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                                NEW                          Adriana                                                        Celebrates 100th
                                MEMBER                       Dugan,                                                         Anniversary
                                Wilbur                       Ambassador                                                     Installation
                                Curtis                       of the Year                                                    Dinner
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Official Bimonthly Publication of the Montebello Chamber of Commerce                                   Vol. 12, No. 4 / August 2012

Dr. Ralph
E. Hansen
                                                             TASTE OF THE TOWN
as Chamber                                                   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Chairman                                                        The Montebello Chamber of Commerce proudly announces it fourth annual Taste of
                                                             the Town to be held on the evening of Friday, November 9, at The Bagramian Hall,
Outgoing Chairman John
                                                             located behind Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral. Join 400 of your closest
Pringle (right) congratulates
                                                             friends and plan to attend this culinary extravaganza which features an evening of
Dr. Ralph E. Hansen of
Whittier Palm Dentistry on                                   sampling delectable delights from more than 20 local restaurants, fine wine and spirit
taking office as chairman                                    tasting, wonderful live entertainment, and enthusiastic betting at our auction. This
for the 2012-2013 term.                                      is a “MUST-ATTEND” event! Please call the chamber, (323) 721-1153, for ticket
Please see pages 10 and                                      sales and location or visit www.Montebellotaste.coM.
11 for more photos of
the chamber’s 100th
installation ceremony.

New Hotel Coming to Montebello
Please see the story on page 24 for details.

         Concerts in the Park
           August Lineup                                     A Very Special Thank You
August 2                  Suave                              The Montebello Chamber of Commerce thanks the advertisers who make it
August 9                  Bumptown                           possible for this publication to be distributed to all 21,000 businesses and
                                                             residents of the city. We ask you to support all of these advertisers:
August 16                 Cold Duck                          A Heavenly Choice                            Law Offices of George B. Pacheco
August 23                 Chico                              Alondra Hot Wings                            M’s Flowers
                                                             Beverly Hospital                             MELA Counseling
August 30                 The Wiseguys                       Broaster Kitchen                             Montebello Dental
 Please see page 25 for time and sponsors of the event.      Camino Federal Credit Union                  National Dental
                                                             Catering by Herach & Ara                     Newamerican Funding
  Montebello                                                 John C. Chao, DDS                            Ozzie’s Diner Bar & Grill
                                             PRSRT STD
  Chamber of Commerce                        U.S. Postage    Chevrolet of Montebello                      Risher Montebello Mortuary
  109 n. 19th St.                              PAID          City of Montebello                           Roquemore Pringle & Moore
  Montebello, CA 90640                      Permit No. 236
                                            Montebello, CA   Cook Hill Properties                         SA Recycling
                                                             Fiscal Credit Union                          Salvatore Italian Restaurant
                                                             Funeraria del Angel                          The Prescription Shop
                                                             Golf ‘N’ Stuff                               The Shops at Montebello
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                                                             La Costa Restaurant
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                                                             CHAIRMAN’S PAGE
Chairman’s Commentary                                                                                  Spotlight on

                         By	Chairman	Ralph	E.	Hansen,	D.M.D.
                            Here we are after 100 years still strong and vibrant, but
                         where will we be 100 years from now? In fact where will
                         we be next year or the year after?
                            When our first chamber formed as a business organization,
                         10 years before the city of Montebello was incorporated, those                          An Official Publication of the
                         insightful members knew that the future of our community                              Montebello Chamber of Commerce
                         relied on building a foundation that helped businesses thrive.
                            Today our goal is the same, but the way we achieve suc-                                          2012-2013 Officers
                         cess is vastly different than what our forefathers could have    Chairman of the Board . . . Ralph E. Hansen, D.M.D, Whittier Palm Dentistry
                         imagined. Email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media       First Vice Chairman . . . . . . . . Albert Napoli, Metropolitan Water District
have dramatically changed the way we now do business, but thrive we must if we            Second Vice Chairman . . . Ernesto Flores, Camino Federal Credit Union
are to provide benefits to our community of jobs, services, conveniences, products,       Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Humberto Garcia, Legal Shield
and a greater tax base.                                                                   Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabriel Robles, Cathay Bank
  Our chamber however, can only be as impactful as the members that support us.           Past Chairman . . . John Pringle, Esq., Roquemore, Pringle and Moore, Inc.
We must rely on a spirit of camaraderie and support between businesses instead of
                                                                                          Member at Large . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Nomura, M’s Flowers
only competitiveness to help our businesses grow. Our customers must feel that the
best place to shop and do business is with a Montebello Chamber member.                                                      Board of Directors
  We need our community to know that we are the backbone that helps fund com-             Armando Arenas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Costa Restaurant
munity safety and services. It is our local businesses that sponsor our schools, our
                                                                                          Marissa Castro-Salvati . . . . . . . . . . . . . Southern California Edison
local teams, our church fund raisers and are always there to join our community clubs
                                                                                          Dana Cop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AT&T, Inc.
and service organizations.
  We know where we have been, NOW we must look at what we are to become in                Byron DeArakal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cook-Hill Properties, LLC
the future. What will you do to ensure the longevity of your business? What will          Darrell H. Heacock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Homer R. Heacock Realty
you need to be a better business, to become a better community partner? What will         Garo Kazarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alondra Hot Wings
you do NOW to ensure you will be thriving in tomorrow’s business environment?             Lidia Kondratuk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Century 21 George Michael Realty
  Your chamber is here to help you grow and become the best business partner that         David Meza . . . Southern California Gas Company/A Sempra Energy Utility
enhances our community. With your involvement, we will all provide value to our           Greg Millsap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Shops at Montebello
community and ensure a strong business ethic for the next 100 years.                      Barbara Risher Welch . . . . . . . . . . . . . Risher Montebello Mortuary
                                                                                          Omar Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . X-Igent Printing, Inc.

  The Montebello Chamber of Commerce                                                                                          Chamber Staff
  The Montebello Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. is an association                 Andrea Wagg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President/CEO
  of business people dedicated to promoting and serving the economic, civic,              Salvatrice Cummo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Events
  and cultural welfare of the City of Montebello. The chamber is located at 109           Gilbert Espino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing
  North 19th Street in Montebello. We can be contacted by telephone at (323)              Jacqueline Derimow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations
  721-1153 or by fax at (323) 721-7946 or online at www.montebellochamber.
                                                                                                     Montebello Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.
  org. The Montebello Chamber of Commerce invites you to join hundreds of
                                                                                                        109 North 19th Street, Montebello, CA 90640
  other successful businesses which belong to the only organization dedicated
                                                                                                             323 721-1153 • Fax 323 721-7946
  to serving the business community. Need a product or service? Check out
  the chamber website:
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                                                              LABOR LAW UPDATE
Consider Reasons for Absences When Deciding Employee Termination
By	Sunny	Lee,	HR	Adviser                                      CFRA rights, the employee should be notified of those       days, the policy is in the employee handbook and the
We hired an employee who has been tardy and absent.           rights and told that he/she needs to provide verification   employee is aware of the policy, an employer may termi-
Can I terminate an employee for excessive absenteeism         from a medical provider. The same would apply if the        nate the employee for failing to follow company policy.
and tell her on the phone?                                    employee is missing work due to care for a parent, child,      Lastly, it is always good to consider the employee’s
  If the absences are not protected by state and federal      spouse or domestic partner.                                 prior performance, whether prior warning notices have
law then the employer may go by its own policies and          Other Situations                                            been given, how long the employee has been employed
practices.                                                       A more difficult situation arises where the employee     and any other special circumstances.
  The employer should be cautious, however, if the            either does not qualify for FMLA/CFRA or has ex-            Pay Immediately
employee is pregnant, on workers’ compensation,               ceeded those rights.                                           Employees who are terminated need to be paid im-
protected under the federal Family and Medical Leave             If the situation involves the employee’s own chronic     mediately. For that reason it is recommended that em-
Act (FMLA), California Family Rights Act (CFRA) or            illness, he/she may be covered under the ADA and            ployers terminate in person to ensure that the employee
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).                        the state Fair Employment and Housing Act disability        receives his/her final pay at the time of termination.
  If the absence is related to care for a family member,      protection. These rights can apply to all employees,           If an employee has elected direct deposit, the em-
the absence may be protected under FMLA/CFRA and              regardless of hours worked or the amount of time that       ployer may, under Labor Code Section 213, use direct
kin care.                                                     the employee has been employed.                             deposit for final pay. Once the funds are in the account,
  Company paid sick leave or paid time off (PTO) time            Often, an employer will need to consult with legal       the employer may call and terminate the employee, let-
will protect employees from losing their job if they fol-     counsel to determine if these rights apply in a given       ting him/her know that the final pay has been deposited
low company policy related to calling in and providing        situation.                                                  to his/her account.
doctor verification, if required.                             Call-In/Job Abandonment                                     Required Termination Forms
  If the employee is out of sick leave or PTO, and is out        Companies generally have policies and practices about       A Notice of Change in Status, the Itemized Wage
for his/her own illness or that of a family member, the       call-in provisions an employee must follow when he/         Statement and the “For Your Benefit” unemployment
Notice of FMLA/CFRA rights should be given in the             she will be out for illness. A typical job abandonment      insurance booklet must be provided to all employees
event that the employee would qualify for those rights.       policy would apply when the employee is “no call, no        at termination. In this case, those documents may be
  FMLA/CFRA will protect an employee for up to 12             show” for three days.                                       mailed to the employee.
weeks within 12 months. If the employee has FMLA/                If you have not heard from the employee within three                         —CalChamber Alert, May 25, 2012

Terminating Injured Worker: Use Caution in Citing ‘Business Necessity’
By	Dana	Leisinger,	HR	Adviser                                 her job back can make filling the post a difficult chore.   Medical Benefits
Ours is a business with only eight employees. We have           A defense to such a claim is the “business necessity”       Although the employer must keep the job open for
a new employee who hurt himself on the job last month.        rule. This rule applies when holding the injured worker’s   a period of time, a 2002 case finally established that
Can I terminate him?                                          job open for an open-ended period creates a hardship        discontinuing health benefits is not a violation of 132(a).
   California law is very protective of employees who         for the employer.                                           Before that case was decided, the code section protected
suffer on-the-job injuries, and Labor Code Section              Although there is no hard and fast general length of      not only the job, but the benefits.
132(a) specifically holds: “It is the declared policy of      absence rule, the cases seem to favor employers whose         Now, an injured worker who qualifies for coverage
this state that there should not be discrimination against    policies allow at least 18 months to two years of dis-      under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be
workers who are injured in the course and scope of their      ability absence before termination.                         put on FMLA concurrently with workers’ compensation,
employment.”                                                    Business necessity is an affirmative defense, mean-       and then after 12 weeks, the employer can discontinue
   Consequently, a termination would be the ultimate          ing the burden of producing the evidence lies with the      benefits and offer continuation coverage in keeping
form of discrimination. Injured workers can make a            employer. Evidence that the job requires a relatively       with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
“132(a) claim” in addition to their injury claim, and         high degree of skill, a limited number of employees         Act (COBRA).
if they prevail, that code section contains several ad-       available to cover the job, and inability of the company      A smaller employer not subject to family and medical
ditional remedies.                                            to function properly without filling the job should be      leave laws should follow its policy or practice regarding
   Further, your carrier cannot represent you on a 132(a)     presented as part of the defense.                           continuation of health benefits. Consult with your health
claim; companies charged with such a claim need to              To put it simply, the more important the job and the      insurance carrier if in doubt as to how long coverage
engage in separate counsel to represent them before the       fewer the available employees, the stronger the defense.    continues.
Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.                            In addition, smaller employers are able to assert this      This is a very sensitive area of the law, and employers
Hardship Rule                                                 defense more easily than larger employers, for the          should seek the advice of legal counsel before making
   Employers are faced with having to fill the position,      larger the employer, the easier it is to cover the absent   any termination decision.
yet knowing that the injured worker is entitled to get his/   worker’s job by using other employees.                                         —CalChamber Alert, June 29, 2012

Exempt Employee’s Final Pay Based on Percentage of Time Worked
By	Dale	Louton,	HR	Adviser                                    employed. Labor Code Section 551, however, provides         ployee is employed.
When is the final pay due to a salaried exempt employee       one day of rest in seven for all employees.                    You can determine what is due to your exiting em-
who gives a notice of 72 hours or more of intended quit         Consequently, the salary is not based upon the num-       ployee by following the above principles using the total
and how do I calculate the ending salary? This employee       ber of days the exempt employee works, but upon the         days in the current month and the total time employed
is paid semi-monthly and depending upon the work load,        percentage of the time in the month that the worker is      in that month.
works five to six days per week.                              employed.                                                      This is a suggested and equitable way of determining
   Both exempt and nonexempt employees who give at              The salary paid is assumed to cover all time employed.    final pay due to an exempt employee, but not necessar-
least 72 hours of intended quit are required by Labor         Thus an employee who is employed for three days of          ily the only way. Your labor and employment attorney
Code Section 202 to be paid on the last day of work.          a 30-day month is entitled to one-tenth of the monthly      may advise you differently.
   Exempt employees are paid salary, unlike nonexempt         salary.                                                                        —CalChamber Alert, May 11, 2012
employees, who normally are paid by the hour and              Percentage of Time
calculation of final pay is different.                          Please note that the basis for the payment is not the
Calculating Final Pay                                         number of days the employee actually works, but the           The Voice of Business Since 1912
   A salaried employee is paid for all the time he/she is     percentage of the time within the month that the em-
                                                                                                                           CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
                                                                                                                           What Does the Chamber Do?
                                                                                                                           •	   Creates	a	Strong	Local	Economy
                                                                                                                           •	   Promotes	the	Community
                                                                                                                           •	   Provides	Networking	Opportunities
                                                                                                                           •	   Represents	the	Interests	of	
                                                                                                                           	    Business	to	Government
                                                                                                                           •	   Political	Action

                                                                                                                            Montebello Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                                                 109 North 19th Street
                                                                                                                                 Montebello, CA 90640
                                                                                                                                     (323) 721-1153
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                                                                    MEMBER NEWS

Funeraria del Angel Mortuary Remembers Fathers on Father’s Day
  Many family members attended a memorial on Fa-             members cope with their lost. Prayers at the mortu-      difficult times and it makes it a little easier when all the
ther’s Day last month to pay respect and to remember         ary were offered and others spoke of their loved ones    families gather together and mourn their loved ones.”
their father that had passed away during the year. It is a   being gone. After the memorial many gathered in the      Lunch was provided by Funeraria del Angel for all
difficult time for many during this time of the year and     parking lot and released white balloons in their loved   family members who attended. Funeraria del Angel is
Funeraria Del Angel hosted this event to help family         ones honor. Manager Martha Alvarez said, “These are      located at 913 West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello.

SA Recycling Celebrates Customer Appreciation Day
  With employees and management cooking the staff at SA Recycling
held its first customer appreciation day last month at the yard. Delicious
hamburgers and hot dogs were on the menu for the day and prepared
entirely by staff for all customers who participated.
  General Manager Lilian Estrada said, “We really appreciate our cus-
tomers and are returning customers. We really want our customers to
know how much we for them and hope they enjoy their lunch.”
  SA Recycling is located at 1545 Gage Road in South Montebello.
They can be contacted at (323) 725-3331 or

             Experience it!

   A Night at the Races
                      save the Date...
        Friday, october 19, 2012
                           a Fundraiser for
   Mela counseling services center, Inc.
   Quiet cannon
   901 Via san clemente
   Montebello, ca 90640
      Race	winnings	will	be	paid	in	‘MELA	
        bUcKs’ to be used for live auction
        immediately following the last race.
           Proceeds	will	be	used	to	provide	
         drug and alcohol recovery services
                       for youth and adults.
       sponsorship opportunities available
              call for Details: 323-721-6855
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                                          MEMBER NEWS
                                    Antigua Bar & Grill Makes Major Changes
                                       Last month at Antigua Bar & Grill some
                                    changes took place. First, the name is new.
                                    It was changed from Antigua Latin Bistro to
                                    Antigua Bar & Grill Mexican Restaurant.
                                       Antigua Bar & Grill Mexican Restaurant
                                    had a grand reopening to celebrate all the new
                                    changes. Also, new is the management. Ro-
                                    berto Espino and Ana Ramirez are overseeing
                                    the daily operations at Antigua Bar & Grill.
                                       The menu is new, featuring a greater va-
                                    riety of Mexican dishes and bigger portions.
                                    New prices are lower than before and more
                                    affordable for customers. Antigua Mexican
                                    Restaurant is a beautiful restaurant on the
                                    corner of Beverly Boulevard and Popular,
                                    across from the Beverly Hospital.
                                       Roberto and Ana invite you to stop by and
                                    check out Antigua Mexican Restaurant Bar &
                                    Grill, 116 East Beverly Boulevard in Monte-       Antigua Bar & Grill managers Roberto Espino and Ana Ramirez
                                    bello, or contact them at (323) 516-6224. You     are joined by friends, family and chamber representatives at
                                    will be glad you did.                             the grand reopening of the eatery.

                                                                  Leading Coffeemaker Manufacturer
                                                                  Gives Tour to Chamber Members
                                                                    New member Wilbur Curtis Company last month gave chamber board members
                                                                  and ambassadors a tour of their facility in south Montebello. Curtis, which is family
                                                                  owned for over 60 years, produces coffee makers worldwide and employs over 270.
                                                                  Chamber President Andrea Wagg said, “We are thrilled that Wilbur Curtis Company
                                                                  has become a chamber member and we are looking forward to working with them
                                                                  in the future.”

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                                                                  a van to Pastor Eric of Heart of Compassion Ministry. To help transport people in
                                                                  need who have to other way of getting around. Victor said, “ In these hard times
                                                                  we all have to try and help one another and Pastor Eric does so much for so many
                                                                  people. I am honored to be able to help out anyway I can.”
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                                    MEMBER NEWS
Antigua Bar & Grill Mexican Restaurant Hosts Networking Breakfast
                   Last month Antigua Bar & Grill
                 Mexican Restaurant held its first
                 morning networking breakfast for
                 the Montebello and East Los Angeles
                 chambers of commerce and the Com-
                 merce Industrial Council.
                   A delicious breakfast was provided
                 to all the chamber members in atten-
                 dance by General Manager Roberto
                 Espino and his staff. Members of
                 both chambers had an opportunity to
                 network and exchange business cards
                 with one another.
                   The breakfast networking mixers
                 begin at 7:00 a.m. and it gives the
                 members a chance to meet other cham-
                 ber members from surrounding cities.
                   For a listing of more events, log on

                                                          Friends of the Library Present
                                                          Annual Scholarship Awards

                                                                             Last month family, administrators,
                                                                          sponsors, school board members and
                                                                          council members gathered at the library
                                                                          to hear students read their essays on
                                                                          the subject of “why they want to go to
                                                                             Students from Bell Gardens, Monte-
                                                                          bello, Schurr and Vail high schools par-
                                                                          ticipated in the event. Winners received
                                                                          money to help buy books for college.
                                                                          Friends of the Library CEO Ruben Beas
                                                                          thanked the guests recognized the two
                                                                          sponsors of the program.
                                                                             Vice President Norm Witt and Byron
                                                                          de Arakal of Cook Hill Properties and
                                                                          Victor Caballero of Mid-Valley Taxi
                                                                          Services received plaques from Ruben
                                                                          for all their help and contributions to
                                                                          the program.

                                                                               GRAFFITI TO
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                                                        MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Chamber Member Joe Bezarra                                                              Shushma Patel Joins The
Serves Up Shell Gas at Station                                                          Prescription Shop Pharmacy
   Chamber member Joe Bezerra last month had a brand new look at his gas station.          Recently, pharmacist Ashwin Patel, owner of The Prescription Shop in Montebello,
Joe is now serving Shell gas. “The bright colors really stand out on the corner of      announced that pharmacist Shushma Patel joined his friendly staff at The Prescription
Montebello and Olympic,” said Joe. “I really like the way things look around here.”     Shop Pharmacy.
   Joe has been in business for over 45 years. He has owned Chevron and Valero             Shushma comes with quite a bit of experience working with CVS and has been a
stations. Joe has been involved in the city for many years. He served on the chamber    district sales manager for over 25 years. She studied in England and is licensed with
board of directors and has been a chamber member for more than 40 years.                the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Nevada State Board of Pharmacy,
   He is a member of the Montebello Lions and is a past president of the club. Joe      and California State Board of Pharmacy. She has been involved as a chairman of the
has been involved in a variety of other organizations over the years. He attributes     Indian Pharmacists Association of California, president IPA, co-captain of the Revlon
his success to his partner and good friend, Louie Hernandez.                            Walk and invited to the California Governor’s Conference in which she was invited
   Louie, who has known Joe for over 42 years, is vice president of operations. Louie   by First Lady Maria Shriver.
calls Joe a great businessman and a great boss. Both men are happy for the community       Ashwin Patel said, “ We are all very happy to have Shushma join out friendly staff
because the gas is more affordable and his customers tell them so.                      and I am looking forward to a long term relationship with us.” The Prescription Shop
   “Business has been good since we made the change,” Louie said, “We are proud         is located at 1215 West Whittier Boulevard, next to the city park. You can contact
to also be a local convenient store for our customers. We have a complete deli sec-     them at (323) 728-4917.
tion with a variety of food, beverages and beer, and we also carry prepaid gas cards
and propane gas for our customers.” Joe has been married for 24 years to his wife,
   The Shell station is open 24 hours, seven days a week. It is located at 801 West
Olympic Boulevard, telephone (323) 888-6969.

                                                                                     FLU SHOTS
                                                                                   NOW AVAILABLE
                                                                                  Where Your Prescriptions
                                                FREE                               are Filled in Minutes,
                                              DELIVERY!                                 NOT Hours!
      •	Immunization
        Flu, Pneumonia, Tetanus,
        Zostavax, Travel Vaccine                                                                                                    •	All Major Insurance Plans
                                                                                                                                      Accepted, as well as
                                                                                                                                      Workers’ Compensation
                                                                                                                                    •	Easy to Transfer a Prescription
                                                                                                                                    •	Senior Citizen Discount
                                                                                                                                    •	Medical Equipment
                                                                                                                                      Rent and sell
                                                                                                                                      equipment and supplies,
             Hours:                                                                                                                   Medicare accredited
         9 a.m. - 6 p.m.                                                                                                            •	Nutritional Counseling
         Monday-Friday                                                                                                                Certified Clinical Nutritionist
                                                                                                                                      (CCN) on staff,
         9 a.m. - 2 p.m.                                                                                                              multiple lines of supplements
            Saturday                                                                                                                •	Diabetes Care
         Closed Sunday                                                                                                                Diabetes management
                                                                                                                                      specialists and counseling

                                        Your Health Matters at The Prescription Shop
                     Pharmacist Ashwin Patel and his friendly, smiling staff are eager to serve you.
                   1215 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640 / Tel: (323) 728-8127 / Fax (323) 728-4917
10                                                             SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                             August 2012

                            100th ANNUAL CHAMBER INSTALLATION

2012-13 BOARD OF DIRECTORS—front row: Jay Nomura; M’s Flowers;                      2012-13 AMBASSADORS—front row: Rena Garcia, Izigg 90210 Mobile Media
Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, installing officer; Ralph E. Hansen, D.M.D.,        Marketing; Martha Alvarez, Funeraria Del Angel; Kelly DeVon, Doubletree Hotel;
Whittier Palms Dentistry; Marissa Castro-Salvati, Southern California Edison;       Suzanne Andrade, Crowne Plaza Hotel; back row: Christine Consunji-Chen, Hilton
Barbara Risher-Welch, Risher Mortuary; Darrell H. Heacock, Homer R. Heacock         Garden Inn; Omar Rodriguez, X-Igent Printing; Humberto Garcia, Legal Shield;
Realty; back row: Andrea Wagg, president and CEO, Montebello Chamber of             Adriana Dugan, Gardner Insurance; Mike Hidalgo, Risher Mortuary; and Laura
Commerce; David Meza, Southern California Gas Company/A Sempra Energy               Barragan, Orbit Events Rentals
Utility; Gabriel Robles, Cathay Bank; Albert Napoli, Metropolitan Water District;
Ernesto Flores, Camino Federal Credit Union; Humberto Garcia, Legal Shield; John
Pringle, Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc.; Armando Arenas, La Costa Restaurant;
Greg Millsap, The Shops at Montebello; Byron DeArakal, Cook Hill Properties,
L.L.C.; Omar Rodriguez, X-Igent Printing; and Garo Kazarian, Alondra Hot Wings

                                                      EMERALD SPONSOR—
                                                      Ralph E. and Carol
                                                      Hansen, Whittier Palm
                                                      Dentistry, are joined
                                                      by outgoing chamber
                                                      chairman John Pringle
                                                      and Chamber President
                                                      and CEO Andrea Wagg.          PLATINUM SPONSORS— front row: Jay McCartney, Chevrolet of Montebello;
                                                                                    Carlos Manuel Haro, Ph.D., Beverly Hospital; Jay Nomura, M’s Flowers; back
                                                                                    row: Sam Nahouli, First Auto Insurance; Chris Ceausu, White Arrow Inc.; Omar
                                                                                    Rodriguez, X-Igent Printing; Michelle Talavera; Orbit Rentals Supply, and Gregg
                                                                                    Millsap, The Shops at Montebello

GOLD SPONSORS—front row: Gabriel Robles,                CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD—Outgoing                 AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR—Ambassador of the Year
Cathay Bank; Gloria Tso, Belmont Fibers; Garo           Montebello Chamber Chairman John Pringle       Adriana Dugan (second from left) is congratulated by
Kazarian, Alondra Hot Wings; back row: Jimmie           congratulates Ralph E. Hansen, D.M.D., of      Ambassador Chair Christine Consunji-Chen, outgoing
Javaheri, Ozzie’s Restaurant; Sharon Wu, Roquemore,     Whittier Palm Dentistry on taking over as      chairman John Pringle, and Chamber President/CEO Andrea
Pringle & Moore; Ashwin Patel, The Prescription         chairman for the 2012-13 term.                 Wagg.
Shop; and Edgar Morales, Bank of The West

staff Gil

                                                                                    Funeraria del Angel staff gather for a photo at the dinner.
August 2012                                           SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                        11

                        100th ANNUAL CHAMBER INSTALLATION

      A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
                                    — EMERALD SPONSOR —

                                        — PLATINUM SPONSORS —

                               — GOLD SPONSORS —
                  Alondra Hot Wings • AT&T • Bank of the West
            Belmont Fibers, Inc. – Recycling • Catering by Herach & Ara
                     Cathay Bank • Ozzie’s Diner Bar & Grill
             Roquemore, Pringle & Moore, Inc. • The Prescription Shop
                                    — SILVER SPONSORS —
                       Century 21 George Michael Realty, Lidia Kondratuk
           Crowne Plaza Hotel at Commerce Casino • San Gabriel Valley Water Company
                                                — BRONZE SPONSORS —
 Cal Metro Distributing Company • Cook Hill Properties, LLC • Costco Montebello • East West Bank • Ford of Montebello
      Infrastructure Engineers • La Costa Restaurant • Montebello Golf Shop • Nationwide Environmental Services
           Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital and Bright Health Physicians of PIH • Senator Ron Calderon

Past board members Councilman Jack Hadjinian, Susan Fuentes-Trigueros,    Past and present city council members William Nighswonger, Alberto Perez, Kathy
Dominic Napoli, Joe Bezzera, Phil Pace, and Bob Tapia                     Salazar, Bob Bagwell, Jack Hadjinian, and Dr. Frank Gomez

Barbara Risher-Welch, Dr. Ralph E. Hansen, and   Mayor Dr. Frank Gomez and Dr. Ralph E. Hansen       Councilwoman Christina Cortez, former councilman
Edgar and Martha Morales                                                                             Bob Bagwell, and Pedro Lopez
12                                       SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                    August 2012

                                  DINE OUT THIS SUMMER!

 Enjoy a meal at one of these fine
  chamber member restaurants!
ALOnDRA	HOt	WInGS                   DAttILO	REStAuRAnt                 OzzIE’S	DInER	BAR/GRILL
(323) 722-2731                      (562) 945-8723                     (323) 726-0300
616 W. Whittier Blvd.               6746 Greenleaf Ave.                7780 E. Slauson Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640                Whittier, CA 90601                 Commerce, CA 90040      
                                                                       PICCOLO	MOnDO	CuCInA	ItALIAnA
AMy’S	PAStRy                        DOuBLz                             (323) 890-4600
(323) 724-0488                      (323) 887-7111                     886 N. Garfield Ave.
2208 W. Beverly Blvd.               1720 E. Whittier Blvd.             Montebello, CA 90640
Montebello, CA 90640                Montebello, CA 90640                             POLLy’S	PIES
                                                                       (323) 722-6324
AntIGuA	BAR	&	GRILL                 fRuMEntO’S	ItALIAn	MARKEt          1322 Beverly Blvd.
(323) 516-6223                      (323) 721-2071                     Montebello, CA 90640
116 E. Beverly Blvd.                214 W. Beverly Blvd.     
Montebello, CA 90640                Montebello, CA 90640              QUIet cannon Montebello, Inc.
                                                                       (323) 724-4500
APPLEBEE’S                          GOLDEn	SKEWER                      901 Via San Clemente
(323) 278-0250                      (323) 727-2952                     Montebello, CA 90640
1493 N. Montebello Blvd.            2212 W. Beverly Blvd.    
Montebello, CA 90640                Montebello, CA 90640                        RuDy’S	BAJA	GRILL
                                                                       (323) 722-7992
BJ’S	PIzzERIA                       HOMEtOWn	BuffEt                    5226 E. Pomona Blvd.
(323) 722-4002                      (323) 888-1181
                                                                       Los Angeles, CA 90022
1424 W. Beverly Blvd.               875-877 N. Wilcox Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640                Montebello, CA 90640
                                       SALVAtORE	REStAuRAnt
                                                                       (323) 727-2803
(323) 201-5290                      JuAn	GREAt	fIEStA!
                                                                       125 N. Sixth St.
1716 Montebello Town Center         (323) 722-9535
Montebello, CA 90640                                                   Montebello, CA 90640
                                    539 N. Montebello Blvd.                                       
                                    Montebello, CA 90640
                                      SIzzLER	REStAuRAnt
(323) 278-9393                                                         (323) 722-8576
                                    LA	COStA	REStAuRAnt
1916 W. Whittier Blvd.              (323) 728-7492                     1908 W. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640                854 N. Garfield Ave.               Montebello, CA 90640             Montebello, CA 90640     

BROAStER	KItCHEn                    steVens steaK
(323) 722-4190                      LA	PInAtA	MExICAn	DELI             AnD		SEAfOOD	HOuSE
1440 W. Beverly Blvd.               (323) 726-0327                     (323) 723-9856
Montebello, CA 90640                607 W. Whittier Blvd.              5332 E. Stevens Pl.                    Montebello, CA 90640               Commerce, CA 90040
(562) 907-7017                      LuMInARIAS	REStAuRAnt	             sUbway
6751 Painter Ave.                   &	BAnquEtS                         (323) 725-1175
Whittier, CA 90601                  (323) 268-4363                     2246 W. Beverly Blvd.             3500 West Ramona Blvd.             Montebello, CA 90640
                                    Monterey Park, CA 91754  
(323) 728-0573                   tACOS	DOn	CHEntE
1460 S. Greenwood Ave.              MAnuEL’S	ORIGInAL	EL	tEPEyAC       (323) 722-8000
Montebello, CA 90640                (562) 695-2277                     1813 W. Whittier Blvd.      13131 Crossroads Pkwy South        Montebello, CA 90640
                                    City of Industry, CA 91746
(562) 699-6204            
                                                                       tHE	DAILy	BREW	COffEE	HOuSE
9545 E. Whittier Blvd.              MOntEREy	HILL	StEAKHOuSE           (323) 888-4201
Pico Rivera, CA 90660               (323) 264-8400                     137 N. Montebello Blvd. Unit A        3700 W. Ramona Blvd.               Montebello, CA 90640
CRABBy’S	SEAfOOD	&	MORE             Monterey Park, CA 91754  
(323) 888-8652            
                                                                       zAnKOu	CHICKEn,	InC.
125 N. Montebello Blvd., Unit D     ORDOnEz	MExICAn	REStAuRAnt         (323) 722-7200
Montebello, CA 90640                (323) 724-6386                     125 N. Montebello Blvd., Unit E       872 N. Garfield Ave.               Montebello, CA 90640
                                    Montebello, CA 90640     
August 2012                                         SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                   13

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                                                                     100 s. First street
                                                                      alhambra 91801
                                                                     near	Main	and	Garfield

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                                                                     3 SAVE YOUR SMILE
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               Experience it!
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                               WHY IS IT?
                                 A man wakes up after
                                   sleeping under an
                                ADVERTISED blanket
                                 on an ADVERTISED
                                   mattress and pulls
                                   off ADVERTISED
                                  pajamas, bathes in
                                   an ADVERTISED
                                shower, shaves with an
                                 ADVERTISED razor,
                                brushes his teeth with
                                   an ADVERTISED
                               toothpaste, washes with
                                 ADVERTISED soap,
                                puts on ADVERTISED
                               clothes, drinks a cup of
                                 ADVERTISED coffee,
                                  drives to work in an
                                   ADVERTISED car,
                                 and then... refuses to
                                ADVERTISE, believing
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                                  Later, if business is
                                poor, he ADVERTISES
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August 2012   SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO      15

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     John c. chao
 100 s. First street
  alhambra 91801
 near	Main	and	Garfield

 New methods used to:

      Experience it!
August 2012                                                           SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                        17

                                                                       HEALTH NEWS

Fair Promotes Keeping Patients Safe at Beverly Hospital
   Patient safety at Beverly Hospital is of utmost im-          disposal segregation, information about new medical          are a chance to reassert dedication to patient safety,
portance. Throughout the year, hospital employees are           equipment, codes and much more.                              reminding everyone to take a leadership role in caring.
required to participate in safety fairs similar to the one         Demonstration sessions on the ABC fire extinguish-          “Beverly Hospital takes safety training very seriously.
held this past May. The focus of the Safety Fair was to         ers—gas, electrical and fire—were a hit among attend-        The drills provide an opportunity for employees to test
engage each employee to make patient safety a number            ees. There they learned not only how to respond to a         their knowledge on safety procedures and ask questions
one priority and to help make Beverly Hospital the saf-         fire, but also proper use.                                   at the information booths. It is important to provide
est in the nation.                                                 All Beverly Hospital employees, from nursing to           a safe environment not only for our patients, but visi-
   Employee safety fairs served as a simple way to host         environmental services to administration, consistently       tors and employees as well,” said Alice Cheng, chief
informal refreshers about radiation safety, infection con-      work together to make sure we are providing a safe en-       operating officer.
trol, electrical safety, emergency preparedness, waste          vironment for those entrusted in our care. The exercises

10 Latest ‘Impossible’ Surprises in Dentistry
                           by John chao,                        include “splinting,” which calls for tying the loose teeth   them in the beginning. Because the dentures are locked
                           D.D.S.,	MAGD                         to the normal teeth with hidden braces, and thorough         onto implants, special cosmetic enhancements are now
                              1. Root Canal Treatment           non-surgical gum treatment (See above paragraph on           possible. The bite and the arrangement of the teeth can
                           can be painless. Yes, it can be,     endoscopy). So you don’t have to lose your teeth even        virtually duplicate that of the idealized originals. The
                           if it is done in a caring, care-     if they are loose.                                           effect is a virtual facelift—all done in one day.
                           ful manner using the latest and         5. You can get a crown done in one appointment               9. Test-Drive Veneers invented by this columnist,
                           best technology in anesthesia.       without “impressions.” Before the advent of CAD-CAM          can be placed onto the front teeth in three minutes or
                              By caring, it is meant that the   technology, the only way a crown could be done is for        less to give the patient a test-drive experience of what
                           dental environment, the staff        the dentist to remove the decay by “prepping” the tooth,     it would be like to have a new, great smile. Up until
                           and the doctor reflect the con-      take impressions of the teeth and sending the impression     this innovation was configured by the author, you could
                           fident, sincere, caring attitude     to the laboratory where technicians make the crown.          only try out veneers if they are made up by a laboratory
                           that can quickly relieve the            The process generally takes two to three weeks. In        first. This entailed one appointment for impressions for
patient’s anxieties and gain the patient’s complete trust.      the meantime, the patient wears a temporary crown. On        the lab tech to fabricate temporary veneers, a second ap-
   Then, by using the latest in “painless techniques,”          the return visit, the tooth is usually numbed up again       pointment would be needed to try out these temporaries.
the patient can experience an entirely new painless ex-         and the crown is fitted and “cemented” onto the tooth,          Test-Drive Veneers combine art and technology to
perience. Yes, even the injection can be invisible and          if everything goes well. If not, the crown is returned       adapt new, beautiful veneers to your teeth in a matter
painless. After the injection the patient will often say        to the lab and the temporary crown is placed back onto       of three minutes or less. They look shiny and real to
something like, “What was that? Did you just give me            the tooth until the next visit.                              begin with. But they can be changed, moved or altered
a shot?” By seeing your dentist regularly, hopefully you           With the new CAD-CAM computer, your doctor takes          in color to suit the preferences of the patient. The patient
won’t need a root canal. But if you do, don’t worry and         an optical 3-D image of your teeth a special camera, cre-    can realistically anticipate the final result by seeing the
don’t postpone it. It won’t hurt.                               ates a tooth for you with the computer, and then directs     virtual result. Most of the time, the final veneers are
   2. Fillings don’t have to be done with shots and drills.     the computer to mill out a new tooth out of a block of       much more stunning than the temporaries. You have a
Small or medium size cavities can be cleaned with “air          pure porcelain. There would be no human error and the        lot to look forward to, like having a great, magnetic
abrasion” technology. Under a surgical microscope,              fit is consistently precise and accurate. All this is done   smile for the rest of your life.
the cavity is located and painlessly air-brushed with a         in one visit, and no more than two hours in most cases.         10. If one tooth looks longer than the others because
miniaturized nozzle emitting a fine stream of powder.              6. You don’t have to wait for X-rays to be processed      the gums has receded, gum repair can now be done
   This is painlessly done and many cavities can be filled      by a machine. Digital x-rays are instantly projected onto    in 30 minutes or less through a tiny “pinhole” without
at the same time. This method is especially good when           the computer monitor in front of where you are sitting.      cutting or stitching. This “instant,” virtually painless
cavities are not deep. The cavities are filled with hard,       You no longer have to look at a tiny spot on a small         procedure has been invented and patented by the author.
durable composite fillings made of ceramic particles            dental film to see what the dentist is talking about. Now       The International Journal of Periodontics and Restor-
filled with resins. The fillings are tooth-colored and are      the image is 40 times the size of the film and you can       ative Dentistry, a highly respected, peer-review dental
practically invisible.                                          see what the doctor sees. Besides, these images can be       journal, will publish this innovative method, called
   3. You don’t have to undergo “gum surgery” to                enhanced by color and texture so that you can see the        Pinhole Surgical Technique, in its October, 2012, issue.
treat advanced gum disease. Adults lose teeth mostly            “pathology” also.                                               Prominent figures in the dental profession have de-
because of advanced gum disease. “Plaque” deposits                 7. MRI-like 3-D imaging has come to dentistry. A          scribed this new method as “a major breakthrough” in
under the gum lead to infection and inflammation in             select number of dental offices are using 3-D Scans to       the field of gum regeneration. So if you have a “long
susceptible patients (who have a genetic predisposition         image teeth, bone, gum, nerve, root formation, blood         tooth” that shows in your smile, you can have that long-
for this disease). Bone loss results and eventually the         vessels and sinuses in appropriate situations, such          tooth look repaired in 30 minutes or less.
teeth loosen and are lost.                                      as implant placement, root canal treatment and gum              Dr. John Chao is well known as an authority on den-
   Gum surgery allows the surgeon to “reflect” the gums         treatment.                                                   tistry throughout Southern California. He is the host of
away from the root so that plaque can be thoroughly                3-D Scan allows the dentist to see and measure ac-        Smile Talk, a popular radio talk show on KFWB 980
removed. New technology, called dental endoscopy, al-           curately (up to .1 millimeter or 256th of an inch). This     AM, airing 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays. He is a lec-
lows the dentist to see under the gum with a miniaturized       information can lead to better diagnosis and more al-        turer and clinical instructor at the Ostrow of Dentistry
fibro-optic camera that directs the ultrasonic instruments      ternatives in treatment. Additionally, complications are     of USC in the Dental Public Health Division, teaching
to vibrate away the plaque. The removal of plaque in            avoided through the use of this diagnostic advancement.      on the subjects of pain and anxiety management, ethics
this manner averts surgery and produces the same results           8. Denture patients can have a virtual face-lift when     and professionalism. For his work at USC, he has been
as surgery, but without the downsides, which is pain,           they have new dentures that are anchored to mini-dental      named “Outstanding Part-time Faculty for 2012.” As
bleeding and swelling and occasional complications such         implants. Yes, mini-dental implants, which are minia-        the inventor of the “Pinhole Surgical Technique, he
as post-operative infections.                                   turized implants, can be placed in a short time without      uses his office in Alhambra as an educational center for
   4. Even loose teeth can be saved. When teeth are             surgery and stitching. Then dentures can be constructed      interested dentists from the U.S. and other countries.
visibly loose, teeth are often extracted and replaced with      in a few hours that would lock on to these mini-implants.    For questions, comments or information, contact Dr.
dentures, bridges or implants. Traditionally there are             These dentures are so tightly secured onto the mini-      Chao at, or (626) 308-9104.
methods to save loose and mobile teeth. These methods           implants that the patient will have a hard time removing
18                                                               SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                       August 2012

                                                                  HEALTH NEWS
                                                                                        Carlos Haro,
                                                                                        PhD, chairman
                                                                                        of the board
                                                                                        of directors
                                                                                        the check
                                                                                        from Darrell
                                                                                        treasurer, while
                                                                                        President and
                                                                                        CEO Gary Kiff
                                                                                        and Foundation
                                                                                        President Kathy
                                                                                        Schlotz proudly
                                                                                        look on.

Beverly Hospital Awards 11                                                              Foundation Presents $150,000
Scholarships to Employees                                                               Donation to Beverly Hospital
   On June 11, at the Beverly Hospital      awards the scholarships to members             The Beverly Hospital Foundation            and technology and support of expansion
Guild monthly meeting, 11 deserving         of Beverly’s staff wishing to pursue        Board of Trustees presented a check for       projects.
Beverly Hospital employees received         academic education, continuing educa-       $150,000 to the hospital administration         A not-for-profit corporation, the
the William W. Wilkinson, M.D.              tion, or specialized education within the   on Thursday, June 28.                         Foundation is lead by a volunteer board
Nurse Education Scholarship awards          nursing field.                                 These funds acquired through the           of trustees made up of outstanding com-
for furthering their careers in the field      “I want to get my B.A. and knowing       generosity and support of community           munity leaders. Their commitment is to
of healthcare.                              that I have financial assistance takes a    will go towards furthering the hospital’s     ensure that Beverly Hospital provides
   The William W. Wilkinson, M.D.           burden off my shoulders. I’m happy that     mission of improving the quality of life of   the best health care available to patients.
Nurse Education Scholarship established     my job is interested in helping employ-     its constituents through health education,      The Foundation Associates are a con-
in 2001, was named for a beloved physi-     ees to better themselves,” commented        disease prevention, and state of the art      cerned and caring group of people who
cian who dedicated his work to Beverly      Maria Walker, Nursing Administration        illness and injury treatment.                 realize human life is priceless. It takes
Hospital.                                   secretary.                                     “The Hospital greatly appreciates the      modern facilities, state-of-the-art equip-
   The late Dr. W.W. Wilkinson was a           On hand to congratulate the recipients   support of the community through its          ment, professional staff and specialists
graduate of the University of Michigan      were Carlos Haro, PhD., chairman of         donations to the Foundation. These do-        to save lives.
Medical School, who joined the medical      the board, and Kathy Schlotz, Founda-       nations have funded the margin of excel-        The Foundation Associates are a sup-
staff at Beverly Hospital in 1958 and       tion president                              lence that enables the hospital to provide    port group who share the responsibility
served as chief of the medical staff and       The Beverly Guild continues to be a      the best in healthcare and updated equip-     of fulfilling Beverly Hospital’s commit-
as a member of the board of directors.      major contributor to this education fund.   ment for the families we serve,” stated       ment for continued medical progress and
   He claimed three great loves, Beverly    To date the hospital Foundation and         Clyde Harwood, executive vice president       development.
Hospital, nursing career and education,     Guild has honoured 151 recipients and       of the Beverly Hospital Foundation.             These remarkable individuals are an
and the scholarship program.                awarded $133,450 to recipients.                The Beverly Hospital Foundation is the     integral part of those helping, now and
   Twice a year a selection committee                                                   fundraising organization through which        in the future, to fulfil the mission of
                                                                                        donations are accepted and appreciated,       Beverly Hospital.
                                                                                        on behalf of the hospital.                      For information on how you may
                                                                                           Over the years, individual gifts, large    support the vision of Beverly Hospital,
                                                                                        and small, have enabled Beverly Hospital      log on to or call the
                                                                                        to meet the needs of the communities it       Beverly Hospital Foundation at (323)
                                                                                        serves through acquisition of equipment       725-4264.

                                                                                        Beverly Hospital Community Calendar
                                                                                        Groovy	Movies	at	Beverly	Hospital	(Age	50	and	over)
                                                                                        when: Wednesday, August 15, “War Horse”
                                                                                        when: Wednesday, September 19, “Iron Lady”
                                                                                        time: 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
                                                                                        location: Beverly Hospital, Tower Basement Rooms,
                                                                                        309 W. Beverly Blvd, Montebello, 90640
                                                                                        For reservations, call: (800) 618-6664

                                                                                        Free childhood Immunizations
                                                                                        when: Wednesday, August 15
                                                                                        time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
                                                                                        location: Beverly Hospital Women’s Care Center
                                                                                        1920 W. Whittier Blvd., Montebello
                                                                                        Beverly Hospital offers free monthly childhood immunizations for newborns and
                                                                                        children up to age 18. All vaccines are available with the exception of Tuberculosis
                                                                                        or Varicella (Chickenpox). Please bring immunizations record (yellow card) with you.
                                                                                        For information call: (323) 725-1519

                                                                                        Diabetes	Wellness	Hour	(free	Lecture)
                                                                                        when: Thursday, August 16, Subject: “The Affects of Exercise”
                                                                                        when: Thursday, September 20, Subject: “The Diabetes Blues”
                                                                                        time: 11:00 a.m. to noon
                                                                                        speaker: Roque Estrada, RN, CDE, Beverly Hospital Diabetes Educator
                                                                                        location: Women’s Pavilion & Breast Center, Conference Room
                                                                                        101 E. Beverly Blvd., Suite 104/105, Montebello, 90640
                                                                                        For reservations call: (800) 618-6664

                                                                                        Beverly	Hospital	Annual	Guild	fashion	Show
                                                                                        Mark your calendar and save the date for the annual Beverly Hospital Guild Fashion
                                                                                        Show. This year’s exciting event will be on Saturday, October 13, at the Quiet Can-
                                                                                        non in Montebello. Please plan to join us. If you thought last year’s extravaganza
                                                                                        was exciting, this year’s event is sure to be a crowd pleaser. For more information or
                                                                                        ticket information, call Guild member Rosemary Orozco at (323) 726-1222, ext. 4141.
August 2012                                                          SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                  19

                                                              COMMUNITY NEWS
Montebello Unified School District to Offer New
Transitional Kindergarten Program Starting This Year
   Providing additional support for children to develop socially, emotionally, physically   teachers. Teachers will meet with parents on a regular basis to discuss individualized
and academically, Montebello Unified is launching a new developmental program,              student progress and development, as well as effective tools that reinforce for their
which will serve as a bridge between preschool and traditional kindergarten.                children’s education at home.
   MUSD’s Transitional Kindergarten Program begins this fall and is for children              “We’re pleased to provide a service that will help prepare more children for success
who turn five years old between September 2 and December 2. It is the first year of         in kindergarten and beyond,” MUSD Superintendent Robert “Bo” Henke said. “The
a two-year program and enrollment is underway.                                              Transitional Kindergarten Program is an important service for parents and students.”
   With State Kindergarten Curriculum Standards increasing academic demands and               The Transitional Kindergarten Program follows the same schedule of traditional
structural changes at the kindergarten level, Transitional Kindergarten ensures that        kindergarten and includes lunch. Daily activities include whole group instruction and
children within the district have access to an enriched foundational early childhood        activities, small group instruction, and independent and hands-on learning.
education program.                                                                            Registration is ongoing and continues throughout the summer. Classes will begin
   The program, based on State kindergarten standards, provides focused instruction         on the first day of school—Thursday, August 30. For more information, please call
in reading and math, along with a strong emphasis on independent learning and social        (323) 887-7900, ext. 2502.
engagement.                                                                                   State Senate Bill 1831, also known as the Kindergarten Readiness Act, will change
   The program also encourages successful communication between parents and                 the date students in California enter Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. This
                                                                                            phases in the new age requirement by moving the cutoff date one month a year for

Southern California Edison
                                                                                            three years, beginning this fall.
                                                                                              Across California, the Kindergarten (Kinder) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
                                                                                            entry dates will change as follows:
Cool Centers Offer Customers                                                                  2012-2013: five years of age on or before November 1 (Kinder); five years of age
                                                                                            from September 2 to December 2 (TK);

Reprieve from Summer Heat                                                                     2013-2014: five years of age on or before October 1 (Kinder); five years of age
                                                                                            from September 2 to December 2 (TK);
                                                                                              2014-2015: five years of age on or before September 1 (Kinder); five years of age
  With summer officially here and temperatures rising, Southern California Edison
                                                                                            from September 2 to December 2 (TK).
(SCE) is offering customers safe and comfortable ways to beat the heat.
                                                                                              For the 2012-13 school year, children must turn five on or before November 1,
  “Our first priority is keeping our customers safe and comfortable, while ensuring
                                                                                            2012, to enroll in Kindergarten, and immunizations are required for school entry:
grid reliability during hot summer days,” said Mark Wallenrod, SCE’s director of
                                                                                              Children will need polio, DTaP (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus), hepatitis B, MMR
Programs and Operations, Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar. “We offer a suite
                                                                                            (measles, mumps, rubella) and chicken pox (varicella).
of programs for residential and business customers that can help reduce electricity
                                                                                              Children need boosters after their fourth birthday.
usage and keep bills down.”
                                                                                              Tuberculosis (TB) skin tests are no longer required for the 2012-13 school year.
  One way customers can escape the heat is to come to an SCE Cool Center now
open through the summer season in targeted community buildings in SCE’s service
territory. The centers are for everyone, especially for the very young, elderly and
those at risk for heat-related illnesses.
  “It’s important to stay cool and drink a lot of water during the warm summer
months,” continued Wallenrod. “Turn on air conditioning or house fans to cool your
home down. SCE has many programs that can help customers use energy wisely
while staying cool.”
  For a list of centers in Kern, Tulare, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino
counties, please go to:
  To help prevent heat-related illnesses, SCE reminds customers to:
  Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. It is also a good idea
to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do
not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which dehydrate the body.
  take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take
time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing
signs of a heat-related illness, stop and find a cool place.
  SCE also recommends some tips to help customers use energy more wisely during
the summer:
  Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.
  Give appliances the afternoon off. Run washers, dryers and dishwashers after 6:00
p.m. and only when full.
  For updates, follow SCE on Twitter at and on Face-
book at

Gas Company Programs Help
Reduce Costs and Save Energy
  Making your business or home more energy efficient can mean lower utility bills
every month. The less energy you use, the more money you could save. Energy
efficiency improvements also help reduce greenhouse gases, increase comfort and
improve indoor air quality.
  SoCalGas offers an array of energy efficiency incentives to help business and
residential customers realize these benefits.
Business Incentives
  Business customers can receive rebates and incentives of up to $200,000 a year on
qualifying energy efficient commercial cooking equipment, boilers, storage water heat-
ers, tankless water heaters, steam traps, pipe insulation, greenhouse curtains and more.
Residential Incentives
  Residential customers considering simultaneous upgrades to make their energy
systems work together efficiently can receive incentives of up to $1,280 with the
Energy Upgrade California program.
                                                                                             new methods used to:
  We also offer residential rebates on qualifying energy efficient clothes washers,
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dishwashers, storage and tankless water heaters, furnaces, attic and wall insulation,
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and low-flow showerheads. Some residential customers may be eligible for the En-
                                                                                             3	SAVE	yOuR	HEALtH
ergy Savings Assistance Program. The program offers no-cost energy-saving home
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renters and homeowners.
Natural Gas: Part of the Energy Efficiency Solution
  SoCalGas' energy efficiency programs have helped customers save more than 425
million therms of natural gas since 1990 – that's enough to supply energy to 850,000
homes for one year. Using natural gas efficiently means getting more for less: saving
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20                                                                   SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                     August 2012

                                                                     SCHOOL NEWS
Students Celebrate 38th Commencement at Mesrobian School
   Thirty-five Mesrobian School students       the club members and invited Mrs. Ka-
from elementary, middle and high school        sakian to accept the plaque of recognition
received their graduation diplomas at the      for her efforts and hard work. Ms. Kasa-
school’s 38th Commencement Exercises           kian expressed her thanks, congratulated
held on campus the previous Sunday,            the students and promised to continue the
June 17.                                       good work for Mesrobian.
   The students celebrated their gradu-           Prelacy Board of Regents and School
ation ceremonies under the auspices of         Board messages were delivered respec-
H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardiros-             tively by Mrs. Houri Keuroghlian and
sian, Prelate of the Western Prelacy, and      Mr. Berch Papikyan, who congratu-
in the presence of community representa-       lated the students, indicated the school’s
tives, faculty, family and friends.            achievements, and promised support for
   The commencement program opened             further excellence.
with remarks by the mistress of ceremo-           The graduating fifth grade elementary
nies, school’s administrative assistance       address was delivered by Sevana Chal-
Ms. Maral Annie Asik. Ms. Asik empha-          ian in English and Ani Khachigian in         robian alumnus, reminded the graduating     the best educational experience possible.
sized the improvements achieved during         Armenian. On behalf of the graduating        students to take pride in their Armenian       Mr. Boyadjian thanked all individu-
the academic year, congratulated the           eighth grade, the middle school address      roots and follow in the footsteps of the    als and organizations who assisted the
graduates and encouraged them to face          was delivered by Knar Baghdassarian in       leaders who led the Armenian liberation     school; he extended special gratitude to
the future with optimism.                      English and Taleen Tatarian in Arme-         struggle and brought independence to        Prelate Mardirossian, the Prelacy Execu-
   She then invited the principal, Mr.         nian. For the senior graduating class the    Armenia.                                    tive Council, UCLA Dream Fund and
Seto Boyadjian, Esq., to recognize the         valedictorian address was presented by          In his address, the principal marked     the ARF Dro Gomideh who lent their
services rendered by the school’s Parent       Aram Ghoogasian and the salutatorian         that this was the year of academic im-      invaluable moral and financial support
Faculty Club and its chairperson Mrs.          address by Nvair Ozonian.                    provement at Mesrobian School. He           to Mesrobian.
Tania Kasakian. Mr. Boyadjian thanked             The keynote speaker for the event, Dr.    outlined the schoolwide improvements           Addressing the graduating students,
                                               Armen Chalian, delivered a powerful          achieved through the coordinated ef-        Mr. Boyadjian congratulated them and
                                               message outlining the mission of Mes-        forts of the administration, faculty and    wished them all the best in their en-
                                               robian School and its expectations from      volunteer parents, who were united with     deavors. He concluded by asking them,
                                               its students. Dr. Chalian, who is a Mes-     the vision of providing our children with   “never forget your roots, never detach
                                                                                                                                        from our collective history, never forgo
                                                                                                                                        our cultural heritage, and above all never
                                                                                                                                        hesitate to help our national cause.”
                                                                                                                                           Then followed the presentation of
                                                                                                                                        diplomas to the graduating fifth, eighth
                                                                                                                                        and 12th grade students. The presenta-
                                                                                                                                        tion ceremony was led by the Prelate’s
                                                                                                                                        representative father Muron Aznikian,
                                                                                                                                        Principal Boyadjian and the respective
                                                                                                                                        homeroom teachers of each grade.
                                                                                                                                           The 38th commencement exercises of
                                                                                                                                        Armenian Mesrobian School concluded
                                                                                                                                        with the message and benediction by
                                                                                                                                        father Aznikian.

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                                                                     SCHOOL NEWS
Oiler Golf                                      Montebello High
Tournament                                      School ‘Oiler’
   On June 22, the Montebello High
School ASB and the Alumni Association           11th Annual Hall
celebrated its 14th annual Stu Pike and
Tak Kobayashi Memorial Golf Tourna-
ment at the Montebello Country Club.
                                                of Fame Awards
This annual tournament honors Monte-              Montebello High School and the Montebello
bello High School athletes.                     High School Alumni Association would like to
   This year the “Oilers” inducted into         extend an invitation to our 11th annual Hall of
their Hall of Fame the following indi-          Fame Induction Ceremony taking place on Thurs-
viduals: Carl Cox, Class of 1938; Glenn         day, October 18, in the Montebello High School
Cox, Class of 1949; Al Petrushkin, Class        Gymnasium starting at 4:30 p.m.
of 1958; Micki Hover, Class of 1973;              This event honors past graduates that have
and Bill Drulias, Class of 1977. Con-           made Montebello High School proud. This year’s
gratulations to all the inductees!              inductees are:
   During our banquet ceremony, we pre-         Robert (Bob) Bagwell, Class of 1958;
sented scholarships to current “Oilers.”        Robert (Bob) Capps, Class of 1950
   This year we honored Jasmine Balta-            (to be awarded posthumously); and
zar, for her volleyball, cross country,
                                                Jay Nomura, Class of 1964.
and softball participation, and Justin
                                                  Join us for a barbecue dinner, provided by Juan
Raya, for his participation in cross
                                                Great Fiesta, at the cost of $25 per person and say
country and track. Congratulations to our
2011-2012 scholarship winners!                  hello to new and old friends.
   Once again, we need to thank our               This event is open to everyone! Montebello
emcee for the banquet ceremony, Steve           High School is very proud of its graduates.
Simonian. For those who have attended             Please contact Carmela Fontes Hobley, ’63,
in the past, you know that Steve keeps          at, (323) 721-9432, or
everyone in the audience laughing during        (323) 271-0472 for any additional information.
the ceremony. Thanks again, Steve, for
making our banquet so enjoyable.
   We are always looking for sponsors
for this event. In sponsoring the MHS
Athletic Department, we help all of our
athletic students. You do not have to
be a golfer to participate in this event.
Everyone is always welcomed to join in
at the induction ceremony and banquet.
Hope to see you next year!

Montebello High
Class of 1972
40th Reunion
   Rock out with the Class of ‘72 on
Saturday, September 15, from 6:00
p.m. until the wee hours. Renew your
friendships, enjoy your memories and
celebrate your youth at MHS with high
school friends of the ‘70s.
   Treat yourself to a fabulous night out
complete with dinner, dancing, coffee
station, complimentry photo booth and
no host bar, all while enjoying music of
the ‘60s and ‘70s.
   Dress is casual, and drinks will be
affordable. Email, text, Facebook your
friends now!
   All classes of the ‘70s are invited to the
Masonic Banquet Hall, located at 7604
Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier.
   Come out and have a great time with
the MHS Class of 1972.
   Tickets are $65 through August 31.
After September 1, the price is $75.
Parking is free, plus special rates at
the Radisson Hotel in Uptown Whit-
lohsreunion. Tickets are available at
Heavenly Choice and The Daily Brew in
Montebello. For tickets and information,
call (323) 728-2728.

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22                                                              SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                      August 2012

                                                            COMMUNITY NEWS
Montebello-Commerce YMCA Antoinette Duran Named Program
Member and Former Inmate Director at Montebello-Commerce Y
Gives Back in a Special Way
                              Antoinette Duran, a grad-   ing the Emerging Gen-
                            uate of Biola University,     eration through Life-on-
                            has recently stepped into the Life Mentoring with Jeff
  David and his wife, Maria, moved to                                                  role as program director for                               Myers, Ph.D. can be seen
Montebello in October 2011 and soon                                                    the Montebello-Commerce                                    around the United States.
after became members of the Montebel-                                                  YMCA.                                                      Antoinette’s most recent
lo-Commerce Y. David’s story begins                                                      After earning her A.S. in                                work with the Montebello-
when he was paroled from Pelican Bay                                                   Early Childhood from Rio                                   Commerce Preschool and
Prison, chose to change his life for the                                               Hondo Community College                                    Child Development Center
better and has remained clean and sober                                                Antoinette worked with                                     earned her the honor of
for five years.                                                                        children 0-5 in the public                                 being selected as one of 15
  David gives back by being a guest                                                    and private sector of early                                mentors and educators from
speaker and mentor for an organization                                                 childhood education programs for seven       the surrounding Los Angeles County as
called “GOGI” (Getting Out by Going                                                    years and briefly owned her own licensed     a Reading Roads Facilitator funded by
In). He is also known as Coach David to                                                child care program.                          the Mark Taper Foundation.
the inmates and visits Folsom prison on                                                  Antoinette later went on to work with         This fall you can find Antoinette
a regular basis to speak to inmates who                                                non-profit faith based education with        volunteering in the neighboring com-
are facing 25 years to life. “Lifers” as                                               children ages 5-14 in a variety of roles     munities as a Reading Roads Facilitator
David calls them.                                                                      as educator and mentor.                      engaging preschool families in early
  He speaks to them about life and their                                                 But, close to Antoinette’s heart is her    literacy skills.
thought process utilizing GOGI prin-                                                   work as a cheerleading coach and advi-          Working with children and youth is a
ciples. 2012 marks one solid decade of                                                 sor. Antoinette began coaching as a vol-     lifelong mission for Antoinette and her
GOGI’s efforts to empower incarcerated                                                 unteer in her teens with the Montebello-     husband, Clint, of 22 years, who met
men, women and children with tools for     the GOGI website www.gettingoutby-          Indians at Grant Rae Park.                   as students in Montebello High School.
positive decision making.                                          During the summer months Antoinette           They reside in the city of Whittier
  As an entirely volunteer organization,      Y Membership Director Stephanie          worked as a head counselor with the          along with their four children and have
many of their volunteers are formerly      Marron said, “David gave me chills as I     United Spirit Association with youth         also housed foreign exchange student for
incarcerated individuals who experienced   heard his story. He is making a true im-    12-18 years old from as far as Japan.        Whittier College Aspect program from
the benefit of GOGI and who are now        pact on the lives of inmates and speaking   With her work in faith based education       time to time.
committed to a life of ultimate freedom;   to him was extremely humbling to me.”         Antoinette was selected as one of seven       Antoinette can be found daily working
giving back to those who remain in pris-      The Montebello Commerce YMCA             educators to participate in a roundtable     at the Montebello YMCA where she and
ons or jails.                              is honored to have great members like       discussion and video series for educa-       her staff help shape the youth of tomor-
  David’s wife, Maria, is also a coach     David. The Y embraces social respon-        tors on mentoring youth for the next         row. Stop by and ask about their new
and goes to women prisons and mentors.     sibility and applauds its members in        generation.                                  free preschool program for low income
David currently has two videos online at   delivering that mission.                      This series titled Cultivate Form-         families of children ages 3-4.

                                                                                                                     Bosco Tech Alumnus is First
                                                                                                                     Undergrad to Win Young Persons’
                                                                                                                     World Lecture Competition
                                                                                                                        Don Bosco Technical Institute
                                                                                                                     (Bosco Tech) alumnus Brian We-
                                                                                                                     den (class of 2008) earned first
                                                                                                                     place in the Young Persons’ World
                                                                                                                     Lecture Competition in London,
                                                                                                                     England, on July 5. He is the first
                                                                                                                     undergraduate to win the award.
                                                                                                                        Competing against nine finalists
                                                                                                                     from around the world, Weden
                                                                                                                     earned top honors from the com-
                                                                                                                     petition sponsor, the Institute of Materials, Minerals
                                                                                                                     and Mining, for his talk, “High Performance Impact-
                                                                                                                     Tolerant and Abrasion-Resistant Materials: Lessons
                                                                                                                     from Nature.” In it, he discussed his research on a
                                                                                                                     damage-tolerant composite that is one of the hardest
                                                                                                                     biominerals in nature, found in the tiny teeth of marine
                                                                                                                     mollusks called chitons.
                                                                                                                        After graduating from Bosco Tech, Weden went on
                                                                                                                     to the University of California at Riverside where he is
                                                                                                                     completing his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science;
                                                                                                                     he plans to pursue a doctorate in the field.
                                                                                                                        He currently is an undergraduate researcher in the
                                                                                                                     university’s Biomimetics and Nanomaterials Fabrication
                                                                                                                     lab, run by the esteemed Dr. David Kisailus. Weden
                                                                                                                     recently co-authored a paper on biomineralization that
                                                                                                                     will be published later this year.
                                                                                                                        “Brian exemplifies our dedicated Materials Science
                                                                                                                     graduates,” said Jim Curiel, chairman of Bosco Tech’s
                                                                                                                     Materials Science, Engineering and Technology pro-
                                                                                                                     gram. “He attributes his interest and early success to
                                                                                                                     the education he received during his time at Bosco Tech.
                                                                                                                     We are proud that he was able to share his knowledge
                                                                                                                     on an international level.”
                                                                                                                        The annual lecture competition invites students and
                                                                                                                     professionals up to the age of 28 to deliver a short lec-
                                                                                                                     ture on a materials, minerals, mining, packaging, clay
                                                                                                                     technology and wood science related subject.
                                                                                                                        Bosco Tech is the only all-male Catholic high school
                                                                                                                     in the state that uniquely integrates college-preparatory
                                                                                                                     and technology education. The academic curriculum
                                                                                                                     allows students to exceed university admission require-
                                                                                                                     ments while completing extensive integrated coursework
                                                                                                                     in one of five technology and engineering-related fields.
                                                                                                                        For further information about Bosco Tech, please call
                                                                                                                     (626) 940-2000 or visit
August 2012                                                         SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                     23

                                                            SERVICE CLUB NEWS
Montebello Lions Club Installs New President
                                                                                               Last month, the Montebello Lions
                                                                                             installed their new president for 2012-
                                                                                             2013, Victor Caballero of Mid-Valley
                                                                                             Cab Co., at a dinner held at Ozzie’s
                                                                                             Restaurant. Outgoing president Maria
                                                                                             Renteria congratulated Victor and wished
                                                                                             him good luck. Lion Bill Walters served
                                                                                             as master of ceremonies. Victor thanked
                                                                                             his three vice presidents—Robert De La
                                                                                             Ree, Monica Ling and Chris Ohrmund—
                                                                                             for their commitment on the new year.
                                                                                             A tribute was held for Lions members
                                                                                             who had passed away during the year and
                                                                                             who will be missed by all. Awards were
                                                                                             given to Lions members who excelled in
                                                                                             their field for the year and the Lion of the
                                                                                             Year went to Chris Ohrmund.

Montebello Service Clubs, Fraternal Groups Hold Monthly Mixer

  The American Legion, Elks Lodge, Kiwanis, Rotary           Montebello.                                                     plenty of door prizes for the guests. This year’s event
and Soroptimist clubs gathered at the Elks Lodge last          All of these clubs offers a variety of events to help         was sponsored by the Montebello Lions. Club President
month to hold their third annual social mixer.               others in our community and many times throughout the           Victor Caballero welcomed all in attendance and thanked
  This mixer is designed to encourage chamber mem-           years they join together to help the needed.                    each club for their support of the event.
bers to become active in one of our social clubs in            There was plenty of food on hand, entrainment and

Soroptimist of Montebello Honors Sponsors

  Last month, Soroptimist of Montebello gathered at          the awards and gifts to the sponsors.                           Reverse Mortgage Professional; and Jaime Rodriguez,
Polly’s Pie to thank all their sponsors who help make          Sponsors attending the event were, upper right photo,         Senator Ron Calderon office. The event raised money
their 60th anniversary a total success.                      front row: Byron de Arakal, Cook Hill Properties;               for the Elaine Kirchner Follow Your Dream Foundation.
  Soroptimist President Letty Gutierrez, along with          Sheraly Khwaja, 7-11 Convenience Store; Martha
chairwoman of the event Jacquleen Alagozian, presented       Alvarez, Funeraria del Angel Mortuary; Bob Tapia,

Montebello Rotary Holds Annual Installation Dinner
By	Anne	Donofrio-Holter                         Bryan Stanek was named Montebello
   Montebello Rotary president Helio         Rotarian of the Year. Selected by the
Altamirano turned over the reigns of the     club president, the recipient is typically
presidency to William Nighswonger at         someone who has demonstrated outstand-
the club’s 88th annual installation dinner   ing dedication to Rotary and has been of
held June 20 at the Doubletree Hotel in      special assistance to the president during
Rosemead.                                    his/her term.
   Nighswonger thanked the outgoing             It has also been the tradition of the club
board for their hard work over the past      to award a Rotary International Founda-
year allowing the club to continue to ben-   tion Paul Harris Fellow in recognition
efit the community through its charitable    of major contributions to the club over
                                             a number of years. Selected by past re-
programs including community and
                                             cipients, this honor went to Ted Jones.
educational activities that promote lit-
                                                The club was privileged to have as the
eracy, vision screening for elementary       evening’s keynote speaker guest Rotarian        Jay McCartney, Edgar Morales, Fer-             committee.
school students, student scholarships,       Miles Petroff.                                  nando Cuevas, Denise Hagopian, Martin            Music for the evening was provided
youth leadership training, vocational           Following his remarks, he installed          Castro, Kathy Schlotz, Barbara Risher          by the LA Rhythm Project Trio with vo-
youth awards, health and immuniza-           Nighswongers’ leadership team for the           Welch and Anne Donofrio-Holter.                cal selections by Jenna Welch. Special
tion programs and food baskets for           2012-13 year. They are Altamirano,              Donofrio-Holter will also be serving on        thanks to Rotarian Ann Rich for spear-
the needy at Thanksgiving and Easter.        Bryan Stanek, Noel Burch, Ilma Avila,           the Rotary District 5300 Public Relations      heading the evening’s events.
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                                                              COMMUNITY NEWS
DMV Offers Back-to-school Driver, Senator Calderon, Community
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Tips Leaders Laud Governor
   It’s that time of year again! School is back in session and that means children are
flooding the streets during the week between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. So, the De-
partment of Motor Vehicles asks that drivers please remember to take extra caution
                                                                                             Brown’s Signing of Historic
when driving near a school, and that you be sure to teach your children to be careful
when crossing streets and riding their bikes. To keep everyone safe on the roads, and        Homeowners’ Bill of Rights
in the crosswalks, the DMV offers some helpful traffic safety tips.                             Senator Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and local community leaders released the
Watch for Children On or Near the Road                                                       following statements regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of the groundbreak-
   Being attentive is not only reserved for the classrooms, but should be applied on         ing “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights” into law:
the road as well! Always drive more carefully near schools, playgrounds, parks,                 “Today is a historic day for California. We have put the state seal on protecting
and residential areas because children may suddenly dart into the street. Also, many         working families against the heartless practices employed by some lenders during the
children have not yet developed the ability to judge speeds and distances well enough        foreclosure crisis. For many California families, the home is the embodiment of the
to cross streets safely when cars are moving fast. Children may see cars coming, but         American Dream. To foreclose on that dream unnecessarily and without due process
still decide to cross because they think they have enough time to do so or that the          is not good for our communities or the economy. With the Governor’s signature,
cars will stop to let them cross.                                                            California now has a balanced approach towards addressing the pressing need for
   When driving near a school while children are outside or crossing the street, the         legislative protections that will keep our state moving forward. I am proud to have
speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. If the school does not have a fence           played a critical role in helping develop and pass this landmark legislation,” said
and children are outside, never drive faster than 25 mph. Be sure to familiarize             Senator Calderon
yourself with the school zones near your area becausesome school zones may have                 "The California Foreclosure Reduction Act, championed by Attorney General
speed limits as low as 15 mph.                                                               Kamala Harris and Senator Ron Calderon, is a significant victory for Latino families
Practice Safe Roadway Procedures When Near a School                                          and all Californians,” said Delia de la Vara, NCLR’s Vice President for the Cali-
   Be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians. Being aware of what is happening around           fornia Region. “NCLR and our California Affiliates are proud to have played a role
you before you need to react will allow for a faster and potentially life-saving reaction.   in passing this important bill that will finally put an end to the unfair process “dual
   Be sure to obey school safety patrols or school crossing guards’ directions. Allow        tracking”that homeowners experience when they are seeking a loan modification. This
the guard or patrol to safely get to the side of the road before driving ahead.              bill should serve as a model for other states and the Consumer Financial Protection
   As teachers tell their students- Follow the rules! And you should too! Stop or slow       Bureau as they are developing the National Mortgage Servicing Standards.”
for school buses. Some school buses flash yellow lights when preparing to stop to               "This is a step forward for California hard-working families who now have a fair
let children off the bus. The yellow flashing lights warn drivers to slow down and           process to save their home in our Golden State. Thanks to Senator Ron Calderon's
prepare to stop. As required by law, when red lights are flashing on a bus, oncoming         leadership in the legislature and rising to the occasion as our housing champion for
drivers as well as drivers behind the bus must stop until the children are safely across     all communities across our state. Our work has only begun, after Governor Brown
the street and the lights stop flashing. Failure to comply with this law will result in a    signs this landmark bill into law it will provide a road for Californians and a glimmer
fine up to $1,000 and driving privileges could be suspended for one year.                    of hope for homeowners across our great nation. We will continue to fight for all
Teach Your Children Tips on How to Cross the Street Safely                                   working families seeking to restore their American Dream." said Robert Monzon,
   Crossing the street may not be as easy as your ABCs. To ensure your children’s            president of the MHDC.
safety, teach them to look both ways before crossing the street and to follow crossing          Maria Cabildo, president of the East LA Community Corporation, released the
signals. If there is a guard or patrol, have your children cross with them. Here are         following statement:
more helpful tips for those walking to school:                                                  "We at East LA Community Corporation are excited to have the 'Homeowner's Bill
   Never “jaywalk” or cross a street between intersections. Always cross at a cross-         of Rights' signed into law today. This bill will provide a fair and transparent process
walk or designated crossing path.                                                            for struggling families applying for assistance with their bank."
   Do not suddenly leave a curb or other safe place and walk or run into the path of

                                                                                             Employers Play Important
a vehicle close enough to be a danger to you.
   If there is no sidewalk, walk in the direction that faces the oncoming traffic.
   When a signal first changes to green or “WALK” for you, look left, right, and
then left again and yield the right of way to any vehicle in the intersection before
crossing the street.
Teach Your Children Bike Safety
                                                                                             Role in Preventing UI Fraud
   If your children ride theirbike to school, go over the rules of the road with them.         The Employment Development Department (EDD) is committed to maintaining the
Teach your children the proper hand signals for turning and lane changes. An ex-             integrity of the of the unemployment insurance (UI) program, which includes ensuring
tended left arm signals to drivers that a bicyclist is turning left and an extended right    that UI benefits are properly paid and employers’ accounts are properly charged. The
arm signals that the bicyclist is turning right. Another way to signal a right turn is       EDD’s partnership with the employer community is essential to preventing improper
to hold your left arm up with your elbow bent. An extended left arm down, signals            benefit payments and thereby reducing UI costs.
stopping or slowing. Bicyclists should always look over their shoulder before making           Employers who receive the Benefit Audit Form (DE 1296B), Notice of Unemploy-
a turn or lane change.                                                                       ment Insurance Claim Filed (DE 1101C/Z) or Notice of Wages Listed for Unemploy-
   Remember that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Driv-      ment Insurance Claim (DE 1545) will promptly need to complete and return the forms
ers must allow bicyclists to merge first when making a right hand turn. However,             with accurate information so that the EDD can identify and prevent erroneous claims
bikers should always take caution when doing so to avoid a mishap if a driver is not         as quickly as possible. These notices are the primary method by which employers
paying attention.                                                                            can provide eligibility information to better manage their reserve accounts and assist
   Make sure all proper equipment is installed in your children’s bicycles such as lights    the EDD in making proper eligibility decisions.
and reflectors and stress the importance of always wearing a helmet.                           In addition, employers are required by law to report new or rehired employees,
   By following these few safety tips you will be on your way to a safe school year!         who work in California, to the New Employee Registry (NER) with 20 days of their
For more information on how to be a safe driver around pedestrians, or other DMV             hiring date by completing the Report of New Employee(s) (DE 34). Not only is this
related services, visit Save time. Go online!                                information used by the state and county agencies to assist in locating parents who
                                                                                             are delinquent in their child support obligations, it helps the EDD detect fraud by
Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital                                                         identifying employees who may be inappropriately or fraudulently collecting UI
                                                                                             benefits while continuing to work.
Reaches Out to Retired Baby                                                                    The EDD conducts a daily audit in which the NER data is compared with UI claims.
                                                                                             This is not an audit of employer records, but a process designed to determine if an
Boomers to Fill Volunteer Needs                                                              employee continued to file for UI benefits after returning to work.
                                                                                               This audit process is critical in helping to protect the employer’s UI reserve account
  According to United States Census data, everyday more than 10,000 Baby Boom-               from being charged incorrectly and subsequently being subject to higher tax rates
ers (those born from 1946-1964) reach retirement age. Presbyterian Intercommunity            based on that incorrect information.
Hospital (PIH) is looking to recruit at least 100 new retirees to their volunteer team.        The EDD will issue an administrative decision to the employer if the eimployee
  “Our goal is to reinforce our volunteer base with people that have management              has been overpaid UI benefits due to fraudulent or non-fraudulent misrepresentation,
experience, strong presentation skills and are enthusiastic about the work PIH is doing      withholding of a material fact, erroneous statement, or through an EDD error.
in the community,” said Director of Senior and Volunteer Services Nancy Whyte.                 The decision includes the audit results and establishes an overpayment. The over-
“As PIH expands in size and service capability, our volunteer base needs to increase         payment liability includes the amount the individual was overpaid, and my include a
to accommodate this growth.”                                                                 30 percent penalty, if the overpayment was fraudulent.
  The new Plaza Tower scheduled to open later this year will bring more opportu-               The EDD’s Benefit Overpayment Collection Section (BOCS) collects on these
nities for volunteers to put their talent to work. By sharing their time, experience,        overpayments through voluntary repayment agreements and through involuntary
knowledge and skills, volunteers help PIH achieve its goal of providing superior             earnings withholding orders, as well as offsets from UI benefits, the Franchise Tax
healthcare to the community.                                                                 Board and the State Lottery. The amount collected is deposited back into the UI Fund
  PIH volunteers interact with patients in a non-clinical manner, work alongside             which may be credited to the employer’s UI reserve account.
hospital staff and serve with other volunteers in a team atmosphere. The volunteer             Your timely and accurate responses on the forms help prevent UI fraud which, in
program offers scheduling flexibility, a variety of assignments and a chance to put          turn, helps to prevent improper payments of benefits.
current skills to use or acquire new ones.                                                     For more information, visit the EDD website at
  Those considering giving back to the community and helping others should contact           Benefit/Audit.htm.
Cindy Daniels, volunteer services manager, at (562) 698-0811, ext. 12422.                      —Employment Development Department California Employer, Second Quarter 2012
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