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Official Bimonthly Publication of the Montebello Chamber of Commerce                                                              Vol. 12, No. 1 / February 2012

2012 Business Expo: ‘Building Business Beyond Tomorrow’
   The chamber is proud to be able to promote the busi-     including health care facilities, printers, hotels, caterers,
ness community through our annual Business Expo.            transportation and banks, to name a few. Once again,
It not only provides networking opportunities for our       we have our much anticipated $10,000 raffle drawing
participating members, but also helps build a strong        that has been such a hit the past few years.
local economy. This dynamic event will be held on              “This event sells out early every year and is a great
Thursday, April 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at          marketing event for local businesses,” say Chamber
the Quiet Cannon, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello.         President Andrea Wagg. “It has become a very effective
   It has become the largest of its kind in the area and    way to showcase your products and services to hundreds
it is attended by thousands of businesses and residents     of potential customers.” For more information or res-
in Montebello and surrounding areas, offering the op-       ervations, go to or call
portunity of many new prospects for businesses and          (323) 721-1153. Space is on a first-come, first-served
consumers. The Expo features more than 70 exhibitors        basis, so get your reservation in today!

Thank You, Expo Corporate Sponsors
                                                                                               Recycle ‘E-Waste’ February 25-26
                                                                                                 In order to create a cleaner environment for our community, the Montebello
                                                                                               Chamber of Commerce is hosting an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling col-
                                                                                               lection event on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, in the parking lot of
                                                                                               Taylor Ranch Park, 737 North Montebello Boulevard, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
                                                                                               p.m. The event is a free service to city residents and businesses, allowing them
                                                                                               to properly dispose of their old computers, and at the same time, help reduce
                                                                                               improper and illegal dumping in our city and landfills. More importantly, the
                                                                                               event helps protect our planet from various toxic materials polluting our soil
                                                                                               and environment. E-waste includes electronic products or devices, such as com-
                                                                                               puter monitors, televisions, PC systems, printers, copiers, facsimile machines
                                                                                               and home entertainment systems that have reached their useful end, whether
Can you use more business? SIGN UP NOW!                                                        in working condition or not. For more detailed information on the event, or
For more information on exhibitor prices, details, and to reserve space, call The              qualified e-products, contact Salvatrice Cummo at the Montebello Chamber of
Montebello Chamber at (323) 721-1153 or visit us at                 Commerce, (323) 721-1153.

                       $10,000 Raffle
   Yes! $10,000 will be given away at the Expo again this year. Only 300
   raffle tickets will be sold. More than $13,000 will be given away. Tickets
   are $100.00 each. Individuals and groups may purchase a ticket. Must be
   at least 18 years old to participate. Winner need not be present. Tickets
   may be purchased at the chamber office, 109 North 19th Street, Montebello
   or from any board member or ambassador of the chamber. Questions or
   more info? Call 323-721-1153.
                                                                                            A Very Special Thank You
                                                                                            The Montebello Chamber of Commerce thanks the advertisers who make it
                                                                                            possible for this publication to be distributed to all 21,000 businesses and

  Collecting Montebello History                                                             residents of the city. We ask you to support all of these advertisers:
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    The Montebello Chamber is celebrating their centennial anniversary in June
                                                                                            Alondra Hot Wings                            IVA Accounting
  2012. We are looking for interesting artifact’s, photos, books, magazines,
  news articles, business history, etc. to include in our presentation at our annual        Belmont Fibers                               La Costa Restaurant
  Installation Dinner. We’d like to highlight all that is positive that has made the        Broaster Kitchen                             Law Offices of George B. Pacheco
  Montebello Chamber a success. Please contact the chamber at (323) 721-1153                Camino Federal Credit Union                  M’s Flowers
  or email
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                                                                CHAIRMAN’S PAGE
Chairman’s Commentary                                                                                     Spotlight on

By Chairman John Pringle
   The year of the audits for the city is over and the reviews
are definitely mixed. Obviously in the past, the city has failed
to abide by good accounting practices with the result that the
current staff has spent most of their time correcting mistakes
from the past and trying to chart a course for the future.                                                          An Official Publication of the
   The city has made significant progress in balancing its                                                        Montebello Chamber of Commerce
budget; however, we have now learned that the state’s deci-
sion to abolish the redevelopment agency has been upheld                                                                       2011-2012 Officers
by the California Supreme Court.
                                                                                             Chairman of the Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Pringle, Esq.
   The city staff is working diligently to assess the impact
of this decision on the city’s budget, which goes far beyond shutting down future                                                          Roquemore, Pringle and Moore, Inc.
redevelopment projects.                                                                      First Vice Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Humberto Garcia, Legal Shield
   All of us should be concerned about the long-term negative effect that the state’s        Second Vice Chairman . . Ralph E. Hansen, D.M.D, Whittier Palm Dentistry
action will have on our community and I would urge everyone, residence and busi-
nesses alike, to make themselves aware of the city services which will be affected.          Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ernesto Flores, Camino Federal Credit Union
Also, you should contact your state representatives to reassess their decision.              Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabriel Robles, EastWest Bank
   The recent passing of Montebello School Board member Marcela Calderon, former             Past Chairman . . . . . . . . . Darrell Heacock, Homer R. Heacock Realty
Montebello mayor and long-time volunteer Elaine Kirshner, long-time community
philanthropist George Hensel, and former city commissioner Henry Lozano have cast
a pall across our community. I wish to extend my condolences to their families and                                              Board of Directors
friends and all of us should be thankful for their efforts to better our community.          Armando Arenas, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Costa Restaurant
They will be greatly missed.                                                                 Marissa Castro-Salvati . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Southern California Edison Co.
   With the passing of so many community leaders, we all need to find new leaders
                                                                                             Dana Cop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AT&T, Inc.
and volunteers to take their place in order to move our community forward. We need
to recruit the best and the brightest to lead our community and we all need to be            Byron DeArakal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cook-Hill Properties, LLC
ready to offer our time, special talents and financial resources to keep our city and        Lidia Kondratuk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Century 21 George Michael Realty
community moving forward.                                                                    Mary McKenrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Athens Services
   There are many local organizations that need your help to continue to thrive. The
                                                                                             Tom Millhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helms & Hill Towing
city is in need of volunteers to help in all departments. Beverly Hospital has many
opportunities for volunteers and other local organizations, including the chamber of         Greg Millsap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Shops at Montebello
commerce, are in need of volunteers to move the community forward.                           Albert Napoli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Metropolitan Water District
   It will be extremely difficult to fill the void left by the passing of so many talented   Jay Nomura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M’s Flowers
individuals, but the rest of us need to step up to the challenge.
                                                                                             Barbara Risher Welch . . . . . . . . . . . . . Risher Montebello Mortuary

  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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Office Manager
  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
Pregnancy Leave: Employers Now Must Continue Health Benefits
By Dana Leisinger, HR Adviser                                benefits longer than the time frame of FMLA, because         was challenged in 2002, however, when it was ruled that
Our company is small, only 13 employees. We have an          PDL can continue for up to four months, while FMLA           employees on workers’ compensation leave are entitled
employee going on Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) in        is only for up to 12 weeks. This law applies to all em-      only to the same continuation of benefits as employees
January. Do we have to continue her health insurance         ployers with five or more employees.                         on other types of disability leaves.
benefits while she’s on PDL?                                 Employee Contribution                                           Therefore, if an employee goes on workers’ com-
  As of January 1, 2012, yes.                                   The employee must continue to pay her portion of          pensation and qualifies for FMLA, it is recommended
  For the last 10 years, the only law that required an em-   the premium (unless the employer covers the entire           that the employer place the employee on FMLA at the
ployer to continue an employee’s group health insurance      premium). Most employers require the employee to             same time as workers’ compensation and continue the
benefits was the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).            pay a certain percentage via a wage deduction, so if         health benefits for up to 12 weeks.
New Law                                                      the employee is on an unpaid leave of absence (such             If an employee does not qualify for FMLA and sus-
  A new law, however, SB 299 (Evans; D-Santa Rosa;           as PDL or FMLA), the employee must remit payment             tains a workers’ compensation injury, however, the
Chapter 510, Statutes of 2011), requires an employer to      directly each month for her portion.                         employee has no entitlement to benefit continuation.
continue an employee’s health benefits the entire time          Many employers remember that yet another law re-                        —CalChamber Alert, December 2, 2011
she’s on PDL.                                                quired employers to continue health insurance benefits—
  This means an employer might have to cover the             which was workers’ compensation. That requirement

Employee Signature on Time Card No Excuse for Inaccurate Information
By Barbara Wilber, HR Adviser                                and ends each work period. Meal periods, split shift         remember later that he/she worked an additional hour
Does the law require that an employee sign the time          intervals and total daily hours worked shall be recorded.    that was not reflected, or the employee may allege that
record? What regulations govern modification of time         Meal periods during which operations cease and autho-        he/she recorded the beginning time incorrectly, or forgot
records by a supervisor/manager? Does the employee           rized rest periods need not be recorded.                     to sign in or out at all.
have to sign any changes made on the time card?              Employer Responsibility                                        In other words, there are many reasons the record
  Nothing in the law requires an employee to sign a             The employer’s obligation to keep accurate time           may be in error, even with an employee’s signature.
time card or denies a supervisor the right to change a       records usually is delegated to the employee, but ulti-        Further, Labor Code Section 206.5 bars an employer
time card to accurately reflect the time worked. The         mately it remains the employer’s responsibility.             from requiring a signed statement acknowledging, as
time record requirements appear in both the Labor               Although not a requirement, it is a common practice       accurate, a knowingly false time record. Requiring an
Code and Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) orders,         for employers to ask employees to sign either just the       employee signature is an individual company decision
which state in part:                                         time card or to sign a statement affirming that the time     to be made with your legal counsel’s advice.
  (A) Every employer shall keep accurate information         record is accurate.                                            Although nothing prevents modification to reflect
with respect to each employee including the following:          The fact that the signature exists and appears to con-    the accurate hours worked and to correct any errors,
  (1) Full name, home address, occupation and Social         firm the accuracy of the time record in and of itself does   the best practice is to include time-keeping policies in
Security number.                                             not automatically absolve the employer of any liability      your handbook. Establish how discrepancies will be
  (2) Birthdate, if under 18 years, and designation as       for unpaid time.                                             addressed and limit access to the official record.
a minor.                                                     Errors in Records                                                         —CalChamber Alert, November 11, 2011
  (3) Time records showing when the employee begins             Different scenarios come to mind. The employee may

Vacation, Paid Time Off Vests at Full Value; No Forfeiture Allowed
By Dale Louton, HR Adviser                                     An out-of-state firm that has employees in California      is due. This means that an employee can file a claim for
Can a California employer buy back vacation or               also is subject to Labor Code Section 227.3.                 any vacation wages due from the beginning of employ-
paid time off (PTO) hours at less than full value from         The state Labor Commissioner has always opined             ment. For example that includes any forfeiture which
California-based employees?                                  that leave time which is provided without condition is       occurred any time during his/her employment.
   No. That would be a forfeiture of earned and vested       presumed to be vacation no matter what name is given            California Code of Civil Procedure provides a three-
vacation or PTO and in violation of Labor Code Sec-          to the leave by the employer. PTO has the same char-         year statute of limitations for claims arising out of a
tion 227.3                                                   acteristics as vacation and therefore is considered to       statutory obligation such as Labor Code Section 227.3.
   The code, in brief, provides that vacation is vested      be vacation and subject to Labor Code Section 227.3.            Forfeitures are illegal and claims can be filed with the
and requires unused vacation to be cashed out at ter-          The same reasoning applies to floating holidays. Holi-     Labor Commissioner and courts when records are cold
mination at the ending rate of pay. Further, there can       days that are tied to a specific event such as a birthday    or non-existent. Adequate records should be maintained
be no forfeiture such as buying back at less than full       are not considered vacation and therefore not vested.        and a reasonable cap on accrual of vacation should be
value. Another example of forfeiture is a “use it or           The statute of limitations on vacation claims starts to    considered.
lose it” policy.                                             run on termination. That is when any unpaid vacation                        —CalChamber Alert, Sepember 2, 2011

Complete List of 2012 Poster Updates, Wizard Available at HRCalifornia
By Susan Kemp, Senior Employment Law Counsel                 stating that we must have new posters, some of which            Some employers may be required to post notices that
  About this time of year we receive emails, phone calls     I have never heard of. What are the poster changes for       are unique, based on the type of business, geographical
and marketing materials from various poster companies        2012 and where will I find a complete list of posters        location, work done by employees, or types of hazards
                                                                          actually required by law?                       in the workplace. HRCalifornia’s “Posters for Unique
                                                                             Often, new laws going into effect is the     Situations” contains a wizard that will help employers
                                                                          reason for poster requirement changes,          determine other posting requirements.
                                                                          and there are poster and pamphlet changes          If a poster company is telling you that other types of
                                                                          for 2012.                                       posters are required, check CalChamber’s required and
                                                                          Poster Changes                                  unique poster lists. Many of the posters being touted as
                                                                             The poster changes for 2012 include:         “required” really are not.
                                                                             Discrimination and Harassment Prohib-           Through the CalChamber Store, employers can order
                                                                          ited by Law, Department of Fair Employ-         the 2012 Required Notices Kit—which includes all state
                                                                          ment and Housing (DFEH);                        and federal required employee notices, plus all five
                                                                             Safety and Health Protection on the Job,     required employee pamphlets, updated as necessary for
                                                                          Division of Occupational Safety and Health      2012, in packs of 20.
                                                                          (Cal/OSHA);                                        Poster Protect
                                                                             Pregnancy Disability Leave (Notice A/           Also available for purchase is the Poster Protect ser-
                                                                          DFEH);                                          vice, ensuring customers will receive a new poster at no
                                                                             California Family Rights Act/Pregnancy       additional charge if there are any mandatory changes in
                                                                          Disability Leave (Notice B/DFEH); and           state or federal employment law posting requirements
                                                                             Employee Rights under the National           during the calendar year.
                                                                          Labor Relations Act (NLRA) (required               Pending lawsuits may change or eliminate the NLRA
                                                                          for most employers; effective January 31,       requirement. If the January 31, 2012 mandate stays in
                                                                          2012).                                          place, Poster Protect customers can opt for a no-cost,
                                                                          Pamphlet Changes                                all-in-one poster that includes the NLRA posting.
                                                                             The revisions to pamphlets for 2012 are:        For more information, visit www.calchamberstore.
                                                                             Workers’ Compensation (new temporary         com/kit.
                                                                          disability benefit rates); and                                —CalChamber Alert, December 16, 2011
                                                                             Sexual Harassment (gender harassment
                                                                             The California Chamber of Commerce              REPORT GRAFFITI
                                                                          has a complete list of required notices and
                                                                          posters available on
                                                                                                                             TO 877-444-6044
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                                                                     MEMBER NEWS

Area Chamber Members Gather for Holiday Toy Drive
  Over the holidays, members of six chambers of com-           that was the only toy they received for the holidays.      collect toys and thanked everyone for attending. Par-
merce gathered at the Crowne Plaza in Commerce to              Admission to the event was $5 or an unwrapped new          ticipating chambers were Montebello, Commerce, Pico
help collect toys for children for Christmas. For many,        toy. General Manager Joe Zarrahy and his staff helped      Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Bell Gardens, and Vernon.

What’s All the ‘HYPE’ About?
   What’s the latest HYPE in Montebello? Helping               the scenes torus of innovative businesses and develop      lano of Clear Skies Enterprises.
Young Professionals Excel! Recognizing a generational          professional skills. Benefits of membership include so-      “The board of directors is very excited about the
gap in the ranks of its embers, as well as at its functions,   cial mixers, BLT’s (Bigwigs Lunch Times), excursions       establishment of HYPE,” said Andrea Wagg, Chamber
according to Director of Events Salvatrice Cummo, the          and worksho9ps.                                            President. “These emerging professionals will bring
Montebello Chamber of Commerce established HYPE                  “Events are fun, energetic, professional and business-   a new generation of talent to our city they bring with
to “create a new generation of business and city leaders       focused,” said Cummo. “Membership requires the busi-       them new ideas to ensure their businesses succeed and
that are the future of our Chamber.”                           ness be an active member of the Montebello Chamber         enthusiasm to give back to the community with their
   “HYPE is a premier networking forum for young               of Commerce.”                                              time and talent.”
professionals and entrepreneurs in the community,” said          “I am thrilled and excited to be a part of HYPE.” Said     “This type of organization was long overdue and I am
Cummo. “It’s the ideal vehicle for ambitious, promising        Chairman Omar Rodriquez of XIGENT Printing. “This          glad the Montebello Chamber of Commerce recognizes
business men and women to nurture their leadership             comes at a great time and I look forward to working        that young professionals and entrepreneurs are the fu-
aspirations, cultivate relationships with experienced          closely with the Chamber and other HYPE members to         ture,” said Rodriquez.
industry professionals, share common interests and             help mentor other young business leaders.”                   “The Montebello Chamber of Commerce strives to
advance their burgeoning careers.”                               HYPE boasts approximately 25 members and along           constantly improve its programs, events and benefits
   With HYPE, according to Cummo, members can                  with Cummo and Rodriquez, the HYPE leadership              to better serve the business community,” said Wagg.
network with other local young professionals and en-           committee is rounded out by Allison Hainlin of Gardner     “HYPE is just one of many of these programs.”
trepreneurs, connect with top executives and industry          Insurance, Alejandra Alatorre of La Pinata Tortilleria,
leaders, make valuable business connections, get behind        Marc Pacheco of M.R. Entertainment and Greg Arel-

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Montebello Chamber Connections: a
Professional Networking Organization
  This dynamic leads group affords opportunities for new business, personal development, and friend-
ship. Chamber Connections meets weekly to exchange new business leads and to discuss growth op-          The Voice of Business Since 1912
portunities in the Montebello and surrounding areas. Connect with us on Tuesday mornings at 8:00
a.m. at the chamber office. See how local networking can help expand your client base.                         MONTEBELLO
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February 7                                        February 21
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                                                        MEMBER HIGHLIGTS

Lod Cook, Cook Hill Properties, Speaks at Rotary Event
  Lodwrick (Lod) Cook is chairman          in California in conjunction with Plains      Prior to that, he had a distinguished,    lent Order of the British Empire (KBE)
of NeuroSigma, LLC. NeuroSigma is          Exploration and Production Company.        39-year career at Atlantic Richfield         for his contribution to Anglo-American
a neuromodulation development stage           Last year, Mr. Cook was appointed a     Company (ARCO), the seventh-largest          relations and support for philanthropic
company in Los Angeles, spun off from      board member of iCrete, LLC, a con-        U.S. oil company. He began at ARCO           projects around the world.
UCLA, licensing promising therapies        crete technology company acquired by       in 1956 as an engineer trainee and went         His California community interests in-
and technologies in the neuromodulation    Pacific Capital Group.                     on to hold management positions in labor     clude serving as a member of the Library
and cardiovascular areas.                     From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Cook was         relations, refining, marketing, planning,    Foundation of Los Angeles (of which he
  In 2006, Mr. Cook became chief ex-       co-chairman of Global Crossing, Ltd.,      supply and transportation and was elected    is founder chairman), life regent of Pep-
ecutive officer of Cook Hill Properties,   which built the first global fiber-optic   vice president in 1970, director in 1980,    perdine University, and on the committee
LLC, which is developing large-scale       telecommunications network, connecting     and president and CEO of ARCO in             for the new performing arts center at
residential real estate projects in Mon-   more than 200 cities. He also served as    October, 1985.                               California State University Northridge.
tebello, Lompoc, and Arroyo Grande         chairman of Global Marine Systems.            During this time, Mr. Cook served as         Mr. Cook also has a long association
                                                                                      chairman of the owners’ committee of         with Junior Achievement and is na-
                                                                                      the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. He         tional director emeritus. In 2000, he
                                                                                      became chairman and CEO of ARCO              was inducted in the JA Business Hall
                                                                                      in January 1986 and, upon retirement in      of Fame. In 2001, the Points of Light
                                                                                      June 1995, became chairman emeritus.         Foundation presented Mr. Cook with the
                                                                                         Mr. Cook also served on the board         first George Bush Corporate Leadership
                                                                                      of directors of Lockheed-Martin Cor-         Award for his leadership role in support-
                                                                                      poration, Castle & Cooke, and J. Ray         ing employee volunteerism and corporate
                                                                                      McDermott, SA.                               citizenship.
                                                                                         Mr. Cook’s philanthropy has had a            A Louisiana native, Mr. Cook re-
                                                                                      particular focus on education, youth and     ceived B.S. degrees in mathematics in
                                                                                      minority programs. He is a trustee of the    1950 and petroleum engineering in 1955
                                                                                      George Bush Presidential Library Foun-       at Louisiana State University, the latter
                                                                                      dation, former chairman and lifetime         after a tour of duty in the U.S. Army.
                                                                                      trustee of the Ronald Reagan Presidential    Later, while working, he finished an
                                                                                      Foundation and a former member of the        M.B.A. program at Southern Methodist
                                                                                      board of councilors of the Carter Center     University in 1965.
                                                                                      of Emory University.                            He holds honorary degrees from Loui-
                                                                                         He is a director of the Louisiana State   siana State University, Pepperdine Uni-
                                                                                      University Alumni Association and a          versity, California Lutheran University,
                                                                                      member of the Chancellor’s Court of          California State University Dominguez
                                                                                      Benefactors at Oxford University in          Hills, and St. Augustine’s College.
                                                                                      England. In 1994, upon appointment by           Mr. Cook was married to Carole, who
                                                                                      H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, Mr. Cook was        is now deceased, and has five grown
                                                                                      invested with the insignia of Honorary       children and 10 grandchildren.
                                                                                      Knight Commander of the Most Excel-
February 2012                                                     SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                 9

                                                            MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
                                                            JT’s Designs Printing & Embroidery
                                                               Art Barajas, the owner of JT’s Designs, which has
                                                            been around for over 18 years in Montebello. They
                                                            pride themselves on doing quality embroidery and silk
                                                            screening. All work is done in house.
                                                               Art is proud to announce that his brother, Frank, has
                                                            joined the company as general manager of production
                                                            and sales coordinator and will overlook much of the
                                                            work that is done at JT’s.
                                                               Frank said, “I am very happy to join the family busi-
          Vince and Giuseppe Veneziano,                     ness and looking forward in working with my brother.”
         International Real Estate Network                  Art and his brother play together as well. Both are
                                                            involved with the band The Wise Guys. Frank is the
International                                               lead singer. He is also known as “Frankie”.
                                                               The brothers both call Montebello there home and are
                                                            involved with numerous activities in Montebello. Art
Real Estate                                                 said, “It’s a good thing that my brother and I get along
                                                            so well because we spend so much time together now
                                                                                                                           Art Barajas and Frank Barajas, JT’s Designs
                                                            at work and with the band.”                                a bachelor and enjoys spending his free time watching
Network (IREN)                                                 In Art’s spare time, he servces as a councilman in
                                                            Montebello. He also coaches his kids in baseball and
                                                                                                                       sports and helping others.
                                                                                                                         JT’s Designs has just opened their doors at a new
  Vince Veneziano owner and broker of International         is involved with the YMCA board of directors. Both         location, 1430 Washington Boulevard, at the corner
Real Estate Network came to the United States in 1972       brothers are Lions Club members and chamber of com-        of Maple and Washington. Their hours are Monday
and landed in New Jersey and started a upholstery and       merce members as well.                                     through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They do work
sewing business. In 1972, he opened a shoe repair store        Art has been married for 14 years to his wife, Irma,    weekends on an appointments-only basis. Call (323)
business in Montebello.                                     and has three boys, Art, Jr., Daniel, and Czar. Frank is   727-7147.
  Vince obtained his real estate license in 1978 and his
broker license in 1983. In 1992, his son, Giuseppe,
joined his father in the family business and the two have                                                                     Jasmine Flowers
made IREN a successful family business.
  Giuseppe is vice chair for the Montebello Board of                                                                          Celebrates
Realtors, sits on the board at Don Bosco Tech, and is
also a former Rotarian.
  Father and son are members of the District Board
                                                                                                                              Holiday Season
of Realtors, Italian Catholic Federations, Montebello                                                                         Owner Letty Gutierrez and her children,
Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations.                                                                             Letty, Jr. and Fernando, celebrate the
Both are very active in Montebello and have called                                                                            holiday season at Ozzie’s Diner Bar & Grill
Montebello home for many years.                                                                                               with the Jasmine Flowers staff. Jasmine
  Vince is married to his wife, Estra, for over 38                                                                            Flowers offers a variety of services for any
years. Vince has been married for two years to his                                                                            special event, including a limousine service
wife, Lizette, and they have a son Ezio, 13 months.                                                                           to take you and your guests whereever
International Real Estate Network (IREN) is located at                                                                        you want to go. For information regarding
515 West Whittier Boulevard in Montebello and can be                                                                          Jasmine Flowers and the variety of services
contacted at (323) 726-9999.                                                                                                  they offer, call (323) 722-1925.

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                                                                  MEMBER NEWS
                                            Hosts Candle
                                            Risher Mortuary knows the holiday
                                            season is the time of the year when
                                            friends and family get together and
                                            wonder about the future, enjoy the
                                            present and reminisce about the past.
                                            Risher Mortuary has found that by
                                            paying special tribute to loved ones
                                            that have past often h helps families
                                            work through difficult times.

PIH Foundation’s ‘Oh What a Night’ Gala March 24
   The Presbyterian Intercommunity          fall 2012. The Plaza Tower will be six-       nia’s seismic safety law—put into effect     variety of items ranging from electronics,
Hospital (PIH) Foundation will host its     stories and will house a variety of key       following the Northridge earthquake.         trips, jewelry, handbags, and tickets to
annual gala, themed “Oh What a Night”       services including a new Surgery Center         This black-tie event promises to be        sporting events.
on Saturday, March 24, beginning at         that will feature 10 operating rooms          a fun and festive evening, which will           Mark your calendar and save the date
6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hun-         and entirely new technically advanced         begin with a cocktail reception followed     for this very special evening benefitting
tington Beach Resort & Spa.                 Critical Care Center. Once the tower is       by a silent auction, dinner, dancing to      a good cause. For more information on
   This year’s gala will benefit the Sur-   complete, PIH will be the only hospital in    the sounds of a band from West Coast         the PIH Foundation “Oh What a Night”
gery Center, which will be housed in the    its service area to have achieved full, on-   Music and a very exciting live auction!      Gala, please call (562) 698-0811, ext.
new Plaza Tower scheduled to open in        time compliance with SB 1953—Califor-           Featured in the silent auction will be a   14125.
                                                                                                                                          If you are unable to attend the gala, but
                                                                                                                                       still wish to support the PIH Foundation,
                                                                                                                                       please visit and click on the
                                                                                                                                       “Donate Now” button.
                                                                                                                                       About Presbyterian
                                                                                                                                       Intercommunity Hospital
                                                                                                                                          Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospi-
                                                                                                                                       tal (PIH) is a 400-plus bed acute care,
                                                                                                                                       non-profit hospital which was founded
                                                                                                                                       in 1959 with the community’s trust and
                                                                                                                                       support—values retained today by main-
                                                                                                                                       taining the highest standards in medical
                                                                                                                                          Those who are interested in supporting
                                                                                                                                       PIH via a donation, may visit www.pih.
                                                                                                                                       net and click the “donate now” button to
                                                                                                                                       make a gift to the PIH Foundation.

                                                                                                                                       High School
                                                                                                                                       Class of 1972
                                                                                                                                       40th Reunion
                                                                                                                                       Rock Out with the Class of '72
                                                                                                                                       on Saturday, September 15.
                                                                                                                                          Dance and enjoy music of the ‘60s
                                                                                                                                       and ‘70s Dance, while reconnecting
                                                                                                                                       with your high school friends no host
                                                                                                                                       bar, buffet dinner until 9:00 p.m. and
                                                                                                                                       munchies all night.
                                                                                                                                          All classes of the ‘70s are invited to
                                                                                                                                       the Masonic Banquet Hall located at 7604
                                                                                                                                       Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier. Weekend
                                                                                                                                       events include Friday, September 14,
                                                                                                                                       Pre-party from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Meet,
                                                                                                                                       greet, hangout, talk and dance at the
                                                                                                                                       Radisson Hotel Lounge Saturday, Sep-
                                                                                                                                       tember 15, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 40th
                                                                                                                                       Reunion Sunday, Radisson Hotel brunch
                                                                                                                                       around the pool, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          Buy early for the best deal. Pre-sale
                                                                                                                                       tickets are $50 available through March
                                                                                                                                       31. From April 1 to August 31, tickets
                                                                                                                                       are $65. After September 1 or at the
                                                                                                                                       door, $75. Parking is free, plus special
                                                                                                                                       room rates are available at the Radisson
                                                                                                                                       Hotel in Uptown Whittier.
                                                                                                                                          Tickets are available at Heavenly
                                                                                                                                       Choice and The Daily Brew in Monte-
                                                                                                                                       bello. For tickets, additional information
                                                                                                                                       or to help the committee, please call
                                                                                                                                       (323) 728-2728.
February 2012                                                  SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                 11

                                                               MEMBER NEWS

Chamber Member George Pacheco
Hosts Annual Christmas Party
  For over the past several
years, attorney George Pa-
checo celebrates the holidays
by hosting a party for fellow
members and clients over the
holidays.                                                                                 Sunday
  This year’s party was held
at Salvatore Restaurant.
Many of George’s friends                                                             Champagne Brunch
and family stopped in wish
George a Merry Christmas
and a prosperous new year.
  A delicious dinner which
                                                                                        at La Costa!
included New York Steak
or fish plate was served to
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Montebello High Basketball Team
  For the last five years, Funeraria del Angel management has sponsored the Mon-
                                                                                       854 N. Garfield Ave.
                                                                                      Montebello, CA 90640
tebello High School Oilers basketball team. Funeraria del Angel General Manager
Sal Orozco and Director of Sales Martha Alvarez believe that youth sports are very
important in our community. Both Sal and Martha graduated from Montebello and
enjoy supporting their alumni. Their children played at Montebello High School and
have since graduated and have gone on to different colleges.
12                                                               SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                      February 2012

                                                            LEGISLATIVE NEWS

CalChamber Releases List of New Laws
Affecting California Businesses in 2012
  The California Chamber of Commerce recently                 • Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Leave. SB 272             tural employees. The new law, SB 126, provides that if
released a list of new employment laws scheduled to        clarifies the implementation of California’s organ and     the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) finds
take effect in 2012 or earlier that will have an impact    bone marrow donor leave law. The new legislation           employer misconduct that “in addition to affecting the
on businesses in California.                               clarifies that the days of leave are business days, not    outcome of the election, would render slight the chances
  In addition to the new employment laws, an order by      calendar days, and that the one-year period is measured    of a new election reflecting the free and fair choice of
the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) also has         from the date the employee’s leave begins.                 employees,” then the ALRB can certify the labor union
an impact on businesses in California. By January 31,         • Genetic Information. SB 559 amends the Fair           as the exclusive bargaining agent for employees.
2012, most private-sector employers must begin display-    Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to state that               • Insurance Non-Discrimination Act. SB 757 closes
ing an 11- by17-inch poster that provides information      employers are prohibited from discriminating against       an existing loophole and prevents employers that operate
to employees about unionizing and their right to strike.   employees on the basis of genetic information.             in multiple states from discriminating against same-sex
For more information, watch the CalChamber video on           • Gender Expression. AB 887 amends the FEHA to          couples by not providing the same insurance coverage
the CalChamber home page.                                  further define “gender” to include both gender identity    for domestic partners as they do for spouses.
New Laws                                                   and “gender expression” and to make clear that dis-           • State Contracts—Gender or Sexual Orientation
   Unless specified, the following is a list of all new    crimination on either basis is prohibited. AB 887 also     Discrimination. SB 117 outlaws the state of California
legislation going into effect on January 1, 2012. The      amends the Government Code relating to dress codes         from entering into contracts of more than $100,000 with
entire list can also be viewed at      to include that an employee must be allowed to dress       companies that discriminate against the employees on
newlaws2012.                                               consistently with both the employee’s gender identity      the basis of gender or sexual orientation with regard to
   • Credit Check. AB 22 prohibits employers and           and gender expression.                                     benefits. The new law makes it clear that companies
prospective employers, not including certain financial        • E-Verify. AB 1236 allows employers to continue        doing business with the state of California cannot deny
institutions, from obtaining and using consumer credit     to choose to use E-Verify, but prohibits California state  equal benefits to same-sex spouses.
reports (credit information) about applicants or em-       agencies and local governments from passing mandates          • Apprentice Programs. SB 56 changes the audit
ployees. The prohibition does not apply to “managerial     that require employers to use E-Verify.                    requirements for apprenticeship programs. This new
positions,” defined as those who qualify for the execu-       Several cities in California passed local ordinances    law eliminates the mandate of random audits during
tive exemption from overtime. There are also other         requiring the use of E-Verify in certain circumstances.    five-year increments, and instead directs the Division
limited exceptions.                                        This new law prohibits such state or local mandates,       to conduct audits of apprenticeship programs generally.
   • Pregnancy Disability Leave. SB 299 requires all       unless required by federal law or as a condition of re-    It also creates requirements for applications for building
employers with five or more employees to continue to       ceiving federal funds.                                     and construction trades programs for approval of a new
maintain and pay for health coverage under a group            • Interference with Rights Under Leave Laws. AB         or expanded apprenticeship program.
health plan for an eligible female employee who takes      592 adds language to the California Family Rights Act         • Safe Lifting—Hospitals. AB 1136 provides that
Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) up to a maximum           (CFRA) and the Pregnancy Disability Leave law (PDL)        general acute care hospitals must maintain a safe patient
of four months in a 12-month period.                       that makes it unlawful to interfere with or in any way     handling policy for patient care units, including trained
   • Willful Misclassification of Independent Con-         restrain the exercise of rights under these laws.          lift teams or training in safe lifting techniques for staff.
tractors. SB 459 provides new penalties of between            • Administrative Penalties. AB 240 allows an em-        The safe patient handling policy must be kept in ac-
                                                           ployee that alleges a minimum wage violation to recover
$5,000 to $25,000 for the “willful misclassification”                                                                 cordance with the California
                                                                              • 310-728-2133 Occupational Safety and
of independent contractors.                                liquidated damages pursuant to any complaint brought       Health Act and should be part of the Injury Illness and
   • Written Commission Agreement. AB 1396 re-             before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement         Prevention Program (IIPP) of these specific employers.
quires employers who have commission pay arrange-          (DLSE). This new law would allow the Labor Com-            Workers’ Compensation Legislation
ments to put those agreements into a signed written        missioner to also award such damages. Under the new           The Governor signed five workers’ compensation bills
contract. The written contract must set forth the method   liquidated damages provision, the employee would be        that were all supported by CalChamber.
by which the commissions will be computed and paid.        entitled to recover an amount equal to the wages unlaw-       • AB 335: Requires the workers’ compensation
The bill is effective January 1, 2013. Employers have      fully unpaid, plus interest.                               administrative director (AD) to work with the Commis-
the entirety of 2012 to bring their commission agree-         • Wage Penalties. AB 551 increases the maximum          sion on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
ments into compliance.                                     penalty from $50 to $200 per calendar day for each         (CHSWC) to develop regulations regarding notices to
   • Notice of Pay Details. AB 469 requires employers      worker paid less than the determined prevailing wage       injured workers; requires AD and CHSWC to develop
to provide non-exempt employees, at the time of hire,      and increases the minimum penalty from $10 to $40 per      and make accessible a booklet written in plain language
a notice that specifies:                                   day for violations of prevailing wage obligations. It also about the workers’ compensation claims process;
   The rate of pay and the basis, whether hourly, sal-     increases the penalty from $25 to $100 per calendar day,   streamlines and simplifies other notices to employees.
ary, piece commission or otherwise, including any          per worker, against contractors and subcontractors that       • AB 378: Lowers workers’ compensation costs by
overtime rate;                                             fail to respond to a written request for payroll records   establishing guidelines for dispensing compound drugs,
   Allowances, if any, claimed as part of the minimum      within 10 days.                                            the circumstances under which those drugs would be
wage, including meal and lodging allowances;                  • Farm Labor Contractors—Wage Notices. AB               covered and the reimbursement amount, and removes
   The regular pay day designated by the employer as       243 amends the Labor Code to expand the information        the incentives for physicians to refer patients to pharma-
required under the Labor Code;                             that must be included on pay statements, but only for      cies in which the physician or physician’s family has a
   The name of the employer, including any “doing          farm labor contractors. Employers that are farm labor      financial interest.
business as” names;                                        contractors must now disclose on the itemized payroll         • AB 397: Seeks to address the underground economy
   The physical address of the employer’s main office      statement furnished to their employees, the name and       problem by singling out contractors that do not have
or principal place of business and any mailing address,    address of all legal entities (for example, other grow-    workers’ compensation coverage but requiring contrac-
if different;                                              ers or other farm labor contractors) that secured the      tors that are exempt from having coverage at the time
   The telephone of the employer; and                      employer’s services.                                       they are licensed to certify they are still exempt or have
   The name, address and telephone number of the em-          • Agricultural Labor Relations. SB 126 affects          gotten coverage at the time of their license renewal.
ployer’s workers’ compensation carrier.                    certification of bargaining representatives for agricul-      • AB 1168: Lowers costs for employers and insurers
                                                                                                                        by establishing a fee schedule for vocational experts'
                                                                                                                           • AB 1426: Streamlines the workers’ compensation
                                          why is it?                                                                    process and eliminates duplicative bureaucracy and
                                                                                                                        inconsistency by eliminating the court administrator
        A man wakes up after sleeping under an ADVERTISED blanket                                                       position.
                                                                                                                           The Governor also signed a workers’ compensation-
      on an ADVERTISED mattress and pulls off ADVERTISED pajamas,                                                       related bill on which the CalChamber took no position:
       bathes in an ADVERTISED shower, shaves with an ADVERTISED                                                        AB 228 amends the California Insurance Code to autho-
                                                                                                                        rize the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) to
      razor, brushes his teeth with an ADVERTISED toothpaste, washes                                                    provide workers’ compensation coverage to a California
     with ADVERTISED soap, puts on ADVERTISED clothes, drinks a cup                                                     employer whose California employees temporarily work
                                                                                                                        outside the state and whose injuries while performing
        of ADVERTISED coffee, drives to work in an ADVERTISED car,                                                      out-of-state work might lead to workers’ compensation
                                    and then...                                                                         liability in some other state.
                                                                                                                           Department of Fair Employment and Housing Pro-
                refuses to ADVERTISE, believing it doesn’t pay.                                                         cedural Regulations (DFEH). Effective October 7,
                                                                                                                        2011, DFEH has instituted new regulations relating
             Later, if business is poor, he ADVERTISES it for sale.                                                     to procedures for filing, investigating and processing
                                   why is it?                                                                           discrimination and harassment claims. Overall, the
                                                                                                                        regulations make it easier for claimants to file their
         Call Gil Espino, 323-721-1153, today to ADVERTISE.                                                             complaints and initiate a DFEH investigation.
                                                                                                                                      —CalChamber Alert, December 16, 2011
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                                                                      HEALTH NEWS
Free Breast                                                    Periodontal Disease and the Whole Body
                                                               By John C. Chao, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.                                                  According to the journal Clinical

Screenings and                                                    It is already well-known that periodon-
                                                               tal disease is linked to heart attacks, lung
                                                               disease, rheumatism, premature birth
                                                                                                                                               Diabetes, October 2005, diabetes affects
                                                                                                                                               over 18 million individuals in the U.S.
                                                                                                                                               and over 171 million worldwide and has

Mammograms                                                     and low-weight babies. More and more
                                                               studies further confirm the proposition
                                                               that oral health is essential to general
                                                                                                                                               reached epidemic status. Diabetics often
                                                                                                                                               have inflamed gums. The relationship
                                                                                                                                               between diabetes and gum disease is well

February 11                                                    health, and that one affects the other.
                                                                  Periodontitis, commonly known
                                                               as gum disease, most often occurs in
                                                                                                                                               studied. Diabetics with poorly controlled
                                                                                                                                               blood sugar levels can result in festering
                                                                                                                                               wounds. Excess sugar in the blood pro-
Promoting Early Detection for                                  adults as well as a small percentage of                                         motes inflammation and inhibits healing.
All Women In Our Communities                                   teenagers. Although poor oral hygiene                                              If periodontal disease is diagnosed
Beverly Oncology Women’s Foundation is sponsoring              or improper brushing can lead to plaque                                         by your dentist via x-rays and clinical
free breast screenings and free mammograms for every-          that eventually infects the gums, the hid-                                      examination, your dentist may recom-
one who attends plus free MRI breast scans for those           den causes of the disease are complex                                           mend more diligent and more intensive
who qualify. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is          and involve genetics and transfer of specific pathogens        homecare. In addition, if the disease state is moderate
the most common cancer in women of all combined                (germs) from parents to child.                                 to severe, “deep cleaning” and other therapeutic pro-
major racial and ethnic groups in the United States.              Periodontitis is a very often a painless disease and        cedures may be needed. If disease persists after initial
Mammograms are shown to be the BEST tests for find-            may remain undetected. Patients need to be aware of            phases of treatment, your dentist may suggest surgical
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Beverly Hospital
Guild Ends Year
with Celebration
of Giving
   On December 12, the Beverly Hospital Guild enjoyed
a festive year-end lunch celebration and toy drive at
the hospital honoring the volunteers who serve the
patients and staff at the hospital. Delicious aromas of
the prepared meal filled the air, beautiful color lighting
illuminated the room, and smell of the fresh cut pine
trees created a cheerful atmosphere perfect for the spirit
of the season.
   The Darden Family, Liz Darden and her four
daughters, provided the entertainment. The musical
ensemble gave an uplifting performance, prompting
everyone to join in a toe tapping frenzy to the lively
renditions of holiday favorites, including some Darden
family originals. The girls sang, and played a number
of string instruments, including the ukulele. The group
has performed for the past three years around both Los
Angeles and Orange counties.
   Carlos Haro, PhD., chairman of the board of direc-
tors at Beverly Hospital presented a toast to the Guild
volunteers, acknowledging them for their tireless efforts
around the hospital and the community.
   In the spirit of giving, the Guild, in collaboration with
the Montebello Fire Department, collected unwrapped
toys and non-perishable food items for distribution to
the local families. Special guests Montebello Mayor
Frank Gomez, Ph.D. and Montebello Treasurer Sheraly
Khwaja were present to accept the donations and to ex-
press their deepest appreciation for the Guild’s service
to the community of Montebello.

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                                                          SERVICE CLUB NEWS
Montebello Soroptimist Club Holds PJ Christmas Party
                                                                           Soroptimist Club President Letty
                                                                        Gutierrez along with the members of
                                                                        Soroptimist Club came up with a differ-
                                                                        ent type of Christmas party this year for
                                                                        the holidays. A Pajama Christmas party.
                                                                        All the ladies of Soroptimist showed up
                                                                        to the party wearing their most Christmas
                                                                        PJs they had. This year party was held at
                                                                        the home of fellow member Gerri Guz-
                                                                        man. There was plenty of food, Sangria,
                                                                        desserts and a lot of gifts for the gift
                                                                        exchanged on hand at the party. Club
                                                                        President Letty Gutierrez said, “I am
                                                                        very happy that at this year’s party a lot
                                                                        of the members brought their daughters
                                                                        to celebrate the holidays. It just makes it
                                                                        so special to be able to have your loved
                                                                        ones with us for Christmas.”

Montebello Lions Club Celebrate Christmas in Style
  Club President Maria Elena Renteria and chairperson for the event Monica Ling gathered fellow Lions for this year’s
‘Adopt a Family” event. Joining in the festivities this year were Montebello Police Chief Kevin McClure and the man from
up north ,Santa Claus.Giving his reindeer the day off and with the assistance of the Montebello Police Department Santa
                                                                                          Claus was escorted throughout
                                                                                          the city in a limousine donated by
                                                                                          ABA Limousine spreading a little
                                                                                          holiday cheer to everyone.
                                                                                             The Lions members made an
                                                                                          important stop before heading out
                                                                                          throughout the community. They
                                                                                          stopped by fellow member George
                                                                                          Schneider’s home to wish him and
                                                                                          his wife, Georgie, a happy holiday
                                                                                             For years, George chaired the
                                                                                          Adopt a Family event and was
                                                                                          very instrumental in making this
                                                                                          event a success. George has been
                                                                                          a true leader and mentor to many
                                                                                          members of the Lions Club and in
                                                                                          the community.

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                                                         SERVICE CLUB NEWS
                                                                                       Montebello Rotary Club ‘Three
                                                                                       Kings’ Make Trek to Tijuana
                                                                                         Children with disabilities, attending Multiple Care Centers in Tijuana, enjoyed
                                                                                       the feast of Epiphany on Saturday, January 7, through the altruism of the Rotary
                                                                                       Club of Tijuana, Rotary Club of Montebello and other Rotary groups, for the 10th
                                                                                       consecutive year.
                                                                                         Rotary District 5300 Assistant Governor and Montebello Rotary Club member
                                                                                       Ted Jones, enjoyed dressing as one of the Three Kings, Balthazar, for this event.
                                                                                       Montebello Rotary Club Director Fernando Cuevas was also in attendance.
                                                                                         Children with Down syndrome, deafness or other disability, took the stage to dance
                                                                                       to popular music and show their joy at a celebration designed especially for them.
                                                                                       A magician delighted the children with tricks that brought joy to their faces. The
                                                                                       children were given food, toys, blankets and a lot of love and affection.
                                                                                           Ivette Rivera Castillo, president of the Rotary Club Tijuana, said that attendance
                                                                                       was around 400 children. They also enjoyed a mobile farm, four characters from
                                                                                       Disneyland, and the “The Three Kings.”
                                                                                         “These children usually can not go to other activities where there are children who
                                                                                       have all their capacities to 100 percent, then it is important that we make an event
                                                                                       just for them, where the conditions are right for you to pass a happy day.” she noted.
                                                                                         For its part, Cuauhtemoc Cardona Benavides, Secretary General of the State Gov-
                                                                                       ernment of Baja California, who attended the event held at the Government Center,
                                                                                       found that events such as Three Kings Day keeps the firm contact with the children
                                                                                       of the state, who represent the future of Baja California.

Montebello District Board of Realtors
Celebrates Holidays at Annual Luncheon
  In December, members of the District Board of Realtors gathered at the Quiet
Cannon to celebrate at their annual Christmas luncheon. District Board of Realtors
President Diana Bustamante was on hand to wish all her fellow Realtors a happy
holiday season. Also, newly-elected councilman Jack Hadijian, who is also a Realtor,
was wishing all a happy and safe holiday season.

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                                                                  MEMBER NEWS

Quiet Cannon Holds Annual Christmas at the Cannon
  On Christmas Eve, the owners at Quiet Cannon gra-        nizations, service clubs and the city of Montebello to     Stopping by was Mayor Dr. Frank Gomez, newly-
ciously opened their doors to local families so they can   join together and help to provide thousands of toys for    elected Councilman Jack Hadijian, Treasurer Sheraly
enjoy the spirit of Christmas.                             local children in the area.                                Khwaja, Police Chief Kevin McClure and many other
  The event began in 1986 when the Quiet Cannon              Many volunteers help serve a delicious lunch to all      dignitaries.
asked local businesses, churches, local nonprofit orga-    in attendance and distribute thousands of toys that day.

                                                   Montebello Fire
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                                                   to Local Kids
                                                      The Montebello Fire Department did some
                                                   shopping over the holidays and bought toys for
                                                   children. A huge variety of toys were distributed
                                                   to many children in the Montebello United School
                                                   District. For years the Montebello Fire Department
                                                   has done this for so many kids in the District so
                                                   they will have toys for Christmas. The chairman
                                                   of the event was Firefighter Carlos Garcia.

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                                                                    SCHOOL NEWS
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary Students
Sponsor Children’s Festival at Mission
By Anne Donofrio-Holter                       day,” said instructor Mari Anne Chan.
  At their first meeting of the school          Following weeks of planning, 25
year, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary           students arrived at the mission earlier
High School National Honor Society            this month and began to set up stations
students decided that this year their focus   where the children could stop and have
would be on children.                         some fun.
  “For the past 10 years, the students          With Trader Joe’s in Whittier donating
have fulfilled at least one wish in "Santa    pumpkins, at the first station the children
Letters" forwarded to them from schools       could select a pumpkin for decorating.
with children in need,” said instructor       There were also crafts, games, face
Mari Anne Chan.                               painting and a relay race.
  “They decided they needed to expand           “The children were given tickets they
and service more children at other times      could use to get a gift at the winners’
of the year.”                                 table or the participants’ table,” said
  After discussing the growing number         Chan.
of children in the United States living         “Prizes included toys, candy, books,
at or near poverty level, the idea of         crayons and other items that the students
sponsoring a harvest festival for home-       collected from our school community.”
less children at the Los Angeles Union          Cupcakes baked and donated by the
Rescue Mission was born.
  “We chose the mission because we
                                              students’ families were provided for all
                                              the children.
                                                                                            Montebello Brewers Baseball
were told that as many as 60 homeless
children are living there on any given
                                                “This had to be one of the best af-
                                              ternoons I’ve had,” said one Cantwell-        Teams Up with MUSD to Support
                                                            Sacred Heart of Mary stu-
                                                            dent. “Seeing the looks on
                                                            the faces of the children
                                                                                            ‘For the Children Program’
                                                                                              This program touched our players and      tion don’t ask for much, the Brewers
                                                            made it all worth it.”
                                                                                            their parents hearts because the program    provided Gifts for the children and
                                                              “Being here today made
                                                                                            focuses on children in the district whose   bags filled with items you and I take for
                                                            me realize how truly
                                                                                            families are homeless, living in shelters   granted everyday, hair brushes, tooth
                                                            blessed I am and how we
                                                                                            or living with family members due to job    paste, tooth brushes, deodorant, wipes,
                                                            should all help those less
                                                                                            loss, crisis or other unfortunate events    sanitizer, scarves, gloves and beanies to
                                                            fortunate,” said another.
                                                                                            that have happened in their life, but       get them through the cold winter.
                                                              According to Chan, the
                                                                                            they still find a way to make sure their       There were two locations to collect
                                                            students were so moved
                                                                                            children stay in school and do the best     items for this event.The first event took
                                                            by their experience that
                                                                                            they can event though they are going        place on December 11 during games at
                                                            they hope to do something
                                                                                            through hard times.                         City Park. The second collection date
                                                            special for the mission resi-
                                                                                              This is a year-round program state        where items were presented to Rose
                                                            dents on Valentine’s Day.
                                                                                            mandated for all districts but districts    was on December 15 at Submarina in
                                                                                            themselves are in need these days and the   Montebello, which is also one of our
                                                                                            Brewers recognized this so we wanted        best sponsors.
                                                                                            to help.                                       These events wouldn’t have been pos-
                                                                                              Rose Hernandez runs the program for       sible without the support of our players,
                                                                                            Montebello Unified School District and      their families and local business such
                                                                                            does the best she can to support in any     as Submarina Sandwiches, Don Chente
                                                                                            way possible but found herself giving all   Restaurant, Arry’s Burgers and BJ’s
                                                                                            she had and even what she didn’t have to    Pizza, which allowed us to place our fly-
                                                                                            help these families.                        ers in their windows asking for support.
                                                                                              The families within this organiza-

Montebello High Swap
Meet February 11
   Montebello High School Adult Transition Program
for Special Needs Students is sponsoring a swap meet
the second Saturday of every month to raise funds for
program supplies and enrichment activities.
   Monies earned will be used to support art projects,
student performances, cooking lessons, needed class
supplies and/or equipment and other enrichment activi-
ties that support adult transition issues.
   The swap meet will feature a variety of vendors and
entertainment from our deejay, Jesse, who will be
entertaining everyone with great music that may also
be purchased.
   There will be Cookie Lee jewelry, handcrafted
jewelry, vintage music and sports cards, collectables,
hand crafts, menudo, tamales and the best soft tacos in
town. Other vendors will be selling household decora-
tions, clothes, shoes, toys, tools and house wares, new
and used, along with seasonal items and other misc.
   The Swap Meet-Crafts Fair will take place once a
month the second Saturday of every month all year long.
The next one will be on Saturday, February 11. The
location is the northeast corner of Madison and Wilcox
Avenue (parking lot next to the tennis courts).
   Spaces are available for $15 to $25. To reserve your
space, call (323) 356-0439.
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                                                              COMMUNITY NEWS

Rose Hills Unveils Mission Hills Development;
Special Celebration Honors Our Lady of Guadaulpe
  Recently, Rose Hills unveiled their        image of the Virgin, along with a stone      of the Americas.                                “In addition, we are truly thankful and
newest property development, Mis-            from the original basilica. The image and       The image is a powerful symbol of         grateful for the extraordinary gifts we’ve
sion Hills, at a special ribbon-cutting      the stone will have a special home within    hope and strength, as recorded in the        been given from our friends at the Ba-
ceremony. In addition, on December 4,        Mission Hills.                               history of Mexico and recognized by our      silica. We are honored to have this very
there was a special blessing and tribute       The Mission Hills development is a         local Latino communities. Transcending       special and beautiful image of Our Lady
in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as        continuation of Rose Hills’ commitment       religion, culture and country, people        of Guadalupe and welcome her to her
part of the official inauguration of Mis-    to California culture and history. For       worldwide embrace her.                       new home at Rose Hills Memorial Park.”
sion Hills.                                  many, the most important and symbolic           Through a special relationship with          Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
  Rose Hills received a special gift from    feature of Mission Hills will be a sanctu-   the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe        has been serving the needs of Southern
the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City     ary of an important image of Our Lady        in Mexico City, Rose Hills was gifted an     California families for nearly a century
in the form of an authentic replica of the   of Guadalupe, known as the Patroness         authentic replica of the original image      by reflecting the rich tapestry of Los
                                                                                          displayed at the Basilica.                   Angeles, honoring and serving many di-
                                                                                             “We’re excited to celebrate the unveil-   verse cultures and religions. The addition
‘Filly Brown’ Premiers at Sundance Festival                                               ing of our new Mission Hills develop-
                                                                                          ment, and proud to share the rich culture
                                                                                                                                       of Mission Hills is a natural fit as Rose
                                                                                                                                       Hills consistently strives to be reflective
   The urban Hip Hop drama “Filly Brown” produced by Michael Olmos and Edward             and beauty of this wonderful addition        of all the communities they serve.
James Olmos premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Filly     with our communities,” said Patrick             For more information, please visit
Brown was one of 15 dramatic films chosen out of 4,500 films reviewed. The film           Monroe, president, Rose Hills Memorial
stars Jenni Rivera, Lou Diamond Phillips, Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos.             Park and Mortuary.                           or call (562) 696-8196.

                                                                                          Don Bosco Technical Institute
                                                                                          to Host Yurak Memorial 5K Run
                                                                                            Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco       director, who re-introduced the school’s
                                                                                          Tech) will host the First Annual Yurak       football program after a 34-year hiatus.
                                                                                          Memorial 5K Run at Irwindale’s Santa            Race registration is $35 ($30 for
                                                                                          Fe Dam Recreational Area on Saturday,        groups of 10 or more) and includes
                                                                                          February 11. In addition to the race, the    racing fees, chip timing, custom-made
                                                                                          event will feature a health expo, a kids-    commemorative tee shirt, finisher medal
                                                                                          only race, and live entertainment.           and goodie bag. Online registration is
                                                                                            All proceeds from the run will go          available at and
                                                                                          toward the completion of Bosco Tech’s        same day, in-person registration is avail-
                                                                                          new Yurak Athletic Center (YAC), the         able at the check-in table. Check in starts
                                                                                          school’s sports training facility and home   at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00
                                                                                          of Bosco Tech’s nine competitive sports      a.m. The kids’ 1K Fun Run begins at
                                                                                          teams as well as community exercise          10:00 a.m. The health festival runs from
Jay Nomura, Gina Rodriguez, Dorothy          Dorothy Nomura, Lou Diamond                  classes. It is named after Bill Yurak,       9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Nomura, and Edward James Olmos               Phillips, and Jay Nomura                     Bosco Tech’s late coach and athletic            The Santa Fe Dam is located at 15501
                                                                                                                                       East Arrow Highway in Irwindale. The
                                                                                                                                       5K course is ideal for everyone, from
                                                                                                                                       competitive runners to those who simply
                                                                                                                                       enjoy walking in a beautiful setting. The
                                                                                                                                       course is on a level path next to the lake
                                                                                                                                       and travels over bike paths, dirt trails and
                                                                                                                                       grass. For more information, call Bosco
                                                                                                                                       Tech Athletic Director Chris Shockley at
                                                                                                                                       (626) 940-2101.
                                                                                                                                          Bosco Tech is the only all-male Catho-
                                                                                                                                       lic high school in the state that uniquely
                                                                                                                                       integrates a college-preparatory curricu-
                                                                                                                                       lum with a comprehensive, four-year,
                                                                                                                                       project-based science and technology
                                                                                                                                       program. The fully-accredited academic
                                                                                                                                       curriculum allows students to exceed
                                                                                                                                       university admission requirements
                                                                                                                                       while completing extensive integrated
                                                                                                                                       coursework in one of five technology
                                                                                                                                       and engineering-related fields: Archi-
                                                                                                                                       tecture and Construction Engineering;
                                                                                                                                       Computer Science and Electrical Engi-
                                                                                                                                       neering; Integrated Design, Engineering
                                                                                                                                       and Art; Materials Science, Engineering
                                                                                                                                       and Technology; and Media Arts and
                                                                                                                                          For information about Bosco Tech,
                                                                                                                                       please call (626) 940-2000 or visit www.
February 2012                                                        SPOTLIGHT ON MONTEBELLO                                                                                     23

                                                              COMMUNITY NEWS
50th Anniversary of
the Montebello-Ashiya
Sister City Agreement
By Carlos Manuel Haro, Ph.D.
President of the Montebello-Ashiya Sister City Association
   The delegation from the City of Montebello that travelled to Ashiya, Japan, com-
pleted the visit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our sister city agreement. The
agreement, signed in 1961, has provided the foundation for friendship and goodwill
between our two cities that has lasted a generation.
   As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, a delegation from Ashiya had visited
Montebello in July 2011. To reciprocate, the Montebello delegation travelled to
Ashiya in November and included Mrs. Yae Aihara, Mrs. Gloria Haro, Mrs. Lydia                  I am pleased to report that Mrs. Kirchner had an opportunity to meet the Ashiya
Glasman, Mrs. Susan Okawa, Mr. Roy Ito, Mr. Oscar Borja, Mr. Michael Okamura,               student ambassadors in August. Indeed, the 2011 Montebello-Ashiya Sister City
and Mr. Lloyd Kajikawa. As president of the Montebello Sister City Association, I           Student Ambassador Exchange Program was a great success in Montebello. Ashiya
led the delegation and represented the City of Montebello during the various ceremo-        sent two young women to visit us, Mari Kitamura and Mikoto Shioya, and both were
nies held in Ashiya. The delegation was in Ashiya during the week of November 10            excellent ambassadors of goodwill, friendship, beauty and grace. They helped us
through November 17, and participated in a series of events hosted by the City of           celebrate the 50th anniversary in Montebello in a wonderful way.
Ashiya and the Ashiya Cosmopolitan Association (ACA). ACA is the counterpart to                One of the highlights of the visit to Ashiya for our delegation was that we were able
our Montebello-Ashiya Sister City Association.                                              to meet and greet many of the past Ashiya Ambassadors who had come to Montebello,
   The 2011 Montebello delegation arrived in Ashiya with the rain, but we had sunny         including the first student ambassador from 1964.
days for our remaining stay in Ashiya. Our first formal event, November 11, was a              The student ambassador exchange program has been the primary focus of the sister
visit to Ashiya City Hall; our delegation had a grand entrance at the building and there    city relationship. The summer student exchanges began in 1964 and over the long
was a multitude of people to receive us. Then there were formal greetings, including        history of this program, nearly 200 Montebello and Ashiya youth have benefited from
a private meeting with the Mayor, then a meeting with Chairman of the City Council,         the student ambassador exchange experience. The citizens of the two cities have also
and finally a joint meeting in the Ashiya City Council Chambers.                            benefited from hosting and interacting with the student ambassadors.
   On November 13, the delegation participated in a formal dinner ceremony. Video              In addition, residents of the two cities have shared other activities that have helped
greetings from Mayor Art Barajas and Mayor Pro Tem Frank Gomez were shown to                to strengthen the ties between the two cities and bonds of friendship. The exchange
an audience including Ashiya Mayor Ken Yamanaka and the City Council Chairperson,           of delegations this year is but one example of how the sister city agreement helps
Mr. Toshihiko Hatanaka, a number of city council representatives, ACA members,              us to reach across the Pacific and maintain the ties that have lasted half a century.
and residents of the city. This was a major event in Ashiya with extensive newsprint           As we were returning on our flight back to the USA, members of the delegation
and television coverage. Prior to the indoor ceremonies, Mayor Yamanaka, Chair-             spoke about our attentive hosts in Ashiya and how we will remember our experience
man Hatanaka, Mrs. Shizuko Hashitani, President of the ACA, Mrs. Yae Aihara                 in Ashiya for many years to come. Ashiya City government and the Ashiya Cosmo-
and I unveiled a new street in Ashiya, Montebello Street, and a new rock monument           politan Association had worked closely together to plan and implement an outstanding
commemorating the 50th anniversary of the sister city agreement.                            anniversary program.
   During the week of our stay, our delegation also visited with the chiefs of police and      The Ashiya mayor and chairman, along with other elected officials, and members
the fire department. We also toured both departments and were provided information          of the ACA, all expressed a wish to maintain the friendship and cooperation between
regarding their preparedness for emergencies, including earthquakes. Both depart-           the sister cities and the people of Ashiya and Montebello.
ments had sent contingents to northern Japan and the area that had been affected by            We have reached a milestone with the 50th anniversary of the sister city agree-
the earthquake and tsunami. There were also excursions to the ancient cities of Kyoto       ment, and the Montebello Sister City Association looks forward to many more years
and Nara that were provided by ACA.                                                         of our global partnership and bonds of friendship and peace with the City of Ashiya.
   On behalf of the Montebello delegation, I want to thank the Ashiya Municipal
Government, and all of ACA, for the wonderful reception and program of events in
Ashiya that they hosted. I participated in the Montebello delegation visit to Ashiya in
2001, to celebrate the 40th anniversary, and I have concluded that the 2011 ceremonies
set a new standard of excellence.
   We thank Ashiya city officials, ACA, and all of the contributors who helped plan
and implement the 50th anniversary celebration in Ashiya. The ceremonies, the ex-
cursions, and the meals provided by the city and ACA were all wonderful examples
of Japanese hospitality. However, our Montebello delegation especially enjoyed the
time that we spent meeting and conversing with ACA members and Ashiya residents.
Our time at the homes of Ashiya residents provided time for a true cultural exchange
and strengthening our ties of friendship.
   As part of my presentation at the formal ceremonies on November 13, I asked the
audience to recall the date of our Montebello delegation visit to Ashiya 10 years ear-
lier; it was November 7, 2001, just two months after the terrorist attack on the World
Center Twin Towers in New York. Our Montebello Delegation felt the weight of that
horrible event and the loss of life. There was even consideration of cancelling the
2001 Montebello delegation trip to Japan. Fortunately, we did go to Ashiya in 2001
and we received the support and kindness of the Japanese people from the moment
we landed in Osaka, and then we experienced the friendship and goodwill of ACA
members and residents of Ashiya. It was an uplifting experience.
   Now, 10 years later, in November 2011, our Montebello delegation travelled to
Ashiya to celebrate another benchmark for our sister city agreement. But as we cel-
ebrated, we also recognized that all of Japan has suffered due to the natural disaster
that occurred in northern Japan this past March. I informed our Ashiya audience that
our Montebello community also felt significant loss due to the tsunami. One of our
Montebello association families lost five members in northern Japan. This made clear
that our small community in the United States has significant ties to Japan. Therefore,
we are more than friends, and we travelled across the Pacific to give our support as
the Japanese people continue to recover and move forward.
   During the ceremonies in Ashiya we also grieved the loss of one of our founders
of the Montebello-Ashiya Sister City agreement. Mrs. Elaine Kirchner died on Sep-
tember 7, at the age of 94, and we lost one of our guiding lights. But as we mourned
with Mrs. Kirchner’s family, we were determined to move forward with our lives
and persevere.
   I know that Elaine Kirchner wanted us to continue with our 50th anniversary program
and have the Montebello delegation travel to Japan. The sister city agreement was
her legacy and she wanted us to commemorate the 1961 agreement that she signed
on behalf of the City of Montebello.
   All of us in Montebello, including Mrs. Kirchner, truly enjoyed the visit of the
Ashiya delegation to Montebello this past July. We particularly liked the time that
we were able to spend together with the Ashiya delegates and talk. The emphasis on
having the Ashiya delegation members learn about Montebello was very much ap-
preciated by our community. The Ashiya delegation visit was a true cultural exchange
and we hope that all of the Ashiya visitors learned about Montebello.
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