesses do not have the financial backing of a large corporation,
                                                                                             Dana Cop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AT&T, Inc.
they can still set their business apart by implementing the lessons they have learned.
   First and foremost, a business must be responsive to its customers. We must look          Byron DeArakal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cook-Hill Properties, LLC
at trends, issues and needs that affect our clients’ ability to support our business.        Darrell H. Heacock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homer R. Heacock Realty
When new services or products are requested, we need to adapt and change our                 Garo Kazarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alondra Hot Wings
business model.                                                                              Lidia Kondratuk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Century 21 George Michael Realty
   This is also reflected in how our customers want to receive advertisements and            David Meza . . . Southern California Gas Company/A Sempra Energy Utility
communication from our business. Along with high-tech, we can also increase our              Greg Millsap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Shops at Montebello
high touch, as we can more efficiently and economically contact our customers with           Barbara Risher Welch . . . . . . . . . . . . . Risher Montebello Mortuary
more and varied electronic media.                                                            Omar Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Igent Printing, Inc.
   As a business owner, you must also involve yourself and your employees in the
community. Giving back and investing your time and resources in your customers                                                   Chamber Staff
and community that support your business is a key ingredient to success. The lon-            Andrea Wagg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President/CEO
gevity of your business will be determined not only by the products or services that         Salvatrice Cummo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Events
you sell, but by how well you and your employees treat your customers and support            Jacqueline Derimow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations
your community.
   Finally, I want to thank all the businesses and volunteers who went above and                        Montebello Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.
beyond to make this year’s “Taste of the Town” a huge success. These are the busi-                         109 North 19th Street, Montebello, CA 90640
nesses that support your chamber and deserve the recognition and your support by                                323 721-1153 • Fax 323 721-7946
continuing to patronize their businesses throughout the year.                                            
   Thank you.
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                                                             LABOR LAW UPDATE
Recording Meal, Rest Periods Not Required When Operations Cease
By	Dale	Louton,	HR	Adviser                                   be recorded.                                                 than this example should consult their own employ-
We are a manufacturing firm using electronic means to           From the facts contained in your question, you are not    ment and labor attorney, as meal period violations can
keep time records. This works well for our office staff,     required to record meal periods when operations cease.       be costly.
who take an hour meal period. Employees who work on             There should be a system, however, for notifying          Electronic Time Records
production take a 30-minute meal period and at times         employees when to start and end their meal period. A            What are the requirements for storing electronic time
a bottleneck is created at lunch when all employees are      common way is to use a whistle of some sort.                 records of staff members other than the people working
leaving at the same time. Does this qualify as “opera-       ‘Operations Cease’                                           on the manufacturing floor?
tions cease” and can we stop requiring our production           Your firm presents a clear-cut example where there           The Labor Commissioner has taken the position that
workers to record in and out time records for meals?         is a front office and operations do not cease, and the       storage of records by electronic means meets the require-
   Your firm is subject to Industrial Welfare Commission     manufacturing floor where operations do cease.               ments of California law if the records are (1) retrievable
Wage Order No. 1 Manufacturing Industry. Record-                The state Labor Commissioner has not defined this         in the State of California, and (2) may be printed in an
keeping requirements are contained in Section 7.             term in Opinion Letters or in the Enforcement Policies       indelible format upon request of either the employee or
   The order states that meal periods during which           and Interpretations Manual. Any employers wanting to         the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
operations cease, and authorized rest periods need not       stop recording meal periods based on principles other                         —CalChamber Alert, October 5, 2012

Two New Discrimination Laws Mean Changes for Policies, Posters
By	Susan	Kemp,	Senior	Employment	Law	Counsel	                   • “Religious grooming practice” is also to be con-        precedential authority, thus such discrimination is a
and	Helpline	Manager                                         strued broadly and includes all forms of head, facial        violation of FEHA.
How will discrimination and harassment laws passed           and body hair that are part of the observance by an            The amended Government Code definition of "sex"
this year affect employer requirements?                      individual of his or her religious creed.                    includes, but is not limited to:
   Employers will need to change notices, postings and          Importantly, the law specifies that an accommoda-           • Pregnancy or medical conditions related to preg-
employee handbook policies related to discrimination         tion is “not reasonable” if the accommodation requires       nancy.
and harassment prevention to reflect the changes speci-      segregation of the individual from other employees or          • Childbirth or medical conditions related to child-
fied by AB 1964 and AB 2386.                                 the public.                                                  birth.
Religious Dress/Grooming                                        Employers are required to make reasonable accommo-          • Breastfeeding or medical conditions related to
   AB 1964 amends Government Code sections 12926             dations unless an accommodation is an undue hardship.        childbirth.
and 12940 and clarifies that the Fair Employment and         The amended statute clarifies that the “undue hardship”        The rest of the definition of “sex” remains unchanged:
Housing Act’s (FEHA) discrimination protections and          definition that applies to other types of discrimination,      “Sex” also includes a person’s gender. “Gender”
reasonable accommodation requirements cover religious        also applies to religious discrimination.                    means sex, and includes a person’s gender identity and
dress practices and religious grooming practices.            Breast Feeding                                               gender expression. “Gender expression” means a per-
   As stated in the analysis of the bill, the intent is to      AB 2386 amends California Government Code Sec-            son’s gender-related appearance and behavior whether
“provide clarity and ensure that all religions receive       tion 12926 and makes it clear that breast feeding is pro-    or not stereotypically associated with the person's as-
equal protection under the law.” The added language          tected by law and discrimination on that basis is illegal.   signed sex at birth.
states:                                                         The new legislation was enacted, in part, to reflect      Updated Poster/Software
   • “Religious dress practice” is construed broadly to      a decision by the Fair Employment and Housing Com-             The California Chamber of Commerce 2013 Cali-
include the wearing or carrying of religious clothing,       mission (FEHC) in 2009 in which an employee was              fornia and Federal Employment Notices Poster and
head or face coverings, jewelry, artifacts and any other     terminated because she was nursing her baby during           Employee Handbook Software will include changes to
item that is part of the observance by an individual of      her lunchtime break.                                         policies and posters as a result of AB 1964 and AB 2386.
his or her religious creed.                                     The FEHC's decision was designated as having                              —CalChamber Alert, October 19, 2012

How Alternative Workweeks Apply to Temporary Workers
By	Gary	Hermann,	HR	Adviser                                  workweek must be paid the applicable overtime after          the Labor Commissioner would look to the employer
Is an employee placed temporarily with an employer           eight hours in any one day.                                  where the worker is placed to resolve any labor dispute.
by a placement agency subject to the provisions of           Placement Scenarios                                             In the joint employment scenario, however, the obli-
an alternative workweek in place at the job where the          Temporary employees may be placed in a location in         gation for ensuring that any overtime is paid rests with
employee is placed? Who is responsible for resolving a       one of two ways:                                             both entities. In this instance, the Labor Commissioner
labor dispute with a temporary employee—the placement          If the placement agency places employees with an           may look to either the placement agency or the employer
agency or the employer where the worker was placed?          employer for a normal flat fee or commission, the            where the worker was placed to resolve a dispute.
   The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has           workers actually are employed by the employer where             If the employer is using workers who are employees
consistently taken the position that temporary workers       the workers are placed.                                      of another entity, the workers still will be allowed to be
may be hired into an alternative workweek setting with         If the placement agency is paid on an hourly or other      employed in the alternative workweek, without overtime
no overtime obligation after eight hours in a day so long    basis for the placement, there is a joint employment         liability, as long as they were employed for the full
as they are employed for the entire regularly scheduled      relationship between the two entities. The placement         regularly scheduled alternative workweek.
alternative workweek.                                        agency in this case is simply renting its employees out         If the worker is employed for the entire alternative
   Temporary workers employed for less than the entire       on much the same basis as a company might rent its           workweek, however, the referring employer could not
                                                                          equipment.                                      employ that worker any further during the workweek
                                                                          Labor Disputes                                  without incurring overtime liability.
                                                                            When the employment agency simply                              —CalChamber Alert, October 26, 2012
                                                                          places workers for a flat fee or commission,

                                                                         Disabled American Veterans
                                                                         Memorial Team Van – Chapter #22

                                                                         With the generous donations of the Disabled American Veteran’s Family and Disabled Veterans
                                                                         Charities, Chapter #22 was able to purchase a new van to use for various transportation programs.
                                                                         Pictured are Gilbert Espino, Juan Tarin, Tony Cardenas, Eddie Preciado, Frank Valles, Joanne Brown,
                                                                         Valendina Serrano, Art Miranda, Phil Valenzuela, and Richard Cadena.
December 2012                                                    SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                    5

                                                                 MEMBER NEWS

It’s a Disco Party at X-Igent Printing Annual Business Mixer
  This year’s business mixer hosted by X-Igent Print-      ers for exposure and as a thank you to our customers,        ambassador, HYPE chairman and committee member of
ing was energetic and disco fun! Members from five         vendors and chamber staff for all their referrals.We will    Chamber Connections. X-Igent Printing, Inc. is located
chambers had the opportunity to build business through     continue to do this year after year.”                        at 1001 Goodrich Boulevard, Los Angeles 90022, tele-
some informal networking.                                    Mr. Rodriguez is a proud member of the Montebello          phone (323) 837-9779,
  Owner Omar Rodriguez says, “We host these mix-           Chamber serving as a member of the board of directors,

Chamber Connections Leads Group Celebrates 20th Anniversary
  For 20 years, The Chamber Connections Leads              successes of referrals generated every week.                 Montebello Chamber of Commerce, Izigg 90210, Heav-
Group has offered business networking opportunities          One of the Chamber Connections founders, Ralph             enly Choice, HomeTown buffet, Century 21 George
to non-competitive business owners and key managers        Helm, was awarded a certificate by Andrea Wagg,              Michael Realty, The Realty Depot, Funeraria Del
representing select member firms of the Montebello         president/CEO of the Montebello Chamber for his              Angel, Rena Garcia Marketing, Ilma v. Avila, CPA,
Chamber of Commerce.                                       dedication and support all these years.                      Gardner Insurance, Legal Shield, Fiscal Credit Union
  The group meets every Tuesday morning, 8:00 a.m.           The group consists of the following businesses, whose      and X-Igent Printing Inc.
at the chamber office. They pride themselves on the        representatives are pictured: TekSmart, JT’s Designs,

    Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours.
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                                                             MEMBER NEWS
Risher Montebello Mortuary Hosts
Halloween ‘Mixer To Die For’
  Chamber members from Montebello came together at
Risher Montebello Mortuary for their Halloween Mixer
To Die For. Guests dined on delicious food and treats
for this fun networking experience. Risher Montebello
Mortuary is located at 1316 West Whittier Boulevard,
Montebello, (323) 728-1261.

                                                        Jacqueline Derimow, Montebello Chamber;
                                                                                                            Chevrolet of Montebello
                                                        Armando Arenas, La Costa Restaurant; Andrea
                                                        Wagg, Montebello Chamber; Humberto Garcia, Legal
                                                                                                            Employees’ Turkey Drive
                                                        Shield; Wendy Hayakawa, The UPS Store                 Chevrolet of Montebello employees held a turkey
                                                                                                            drive during the month of September to raise funds for
                                                                                                            the Department of Children and Family Services.
Barbara Risher Welch and her staff
                                                          12 on 12-12-12                                      The department donates food boxes to 100 underprivi-
                                                                                                            leged families so they can have a traditional Thanksgiv-
                                                            Montebello Chamber of                           ing Day meal.
                                                          Commerce would like to                              The department approached Chevrolet of Montebello
                                                          recognize a very unique and                       and asked if they could help donate to the cause, after
                                                          special birthday. Montebello                      their previous Turkey donor wasn’t able to donate
                                                          resident Eric valenzuela is                       turkeys this year.
                                                          turning 12 years old on 12-                         Chevrolet of Montebello employees got together and
                                                          12-12. His mother Yvonne                          were able to raise $1,137. Chris Teague, the owner,
                                                          valenzuela, describes Eric                        matched the employee contributions bringing the total
                                                          as caring, giving, thought-                       to $2,374.
                                                          ful, and a good student who                         This donation will allow underprivileged families to
                                                          has been recognized for his achievements. Eric    have a great holiday meal. Chevrolet of Montebello is
                                                          also loves his community and would like to grow   located at 310 West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello;
                                                          up to be a firefighter.                           (323) 728-9181; http://www.chevroletofmontebello.

Darrell and Valerie Heacock, Heacock Realty, Inc.;
Barbara Risher Welch, Risher Mortuary; and Rose          Need a product or service? Check out our members! WWW.MONTEBELLOCHAMBER.ORG
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December 2012                                                         SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                  7

                                                                      NEW MEMBERS

          GUSTAVO BANUElOS, INC.                                             SAkURA SUSHI & ROll                           MONTEBEllO ClINICA MEdICA FAMIlIAR
        817 West Beverly Boulevard, #107                                  1228 South Greenwood Avenue                            901 West Whittier Boulevard
             Montebello, CA 90640                                             Montebello, CA 90640                                 Montebello, CA 90640
                 (323) 346-1500                                                  (323) 725-3920                                       (562) 908-7588
           Gustavo Banuelos and staff                                          Annie Park and staff                                Gustavo Ruiz and staff

Networking Breakfast Raises Awareness for
Local Restaurant Piccolo Mondo Cucina Italiana                                                                                     REPUBlIC SERVICES, INC.
                                                                                                                                     12949 Telegraph Road
                                                                                                                                   Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
                                                                                                                                         (562) 347-4043
                                                                                                                                          Greg Nordbak

                                                                                                                           The Chamber
                                                                                                                           Works for Me
                                                                                                                           Being a part of the Montebello
   Chamber members from Montebello and Commerce                hosted the event offering business members an impres-       Chamber has had an impact on
Chamber came together at Piccolo Mondo Cucina Itali-           sive spread of their most popular food items. Operations    many facets of different people’s
ana for our invigorating monthly networking breakfast.         Manager, Oscar Rodriguez spoke to the audience about        lives who are important to us. They offer endless
These breakfasts are an effective and low-cost market-         the restaurant’s menu and special wine tasting events.      opportunities that help the community and meeting
ing method to expand professional connections, build             Experience Piccolo’s fine Italian ambience at 886         people’s needs. There is a sense of family among
profitable relationships, and get the opportunity to gather    North Garfield Avenue, Montebello, (323) 890-4600,          members, who band together to help one another.
client referrals and leads. Piccolo Mondo graciously                                                        Amy Tassio, General Manager
                                                                                                                              Hilton Garden Inn, Montebello, (323) 724-5900

Montebello PD’s Officer Dresser
Completes Motorcycle Training
   The Montebello Police Department
is proud to inform the community of
Montebello that a Montebello police
officer recently graduated from police
motorcycle training. Montebello Police
Officer Jeffrey Dresser graduated the
intense training at the top of his class on
September 21.
   Officer Dresser started with MPD in                                                           Book your holiday parties with us. One
2010 after lateral transferring from the                                                        call and we’ll take care of all the details!
Los Angles County Sheriff’s Depart-
ment, where he started his law enforce-
ment career in 2007. Officer Dresser
started his motorcycle enforcement on
the streets of Montebello, after some
additional enforcement training, in early
   Police departments throughout the
                                               Chief McClure and Officer Dresser
country have used police motorcycles to
enforce traffic laws since the early 20th      calls for service with patrol.
century. Montebello Police Department             It is important to point out to the com-
has used police motorcycles for patrol         munity that when you hear sirens, you
and traffic enforcement since its incep-       should safely pull to the right and wait
tion. In the recent past, the MPD has had      until the emergency vehicle has cleared
to cut back on full-time motor officers        the area. It is especially important to
due to budget constraints and reassign
those officers to patrol cars.
                                               obey the laws when yielding to emer-
                                               gency vehicles when it comes to police
   As a continued effort to provide the
community of Montebello with the best
                                               motorcycles since they are not as visible
                                               as the larger, more visible emergency
                                                                                                                           chaMpagne Brunch!
police services available, Chief Mc-
Clure has been working tirelessly with
                                                  The use of motorcycle officers has
                                                                                                                           every Sunday
his staff to put full-time officers back on    proven to be an invaluable tool when                                        Kids 12 and under 50% off brunch
the streets in many capacities, including      it comes to traffic enforcement. Many                                       Kids under 3 eat free brunch
traffic enforcement.                           commuters often drive slower and safer
   Officer Dresser will not only be patrol-    in communities where they know police               854 N. Garfield Ave., Montebello, CA 90640
ling the streets of Montebello for traffic     motor officers may be present since mo-                              (one block south of the 60 Fwy.)
enforcement, he will also augment the          torcycles are smaller and not as easy to                                 323.728.7492
investigations bureau with major injury        spot as police cars. It is the hope of Chief
traffic collision investigations and hit-      McClure and his staff that the streets of                 
and-run investigations. He will also work      Montebello will be safer to travel with                                                  Like us on Facebook
DUI enforcement and assist with priority       this additional resource.
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                                                            COMMUNITY NEWS

Senator Ron Calderon Supports Local Groups Through ‘Operation Gobble’
  On Tuesday, November 20, Senator Ron Calderon             who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Senator         keys and through the generous support of San Gabriel
held his annual “Operation Gobble” turkey giveaway,         Calderon (D–Montebello).                                    valley Water Company, Suburban Water Systems,
where his office distributed hundreds of turkeys at Grant     “Every little bit that we can do to help our families     vons, Local Urban Forager and Golden State Water
Rea Park to pre-selected local community organizations      have a joyful Thanksgiving Day meal with their loved        Company.
who use the turkeys to provide food to families from        ones will help bring hope for the upcoming year of better     Through the collaboration of all involved, hundreds
throughout the 30th Senate District.                        times that we can all embrace and enjoy.”                   of families will be able to enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving,
  “While our economy is beginning to show signs of            “Operation Gobble” was made possible with the help        and that is something we can all be thankful for.
recovery, we still have families throughout the region      of local volunteers who assisted in distributing the tur-

Montebello Skate Park’s 10th Anniversary Celebrated

                                                                                                                                  Montebello Councilman William Molinari
                                                                                                                                  and Councilman Jack Hadjinian join the
                                                                                                                                  10th anniversary celebration of the city’s
                                                                                                                                  skate park.

                                                                                          New City Administrator Meets
             Happy Holidays!                                                              with Chamber Board of Directors

            General Accounting and Bookkeeping
             Corporate and Partnership Taxation
              Individual Taxation and Planning
              Compliance Filings and Reporting
                     Business Consulting                                                  New City Administrator Francesca Tucker-Schuyler visits the Montebello Chamber
                                                                                          of Commerce Board of Directors meeting and gives an update on city projects,
                                                                                          goals, and objectives.
                Ilma V. Avila, CPA
                     1607 Paramount Boulevard                                                Meet the Chief December 11
                       Montebello, CA 90640                                                  ... and Don’t Forget to Bring a Toy!
                         Tel: (323) 888-2865                                                    Celebrate the holiday spirit on Tuesday, December 11, with Police Chief Kevin
                        Fax: (323) 888-2968                                                  McClure from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                Stop by, enjoy a great luncheon, bring a toy and meet the Chief. Join our
                      E-mail:                                                city leaders, local business owners and senior citizens clubs at the Montebello
                        Website:                                                  Senior Center located at 115 South Taylor Avenue. Your participation will help
                                                                                             brighten the season for the less fortunate of our community.
                                                                                                Donation of $10 and an unwrapped gift or toy for a child under 12 years old
                                                                                             is all that’s required. Tickets are available at Montebello Senior Center, Parks
                                                                                             and Recreation Office, Heavenly Choice, and The Daily Brew. For sponsorship
                                                                                             information, contact Denise Hagopian at (323) 728-2728.
December 2012                                                                SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                              9

                                                                 MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
Columbia Business Forms
  Columbia Business Forms, is a business forms distributer located at 1493 North
Montebello Boulevard, Suite 202. The company founded by Ed Garcia in 1970 was
originally located in Santa Fe Springs, moved to Arcadia in 1980, and finally settled
in their current location in Montebello in 1984.
  According to Lynne Sana, the current president, Columbia Business Forms is a
single source provider of business forms, health care forms, promotional products,
and a complete line of security documents. Catering to businesses of all types, Co-
lumbia’s clients include the airline industry, commercial businesses, city, state, and
federal governments.
  For Columbia business forms valued customers, the company offers e-commerce
solutions for their ordering requirements. This site will have the specific products that
a company orders from Columbia, as well as order tracking, pricing, and inventory
of clients products stored by our company.
  Their products and services reflect a deep commitment to exceeding their customer’s
expectations of saving them time and money by integrating better solutions.
  A member of the Montebello Chamber of Commerce since 1984, Columbia busi-                        Columbia Business Forms’ Lynne Sana, Megan Sana, Ed Garcia, Rosa Inscho, and
ness Forms is also a member of the Document Management industries Association,                     Martina Rendon; not pictured: Aftab Jiwani, Kean Sato, Dennis Garcia, Martha
The Latin Business Association, and the Montebello-Commerce YMCA.                                  Neri, Sandra Maldonado

Networking Breakfast 3.0 Hits Commerce at Ozzie’s Diner Bar & Grill
  Our networking breakfast 3.0 series has made its mark              came together to generate leads and exchange business      where you can enjoy good old fashion wholesome food
at long-time chamber member Ozzie’s Diner Bar &                      contacts. Jimmy graciously hosted the event featuring      with exceptional service. Ozzie’s is located at 7780
Grill, owned and operated by Jimmy Javaheri. Members                 his all-time favorite breakfast foods in the vintage hip   East Slauson Avenue, Commerce 90040, telephone
from the Montebello, Commerce and Pico chambers                      ambience of the hideaway. Ozzie’s is definitely a place    (323) 726-0300.

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                                                                 MEMBER NEWS
                                                                                       East Los Angeles-Montebello
                                                                                       BPW Names Denise Hagopian
                                                                                       Woman of Achievement
                                                                                          The East Los Angeles-Montebello
                                                                                       Business and Professional Women has
                                                                                       selected Denise Hagopian, co-owner of
                                                                                       Heavenly Choice, 534 North Montebello
                                                                                       Boulevard in Montebello, as its 2012
                                                                                       “Woman of Achievement.” She was
                                                                                       honored at a dinner at the DoubleTree
                                                                                       Restaurant, Rosemead on Wednesday,
Business and Community                                                                 October 24.
                                                                                          Hagopian is a Betty Boop collectibles

Leaders Tour Montebello Vons
                                                                                       expert and the organizer of the annual Bet-
                                                                                       ty Boop Festival in Montebello. Hagopi-
                                                                                       an has given presentations on Betty Boop
with Grocery Chain’s Top Exec                                                          to various local organizations and has
                                                                                       participated in the Betty Boop Festival in
   On October 9, vons President Lori        good neighbor.                             Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
Raya provided members of the city              “vons employs 62 Montebello resi-          Betty Boop’s animation debut was Au-       Montebello Rotary and chamber of
council and chamber board of directors      dents, and provides quality products and   gust 9, 1930. Hagopian began collecting       commerce.
with an exclusive tour of the Montebello    friendly service to its customers,” said   “Boopabilia” in the early 1980s. When           Her grandfather immigrated from
vons.                                       Montebello Chamber Board Chairman          a back operation immobilized her, she         Armenia to Los Angeles in 1906. He
   vons, which has served Montebello        Ralph E. Hansen, D.M.D. “They are          studied all 115 Boop films and grew to        worked as a laborer and a farmer rais-
for more than 50 years, remodeled the       also very supportive of the community      admire the character.                         ing hogs and chickens, but was also a
store in 2007 and over the past few         and we’re pleased to have them as one         “Because I was laying down for a           folksinger, who brought to life for her
months has made additional changes to       of our chamber members.”                   year, I watched all the cartoons by date,     the Armenian culture. Hagopian’s father
tailor its offerings for customers.            Since 2009, the company’s foundation    in order,” she said. For her, Betty rep-      Alfred operated Sam’s Liquors, where
   “We moved some of our displays           has contributed more than $55,000 to the   resented liberation: a single, fun-loving     she worked after school and learned
to create better adjacencies and have       local YMCA in support of fitness and       woman who did as she pleased.                 about business.
introduced new Hispanic items, such         nutrition programs for underprivileged        In addition, to being an expert on           She was born and raised in Monte-
as warm tortillas, fresh ceviche and a      children at greater risk for obesity.      Betty Boop, Hagopian is the co-owner          bello and is a graduate of Montebello
variety of salsas and cremas in our deli       “One of the things I value most about   of Heavenly Choice Flowers and Adult          High School and a former dancer. As
counter,” Raya told the group. “And         our partnership with vons is how well      Gifts, which opened in 1983. Heavenly         a young women she traveled to Europe
I’m very proud to say that we have these    we are aligned,” said Montebello-          Choice, besides having a large collection     and learned more about her Armenian
new items and more at very competitive      Commerce YMCA Executive Director           of Betty Boop merchandise, also has           heritage. At the age of 22, former Los
prices because value is a big driver for    Michael Newton. “Both of our organiza-     Wonder Woman and Hello Kitty items            Angeles Assemblymember appointed
all of our consumers.”                      tions are committed to promoting healthy   among other items.                            her to the Los Angeles Arts and Culture
   vons operates 278 stores across South-   living and social responsibility.”            Hagopian is also a member of the           Commission.
ern California and Southern Nevada, and        The Montebello vons is located at
believes that part of being the neighbor-
hood grocery store also means being a
                                            804 Beverly Boulevard, in the Mart of
                                            Montebello shopping center.
                                                                                       Rose Hills Celebrated Third Annual Dia de
                                                                                       los Muertos Cultural Festival with Music,
                                                                                       Food and Fun for the Whole Family
                                                                                          More than 15,000 people attended           Ballet Folklórico, Mariachi Trompetas
                                                                                       the Third Annual Dia de los Muertos           de Mexico and a special shoe-stomping
                                                                                       Cultural Festival at Rose Hills Memorial      performance by the band Conjunto Los
                                                                                       Park & Mortuary in Whittier on Sunday,        Pochos.
                                                                                       October 28. With music, art and crafts           In addition, beautifully inspired altars
                                            AV RAted in MARtindAle-Hubbell
                                                                                       for children, beautiful altars on display,    created by local families adorned the
                                                                                       food and more, this year’s free event         entire event and became part of the third
  RoqueMoRe, PRingle & MooRe, inc. HAs been engAged                                    celebrated the rich tradition and heritage    annual altar contest. This year’s winners
  in tHe PRActice of lAw in tHe city of coMMeRce foR oVeR                              of Dia de los Muertos and respectfully        included Cindy Lozano-Dietze, Sylvia
                                                                                       honored the lives of loved ones who have      Ramos and Aida Bueno. Photos of their
  30 yeARs. founded witH tHe goAl of PRoViding business                                passed away.                                  altars are on display on the Facebook
  witH coMPetent legAl seRVices At AffoRdAble PRices,                                     The festival featured a myriad of activ-   page: Dia de los Muertos – Rose Hills.
                                                                                       ities for the whole family including an art      This year’s sponsors of the Cultural
  tHe fiRM eMPloys exPeRienced lAwyeRs to HAndle All
                                                                                       exhibit inside the SkyRose Chapel with        Festival included Athens Services, Coca-
  of youR business And PeRsonAl needs.                                                 this year’s featured artist, Raul Pizarro,    Cola Refreshments, Downey Regional
                                                                                       who shared some of his inspirational Dia      Medical Center, Farmer John, Goya
     • TrusT / Wills                                                                   de los Muertos artwork. There were arts       Foods, H&R Block, Healthcare Partners,
                                                                                       and crafts workshops for children, spe-       Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café, One
     • ProbaTe                                                                         cifically designed by Corner Art Studio       Legacy, Southern California Edison, and
                                                                                       just for this event; a food court; and a      State Farm. Our partners included Chivas
     • Civil liTigaTion                                                                local vendor area featuring Dia de los        USA, Corner Art Studio, El Clasificado,
     • CorPoraTe laW                                                                   Muertos themed arts and crafts.
                                                                                          The event program was emceed once
                                                                                                                                     Hershey’s, La Opinión and Univision
                                                                                                                                     Radio. For more information on the
     • MuniCiPal laW                                                                   again by Alysha Del valle, KABC’s lo-
                                                                                       cal Los Angeles reporter and included
                                                                                                                                     event, please visit www.dayofthedead-
                                                                                                                            or our Facebook page Dia
     • bankruPTCy laW                                   John Pringle                   special performances by Tierra Blanca         de los Muertos – Rose Hills.

                        fRee initiAl consultAtion
                                                                                         Save the Date! Soroptimist Go Red Walk
           HouRs: MondAy – fRidAy, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
                                                                                         for Women Set for Thursday, February 21
                telePHone: 323.724.3117                                                     Soroptimist International of Montebello is sponsoring its fifth annual Go Red
                                                                                         Walk for Women on Thursday, February 21, at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited
                     fAx: 323.724.5410                                                   to participate to raise money for the American Heart Association in its fight
      eMail: jPringle@rPMlaW.CoM / sWu@rPMlaW.CoM                                        against heart disease, the number-one killer of women in America. The dona-
                                                                                         tion is only $5 per walker. The walk begins at Montebello City Hall and ends
                 bank of The WesT building                                               at the Senior Citizen Center. Shuttle buses will provide rides from the Senior
                                                                                         Citizen to City Hall at 4:45 p.m. Free refreshments will be provided. Wear red!
         6055 eAst wAsHington bouleVARd, suite 500                                       For more information or to R.S.v.P., please contact committee chair Christina
               los Angeles, cAlifoRniA 90040                                             Alatorre at (323) 726-0327.
December 2012                                                     SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                     11

                                                            COMMUNITY NEWS

HYPE University Launches ‘Behind the Brand’ with Wahoo’s Fish Taco
  HYPE University, a division of The Montebello             Mesa, talked about how he was able to make his fortune      industry leaders like Wing to the business community
Chamber of Commerce proudly welcomed Wing Lam               serving fish tacos and how they developed their brand,      to further their network, gain expertise and knowledge.
to our first ever “Behind the Brand” series. The event      created a culture and his keys to success.        
offered the audience the ability to have an in-depth,         The audience left motivated, inspired and eager to        Follow us on Facebook: Montebello Chamber.
one-on-one interview with an industry leader.               face any and all of their entrepreneurial aspirations and
  Wing, who was born in Brazil and moved to Costa           challenge. The chamber looks forward to bringing more

Sanchez Adobe Headline                                                                    Montebello High School Swap December 8
                                                                                            Montebello High School Adult Transition Program for Special Needs Students is
Montebello                                                                                sponsoring a swap meet the second Saturday of every month to raise funds for program
Councilmember Jack                                                                        supplies and enrichment activities.
Hadjinian, Montebello                                                                       Monies earned will be used to support art projects, student performances, cooking
Historical Society                                                                        lessons, needed class supplies and/or equipment and other enrichment activities that
President Gary                                                                            support adult transition issues.
Brougher, Central                                                                            The swap meet features a variety of vendors and entertainment from DJ Jesse, who
Basin Municipal Water                                                                     will be entertaining everyone with great music that may also be purchased. There will
District Board President                                                                  be handcrafted jewelry, vintage music, collectables, hand crafts and the best food in
Ed Vasquez, San                                                                           town. Other vendors will be selling household decorations, clothes, shoes, toys, tools
Gabriel Valley Water                                                                      and house wares, new and used, along with seasonal items and other misc. items.
Company President                                                                            The Swap Meet will take place every month on the second Saturday all year long.
Robert W. Nicholson,                                                                      The next one will be on Saturday, December 8. The location is the northeast corner
and Metropolitan Water                                                                    of Madison and Wilcox Avenue (parking lot next to the tennis courts).
District Section Manager                                                                     Spaces are available for $15 or $25 for two. To reserve your space, call (323)
Tim Blair                                                                                 356-0439.

New Employment Laws Affecting Businesses in 2013 continued from page 1
Wage Garnishment                                            Fair Employment/Housing Commission                          overtime wage do not constitute a violation of the ap-
   AB 1775 increases the amount of wages that are ex-       Eliminated, Duties Transferred to                           plicable prevailing wage determination as long as certain
empt from garnishment. This amendment takes effect          Fair Employment/Housing Department                          specified conditions are met.
on July 1, 2013.                                               SB 1038 eliminates the California Fair Employment        Farm Labor Contractors
Human Trafficking Posting                                   and Housing Commission (FEHC). The biggest change              AB 1675 changes the penalties for failing to license
   SB 1193 requires specified businesses to post an 8.5     is the manner in which charges of discrimination or         farm labor contractors. Existing law requires farm labor
by 11-inch notice, on or before April 1, 2013, that         harassment are handled. The administrative hearing          contractors to be licensed by the Labor Commissioner
contains information about organizations that provide       process before the FEHC is eliminated. Instead, the         and to comply with specified employment laws appli-
services to eliminate slavery and human trafficking. The    California Department of Fair Employment and Housing        cable to farm labor contractors. Under existing law, a
Department of Justice will develop a model notice that      (DFEH) will be able to bring civil actions on behalf of     person who violates farm labor contractor requirements
complies with the requirements of SB 1193 and make          a complainant directly in court and require mandatory       is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by specified fines,
the model notice available.                                 dispute resolution.                                         or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than
Workers’ Compensation Reform                                Intellectual Disabilities                                   six months, or both.
   SB 863 is workers’ compensation reform legislation          AB 2370 and SB 1381 substitute the term “intellectual       This new law would, in addition, subject a person who
supported by the CalChamber. The legislation offsets        disability” for the outdated term mental retardation in     violates the licensing requirement to citations issued by
necessary increases in permanent disability benefits and    many statutes and regulations.                              the Labor Commissioner and civil penalties that increase
potentially lowers system costs for employers. Some         Unemployment Insurance:                                     as the number of citations for violations increase.
of the legislative reforms take effect January 1, 2013,     Overpayment and Penalties                                   Warehouse Workers
but many of the laws require administrative/regulatory         AB 1845 provides that the Employment Development            AB 1855 adds warehouse workers to the list of speci-
action before implementation.                               Department (EDD) can deny reimbursement to an em-           fied contractors subject to sufficient funds requirements.
Accessibility Reform                                        ployer for any overpayments made to its unemployment           Specifically, existing law prohibits a person or entity
   CalChamber-supported SB 1186 limits frivolous liti-      insurance reserve accounts if the EDD determines that       from entering into an agreement for labor or services
gation regarding technical violations concerning disabil-   the overpayment resulted from an employer’s failure         from specified contractors (construction, farm labor,
ity access by reducing statutory damages, putting into      to respond to or provide adequate information to the        garment, janitorial or security guard) where the person
place new provisions to prevent “stacking” of multiple      EDD. This new law applies to benefit overpayments           or entity knows, or should have known, that the con-
claims to increase statutory damages and banning letters    established on or after October 22, 2013.                   tract or agreement does not include funds sufficient to
making demands for money before litigation.                 Prevailing Wage                                             comply with applicable laws or regulations. AB 1855
                                                               Under AB 2677, increased employer payment con-           adds warehouse workers to this list.
                                                            tributions that result in a lower hourly straight time or                        —CalChamber, November 1, 2012
12   SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO   December 2012
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                                              THE LAW OFFICES OF
                                              GEORGE B. PACHECO
                                                   Attorney at Law

                                               The Team You Can Trust
                                                       Wishing the
                                                Community of Montebello
                                                 a Merry Christmas and a
                                              Safe and Prosperous New Year

                                                          (323) 726-1082
                                      1453 West Beverly Boulevard     
                                      Montebello, California 90640   E-mail:

            Experience it!
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California Grill General Manager Nick K showcases     VIP guests enjoying the ambience.                      The ladies of White Arrow enjoy their favorite glasses
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Chris Teague, Chevrolet of Montebello, enjoying the   The Gardner Insurance Agency group show their          Marc Pacheco of the Law Offices of George Pacheco
company of family and friends.                        appreciation for the Taste of the Town event.          enjoys his time with friends and family.

Councilmember Jack Hadjinian is joined by members     Four colleagues having a great time at the Taste of    Piccolo Mondo Cucina Italiana serving their most
of the chamber’s board of directors.                  the Town.                                              popular dishes.

La Piñata serving their famous tamales.               Happy attendees marvel at the Taste’s success.         Barefoot Wine serving the crowd’s favorite.

                                                      Lupe and
                                                      with their
                                                      del Angel.
Hundreds of guests enjoyed all that was offered at                                                           Amy’s Pastry Executive Chef Mark showcases their
the Taste.                                                                                                   elegant designs.

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                                                                              Bon Appetit Sponsors                        Rose Hills Memorial Park
                                                                              Risher Montebello Mortuary                         & Mortuary
                                                                                                                           Luminarias Restaurant
                                                                                  X-Igent Printing, Inc.                         & Banquets
                                                                                 The Prescription Shop                       Unique Floral Shop
                                                                               Columbia Business Forms                    Gardner Insurance Agency
                                                                                                                             Hilton Garden Inn,
                                                                                      M’s Flowers                                Montebello
                                                                                     The UPS Store                           Crowne Plaza Hotel
Bob Tapia, Reverse Mortgage         Hacienda Tequila was popular amongst           Bank of Manhattan                        at Commerce Casino
Professionals, and Edgar Morales,   the attendees.                                                                            Gustavo Villareal
Bank of the West, serving Mission
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                                                         Montebello                      Taste of the Town Committee
                                                                                        Chairwoman Martha Alvarez, Funeraria Del Angel
                                                                                                 Maggie Rios, Fiscal Credit Union
                                                         CEO Andrea
                                                         Wagg and                               Omar Rodriquez, X-Igent Printing
                                                         Events Director                        Wendy Hayakawa, The UPS Store
                                                         Salvatrice                          Sam Carpenter, The Shops at Montebello
                                                         Cummo                                   Catherine Torres, Second Oven
                                                         graciously                    Barbara Risher Welch, Risher Montebello Mortuary
                                                         thanked the                                Rena Garcia, Izigg 90210
                                                         committee                     Lidia Kondratuk, Century 21 George Michael Realty
                                                         members for all                        Adriana Dugan, Gardner Insurance
                                                         their hard work.
                                                                                     Christine Consunji-Chen, Hilton Garden Inn, Montebello

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             La Costa Restaurant                              Crabby’s Seafood & More                               Catering by Herach & Ara
    854 N. Garfield Ave., Montebello 90640         125 N. Montebello Blvd., Unit D, Montebello 90640       1460 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello 90640
   323-728-7492 /                         323-888-8652                                          323-728-0573
         Doubletree Hotel, Rosemead                        Piccolo Mondo Cucina Italiana                              Salvatore Restaurant
    888 Montebello Blvd., Rosemead 91770           886 N Garfield Ave., Montebello 90640                        125 N. Sixth St., Montebello 90640
  323-201-3461 /          323-890-4600 /                 323-727-2803 /
                 Quiet Cannon                                      Barefoot Wine                                    Clearman’s Steak & Stein
    901 Via San Clemente, Montebello 90640              800-750-8828 /                 9545 E. Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera 90660
     323-724-4500 /                                                                   562-699-6204 /
                                                                  Hacienda Del Rey
             San Antonio Winery                     562-257-0023 /                           Polly’s Pies
      737 Lamar Street, Los Angeles 90031                                                                     1322 Beverly Blvd., Montebello 90640
                                                                La Pinata Mexican Deli
   323-330-8725 /                                                                     323-722-6324 /
                                                       607 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello 90640
                 California Grill                     323-726-0327 /                       Mission Wine & Spirits
        6751 Painter Ave., Whittier 90601                                                                    1785 Washington Blvd., Pasadena 91104
                                                                    Amy’s Pastry
      562-907-7017 /                                                              626-794-7026 /
                                                       2208 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello 90640
                                                         323-724-0488 /
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                                                             COMMUNITY NEWS

MPD Explorer Post 1034 Provides Thanksgiving Meals
  For the second consecutive year, the Montebello            needs. The families received their early Thanksgiving         Explorers are a group of tireless and dedicated bunch
Police Department’s Explorer Post has started off the        dinners from the uniformed Explorers on November 20.          of kids and young adults that continually improve the
holiday season with a Thanksgiving food giveaway.              The Montebello Explorer program has always been             quality of life in our community.
Post 1034 was able to obtain two full Thanksgiving           especially active during the holiday season. In past            Anyone interested in joining the ranks of the Explorer
dinners from Albertsons and pies from Amy’s. These           years, the Post was instrumental in lending a help-           program is encouraged to contact either Sgt. Dave Kim
two families were carefully selected because of their        ing hand for the Christmas at Cannons program. The            or Officer Ernie Barron at (323) 887-1313.

Holiday Magic Returns to The Shops at Montebello
   Holiday magic returns to The Shops at      is extremely powerful as it links directly      • An innovative social media program        States, ScentSicles scented ornaments are
Montebello as the Santa Photo Experi-         to childhood memories.” ScentSicles will      called “BeMerrySanta”. Families can           5.5 inches long and made from natural
ence opens to greet bright-eyed visitors      be available for sale at the The Shop at      keep up with Santa’s daily musings on         fibers from sustainable resources that
with their wish lists on November 10.         Montebello’s Santa Photo Experience           his Facebook page at         have been infused with pure fragrance
Children can be photographed with Santa       location.                                     MerrySanta or Twitter @BeMerrySanta.          oil, offering an authentic, simple and
beginning Saturday, November 10, from            Returning again this season is the ‘Cut-     • In addition, parents can reinforce        mess-free way to enhance the scent of the
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Mon-          est Santa Photo Contest’, designed to find    Santa’s spirit of goodwill with their chil-   holidays throughout each room.
day, December 24, from 9:00 a. m. to          the most adorable kids! The ‘Cutest Santa     dren, either by clicking on the BeMer-           Simply hang from Christmas tree
6:00 p.m. in Center Court.                    Photo Contest’ will be hosted on The          rySanta page on Facebook, or          branches, hook into wreaths, or wrap
   Presenting Sponsors for the Simon          Shops at Montebello‘s Facebook page. In just a few moments,        into garland. ScentSicles scented orna-
Santa Photo Experience include ABC            It’s easy—simply post your favorite kid       parents can input their child’s good deed     ments retail for $7.99 per six-pack. Ad-
Family, vISIT FLORIDA, Gymboree,              photo with Santa on the Santa Photo App       into Santa’s Magical Badge Genera-            ditional information about ScentSicles
and ScentSicles.                              on The Shop at Montebello’s Facebook          tor. Parents can print out their child’s      scented ornaments can be found at www.
   “There is always a great deal of enter-    page, to be available from early Novem-       customized badge, or show it to Santa ScentSicles are a prod-
tainment and fun at Simon malls during        ber through mid-December. A copy of           on a smartphone or tablet during their        uct of Enviroscent, Inc.
the holiday season but the Santa Photo        the official contest rules will be avail-     visit to Noerr’s Santa Photo Experience       The Shops at Montebello
Experience is something generations of        able on the Santa Photo App or at Guest       at [insert name of mall], where Santa            The Shops at Montebello is nestled
families count on every year,” said Sam       Services at The Shops at Montebello.          will congratulate and reward them with        up against the hills in the heart of the
Carpenter, Director of Marketing and             The cutest kid Grand Prize winner          BeMerry! stickers and special offers.         San Gabriel valley, only eight miles
Business Development of The Shops at          gets a visit at their home from Santa in        • Guests to every Noerr set will have       east of downtown Los Angeles, in the
Montebello.                                   a horse drawn carriage before Christmas       the opportunity to share Santa’s spirit of    predominantly suburban community of
   Another sense will be engaged this         Eve, with a sleigh full of prizes including   generosity by making a donation via The       Montebello. The mall offers four depart-
holiday season as Simon is teaming up         $1,200 in Gymboree clothing, $250 in          Noerr Programs to U.S. rural children         ment stores and 140 shops, eateries, and
with ScentSicles scented ornaments to         toys and a $250 Simon Giftcard as well        in need through Save the Children, a          restaurants. A strategic location directly
fragrance The Shops at Montebello’s           as an all-inclusive trip for a family of      75-year-old nonprofit organization. To        adjacent to the Pomona (60) Freeway and
Santa Photo Experience with the aroma         four to Club Med Sandpiper resort in          create even more magic for donors,            in close proximity to two other major Los
of Douglas Fir to create an authentic         Port St. Lucie, Florida which includes        The Noerr Programs will offer a chance        Angeles freeways (Interstates 605 and
Christmas experience.                         air transportation and rental car valued      for a lucky family of four to win a trip      710), makes The Shops at Montebello
   “ScentSicles capture the true-to-life      at more than $8,300.                          to America’s capital, Washington D.C.         both convenient and easily accessible.
fragrance of a freshly cut Christmas tree,       The Noerr Programs, operators of the       About ScentSicles                                For more information, please visit the
making it feel like Christmas – just like a   Santa Photo Experience at The Shops at          ScentSicles are the first scented orna-     following websites at www.facebook.
visit with Santa does,” said Nick McKay,      Montebello, is sharing the heart of Santa     ments that effectively and authentically      com/ShopsatMontebello—www.twitter.
CEO of EnviroScent, Inc., the company         online this holiday season, through the       make any tree smell fresh-cut. Headquar-      com/ShopsMontebello—www.shopsat-
behind ScentSicles. “Our sense of smell       following programs:                           tered in Atlanta and made in the United

                                                                                                                                            The Chamber
                                                                                                                                            Works for Me

                                                                                                                                            “The Montebello Chamber of Com-
                                                                                                                                            merce is a vibrant and important
                                                                                                                                            resource for the local business com-
                                                                                                                                            munity. During this time of ever-
                                                                                                                                            changing economic landscapes,
                                                                                                                                            the chamber provides value for all
                                                                                                                                            its members ranging from small
                                                                                                                                            businesses to large corporations,
                                                                                                                                            with an innovative resource driven
                                                                                                                                            approach. Membership in the Mon-
                                                                                                                                            tebello Chamber of Commerce is
                                                                                                                                            worth the investment.”
                                                                                                                                                       Ernesto Morales, MBA
                                                                                                                                                            Executive Director,
                                                                                                                                                         Business Development
                                                                                                                                                           Rose Hills Company
                                                                                                                                                                 (562) 463-4553
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                                                       COMMUNITY NEWS
27th Annual YMCA Testimonial Dinner
  On October 29, the Montebello-Commerce YMCA held its 27th Annual YMCA Testimonial
Dinner, honoring the Montebello Chamber of Commerce and the Commerce Industrial Council.

                                                                                             Commerce Industrial Council             Montebello Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                             President Eddie Tafoya and Kathy        President/CEO Andrea Wagg
                                                                                             Schlotz, Montebello Teachers            and Kathy Schlotz, Montebello
The Montebello-Commerce YMCA Board of Directors                                              Association                             Teachers Association

                                                       Montebello Service Clubs Provide Thanksgiving
                                                       Food Baskets to 120 Area Families in Need
                                                         The Montebello Lions Club has been providing food       might not have a nice Thanksgiving dinner.
                                                       baskets to the needy for over 30 years. For many years,      On the day the clubs put together the baskets many
                                                       the club provided 25 Christmas food baskets. However,     students from Montebello and Schurr High Schools
                                                       the club determined 20 years ago that many groups were    volunteer to come and help the service club members.
                                                       also providing Christmas baskets and that there were         Each service club donates monetarily to purchase
                                                       many duplications.                                        food for the baskets. There are several local and Los
                                                         The Lions then started providing 50 Thanksgiving and    Angeles businesses that has donated canned food, bread,
                                                       50 Easter food baskets; giving the families food almost   milk, pastries, vegetables, and stuffing. Two individuals
                                                       year round. The Montebello Rotary Club approached the     donate money for candy for the children in the families.
                                                       Lions 10 years ago and expressed a desire to join with       The Jose and Rachel Reyna family for 20 years have
                                                       the Lions in providing food baskets. This increased the   allowed the service clubs to use their yard to assemble
                                                       families we were able to help to 100. Then Assembly-      the food baskets. The family then cooks a delicious meal
                                                       man (now Senator) Ron Calderon liked what the Lions       for all of the volunteers.
                                                       and Rotary were doing and increased the number of            The Thanksgiving food basket program is truly a
                                                       Thanksgiving turkeys to 120. About five years ago, the    three-service club project. The Montebello Lions,
                                                       Montebello Soraptimist Club expressed a desire to join    Montebello Rotary, and Montebello Soraptimist clubs
                                                       the Lions and Rotary clubs. The combined clubs now        working together to make life a little better for families
                                                       deliver 120 Thanksgiving food baskets to families who     in need.
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                                                                      HEALTH NEWS
27th Annual Beverly Hospital Foundation Cardiac Care Golf
Tournament: ‘A Day on the Green is Good for the Heart’
   The Beverly Hospital Foundation            given to our cardiac patients.
wishes to thank the sponsors, golfers            “Be assured this check will benefit
and volunteers who contributed to a suc-      our cardiac programs and the patients
cessful Cardiac Care Golf Tournament          we serve,” Dr. Haro said upon accept-
fundraiser event held on September 27, at     ing the generous donation on behalf of
the Quiet Cannon located on the beauti-       the hospital. This worthy annual event
ful Montebello Golf Course. The annual        further builds on Beverly Hospital’s vi-
golf fundraiser, founded by a group of        sion of commitment to our community
cardiac patients at Beverly Hospital 27       for expanded quality care and treatment.
years ago, is dedicated to the cardiology        The 2012 tournament sponsor was
patients at the hospital and saving lives.    Bank of the West. Following several
   At this year’s Tee off for Good Health     days of scorching hot weather, clear
event, a check for $42,000 was presented      skies greeted the 110 participants who
to Beverly Hospital. Carlos Haro, Ph.D.,      were all eager to meet on the green and
chairman of the Beverly Hospital board        have fun for a good cause.
of directors; Denny Guthrie, first vice          That afternoon, the golf activities
president of the board of directors; and      were followed by an awards banquet.
Michael Almanzor, vice president of fi-       Trophies were given to the first, second
nance/CFO accepted the generous dona-         and third place winners. The lucky win-     Michael Almanzor, Denny Guthrie, Carlos Haro, Ph.D., and Kathy Schlotz during
tion on behalf of the hospital presented by   ner of the Progressive Raffle was Daniel    $42,000 check presentation.
Kathy Schlotz, president of the Beverly       Figueroa of D & J Contractors who took
Hospital Foundation.                          home a 40-inch Sony Bravia flat screen      and mingling with a great group of           support the vision of Beverly Hospital,
   All proceeds from the event are ear-       television.                                 people,” said Clyde Harwood, executive       log on to or call the
marked to benefit and enhance the care           “It was an enjoyable day of relaxation   vice president of the Foundation.            Beverly Hospital Foundation at (323)
                                                                                            For information on how you may             725-4264.

  The Chamber Works for Me                                                                Beverly
  “When I attended a recent multichamber breakfast hosted by the Montebello
  Chamber, I wound up doing business with South Gate Police Department (which
  gave me a large promotional product order). I attribute my success to the innova-
                     tive networking opportunity that Montebello Chamber staff
                     afforded me. As the structure of the networking conversa-
                     tions (we were paired off with potential power networking
                     partners) thus allowing greater business to flow to one an-
                     other. It was a true "win-win" as the partner I was assigned
                     to generated $3,000 in revenue as a result of my contact.”           Travel to
                                              Jerry Warner, Marketing Director,
                                        The Singleton Company, (562) 708-9922
                                                                                          Peru on
                                                                                          Medical                        Dr. Faisal Khan, Loretta Rihbany, RN and Dr. Cesar

                                                                                          Mission                        Aranguri accept basket from Guild First Vice President
                                                                                                                         Mary Hazen.

                                                                                             This past October, two Beverly Hospi-     cal orphanage. A mental health and a
                                                                                          tal physicians and a registered nurse gave   diabetes clinic are available to patients
                                                                                          an outstanding presentation at the Guild     throughout the year.
                                                                                          volunteer luncheon about their medical          This year the group tended to over
                                                                                          mission trip to Ayacucho in Peru. Trip       1,600 patients in the two-week timeframe
                                                                                          leader and cardiologist Cesar Aranguri,      and performed over 100 surgeries. Many
                                                                                          M.D., pediatric and general surgeon          of the patients opted to wait all night, just
                                                                                          Faisal Khan, M.D. and registered nurse       to be seen the next day by the American
                                                                                          Loretta Rihbany annually joins a team of     doctors. Arrangements were made for
                                                                                          volunteers from around the country on        six children to be brought to Ayacucho
                                                                                          the mission titled “Mission Ayacucho.”       from Puno, over 400 miles away, to
                                                                                          They also distribute eyeglasses donated      plastic surgery for cleft lips and palates
                                                                                          by people in the community who no            and facial deformities. “The children and
                                                                                          longer have a need for them.                 their mothers where housed at a local
                                                                                             Ayacucho is located in the central        hotel and all left happy and healthy one
                                                                                          Andean Mountains of Peru, an area            week later—lips repaired, and everyone
                                                                                          known for its extremely impoverished         smiling. It was the first time they had
                                                                                          indigenous peasant population. Mission       left Puno, so there was some hesitancy
                                                                                          Ayacucho began in 1996 under the direc-      to get into an elevator at the airport,”
                                                                                          tion of Dr. Ralph Kuon and 30 volunteers     said Beverly Hospital registered nurse
                                                                                          for a two-week stay. Today the group has     Loretta Rihbany, who has worked with
                                                                                          over 120 dedicated medical volunteers.       Mission Ayacucho for 15 years.
                                                                                          The goal is to care for the indigents in        The group has already started planning
                                                                                          the area and provide services, such as,      for their 2013 mission. They all concur
                                                                                          plastic surgery, which are difficult to      that working in Peru is a very rewarding
                                                                                          obtain or may be unavailable. The out-       experience. They have also volunteered
                                                                                          reach groups often travel directly into      their services on several occasions at the
                                                                                          local communities to aid those unable to     LACareNow in downtown Los Angeles
                                                                                          travel to Ayacucho.                          and after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
                                                                                             The Ayacucho Mission sponsored by            The following quote by Andrew Carn-
                                                                                          PAMS (Peruvian American Medical              egie, best sums up how they feel about
                                                                                          Society) is performed in cooperation         their outreach. “Wealth is not to feed our
                                                                                          with other medical mission groups. It        egos, but to feed the hungry and to help
                                                                                          returns each year for two weeks during       people help themselves.
                                                                                          the summer to provide medical, surgi-           For more information about Mission
                                                                                          cal, dental, and educational assistance to   Ayacucho, go to www.missionaya-
                                                                                          its population. During the annual visit, or call Loretta Rihbany, RN
                                                                                          medical assistance is also provided for      in Employee Medical Services, (323)
                                                                                          approximately 180 children at the lo-        837-3405.
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                                                                     HEALTH NEWS
Almond Alert!                                                 PIH Health Announces New Board Officers
Almond Nuts                                                      PIH Health announced its Fiscal Year 2012-13 board
                                                              of directors on October 1. The board of directors in-
                                                              cludes physicians and business and community leaders
                                                                                                                              management, and government
                                                                                                                                 He holds a bachelors degree

Causing Epidemic                                              who meet each month to help guide the policies of PIH
                                                              Health. The corporate PIH Health board of directors
                                                              remains the same and is as follows: Donald G. Alvarado
                                                                                                                              in psychology from UCLA,
                                                                                                                              where he also earned certifi-
                                                                                                                              cates from the executive man-
of Broken Teeth                                               as the chair of the board of directors, Kenton Woods as
                                                              vice chair, Rich Atwood as secretary, and Jane Dicus
                                                                                                                              agement program and the pub-
                                                                                                                              lic sector labor-management
                             By	John	C.	Chao,	D.D.S.          as treasurer. The new chair of PIH Health Physicians            relations certificate program.
                                In the last few months vir-   board of directors is Drew Sones. Serving with Mr.              In addition, Mr. Sones attend-
                                                              Sones are J.C. McFarland as vice chair, Joy Leong, MD           ed California State University,        PIH Health
                             tually every day one or more
                                                              as secretary, and Jane Dicus as treasurer. PIH Health           Long Beach, where he obtained       Physicians Chair
                             patients have come in with
                                                              Foundation board of directors also installed Nathan             a management of health care           Drew Sones
                             cracked, broken or sensi-
                             tive teeth. It’s an epidemic.    Honda MD as chair of the board. Serving with Dr.                institutions certificate.
                             The culprit is most often…       Honda are Robin Renek as vice chair, Michal Dawson                 His community activities include being an ordained
                             ALMONDS. Recent public-          as secretary, and Hubert Perry as treasurer.                    elder and member at East Whittier Presbyterian Church,
                             ity regarding the nutritional       Additional information on the chairs is as follows:          past president of the Whittier Host Lions Club, past
                             value of almonds has been           Mr. Alvarado, PIH Health                                     president of Quakertowne Toastmasters Club Whit-
                             abundant. These claims have      chair of the board, is senior vice                              tier, mentor for the California High School Culinary
                             basis in the numerous scien-     president, general counsel, and                                 Academy, and member and president of the board of
tific studies dating as far back as the 1990s.                corporate secretary of Smart &                                  directors of First Day Homeless Shelter in Whittier.
   Most recently the International Society for Horti-         Final, Inc. and its related enti-                                  Mr. Sones also serves on the committee on gover-
cultural Science published the following statement:           ties. As the chief legal officer,                               nance for the American Hospital Association. He and
“Nuts have been shown to possess substances which             he is responsible for the compa-                                his wife Susan live in Whittier, where they have resided
significantly reduce risk of coronary heart disease, some     ny’s legal matters, government                                  for 36 years and raised their two children.
types of cancer and several other diseases…” Hazelnuts,       relations and litigation, and has                                  Dr. Nathan Honda, PIH
almonds as well as other nuts have been the subject of        served on various business and                                  Health Foundation chair, is
                                                              bar associations.                      PIH Health Chair         the medical director of the
studies cited.
   The nutritional value of almonds need not come at the         Mr. Alvarado previously Donald G. Alvarado                   Ruby L. Golleher Comprehen-
expense of broken or cracked teeth. Almonds can be            served on the PIH Foundation board. He is also a board          sive Cancer Program at PIH
purchased in slivered form, albeit slightly more costly.      member of the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier and serves          Health. Dr. Honda received
                                                              as regent on the board of regents at Loyola Marymount           his bachelor’s degree from the
Considering the cost of fillings and crowns, the cost of
                                                              University. He has a juris doctorate degree from the Uni-       University of Hawaii and his
buying almonds in a “kinder” form is minimal. Another
                                                              versity of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in       medical degree from Tulane
suggestion is to put almonds into a blender with milk or
                                                              political science from Loyola Marymount. Mr. Alvarado           University School of Medicine.
juices. Nutritional value is thus preserved without the                                                                                                              PIH Health
                                                              is a resident of Whittier and is married with three children.   He completed a residency in
risk of damaging teeth.                                                                                                                                          Foundation Chair
                                                                 PIH Health Physicians chair, Drew Sones, is the              anatomic and clinical pathol-
   While we are on the subject of foods damaging to
                                                              owner of Drew Sones Consulting and has expertise in             ogy at Harbor UCLA Medi- Nathan Honda, MD
teeth, be careful of the following:
                                                              all areas of integrated solid waste management from             cal Center and received board certification from the
   Popcorn. Popcorn is a favorite vehicle for losing
                                                              curbside collection to landfill operations, recycling,          American Board of Pathology in 1988. Dr. Honda lives
weight, if no butter is used. Popcorn is easily substituted
                                                              composting, solid waste engineering, capital budget-            in Whittier with his wife and two children.
for more caloric snacks. However, there is always a
                                                              ing and programming, project development and labor
chance of a stray kernel that can crack or damage teeth.
These little kernels are as hard as rocks.
   Ice. Ice has more nutritional value than plain water.      PIH Health Reaches Out to Retired Baby Boomers
The pleasure of chewing on ice is again cracked teeth           According to United States Census data, every day             knowledge and skills, volunteers help PIH Health
that may require costly dental restorations.                  more than 10,000 Baby Boomers (those born from 1946-            achieve its goal of providing superior healthcare to the
   Hard candy. Hard candy may be delightful treats, but
                                                              1964) reach retirement age. PIH Health is looking to            community.
may expose teeth to higher risk of decay and breakage.
                                                              recruit at least 100 new retirees to their volunteer team.        PIH Health volunteers interact with patients in a
Certain kinds of cough drops are also hard. Do not chew
                                                                “Our goal is to reinforce our volunteer base with             non-clinical manner, work alongside hospital staff and
them. Let them melt in your mouth.
                                                              people that have management experience, strong pre-             serve with other volunteers in a team atmosphere. The
   Foreign objects in food. Every now and then a patient
reports having broken a tooth by biting on a tiny rock,       sentation skills and are enthusiastic about the work PIH        volunteer program offers scheduling flexibility, a variety
sliver of metal or other kinds of foreign objects in his/     Health is doing in the community,” said Director of             of assignments and a chance to put current skills to use
her food. This could be food served at a restaurant or        Senior and volunteer Services Nancy Whyte.                      or acquire new ones.
purchased from a supermarket. If this happens, you              The new Plaza Tower, scheduled to open in Decem-                Those considering giving back to the community and
should notify the manager of the restaurant or market         ber, will bring more opportunities for volunteers to put        helping others should contact Cindy Daniels, volunteer
immediately. Preserve the foreign object and keep it          their talent to work. By sharing their time, experience,        services manager, at (562) 698-0811, ext. 12422.
in your possession. You may request reimbursement
from the establishment for the expense of restoring the
broken tooth.
   Another important way you can reduce risk of heart
disease and cancer is to remove all sources of infection
in your mouth. Numerous studies have been cited in
our previous columns about the association of systemic
diseases to untreated oral infections, the most signifi-
cant being pyorrhea or periodontal disease. If you have
mouth odors, bad taste, bleeding or swollen gums, or
broken down teeth be sure to see your dentist for diag-
nosis and treatment.
   You should also contact your physician regarding
the advisability of using nuts or any food supplement
as a means of improving your health and lowering the
risk of disease.
   But if you do experience a sharp pain in the tooth or
jaw when you bite on something hard, go to your dentist
right away before the nerve in the tooth gets damaged
and needs root canal treatment.
   The first thing that I do when I’m trying to lose weight
is substitute something with low calories for my usual
snacks. Popcorn is a great substitute for chips and other
salty snacks, but a stray kernel (and there is always a
stray kernel, isn’t there?) that hits your teeth right can
fracture or break your teeth.
   Another thing to be on the lookout for with popcorn
is the stray kernel shard. Sometimes those little pieces
can get right under your gums against your tooth and
be nearly impossible to get out since it is suctioned to
the tooth.
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                                                                  SCHOOL NEWS
                                            MHS 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

                                            On October 18, alumni Robert Bagwell, Robert Capps, and             Montebello Unified School District Vice President Gerri
                                            Jay Nomura were inducted into the Montebello High School            Guzman and 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Robert Capps
                                            Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in the school’s gym.                family

MUSD Board Vice President Gerri
Guzman stands in front of a Dia de
los Muertos altar she created in honor
of her parents. Each altar represented
a scholarship established in the name
of the celebrant.

MUSD Students
Create Dia de
los Muertos
Altars to Fund
Scholarships                                2012 Hall of Fame inductee Jay Nomura, M’s Flowers, actor
                                            Edward James Olmos, and Dorothy Nomura, M’s Flowers
                                                                                                                Montebello Unified School District Vice President Gerri
                                                                                                                Guzman and 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Robert Bagwell
   MUSD teachers, parents and MUSD
Board of Education vice President
Gerri Guzman crafted five beautiful         MUSD Selected to Receive Federal Funding to
Dia de los Muertos altars to display at
the District-hosted Dia de los Muertos      Support Counseling Programs at District High Schools
and Harvest Festival. The event took           Selected from a pool of over 600           mental health professionals with the        grams. The program also seeks to ensure
place Friday, November 9, at Applied        submissions nationwide, Montebello            goal of expanding the range, availabil-     that parents of participating students will
Technology (ATC) High School and also       Unified School District was awarded           ity, quantity and quality of counseling     have input in the design and implemen-
featured Schurr High Schools Folklorico,    federal grant funding earlier this month      services—while involving parents and        tation of counseling services. The grant
Bell Gardens Intermediate and High          to support innovative counseling services     community groups.                           allows for the allocation of funds to sup-
School Mariachi and dancers, food and       at all five of the district’s high schools.      The Elementary and Secondary School      port counselor and teacher professional
cultural arts.                                 MUSD will be awarded nearly $1.2           Counseling (ESSC) Program, funded           development and collaboration with
   The event was a scholarship fundraiser   million over the course of the next three     through the Department of Education,        community-based organizations, as well.
for Scholars of Montebello, a commu-        academic years. Funds will be budgeted        establishes or expands elementary or           The Department of Education selected
nity organization dedicated to ensuring     to hire school-based social workers,          secondary school counseling and mental      districts like MUSD that demonstrated
all MUSD high school students get a         who will provide direct clinical and          health programs.                            the greatest need for counseling services
chance at higher education. Each altar      case management services to students             The ultimate goal of the ESSC pro-       in the schools to be served, proposed
represented a scholarship established in    with academic and social difficulties,        gram is to craft a developmental and        the most innovative and promising ap-
the name of the celebrant.                  and a counselor to oversee and support        preventive approach to counseling high      proaches, and seek to provide the most
   “This event was a chance for our com-    the social workers. The award will spe-       school students, while expanding the        effective method to replicate and dis-
munity to come together for a great cause   cifically aid MUSD in hiring qualified        use of existing effective counseling pro-   seminate counseling services.
and remember and celebrate loved ones
through visual arts,” said MUSD vice
President Gerri Guzman. “I’m proud
of the Scholars of Montebello, whose
                                            Don Bosco Technical Institute Hosts Open House
committee members are working hard             Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) hosted its annual Fall
to raise money for deserving MUSD           Open House on Sunday, November 18.
students who need a boost to continue on       Prospective students, their families and other members of the commu-
their path to a college degree.”            nity were able to tour Bosco Tech’s extensive College and Counseling
   One altar was themed “Past, Present      Resource Center and explore the school’s applied-science technology
and Future of Bilingual Education;”         labs where unmanned aerial vehicles and competitive programmed
another honored the Space Challenger        robots were featured. Laboratory science displays and engineering
disaster.                                   demonstrations were also available for viewing.
   “I want to thank the committee mem-         The award-winning Royal Techmen marching band provided musical
bers who put on the Harvest Festival,”      entertainment and an assortment of food was available to guests. Bosco
said MUSD Board President Hector            Tech’s nine competitive sports teams and campus clubs hosted displays
Chacon. “Our community had such a           across the campus and in the Yurak Athletic Center, the school’s fully
great time viewing the beautiful Dia        equipped sports training facility. The Alumni Association also hosted
de los Muertos altars and watching our      a reception for all alumni.
students perform, all to raise money for       Bosco Tech is the only all-male Catholic high school in the state
a good cause.”                              that uniquely integrates a college-preparatory curriculum with a com-
                                            prehensive, four-year, project-based science and technology program.
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December 2012                                                       SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                25

                                                                    SCHOOL NEWS
Cantwell-Sacred Heart Students Begin
School Year With iPad Technology
By	Anne	Donofrio-Holter
   Beginning this fall, all Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary
High School freshmen and sophomores began using
iPads instead of traditional textbooks.
   “I am so excited that we are the first Catholic high
school in the San Gabriel valley to implement this
technology in our school curriculum,” said Principal
                                                                                                                          Elizabeth Porposian, manager Alondra Hot Wings;
David Chambers.
                                                                                                                          Marco Ramirez, head coach, Schurr High School;
   “We have made the school’s infrastructure capable
                                                                                                                          Jacqueline Derimow, director of operations,
of handling the highest capacity of internet use that
                                                                                                                          Montebello Chamber of Commerce; and Nicholas
our students require and the entire campus has Wi-Fi
                                                                                                                          Derimow, football alumnus, Schurr High School
capability equipped to handle the entire student body,
along with faculty and staff, with their needs in using
the iPads.”                                                   plagiarism.”
   According to Edgar Salmingo, Jr., Director of Educa-          “The iPad gives our teachers the ability to monitor
tional Technology, the implementation of the iPads has        how each individual student is doing on a quiz, while
allowed for more flexibility in lesson planning.              they are taking the quiz,” said Chambers. “Teachers can
   “I have adopted the model of “flipping the class-          then assist those students immediately, making the quiz
room,” where students watch my video lectures for             a learning experience instead of just an assessment.”
homework and during class we spend more time doing               Salmingo is experiencing more student participation
collaborative activities, interactive labs and engaging       in classroom discussions but “probably not in the way
review games, the types of instruction that teachers and      that most are accustomed to.”
students both love,” he said.                                    “Through the use of certain apps, everyone has a
   “Students have more time and options available to          chance to participate and have their voice heard,” he
them to create media and demonstrate mastery. For             said. “Normally in the classroom, time doesn’t permit
example, my students created their own instructional          everyone to participate and only the “loud” or “smart”
videos covering advanced placement biology and calcu-         students are heard. iPad technology and individual ac-
lus standards. All in all, it has made the learning process   cess to the web fixes that problem.”
more fun for all involved.”
   According to Salmingo, he has nearly 100-percent
                                                                 “I feel like I am participating more because we have
                                                              to make our own videos and blog posts online,” said         Schurr High School
student participation in classroom discussions and
                                                                                                                          Football Fundraiser at
                                                              Gonzales. “It helps me learn and is a lot of fun because
homework assignments.                                         everyone gets to see them and give feedback.”
   “Having the iPad makes everything easier, including           “Implementing the iPads not only brings more re-
homework,” said Brenda Rodriguez, 17.
   “Everything is online on one website and there is no
                                                              sources and technology to the classroom, but it has al-
                                                              lowed me to adjust my teaching style for better student
                                                                                                                          Alondra Hot Wings
fear of losing your papers. I feel like I am participat-      learning and engagement.,” said Salmingo. “I have             Montebello Chamber member Schurr High School
ing more since I have the examples right in front of me       also changed the way I assess my students, giving them      Football, had their fundraiser at Alondra Hot Wings,
rather than on a wall 20 feet away.”                          more opportunities for projects and presentations that      616 West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello, (323) 722-
   “The iPad takes away the shyness of raising your           are unique to each.”                                        2731, to help raise funds for their football program.
hand and embarrassing yourself in front of everyone.             “The iPad is amazing,” said David Solorzano, 16.           If you are interested in making a donation to the
We have opportunities to share questions in class and         “It’s like texting, but for doing homework. It makes        Spartan football program, please contact Head Coach
have discussions online,” said Michael Freire, 17.            learning fun and adjusting to it was very easy. And,        Marco Ramirez at
   “I am definitely learning more as I am able to watch       you don’t have to carry heavy books around in your
video lectures at home and view PowerPoint presenta-          backpack.”
tions portably in class. It’s also reassuring not having         According to Chambers, Catholic schools are held to
to worry about forgetting a book or notes.”                   very high standards.                                            REPORT GRAFFITI
   “They know they are being held accountable and that           “We are responsible in helping each child reach his
their work is likely to be shown in class,” said Salm-
ingo. “For example, to verify students have watched
                                                              or her full potential,” he said. “We feel that the imple-
                                                              mentation of iPad technology throughout our curriculum
their homework video, they answer follow-up questions         will help us reach that goal.”
on the video and have the opportunity to ask their own
questions if they do not understand something. The fol-
lowing day, I display all their responses on the projector
to clear up any misunderstandings. Again, knowing that
the majority of their work will be shown or presented,
students take ownership and pride in their assignments
and are more likely to complete them.”
   While initially some students missed the feel and read
of a traditional textbook, most understand now that the
textbook is no longer the sole authority for information.
   “They can go to Google, Wikipedia, find related web
apps or watch YouTube videos on the content gone over
in class to enhance their learning rather than relying on
just a textbook,” said Salmingo. “It also helps that the
iPad is much lighter than carrying traditional textbooks
   “I am enjoying using the iPad because I love the
educational apps,” said Erika Gonzales, 17. “It makes
learning easy and you don’t need to take home a note-
book and textbook. The iPad keeps learning interest-
   While each student is responsible for the purchase
of his or her iPad, the cost effectiveness of eBooks, in
some cases, can be up to 30 percent less than traditional
   Salmingo and most of the teachers have begun using
the web app Schoology to administer and grade exams.
   “In doing so, students can use their iPads to take
exams and get their scores instantly, thus enhancing the
learning process through immediate feedback,” he said.
   “Not only is the computer able to grade the exams but
the exam questions can be randomized. This insures
that each student takes a different exam making cheat-
ing more difficult. In regards to essays, the school
subscribes to a service that scans student essays for             Shop Montebello for the Holidays!
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