• PASADENA – Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, the largest provider of children’s mental-health services in Los Angeles County, has appointed longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident Renée LaBran to chair its board of directors.

    SAN GABRIEL – The results of the San Gabriel School Board election are as follows:

     

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Organizers are expecting a record number of
    participants in Saturday’s fifth annual United Way HomeWalk in Exposition Park,
    thanks to Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant serving as the event’s
    honorary chair.
    Approximately 10,000 people are expected for the five-kilometer walk,
    topping the previously high of about 6,000, which was set last year, said
    United Way of Greater Los Angeles Chief Execitive Officer Elise Buik.
    “To have Kobe’s stature and his focus on this issue has really helped
    put it on the radar,’ she told City News Service.
    Buik said she hopes the walk will raise $500,000, which will be used to
    support permanent solutions to end homelessness for chronically homeless
    people, include veterans and families.
    Bryant announced in June the formation of the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant
    Family Foundation, which will initially focus on youth homelessness in Los
    Angeles.
    “On my way to games, I noticed children and families living on the
    streets blocks away from where I play and it didn’t sit well with me,’ Kobe
    Bryant said at the time. “I wanted to help make a difference in homelessness
    and what better place to start than in my own back yard.’
    Bryant’s involvement in a local issue is unusual, Buik said.
    “We don’t often have local figures of his stature that are focused on
    Los Angeles,’ Buik said. “They might be focused on other countries or other
    cities like New Orleans. To have him focused on L.A. and to focus on a poverty-
    related issue is very impactful.’
    She called Bryant “very passionate about this issue.’
    Los Angeles County has switched its emphasis in dealing with the
    homeless to providing permanent supportive housing, where residents receive
    mental health, substance abuse and health care services in addition to shelter.
    “Unless you provide a homeless person with a home and address the
    issues that rendered him homeless in the first place, they’re going to remain
    homeless or go back to being homeless very shortly after they’ve been in an
    overnight shelter,’ said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is
    scheduled to attend Saturday’s walk.
    According to statistics provided by United Way of Greater Los Angeles,
    more than 51,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night,
    more than any other county in the nation, with 25 percent to 30 percent being
    chronically homeless, meaning homeless for at least a year, he said.
    “Addressing homeless on a case-by-case basis is a very time consuming
    undertaking because many of the homeless we have in the streets of L.A. have
    been homeless for years, in some cases decades,’ Yaroslavsky said. “It’s not
    easy to get them to be open to the idea of getting into a permanent supportive
    housing unit. But if you don’t give up on them, in almost every case we are
    able to be successful.’
    In addition to the philosophical shift from temporary shelters, the
    effort to reduce homelessness has also been aided by the improved alignment of
    government funding — with Los Angeles County providing funding for services
    and cities providing funding for housing — allowing “us to get these projects
    online quicker,’ Buik said.
    The county’s homeless population includes more than 9,000 veterans.
    Yaroslavsky said his office is working with the Veterans Administration
    to identify 120 of the most chronically homeless veterans “who have major
    issues’ so they can be housed in a building on its Brentwood campus that would
    be retrofit to provide health care and mental health services.

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    VAN NUYS (CNS) – A Westlake Village man was convicted today of voluntary
    manslaughter for the shooting death of a longtime instructor from Pasadena‘s
    Art Center College of Design at a Persian new year’s party in March 2010.
    The Van Nuys Superior Court jury also found true a gun-use allegation
    against Steven Ronald Honma for the March 20, 2010, killing of Norman Schureman
    of Altadena.
    Jurors acquitted Honma of first-degree murder and second-degree murder,
    according to defense attorney Dmitry Gorin.
    Schureman was shot once while at a party at his mother-in-law’s Westlake
    Village home. The 50-year-old Altadena father of two died hours later at
    Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
    Honma — who was a neighbor of Schureman’s mother-in-law — was involved
    in a struggle after returning with two guns to the party he and his wife had
    left earlier, authorities said.
    Honma suffered head trauma and facial fractures during the struggle,
    according to Gorin.
    The defense contended that Honma, an engineer, had no intent to hurt
    anyone and that the gun went off accidentally after he was confronted.
    Honma is facing up to 21 years behind bars, with sentencing set for Jan.
    4.

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    by, Carrie Benuska

    While
    much of the country is ramping up for a triple-dip, San Marino
    continues to experience an active and competitive real estate market.
    It would appear that the huge insurgence of foreign buyers, armed with
    cash and the ability to close extremely quickly, is the force behind San
    Marino’s hearty sales. According to Sinora Chan, the branch manager of
    West Coast Escrow in San Marino, over 75% of the deals she has handled
    in 2011 have involved overseas buyers, most of these involving all-cash
    transactions.

    Although
    a large percentage of these buyers are coming from Mainland China and
    Hong Kong, Chan has also dealt with buyers from Singapore, Canada, and
    Taiwan. Chan, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, has a unique
    connection with Asian buyers because of her ability to speak Mandarin
    and Cantonese. She claims that she receives multiple calls each day
    from international buyers, eagerly searching for the opportunity to own
    San Marino real estate. This international interest is not new to
    Chan. She has seen a large increase in sales to foreign buyers since
    2009.
    According to Chan, the heavy influx of Chinese buyers can be attributed to a number of different factors:

    1. The
      combination of a weak U.S. economy and real estate market mixed with
      the increasing value of the Chinese Yuan creates a perfect money-making
      environment for Chinese buyers.
    2. Due
      to the possibility of Chinese government policy changes, many wealthy
      Chinese individuals like to diversify their investments outside of the
      country.
    3. China
      only allows families to have one child. Couples, who long for a larger
      family and a great public school education, are drawn to the U.S. –
      especially San Marino.
    4. San
      Marino has a very prestigious reputation in China. The stability of
      the real estate market, the beautiful updated public facilities, and the
      outstanding school district are all big draws for Chinese buyers.
    5. In
      China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, it is very rare for citizens to own a
      single family residence and the land it sits on. Most homeowners in
      these countries can only afford an apartment in a large building. San
      Marino provides an opportunity for these foreign buyers to own a
      beautiful home and a large property. The tranquility of having this
      personal space is a huge draw.

    San
    Marino is not the only hot destination for foreign buyers. Newport
    Beach, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Beverly Hills are all popular
    communities for foreign investment. Lili Kung Peters, Realtor with
    Teles Properties Newport Beach, has earned the revered reputation as the
    “go-to” real estate agent for international buyers interested in owning
    property in Southern California.
    Peters,
    who was born and raised in Taiwan, contends that foreign buyers are a
    big part of Orange County sales, as well. She works with buyers from
    China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Korea. Newport Beach has become a new and
    growing market for the most elite class of Chinese buyers, who are
    looking to diversify their wealth. Peters, like Chan of West Coast
    Escrow, does not see any stop to the influx of foreign buyers.
    This
    summer, a major international transaction took place that could spur on
    a new and increased wave of foreign buyers to Newport Beach. Winston
    Chung, a battery scientist, inventor and entrepreneur from China,
    purchased the parent company of the exclusive Balboa Bay Club and the
    Newport Beach Country Club. Rumor is that Chung is also seeking to buy a
    high-profile property in Newport Beach. According to Peters, Chung’s
    investment in these two prestigious Newport clubs will draw other
    wealthy Chinese individuals to join him in this beach paradise.
    The
    existence of foreign money is definitely keeping the fires burning on
    San Marino home sales. At a time when loans are hard to get, appraisals
    are a huge question mark, and many Americans are just trying to hold on
    to what they have, the existence of all-cash offers is a huge benefit
    to sellers.

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    PASADENA (CNS) – Pasadena police will conduct a special enforcement
    effort at high-collision intersections throughout the city tomorrow.
    Between 6 a.m. and noon, officers will focus on motorists who run red
    lights or drive aggressively through intersections, sad Lt. Randell Taylor of
    the Pasadena Police Department.

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    by David Winchell

    SAN GABRIEL – In a matchup of teams both without a Mission Valley League victory, the home team Gabrielino Eagles eked out the narrowest of victories against the Mountain View Vikings, 7-6. The Eagles’ defense had to make several stops inside the red zone of as the Vikings ran up over 300 yards of total offense, most of it on the ground. The Vikings ran the ball 42 times and threw it just twice, completing just one for 4 yards.

    The game pitted the two 0-4 teams in the Mission Valley League, both looking to end the 2011 season with a win. The two squads moved the ball effectively but were unable to put the ball into for scores. Mountain View took the opening kickoff and in 12 plays (all rushes) got down to the two-yard line. On 4th and goal, the Eagles defense stiffened forced the turnover on downs. Gabrielino then began a 19 play drive, helped by a roughing the kicker penalty, but it ended with a fumble inside the 15 yard line.

    In the second quarter, Mountain View moved the ball to the 10-yard line, brought in the field goal unit, but the attempt was wide to the right, leaving the double shutout score intact. Gab’s next drive ended with an interception, but soon got the ball back after a punt with the end of the first half looming. A 23-yard run by Senior Jonathan Perini led to an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mark Winchell to Cameryn Dennis-Matthews. Kicker Oscar Palma booted through the PAT and with 0:48 remaining in the half, the Eagles had broken the scoreless tie.

    In the second half, Mountain View took the ball in on their first drive with Jose Zamora scoring on a 5 yard run. With the run offense slicing up the Eagles defense, Coach Jim Wilson decided to go for two. Zamora took the ball, but stumbled and never made it to the end zone.

    Taking the 7-6 lead, Gabrielino was marching downfield, but Winchell was picked off at the two yard line. The Viking advanced all the way to the Eagles 4 yard line and again decided to ‘go for it’ on 4th down. The Eagles defense once more stopped the play and took over on downs but the drama of the one-point game was not over.

    Gabrielino punted the ball, with 3:52 left, back to the Vikings for a final drive. The battle began at their own 33 and after two long runs by Zamora, the ball was on the 13 yard line with just 2:33 on the clock. On a rush up the middle, Linebacker Lorenzo Mena stripped the ball from Zamora, recovered it and the win was secure.

    Vikings Zamora ended the game with 200 yards rushing and Ignacio Castanada pitched in with 101 more. The Eagles leading rusher was Perini with 58 yards, Bryan Vargas was Winchell’s favorite target with 6 catches. Vikings Coach Wilson was “pleased with the way our team battled”, but disappointed with the fumble so late in the game. Victorious Coach Harold Sanin was proud of the “growth of his players” as they had fought through injuries and plenty of “mental mistakes:” throughout the year, however, it was “nice to get a victory to close out the season”.

    The Eagles ended the year with a 4-6 record, the Vikings 3-7.

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Michael Jackson’s personal physician was convicted
    of involuntary manslaughter today for the pop superstar’s June 25, 2009, death
    from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

    by David Winchell

    Arriving at Arroyo High School on a wet, cold evening, the Gabrielino Eagles football team was treated rudely and lost to the Knights 49-3. The potent Arroyo team played well in front of an energetic and enthusiastic homecoming crowd, maintaining their undefeated league record at 4-0. Gabrielino, still looking for their first league win, suffered their fourth consecutive loss, only able to muster a field goal in the first quarter.

    The two squads exchanged punts in the first quarter before QB Steven Rivera completed his first of four touchdown passes. His first was an eighty yard bomb to Hunter Duran with 8:37 to go in the first quarter. After going three and out, the Knights again able to score on a 7 yard pass to Anthony Leon, giving the Knights a 14-0 lead. The Eagles went to the air with catches by Bryan Vargas and Cameryn Dennis-Matthew from QB Mark Winchell. Oscar Palma was able to complete a 30-yard field goal, but that was the end of Gabrielino’s scoring. Winchell completed 12 of 23 passes for 130 yards. The Eagles running game was ineffective, gaining just 41 yards in 24 plays.

    Rivera piloted his team by passing for 278 yards, was not intercepted. The ground game kept Gabrielino off balance with an equally potent attack. Rivera’s favorite receivers were Duran, Anthony Leon and Andre Kerkoff. The Knights rushing game generated 177 yards, was led by Kerkoff who gained 122 on 13 carries.

    In the final week of the league schedule, the Knights will defend their undefeated league record against visiting 4-0 El Monte to determine the winner of the Mission Valley League. Both team’s offenses have averaged over 30 points a game, but the Knights defense have been a bit stingier by giving up just a bit less than 17 yards per game. Gabrielino (3-6) will play host to Mountain View (3-6) as both teams look to gain their first league victory.

    By
    John L. Seitz

    When
    trainer Bob Baffert lifts Chantal Sutherland aboard Game On Dude at
    Kentucky’s Churchill Downs Saturday for the running of the Breeders’ Cup
    Classic, she will be carrying the torch for women athletes everywhere as she
    seeks to become the first female rider to win that prestigious $5 million
    race in its 27-year history.

    Game
    On Dude carries the silks of the late Terry Lanni and his widow, Debbie,
    longtime Orlando Road residents, plus their partners: former Dodgers/Yankees’
    manager Joe Torre, Ernest Moody and Bernie Schiappa.

    For
    Sutherland, the race gives her another chance to perform on one of racing’s
    grand stages and to duplicate her feat of last March when the same horse
    brought her victory in the historic Santa Anita Handicap as the first-ever
    female winner in its 73 runnings.

    “I’m
    living a dream and having the time of my life,” said the Winnipeg-born,
    Toronto-raised Canadian, who has often been referred to as the “Danica Patrick
    of horse racing” and been featured in a multi-page fashion spread in Vogue and
    named among People magazine’s “100 most beautiful personalities,”

    And
    why not? Besides her “day job” which finds her riding three to five
    mounts on the Santa Anita program, she has her own jewelry line specifically
    designed for her by almost-namesake but non-related pal Caldwell Sutherland of
    Bel-Air. (The two had a showing last weekend in the Champions’ gift shop at
    Santa Anita.)

    In
    addition, she is an aspiring actress and has a continuing role in the upcoming
    HBO series Luck starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.

    What
    is an average Sutherland day? It begins with her arising at 5 o’clock each
    morning usually in Bradbury, running five miles (that takes about 45 minutes),
    going to the track to work out several horses, having breakfast and then
    hitting the gym for another workout—all before she’s ready to go in the
    afternoon.

    She
    first began riding at age 5 from ponies and then hunter-jumpers and dressage.
    In high school she took up field hockey, downhill skiing and ice hockey but her
    interest in riding resurfaced while at York University when she began
    exercising thoroughbreds.

    After
    Sutherland expressed a desire to become a jockey, her friends scoffed at the
    idea

    “If
    you have the will, good hands and natural athleticism, it’s just a matter of
    refining your technique,” she says. She eventually ended up becoming one of
    Canada’s leading jockeys and won two of that country’s prestigious
    Sovereign Awards.

    Sutherland
    has now moved her tack full time to the California circuit (Santa Anita, Del
    Mar and Hollywood Park). While it represents a decided step-up in competition,
    it also keeps her keeps her close to her Hollywood film and modeling
    opportunities.

    “I’m
    highly competitive and have played sports all my life,” she exclaims. “The important
    thing is to enjoy every day and stay healthy.”

    Riders
    up!

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