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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, www.calchamber.com/newlaws2013
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 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
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. www.montebellochamber.org
4 SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO December 2012
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
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, www.xigentprints.com.
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,
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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.
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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
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Montebello PD’s Officer Dresser
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The Montebello Police Department
is proud to inform the community of
Montebello that a Montebello police
officer recently graduated from police
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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
police services available, Chief Mc-
Clure has been working tirelessly with
The use of motorcycle officers has
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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
New City Administrator Meets
Happy Holidays! with Chamber Board of Directors
AND TAX SERVICES
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: email@example.com city leaders, local business owners and senior citizens clubs at the Montebello
Website: ivacpa.com 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
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
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
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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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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-
rosehills.com 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
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. www.montebellochamber.org
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
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December 2012 SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO 13
THE LAW OFFICES OF
GEORGE B. PACHECO
Attorney at Law
The Team You Can Trust
Community of Montebello
a Merry Christmas and a
Safe and Prosperous New Year
1453 West Beverly Boulevard www.gbp4law.com
Montebello, California 90640 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience it! www.MontebelloTaste.com
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BON APPETIT, MONTBELLO! TASTE OF THE TOWN
824 S. Vail Ave. 2134 Montebello Town Center Dr.
Montebello, CA 90640 900 W. Lincoln Ave. 101 E. Beverly Blvd., Suite 302 Montebello, CA 90640
800-501-5589 Montebello, CA 90640 Montebello, CA 90640 323-722-1776
www.whitearrow.com 323-721-1115 323-728-8181 www.shopsatmontebello.com
California Grill General Manager Nick K showcases VIP guests enjoying the ambience. The ladies of White Arrow enjoy their favorite glasses
his most popular dishes. of wine.
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.
Hundreds of guests enjoyed all that was offered at Amy’s Pastry Executive Chef Mark showcases their
the Taste. elegant designs.
See more at www.montebellotaSte.com
December 2012 SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO 15
BON APPETIT, MONTBELLO! TASTE OF THE TOWN
Chardonnay Sponsors A Special Thank You
Wine Glass Sponsor
Wine Tray Sponsor
VIP Lounge Sponsor
Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc Sponsors Beer Sponsor Program Sponsor
Rejuvenating Skin Care
Bon Appetit Sponsors Rose Hills Memorial Park
Risher Montebello Mortuary & Mortuary
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
California Grill Photography & Video
Wine and Spirits’ popular wines. Clearman’s Steak & Stein Elite Limo Services
Montebello Taste of the Town Committee
Chairwoman Martha Alvarez, Funeraria Del Angel
Maggie Rios, Fiscal Credit Union
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
Featured Restaurants, Desserts and Beverages
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 / www.lacostarestaurant.com 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 / www.doubletree1.hilton.com 323-890-4600 / www.piccolomondorest.com 323-727-2803 / www.salvatoreitalian.com
Quiet Cannon Barefoot Wine Clearman’s Steak & Stein
901 Via San Clemente, Montebello 90640 800-750-8828 / www.barefootwine.com 9545 E. Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera 90660
323-724-4500 / www.quietcannon.com 562-699-6204 / www.clearmansrestaurants.com
Hacienda Del Rey
San Antonio Winery 562-257-0023 / www.haciendadelreytequila.com Polly’s Pies
737 Lamar Street, Los Angeles 90031 1322 Beverly Blvd., Montebello 90640
La Pinata Mexican Deli
323-330-8725 / www.sanantoniowinery.com 323-722-6324 / www.pollyspies.com
607 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello 90640
California Grill 323-726-0327 / www.mexicandeli.iwrap.com Mission Wine & Spirits
6751 Painter Ave., Whittier 90601 1785 Washington Blvd., Pasadena 91104
562-907-7017 / www.californiagrill.biz 626-794-7026 / www.missionliquorandwine.com
2208 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello 90640
323-724-0488 / www.amyspastry.com
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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 facebook.com/Be- 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 www.be- branches, hook into wreaths, or wrap
Presenting Sponsors for the Simon Shops at Montebello‘s Facebook page. merrysanta.com. 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.com. 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 montebello.com.
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
Rose Hills Company
December 2012 SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO 19
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.
20 SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO December 2012
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 www.beverly.org 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
Medical Dr. Faisal Khan, Loretta Rihbany, RN and Dr. Cesar
Mission Aranguri accept basket from Guild First Vice President
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, cucho.org 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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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
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
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
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24 SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO December 2012
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.
Create Dia de
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.
The fully accredited academic curriculum allows students to exceed
university admission requirements while completing extensive inte-
grated coursework in one of five technology and engineering-related
fields: Architecture and Construction Engineering; Computer Science
and Electrical Engineering; Integrated Design, Engineering and Art;
Materials Science, Engineering and Technology; and Media Arts and
Montebello! For further information about Bosco Tech, please call (626) 940-2000
or visit www.boscotech.edu.
Call (323) 721-1153
Pictured: Students demonstrate programmed robots and unmanned
aerial vehicles during the recent open house at Don Bosco Technical
December 2012 SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO 25
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;
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 email@example.com.
“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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