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FULLERTON'S ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWS · est.1978 (printed on 100% recycled paper) Volume 30 #4 · EARLY-MARCH 2008 PO Box 7051, Fullerton CA 92834 · (714) 525-6402 · Website: www.fullertonobserver.com

15-YEAR OLD SHOT Bus Stop Murder Suspect Arrested

Family and friends held a remembrance vigil March 1st at the spot where Taureq Cephus was murdered after getting off a county bus. The 15-year-old was a Junior Varsity football player and Debate Team member at Fullerton High School. Cephus was shot at about 2:30pm Feb. 29. Witnesses told police both the victim and the murderer exited the bus at the stop on Commonwealth near Brookhurst. The victim picked up his bike from the bike rack and began walking west. The gunman followed, an argument ensued, and the murderer pulled out a gun and shot twice. A passerby stopped and attempted CPR on the victim, but the young man was pronounced dead after being rushed to St. Jude's Hospital. Witnesses said the gunman, described as having various distinctive tattoos including a large "A" tattooed on the front of his neck was seen walking toward an industrial area. Police were able to identify the suspect, from the description of his tattoos and the scarring on his head, as 23-year-old Jose Peralta Jr. He was apprehended at around 10pm in Buena Park and arrested for parole violation and suspected murder.

TITANS: Senior guard Frank Robinson scores 2 of his 20 points in a win over Portland State as teammate #2 Scott Cutley looks on. Robinson also had 11 rebounds for a Double Double. More on page 8.

PHOTO BY BRYAN CROWE www. ocaction.net

Water: Will Our Taps Be Running on Empty?

by Dr. Fran Mathews It's been raining but our water problems are not over. Over the long term California just does not have enough water to supply expected population increases without significant changes. In Orange County we get our water from local wells and from the Metropolitan Water District. All this water comes from the Sacramento Delta, the Colorado River, and from the Santa Ana River Watershed as rainfall percolates down into the groundwater. Each of these sources is in some kind of trouble. In fact, water experts speak of the "four horsemen of the (water) apocalypse." The first "horseman" is the Sacramento Delta. Rivers from northern California feed it, and water is pumped out and sent to us via the California Aqueduct. Unfortunately, pumping destroys fish, and the delta smelt population is plummeting. As this tiny fish is lost, so are other fish populations. Last year a federal judge threatened to limit pumping by up to 30 per cent to protect the delta smelt. Some environmentalists say using the Delta as a water conveyor is incompatible with its health as an ecosystem. Then there is the Colorado River that all the fuel used, CO2 released, or traffic supplies water to both Orange and Los congestion but that's another story. Building denser housing would help solve Angeles Counties. The Colorado River drainage area is in the 8th year of a drought. the dual problems of more people and polluted run-off. Land, carefully Scientists say the area has had chosen according to natural many 20-year droughts and some ...Each drainage patterns, would allow lasting 100 years, so we could be in rainwater to filter down into for many more years of low water of these the groundwater and along the flow from that source. Making sources way provide flood protection. matters worse, original agreements Open space would also provide on dividing water from the is in animal habitat, as well as park Colorado River were made during some kind and recreation areas. wet years, and more water was might not promised to different states than of trouble. of Most of us living as thethink apartment best normally exists. Climatologists choice. But, given some time also predict that climate change and thought, maybe denser will result in less water from mounhousing plans could be develtainous areas all over the West. Finally, consider population growth. oped that would be not only tolerable, but Southern California is growing rapidly. Our even preferable to what we have now. pattern thus far has been to build more and Additional advantages would be less fuel and more distant housing developments. Along CO2, possibly more walking and biking, with these far flung developments come and much less cost to build sewers, roads, streets, freeways, and humongous parking etc. The drought hasn't gone away, though, lots. Water that should sink in and replenish and we need to make changes right now. In our ground water instead runs off, picking that regard, grass is our biggest enemy, and up oil, worn rubber and brake linings, ani- also offers our biggest way to save. Experts mal waste, and more. This doesn't mention say that if we reduced our lawns by 50% and watered them only as much as they actually need, then overall water use would decrease by as much as we currently take from the with spiky black hair and a scar on his left Colorado River. Almost any type of shrubhand, escaped through the back door bery uses less water than a lawn. To imagine whether decreasing lawns according to a witness. Police have increased would help, consider the change in sewer surveillance in the area. Earlier in the day a person of similar flow since 1990. Between 1990 and 2007, description had been asked to leave because population increased about one-third (from he brought a bottle of liquor into the theater. 1.8 to 2.5 million). At the same time sewer He returned a second time but seemed flow decreased 15%. The single biggest readrunk and was not allowed to enter. He was son was widespread installation of low flush toilets. A relatively simple change applied to offered a refund. Anyone with information may contact many households gave a large overall beneficial change. Making obvious changes in Fullerton Police at 714-738-6800. water use could bring similar benefits.

·GANG STORY: In the Mid-February front page story "Gang Attack Near Train Station" by Ian Koskela, a contact for those concerned with gang violence in their neighborhoods was listed. That contact was in error. The correct contact is Hazel Perez, Fullerton Police Station at 714-738-6835.

CORRECTION

High School District Considers Tough Cuts

Gov. Schwarzenegger has proposed cutting State school funding by $4.4 billion in the next fiscal year beginning July 2008. The estimated 2008-09 reduction in state funding for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District is approximately $7.5 million. The Budget Study Committee which includes teachers, staff, administrators, parents and students from every school site were provided with a list of possible cuts which if implemented would reduce the budget by $8.8 million. (see below) If you have an idea of how District costs could be cut or how the District could generate additional income you can submit your idea for consideration to: Fullerton Joint Union High School District Budget Study Committee, 1051 W. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton CA 92833. The following cuts with (savings) are being considered:

Two Stabbed While Watching Horror Flick

Two men were stabbed while "The Signal," (a violent sci-fi horror film about a hypnotic signal sent through radio and TV which turns ordinary people into homicidal maniacs) screened at the Fullerton AMC on Lemon and Orangethorpe. Police were already on the scene looking into reports of a bag of narcotics left at the theater. On Sunday, Feb. 24 at about 7:30pm, the time of the stabbing, there were only a handful of people in the theater. The victims were stabbed in the arm and chest as they watched the movie. They said they did not know each other or the attacker. Both were rushed to the hospital but have since been released. The attacker, described as in his twenties,

STUDENT SERVICES/INSTRUCTION

· ($75K) Use GATE funds for AP/IB student fees & scholarships · ($216,324) Change school start times at BPHS, FUHS, and LVHS · ($231K) Charge student fees for transportation · ($1,643,000) Eliminate home to school transportation at comprehensive schools.

Beef Recall Update: Not Just Hamburger

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Fran Mathews, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of chemistry at CSUF, longtime Fullerton resident, and Natural Resources Director for the League of Women Voters.

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by Eugene Sky Scott ©2008

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EARLY-MARCH 2008

A View of Changing Race Matters

With all the confusion and the possibility of taking offense, scholars have often debated the relevance of racial categorization. Many activists advocate the idea that as long as we differentiate we will continue to discriminate; that for our nation to be truly free and equal we must free ourselves from racial classes of the past. Unfortunately, however we view "race", we view race. If the idea of one American race were to prevail, we would have no way to fight racial discrimination that continues to persist. Racial data are used to enforce equal employment, affirmative action, and voting rights. We are a multicultural/multiracial nation. While racial tolerance has made great strides nationwide, racial tolerance drops considerably among less-educated adults. When asked whether immigrants to this country should be prepared to assimilate, nearly 90 percent of high school dropouts say yes, compared with 80 percent of high school graduates and 70 percent of the college educated. Only 25 percent of dropouts consider interracial marriage acceptable for anyone including themselves, compared with 50 percent of college graduates. The bottom line is that more educated, more affluent adults are more likely to view racial tolerance as an important goal in this country. The reality is that young people are increasingly likely to marry outside their race at the same time that they are increasingly likely to celebrate ethnic traditions. Before the Civil Rights Movement, the whole idea was to pass as white. Now we see a changing mindset as people want to embrace their ethnicity/race... as minorities. Mixed-race people, who once let themselves be considered white, are insisting that they are black. Adults in their 20's today never saw sanctioned segregation. They read about the Civil Rights Movement in history books, and they were taught in public schools that discrimination is wrong. Young adults are much more likely than older adults to object to racial categories or not to fit within them. Many Americans are mixed-race children. Multiracial children are also increasingly common because the penalties once attached to interracial dating and marriage are slowly fading away. Interracial marriages were illegal in many states until 1967 when the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws. Since 1980, the number of Black and White married couples has increased from 651,000 to over 1.2 million. Confusion over racial identity gets worse every year as the number of interracial marriages continues to rise. A larger share is recent immigrants to the United States. They are more likely to be young adults, and birth rates for most minority groups are higher than they are for non-Hispanic Whites. As a result, younger Americans are more likely to be minorities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Non-White and Hispanic Americans claimed about 30 percent of the total U.S. population in 2000. If current trends continue, minorities will be nearly half the U.S. population by 2050. That data will most likely be reflected in new multiracial classes, consumer choices and voter trends. Today's children will be the first to see that society.

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Who's Ruining the Fullerton Police Department?

I am a longtime employee, and not the only one disappointed in the direction in which we see the Police Department going. The Department has turned from an agency where we are respected and one that we are proud to work for, into one managed by dissension, fear and intimidation. Productivity and motivation seem to be things of the past. We now have more to fear from the leadership than we do from the hardened criminal on the street. Tools, that when implemented correctly, benefit officers, have been made into severe safety hazards. Each officer carries a Digital Audio Recorder (DAR) and is commanded to initiate recording prior to every citizen contact. However, many situations unfold in seconds and an officer may initiate a foot pursuit, be involved in a physical confrontation, or simply a casual contact that might last only a minute or two. Requiring the DAR be turned on at such times is unfair. Officers have received disciplinary action for events where the DAR was not initiated prior to contact with a citizen, or times when it was turned on too late or not at all. Recently, officers were admonished about their language use while on DAR. The Division Commander, who gave the admonishment to Patrol personnel, said "When can you say the word F...?" He said the word over more than once. Most of us in attendance were offended and surprised, not only by his approach, but also by his attack on our professionalism. This administrator often uses sexual innuendos and jokes which are, more often than not, untactful and at times profane and discriminatory. This has become so commonplace it is overlooked. Nobody above him seems to care. Administrators that are doling out the discipline are the same ones that are abusing their status. Incidents ranging from using bad language, to demanding perks from businesses, to drunken obnoxious behavior, to driving drunk, by these administrators, are all overlooked. If any lower ranked officer or city employee were to do these things there would be strict discipline or termination. It is our Chief 's job to know exactly what is going on. Why does he allow his Command staff to behave this way? Morale has never been lower; our senior patrol officers are either leaving for other agencies or taking their retirement and running. This letter is intended to inform our city management and the citizens we serve of what most of us feel are critical issues. In this current administration, speaking out about problems is asking for your career to end or be critically damaged, thus I won't be signing this letter. However, I am confident that I speak for the rank and file of the Fullerton Police Department. A Faithful City of Fullerton Employee ED: No one should feel afraid to discuss problems especially when they are as serious as those you bring up. All organizations can be improved but none can, without an on-going critical examination. No one is served in an atmosphere of secrecy and intimidation. But, I wonder about your comments about DAR. As you say the DAR system is designed to benefit officers. But it is also designed to protect citizens. When used, it creates a record of what happens between an officer and a citizen that can clear up any he-said/she-said type of encounters, if they should come up. If turning on the DAR became second nature maybe it wouldn't be such a hardship to use.

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Proposed Sewer Service Charge Increase

Dear Councilman Bankhead: We are sending this to you in your capacity as a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Sanitation District. We are also sending this message to the e-mail address provided in the Notice of Public Hearing and to the Observer. We strongly object to the proposed sewer service charges, as presented in the OCSD Notice of Public Hearing. These charges, as presented, are exorbitant and unexplained. Nowhere in the Notice does OCSD state the reason for the increase, other than that these charges "are based upon financial and engineering studies and reports." Nowhere does OCSD indicate when the last increase was, or how much. We feel that this increase of plus-orminus 10% per year over the next five years will be a hardship on seniors on fixed incomes, many of whom live in their homes long-since paid for and under the protection of Proposition 13. An increase of this magnitude could necessitate their selling their homes because they can no longer afford increasing annual fees such as this. We urge your non-acceptance of this proposed sewer service charge structure. OCSD needs to provide more information in order for us to understand the need for such high annual increases over the next five years. Judith & Henry Berg Fullerton

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Out of My Mind

[email protected] by Jonathan H. Dobrer © 2008

OBSERVERS AROUND THE WORLD!

Who's sane in American politics? Instead names. Instead of being hurt every time of sticking to issues and things that make a someone uses the Hussein reference and difference to how we live, we are bombarded having to re-argue its propriety, why not just by the use and misuse of names as symbols embrace it? Change the intended epithet of the ethnic and religious diversity that into something to be proud of. Don't either should make us proud as Americans. apologize for it or act as if the speaker owes Perversely, names are being used as thinly you an apology. Let's face it, Obama cannot change his coded slurs referencing Barack Obama's ethmiddle name to Fred or Bill. nicity and his father's religion. Let's face it, Politicians do change their As many brave Danes were ideas for the sake of electabilisaid to have worn Jewish Stars Obama ty but not Obama. Some during the Nazi occupation to cannot politicians even change relishow support for their Jewish change gions for God's sake. Well, not Community, I suggest showactually for God's sake but for ing solidarity with Barack his middle the sake of their own boundHussein Obama and taking name to Fred less ambition. Henri IV of the sting out of his middle France was born a Protestant name. or Bill. but famously remarked "Paris You do not have to support was worth a Mass," and so Sen. Obama to know that using names as ethnic weapons is wrong and converted to Roman Catholicism in order to dishonorable. In our history we have snig- rule all of France. This would not be gered over Jewish names, Russian names, Barack's style. Besides changing his name would be Italian and Irish names-- implying by exaggerated emphasis on their foreignness that creepy, inauthentic and counter both to his they, and therefore those who carried them, message and his substance. Changing his were not "real Americans." Now is the time name to Barack X Obama might also send the wrong signal. to end this reprehensible tradition. This "What's in a name?" issue will be The Right wing of the Republican Party has been repeating all three of Barack played out for the entire presidential camObama's names. They snidely insert, at the paign (assuming that Sen. Obama is the top of their voices and with dripping innu- nominee). Let's get it out of the shadows endo, his middle name HUSSEIN! Of and change it from a thing unspeakable and course this is done by his opponents to wear it proudly as a badge. I am proposing that good and decent peoremind the world, frightened white folks, devout Christians and nervous Jews that ple of all genders, political persuasions and Sen. Obama is not a WASP. In fact his first faith traditions change our own middle name and middle names are Arabic--and as names to Hussein. This is exactly what I will John Stewart pointed out during the Oscars, do for the duration of this election. The fact his first name is one letter away from that Hussein means "Handsome One" in Osama and his middle name is the name of Arabic states a fact about Obama and a little audacity of hope for me. I will put my our old enemy Saddam Hussein. When the anti-Obama people do this, the Hebrew middle name Kasrael--Crown of pro-Obama folks act all hurt and question Israel--on the shelf and proudly become how dare they smear him with his own Jonathan Hussein Dobrer. name. The anti-folks respond with feigned Jon Dobrer has been writing Out of My Mind for 25 years. He is a professor of comparative religion innocence that they can't imagine why at the American Jewish Univeristy in Bel Air, Obama would not be proud of his names writes op-ed for the Daily News paper and blogs and his heritage. Their mock naiveté on this for their online opinion site FriendlyFire, serves the is not becoming. Fullerton Unitarian Universalist Congregation, His names are Barack Hussein Obama-- speaks 8 languages, served in the Peace Corps in and there is not a thing wrong with Semitic Tunisia, and began life as a stand-up comedian.

What's in a Name?

Zona Gray-Blair in Japan

I am a Fullerton School District teacher. This past summer, I took my son and his friend to Japan for three weeks as a high school graduation present. We spent most of our time in Tokyo, but did take the bullet train to Fukuoka, making stops in Hiroshima and Kyoto along the way. I wanted to take a photo of the three of us but got voted down, so here I am alone in front of the Kinkakuji Temple (also known as the Golden Temple) in Kyoto. Thanks for all you do. You have a great newspaper! Take your Observer on vacation and send us a snapshot of you in front of a landmark. Tell us a bit about your trip so we can enjoy it too! Send to: Fullerton Observer, PO Box 7051, Fullerton, CA 92834

MUSINGS

by Gene Walsh ©2008

Who is Important?

·RANDAL SIMMONS The LA Times Saturday front page had a photo of the funeral service for Randal Simmons, the swat team police officer killed in the line of duty. The Times also devoted a full page in the front section describing his life and the honors paid to him by his fellow officers. The service was attended by thousands and was broadcast on TV. It was a wonderful tribute. To Police Chief William J. Bratton: Is anyone studying how Officer Simmons' death might have been avoided? ·MILITARY DEATHS In the LA Times on Sunday, in the second section, at the bottom of page B11, was a list of seven military deaths in Iraq and Kuwait the previous week with just a brief description of how each was killed. Enough said?

·COLLATERAL DAMAGE On January 21st an LA Times article on Iraq covering a suicide bombing in Falluja ended after 26 paragraphs with the following: "In the last 10 days the military has dropped nearly 100,000 pounds of explosives on the area, which had been a gateway for Sunni militants into Baghdad." We do not give much coverage of our air strikes in Iraq (or the civilians that are killed). After all, they cause only "collateral damage," and are delivered "precisely" by "precision-guided" weaponry, words which makes war seem remote and clean. The Nation magazine (Feb. 25, 2008 page 8) reports that: "there were five times as many US air strikes in 2007 as in 2006, and 2008 has started off with a literal bang..." The Bush Administration keeps telling us we are winning...but, can we win the cooperation and friendship of the people in Iraq with more "collateral damage?" Columnist Gene Walsh is a poet and Fullerton resident. He retired as CEO of Ralphs Grocery Company and VP of Ralphs parent company Federated Department Stores in `77. He served as Major in the General Staff Corps of the 94th Infantry Division.

Thank you for running the photo of the animal control officer taking care of the dying opossum. Not everyone knows that animal care officers will pick up sick, injured, or dead wildlife. They even have an after hours service so no animal has to suffer on the side of the road. I think they provide an incredible service and I'd like to thank every one of them for their hard work! KK Fullerton

Incredible Animal Care Officers

Why is there not one mention of where water will come from to service the proposed 760-home development in Chevron's latest version of the Environmental Impact Report for the Coyote Hills project? Recently, the Metropolitan Water District which provides much of Fullerton's water supply (among 18 million people in Southern California) and six other agencies across the nation have formed a group to discuss what water providers can do to adapt to climate change. Conservation and rate hikes are among the issues being discussed by our city, county and state water systems. Why not one mention of water supply in Chevron's EIR? In the last EIR, where water was mentioned, outdated material was used to "prove" adequate water supply. That was not sufficient then and certainly is not accurate now, years later when we are in an even worse water situation. SK Fullerton

Water for Chevron Housing Project Not Mentioned

I Want an Barack Obama Sign!

Steve Baxter's Obama sign has gone missing (don't you just hate that construction); and he thinks that someone who differs with his political viewpoint is to blame. As one who is an experienced victim of sign abduction (and as one who has been (unsuccessfully) sued by a sign abductor ­long story) I have a different theory on his case. If this regrettable act had been undertaken by a Hillary or McCain supporter both of his signs would have disappeared. No, I think that his sign was purloined by an envious Obama supporter. Obama signs were not widely available and perhaps some supporter was too lazy to seek out the source, or perhaps he/she thought two signs widely displayed would be more effective than two side by side. I have noticed an Obama sign appear on a neighbor's lawn recently. Steve might want to check that one out. At least he can have a conversation with a like minded person I must say that since I passed Steve's signs several times, and not having my own I was sorely tempted... to stop in and ask Steve if I could have one of his. And if Steve or anyone else could tell me the source of the Obama signs, I need to get my own, including a few replacement signs; because should Obama be the nominee of the Democratic party, I am confident that every Obama sign will disappear from our neighborhood, along with all of our Quirk signs. Vince Buck Fullerton

Dornan Sign Stolen

I read Steve Baxter's letter on someone stealing his Obama sign. Steve is old enough to remember when my favorite politician, B-2 Bob Dornan, had his signs torn down or stolen during his last re-election bid. B-2 Bob even had a video of it happening but to my knowledge no one was ever charged with anything. I guess it is a case of what goes around, comes around. If people on your side steal our signs then people on our side (but of course not me personally) will steal yours. It's all part of the game. If Steve wants to be inclusive and really call his new group "The Stolen Sign Victim's Support Group" I would like to join and might even buy him a T-shirt. John R. Baxter Placentia

WAR COSTS in Life & Money

· $498 Billion · 81,584 · 3,972 · 135 · 39,298 · 483 · 7,552

Cost of The War in Iraq -rounded down ($275 million a day)

www.costofwar.com (Feb 29, 2008)

Civilians killed by military in Iraq

www.iraqbodycount.org

US Soldier Deaths in Iraq: (DIOR 2/25/2008) Died of Self-Inflicted Wounds (DIOR 1/10/2008) US Soldiers wounded/diseased

(confirmed by DOD 1/10/2008) www.icasualties.org/oif

In Afghanistan & other overseas locations (2/10/08) www.icasualties.org/oef/ US Soldiers killed Wounded/diseased/medical air transports

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EARLY-MARCH 2008 Medical Marijuana Clinics Banned in City by Four to One Vote of Council

Although three councilmembers indicated they would vote to regulate rather than ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in the City of Fullerton at the Feb 5 meeting, a motion was made to bring the final vote on the issue to the Feb 19th meeting where a corrected map would be provided by staff. But, at the Feb 19th meeting both Mayor Sharon Quirk and Councilmember Shawn Nelson reversed their previous decision and joined Councilmembers Bankhead and Jones to ban the clinics. Unfortunately, patients in Fullerton were too sick or intimidated to out themselves by testifying at the meeting. Those that did ask that the clinics be allowed said they were from out of town or did not state their address, so no reasonable local voice was heard in favor of locating clinics in the city. All 10 pro-clinic speakers favored well-regulated clinics for the safety of patients. In contrast 14 Fullerton citizens (many were related to each other) objected to the opening of a clinic in town citing: personal experiences with illegal drug houses in their neighborhoods; that people really didn't need the drug to deal with illness; that a clinic would bring unsavory characters into our city; lower property values; and fear of higher crime. Two speakers said locating dispensaries in the industrial areas of town was a bad idea. One speaker suggested voters should decide. Adding to the opposition was a presentation by Captain Greg Mayes of the Fullerton Police Department who had conducted a sting operation at a clinic in Venice (where dispensaries operate without regulation). Undercover officers were able to purchase marijuana and hashish after obtaining a recommendation from an onsite doctor without proving they were in need of any sort. In another sting conducted in Fullerton, the officers rented a Fullerton hotel room and made a call to a delivery service which accepted a Costco card as identification and sold the officers $300 for one ounce of the herb. Captain Mayes said, "not every Medical Marijuana Dispensary is a problem but in those that do have problems illegal activities such as robberies, disorder, loitering, selling to non-patients, do take place." He said that Medical Marijuana cards have not been issued in our county but later amended his statement saying that the Fullerton Police have never seen a card. (See article on the Orange County card program page 5). He suggested Marinol was a prescribed drug that does the same thing as marijuana. (see American College of Physicians view of Marinol on page 5). Nelson asked why the people involved aren't already shut down since it was illegal. Captain Mayes said there were too many of them. The DEA only takes down the ones that become real problems. Bankhead suggested local law enforcement could work with the DEA. He said Both the Police and staff presentations were extremely negative, and offered a fearfilled view of what a Medical Marijuana clinic and the patients that would use it would do to our city.

CITY COUNCIL SHORTS The Fullerton City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays

of each month at 5pm (closed session) and 6:30pm (public session). Contact councilmembers at [email protected] or 738-6311.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING FEB 19TH, 6:30PM ALL MEMBERS PRESENT

· PROBLEMS AT PALM GARDENS APTS.: During Public Comments several speakers once again gave graphic accounts of deteriorating conditions at Palm Garden apartments which have been ongoing for years and asked that the council authorize code enforcement to inspect the apartments. Mayor Pro-tem Jones said it is disgusting that such conditions exist in Fullerton. Mayor Quirk assured the tenants that action will be taken. · HOME TOWN HERO: Kevin Perry was given special recognition as a home town hero. Kevin is the coach of FAST, Fullerton's swim team. FAST took over management of the Janet Evans Swim Complex from the city which was preparing to cut back on classes and close the pool for part of the year. Since FAST took over management, swim classes have expanded and the pool is open all year round. It continues to be a great success. Coach Roberts accepted the award as Coach Perry was not feeling well because he is battling cancer. · ADOPT-A-PARK AWARDS: Participating non-profit organizations are assigned a park and agree to pick up trash and report graffiti and vandalism at least once a week. Those that fulfill the obligation receive an award of $325 for fourteen weeks of effort and the satisfaction that they have made a difference in the safety and beauty of city parks. Twenty-three organizations from Brownie and Cub Scout troops to retired teachers were given their rewards by Mayor Sharon Quirk. · COUNCIL REVERSES ITSELF ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA: At the previous meeting Council was split 3-2 with the majority opposed to a proposed prohibition of Medical Marijuana dispensaries in Fullerton. At that meeting it was decided by a 4-1 vote to bring the issue back to the Feb 19 session. In the time that passed between the two meetings Mayor Quirk and Councilmember Nelson changed their minds. The Mayor said conversations she had with Police Chief McKinley caused her change of mind. Those speaking before the Council were evenly divided in support or opposition to the dispensaries. In general, those speaking in opposition were Fullerton residents while most of those in support were from out of town. Possession of marijuana is against federal law but California voters passed an initiative made into law which allows dispensing of marijuana for medical purposes. Until this disagreement is resolved the issue remains under a cloud. A map was presented by Development Director Godlewsky. The map showed possible locations at the very edge of town located 1000 ft from the property line of any church, park or school or other Medical Marijuana clinic and 250 ft away from any residence. Chief McKinley said that the police dept. is opposed to the dispensaries and that "none of these people act within the law and it will be cost prohibitive for the department to control them." (see more about the police dept. presentation at right). Mayor pro-tem Jones, a retired doctor, said efforts should be made to make the drug legal at the federal level so it can be dispensed through pharmacies. Councilmember Bankhead said that the clinics were not legal under federal law regardless of what Californians voted for. He said "English Only" was voted for by Californians and it was still not enforced. The vote this time around was 4-1 with Councilmember Keller, who had done her own research on the topic, the lone vote supporting regulation. (See articles at right "Why Keller Voted to Regulate," "Medical Marijuana Clinics Banned," "American College of Physicians View on Medical Marijuana" and Orange County Issues Medical Marijuana ID Cards.)

The meeting was adjourned in memory of Robert Dutton.

AGENDA FORECAST

MARCH 4, 2008 6:30PM: · Special Recognition: Buck Catlin · Adopt Ordinance to ban Medical MJ · Amerige Court : 3rd Amendment Sale & Development 100 block W. Amerige · Public Hearing: Alcohol Ordinance · Public Hearing: West Housing · Downtown Improvement District · Affordable Housing DDA w/Olson · Sewer Reconstruction ­ Carhart Area · Park Improvement: Adlena, Byerrum, Valencia · School MOA ­ READ Literacy · "Education Community" Signs · OC Transportation Funding Applications · Grant funding Laguna Lake Park · Redeveloment Project Area 2 · 5pm Closed Session ­ Property Negotiations ­ 119 E. Chapman; Labor Negotiations MARCH 18, 2008 6:30PM: · Public Hearing ­ 119 E. Chapman · YMCA Harbor Retaining Wall · Presentation: MADD · Adopt Downtown Alcohol Ordinance · Library Expansion · Green Building Council Presentation · Fire Station HVAC Replacement · Downtown Business Improvement Dist. · 5pm Closed Session ­ Bastanchury Rd Property and Labor Negotiations

Why Councilmember Keller Voted to Regulate Rather Than Ban Medical Marijuana Clinics

Councilmember Pam Keller cast the only vote to regulate, rather than ban clinics. And, she was the only councilmember who actually did the work to understand the arguments in favor of clinics. She said as a mother she was very concerned about drug use. She said she decided to research the topic because the presentations were so onesided and she likes to base her decisions on full information from both sides of an issue. Among the things she found were: · A St. Jude Oncology nurse told her that her office makes recommendations for medical marijuana because many patients find the natural form of the drug works much better than the synthetic Marinol. Plus Marinol is very expensive in contrast to the herb. (see article page 5 for more on this) · Carefully regulated Medical Marijuana Cards are now available at the Orange Department. County Health Superintendent Chris Norby said that when the issuing of cards was discussed and approved at the county level the Orange County Sheriff 's Dept. made no objection. · According to the Fullerton Police presentation Huntington Beach had just shut down the dispensary in their city. In talking to Huntington Beach officials Keller found that the clinic was not shut down due to any problems that had occurred. Instead the 3-2 vote to shut down the clinic was taken after the police chief made a presentation to the council laying out possible problems that might happen if the clinic were allowed to operate in their city. · In talking to Janice Hahn's office Keller found that in Los Angeles, where there are numerous clinics, the LAPD and the city attorneys are currently working together to write conditions to regulate the dispensaries. · Twelve years ago 56% of Californians voted to allow Medical Marijuana. The vote in Orange County was 51% in favor. In Fullerton, according to Eric Norby, the vote was only 475 votes apart (49.3% in favor and 50.6% opposed). · If Fullerton decided to strictly regulate the clinics ill people who have their doctor's recommendation and a card from the County Health Department could be relieved from having to be involved in an unsafe underground distribution system. With stiff regulations imposed the clinic would be carefully monitored in public view and shut down if it proved to be a problem. · Councilmember Keller mentioned that if a legal well-regulated clinic was available it would give patients a safe choice and at the same time reduce the underground illegal drug market where patients might be forced to go otherwise.

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EARLY-MARCH 2008 AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS VIEW ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

In January 2008, the American College of Physicians (ACP) -- the largest medical specialty organization and the second largest physician group in the United States, representing over 124,000 members -- released a landmark position paper calling for legal protection for medical marijuana patients, reconsideration of marijuana's federal classification as a Schedule I drug (banned for medical use), and expanded research. Entitled "Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana," the paper cites extensive evidence for the clinical safety and efficacy marijuana and its active components, called cannabinoids. ACP is one of the world's most prestigious medical societies and publishes Annals of Internal Medicine, the most widely cited medical specialty journal in the world. ACP joins the Institute of Medicine, American Public Health Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Nurses Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, and dozens of other medical and health organizations that support medical marijuana access. The entire text of the ACP's position paper can be viewed online at www.acponline.org/advocacy. Key excerpts from the report are below.

Fullerton Observer Page 5 Organizations Endorsing Medical Marijuana Access

The Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians; American Bar Association; American Public Health Association; California Academy of Family Physicians; California Legislative Council for Older Americans; California Medical Association; California Nurses Association. California Pharmacists Association; Lymphoma Foundation of America; Multiple Sclerosis California Action Network. New England Journal of Medicine; American Society of Addiction Medicine; AIDS Action Council; California Society of Addiction Medicine. California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church; Consumer Reports Magazine. Kaiser Permanente; National Association of Attorneys General; National Association of People with AIDS; National Nurses Society on Addictions; and many others. Many organizations have favorable positions (e.g., unimpeded research) on medical marijuana. These groups include: The Institute of Medicine, The American Cancer Society; American Medical Association; California Medical Association; Federation of American Scientists; and the National Academy of Sciences.

Marijuana's Medical Uses

·"Anecdotal, survey and clinical trial data suggest that smoked marijuana and oral THC provide relief of spasticity, pain and tremor in some patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injuries or other trauma." ·"Current available data suggest numerous indications for cannabinoids, especially antiemesis, appetite stimulation, and pain relief. Clinical trials have demonstrated that both oral and smoked marijuana stimulate appetite, increase caloric intake and result in weight gain among patients experiencing HIV wasting." ·"For patients with AIDS or those undergoing chemotherapy, who suffer severe pain, nausea and appetite loss, cannabinoid drugs may provide symptom relief not found in any other medication. Studies of chemotherapy patients with nausea and vomiting found THC to be equivalent or superior to other antiemetics (including prochloperazine or metoclopramide) for symptom reduction. Research suggests that cannabinoids may have synergistic effects that may indicate its use as an adjunctive therapy to both antiemetics for nausea and vomiting and opiods for pain relief."

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COMMUNITY OPINIONS

Why Wasn't the Council Presented Any Opinions from Medical Authorities on Medical Marijuana?

Word came to me of the Fullerton City Council rejection of the licensing and opening of any medical marijuana clinics within the city. Apparently, law enforcement authorities convinced the majority council members to disallow any such legal clinics within the city limits. I wonder if any medical authorities were asked their opinions? I wonder if Fullerton Council Members have any back bones to stand up to the status quo? If the "criminal elements" argument was used, that is, such clinics will draw criminals to hang around such clinics, in my opinion, that is a non sequitur. The reason for these clinics is to ensure that individuals with valid and legal medical marijuana prescriptions can buy legal marijuana and know what the quality is. Now that such clinics are not allowed to open, the only place in Fullerton that a person with a valid medical reason can purchase marijuana is through those vary same criminal elements that the city wants to eliminate. Follow the money, council members. In an aside, it has come to my attention that individuals who legally have marijuana prescription and certificates are being harassed by Fullerton Police Department personnel, specifically narcotics officers, who like to express their opinions during a traffic stop disputing any claims of the medical authorities as to benefits of medical marijuana. This is just like the 60's with people being harassed. People with legitimate marijuana prescriptions are within the state law! The people of California have voiced their opinions that medical marijuana is legal! Law enforcement officials would be better served to enforce real law offenders, not those with legal rights. DW Fullerton

Medical Marijuana and Drug Abuse (the "Gateway Theory")

·"Marijuana has not been proven to be the cause or even the most serious predictor of serious drug abuse. It is also important to note that the data on marijuana's role in illicit drug use progression only pertains to its non-medical use." ·Evidence not only supports the use of medical marijuana in certain conditions but also suggests numerous indications for cannabinoids. Additional research is needed to further clarify the therapeutic value of cannabinoids and determine optimal routes of administration. The science on medical marijuana should not be obscured or hindered by the debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana for general use.

Disadvantages of Oral THC (Marinol®)

·"While useful for some, these drugs have serious limitations. The oral route of administration hampers the effectiveness of THC because of slow absorption. In addition, for patients with severe nausea and vomiting, for whom oral THC is indicated, swallowing a pill may not be feasible. The oral, synthetic THC has low and variable bioavailability. Oral THC is slow in onset of action but produces more pronounced, and often unfavorable, psychoactive effects that last much longer than those experienced with smoking. On the other hand, smoked THC is quickly absorbed into the blood and effects experienced immediately. Studies have found that patients prefer the immediate effect on symptoms that occurs after smoking marijuana."

Medical Marijuana ID Cards Available at Orange County Health Dept.

The County of Orange Board of Supervisors voted to issue photo identification to qualified Medical Marijuana patients and their caregivers. Statewide 36 of California's 58 counties have adopted the program. So far 18,847 cards have been issued. The fee is $150 (or $75 for Medi-Cal patients and caregivers). Information about how to apply for the Medical Marijuana Photo ID card is available on the Orange County Health Department at www.ochealthinfo.com/mmic/ contact or by calling 714-4806717.

Cost to Taxpayer

According to the FBI's Sept 2007 arrest statistics, 829,627 marijuana arrests were made in 2006 (up by 43,000 from 2005). However, many DEA raids on clinics do not end in arrests or charges. A couple of local examples include the Jan. 17, 2007 raid of eleven Medical Marijuana facilities in LA County resulting in no arrests or charges (cost to taxpayer $949,542.00) and the Jan. 26, 2007 raid of Woodland Hills Caregivers Clinic with no arrests or charges (cost to taxpayer $86,322.00). Questions must be asked: Could our government be spending this money in a more effective way? Why can Medical Marijuana be recommended by a doctor and supported by numerous prestigious medical and scientific groups and yet not be available through pharmacies? When legitimate medical clinics are banned are cities increasing profits to the criminal drug dealers? Although the Institute of Medicine concluded way back in its 1997 report (called for by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy) that "scientific developments indicate marijuana and its cannabinoids have therapeutic properties that could potentially treat many illnesses and conditions," the DEA, under the Bush administration, continues to target Medical Marijuana clinics costing taxpayers a minimum of $10.7 billion in law enforcement costs nationwide each year.

Changing Marijuana's Legal Status and Providing Protection for Patients

·"A clear discord exists between the scientific community and federal legal and regulatory agencies over the medicinal value of marijuana, which impedes the expansion of research." ·"ACP urges review of marijuana's status as a Schedule I controlled substance and reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana's safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions. Given marijuana's proven efficacy at treating certain symptoms and its relatively low toxicity, reclassification would reduce barriers to research and increase availability of cannabinoid drugs to patients who have failed to respond to other treatments." ·"ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws."

Vaporization Answers Concerns Regarding Smoking

·"The development of a vapor route for THC delivery offers promise for the future of medical marijuana research. A recent study found that THC administered through the Volcano vaporizer resulted in higher plasma THC levels compared to smoked marijuana at both 30 and 60 minutes post administration. It also found that exhaled carbon monoxide increased very little after vapor compared with smoking. ... Vaporization of THC offers the rapid onset of symptom relief without the negative effects from smoking. It allows patients to self regulate their dosage immediately by ceasing inhalation when or if psychoactive effects become unpleasant."

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by Dede Ginter

EARLY-MARCH 2008 Chin Ting is Back in Business!

A group of CROP Walkers from the 1st Episcopal Church get ready to take off from the Museum Plaza at last year's walk.

To any old customers of Chin Ting that don't already know, Art and Roy have opened back up! Unfortunately for Fullerton they couldn't find a reasonable location in town so their new location is in a little shopping center in Placentia (2075 E. Orangethorpe, Placentia 92870). You can call them at 714-993-0111. They took over a failed Chinese restaurant, completely remodeled it, and opened up with the same Chin Ting staff and cooks on Feb 1st. The place looks great and the food is delicious. Chin Ting was one of several longtime Fullerton businesses pushed out so that the "Providence Center" could be built on SunnyCrest across from St. Jude. Other favorites The Dance Spot and The Art House moved to Imperial at the edge of Fullerton; the family Karate business moved to Ralph's shopping center on Harbor; and Momo's Japanese Restaurant will be opening in downtown Fullerton. So far, Art and Roy say things have been going well at their new location. We wish them the best!

Volunteers Are Key to Arboretum Success

The "Ides of March" are upon us and the talk around town about cold, rainy weather, the wild primary election, and scary economic conditions is diminishing. The hills are green, the kids are looking forward to spring break; a more positive mood prevails. And nowhere in town is there a more uplifting environment than the Fullerton Arboretum. At the Big Green, the "Ides of March" hold no terror for Mark Costello, manager of Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum. He looks out his window and sees that Mother Nature has laid a gentle hand on what he calls "the ultimate garden" ­ 26 lush acres adjacent to Cal State Fullerton, the largest and oldest botanical garden in Orange County. Mark observes that tulips, daffodils, irises and citrus trees are beginning to bloom and some 4,000 plant species from around the world are about to burst into full spring splendor. "It seems that the entire Arboretum is getting ready to put on a spectacular display in time for the annual Green Scene Garden Show, April 19 and 20," says Costello. Costello, working with Director Greg Dyment and the professional staff -- coordinates the activities of more than 1,600 members and volunteers who donate approximately 20,000 hours each year to Arboretum projects. Since 1972, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Arboretum. The Green Scene is the Friends' major fundraising event but their March 8th Wild West Hoedown promises to be a fun-filled way to involve the community. Friends also assist on the grounds; maintain the Garden Shop and potting shed; serve as nature guides, plant sales associates and Victorian Society Docents. Starting life as a weed-filled lot dotted with dying citrus trees, the Arboretum has grown into a quiet oasis in the midst of a busy urban setting. Since its official opening in 1979, it has served as a resource for ecological, horticultural and historical education. The Arboretum sponsors dozens of classes such as "Edible Estates ­ Transforming the American Lawn," a class with author/architect Fritz Haeg who will mow through the issue of why we dedicate so much land to spaces with little function. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 29, 10 am to noon. And don't miss the March 13-16 Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale, 10am-4pm. Admission is free and some 180 tomato and 80 sweet and hot pepper varieties will be available. The Arboretum is located at 1900 Associated Road. Parking is free. For information, go to www.arboretum.fullerton.edu or call (714)278-3579. When you visit be sure to wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat, and take binoculars, camera and a water bottle. Leave city stresses behind and smell the roses ­ there are hundreds of them.

Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty

by April Johnen, Operations Manager, FIES Distribution Center You are invited to join us for a brisk Sunday afternoon walk on Sunday, April 27, from 12:30am to 3pm, that'll be good for your heart, physically and spiritually. Mark your calendar and join Fullerton's civic groups and religious congregations of all faiths at this year's CROP Hunger Walk in Fullerton. The event begins and ends at the Plaza in Downtown Fullerton (next to the Museum Center on E. Wilshire). Individuals are welcome to join in too! The CROP Hunger Walk is a really great annual family event, you'll see families from moms pushing strollers to the elderly. It is an opportunity for everyone to show that they really care about fighting hunger and poverty, aiding refugees, and contributing to the vital self-help developmental programs for which Church World Service has been known for over 60 years. Church World Service is working in some 80 countries around the world, but 25 percent of what we raise by walking will go to Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Service, to help our local neighbors down on their luck with emergency services and food. Our afternoon of CROP walking will help provide clean water wells, assist families in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan, grow more and better food in Guatemala, and assist communities struggling to recover from disastrous floods in parts of Asia, as well as across the United States. CROP stands for "Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty." Volunteer, sponsor a walker, or work those muscles with your own congregation or group. Visit cropwalkonline.org to sign up your team or help sponsor other walkers and find out more. You can also sign up the day of the walk. It really will make a world of difference, and can't we all use a little more exercise? For more information, please call Donna at 714-525-5525 or www.fies.us

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Independent Film Series Begins Friday at Fullerton Public Library

The Fullerton Public Library's Friday Film Series features award-winning independent films and shorts which will screen in the Library's Osborne Auditorium. Free admission, refreshments, and door prizes! The library is located at 353 W. Fullerton, 92832 Commonwealth, (between Highland Ave. and Short Street, next to City Hall. Free parking is on Amerige.) Call 714-738-6325 for more information. The first three films in the series are: FRIDAY MARCH 7 AT 6:30PM: "THE VIOLIN" BY FRANCISCO VARGAS. Don Plutarco, his son Genaro and his grandson Lucio live a double life: on one hand they are musicians and humble farmers, on the other they support the peasant guerrilla movement's armed efforts against the oppressive government. "One of the most amazing Mexican films in many a year moves us with its lyricism and shakes us with its honesty...moving, urgent and necessary." Guillermo del Toro, Director of the Academy Award Nominated Pan's Labyrinth. (in Spanish with subtitles). FRIDAY, APRIL 11 6:30 P.M. THE FIRST" by Olabisi won the "AUGUST Audience Award at the Urbanworld Film Festival. (USA). It is the morning of Tunde's graduation party and things have already begun to unravel. Tunde has managed to alienate his sister, Simisola. His older brother, Ade, persistently plagues him with criticism, and their mother has started drinking again. Unbeknownst to most, Tunde has orchestrated the return of his long estranged father, ressurecting unresolved family anguish against the backdrop of Tunde's celebration. As day turns to night, old wounds are reopened and bad habits are revived. Layer by layer, deception and half-truths are peeled away as secrets are uncovered in what will become the most unforgettable day the family has ever experienced. FRIDAY, MAY 2 6:30 P.M. "XXY" This Argentine drama was short listed for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Alex is a 15-year-old with a dark secret. Soon after her birth, her parents decided to leave Buenos Aires to settle in an isolated wooden house tucked away in the dunes of the Uruguayan shoreline. Then, a couple of friends from Buenos Aires come for a visit with their 16-year-old son Alvaro. Alvaro's father is a plastic surgeon who accepted the invitation because of his medical concern for Alex. The attraction between both teenagers force them all to face their worst fears.

Ron's Birkenstock's New Location

Speaking of comfortable shoes, check out the new Ron's Birkenstock location at 623 N. Harbor Blvd. Robyn Varnold has been fitting fussy Fullerton feet for more than 30 years and she knows what she is doing. Kids will love the colorful new sandals. Ron's Birkenstock's old location on Commonwealth near the corner of Harbor is the location of a new frozen yogurt shop de Fioré. The shop features treats similar to PinkBerry's and should be open soon.

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"Team Rambo" Fights Multiple Sclerosis: So Can You!

by Rebecca Valdiserri I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and I am trying to raise awareness and also money to help find a cure. On April 5th, 2008 the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its first annual walk in the Inland Empire. My "Team Rambo" will be there. Please consider joining as a fundraising team yourself or sponsoring me as I walk. It's easy to sign up at www.walkMSsocal.org or by calling 1-800-fightMS. Donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to donate to "Team Rambo," go to the website above and hit on Team Finder on the left side of the screen. This will take you into the event pages. Click on Inland Empire and you will be taken to the team list for our area. "Team Rambo" is about the 39th team on the list. If you hit on my name under the Captain heading you will come to our team donation page. Every donation counts in the effort to bring us closer to a world free of MS. My personal fundraising goal is $500. at Quakes Stadium, 8408 Rochester Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. Check-In starts at 7am. Opening Ceremonies at 9am, and 9:30am is the official start. We will have live entertainment, games, raffle prizes, awards, and a picnic lunch provided for all entrants. Wear your team T-Shirt! Proceeds support services, education, research for improvement of symptoms, and a cure for MS.

Background on Multiple Sclerosis

·There are 13,500 people with Multiple Sclerosis in Southern California's twelve county region. There are about 400,000 people in the US who have been diagnosed (with another person diagnosed every hour nationwide). ·Each case of MS is chronic and often disabling. MS is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) in which the protective covering surrounding nerves is destroyed. This results in faulty communication between the brain and other parts of the body. ·The average person in the US has about one chance in 750 of developing MS. Young adults between 20 and 50 years of age most often develop the disease which is more common in women and people of northern European ancestry. However, men and people of African, Asian, and Hispanic backgrounds are not immune. ·Most scientists think the causes of MS include various factors from genetics, gender, birthplace, age, to environmental factors. Though not inherited, the susceptibility for the disease may run in families. Close (first-degree) relatives of people with MS, such as children or siblings have a higher chance, ranging from one in 100 to one in 40 in developing the disease. ·One of the most exciting recent advances has been the identification of specific myelin proteins that are under attack in MS. No cure exists for MS at present but many symptoms can be relieved and the severity of attacks may be reduced through special treatments. For more on MS research at www.nationalmssociety.org.

The Walk

·The Walk MS will take place Saturday, April 5, 2008. The Start/Finish line will be

Designer Basil Malicsi, an international student in Fullerton College's Fashion Design Program, is shown with model Lisa wearing a design from his new collection.

Fashion Show Spotlights Designs of Fullerton College Student

by Richard Gayton "Feel the Rush!" This is what Jose Basil Malicsi from Los Baños, Philippines has written on the program for his Sunny Hills Fashion Show March 15. He will be showing twelve "looks" filled with gowns, dresses and shirts he is making through the Fashion Design Program at Fullerton College. The theme of the show is "Spring Fantasy" inspired by early 1900's French designer Paul Poiret, the Asian Arts at the Norton Simon Museum, and the film Queen Elizabeth I: The Golden Age. "This collection is very personal to me," says Basil, "because after experiencing a period in my life that was very dark I wanted to turn everything around and found the strength by immersing my self in art and film. This fashion show reflects the person I want to become." Basil, 20 years old, began his love for fashion when he was only seven. He always knew he wanted to go to fashion school. His mother headed up a graduate training program on the campus of University of the Philippines and his father served as a Presbyterian Minister. His grandfather loved style and everything to do with American film, music and celebrities. Basil, though thoroughly steeped in his deeply traditional Filipino culture and family life and its lively Southeast Asian motif, has also admired things American including American fashion. He makes it his business to follow the movers and shakers of New York and Los Angeles Fashion Week and is familiar with world-class designers including their history and current lines. When his mother and a helpful friend arranged for him to get a student visa and come to the United States to study, he found himself in fashion paradise! His next big dream is to attend Otis School of Fashion in LA or the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Above all Basil has an inner eye for beauty, innovative style, and what looks good on a person no matter what their shape, size or ethnicity. He can take a look at you, grab a dress or a jacket and say, "Try this," and invariably, it works. Although you would have never picked it for yourself, when you put it on, look in the mirror, let go of your preconceived notions of what you should wear, you realize he has found something beautiful about you--something that you couldn't see. Admission to Basil's fashion show "Feel the Rush" on Saturday, March 15, 2008 8pm, is free. RSVP and receive directions by emailing Basil at basilcouture @yahoo.com

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Monster Tomato & Pepper Sale

by Warren Bowen Well into the 1940s there was substantial tomato acreage growing inside Fullerton city limits. Now it seems confined to the occasional vacant lot farm or in most cases to a few backyard plants. But the ever popular fruit (some say vegetable) is now offered by the hardworking volunteers of "The Potters" group at the Friends of the Arboretum. The annual "Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale" to be held March 13-16 at the Fullerton Arboretum begins each day at 10am and goes until 4pm. You can choose from container growing types, or those which grow in the ground, staked or unstaked. Among the dozens of varieties available will be long time favorites like Celebrity, Carmelo and Supersteak. Others which will be available include some yellow and orange varieties like Lemon Boy and Snow White; early and late varieties; big slicers and plants with cherry and grape size fruit. Volunteers from the Orange County Master Gardeners and the Potters will be on hand to help with selection and purchase and growing tips. And, don't forget the pepper plants. Whether you like them sweet or hot there will be dozens of varieties to choose from. This is also a good time to join the Friends of the Arboretum or renew your membership. Members get plant discounts and opportunities to volunteer as nature guides, potters, or historical museum docents if they wish. For children in the household, check into the fun and educational activities at the Arboretum, like the upcoming Rainbow Garden Tours and the Carnivorous Plant Workshop. If this will be your first visit to the 26-acre Arboretum take Yorba Linda Blvd. just east of State College Blvd and turn in toward the Cal State University stadium. Admission to the Arboretum is free and so is parking. For more information call the Arboretum at 714-278-3579 or visit the website www.arboretum.fullerton.edu.

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Titans on Roll After 30 Year Wait

Thirty years ago this month at the 1978 NCAA Tournament "Cal State Who" shocked the college basketball world with its run to the "Elite 8." Following that season, expectations were raised but subsequent Titan teams were unable to return to March Madness. Many of the long time faithful feel that "This may just be the year." The 07-08 Titans are leading the pack. Consistent play from Josh Akognon, Scott Cutley, and Frank Robinson has put them in position to win the Big West regular season Championship for only the second time. With that, will come a #1 seed in the conference tournament which they must win to once again return to the NCAA, 64 team Fifth-year head coach tournament. Bob Burton has built If you haven't been to a Titan game before, this a winning tradition while raising expectations. is a great time to experience their up-tempo style of play. Its truly an entertainment value. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $10 for students and children. The Big West Tournament is played over four days at the Anaheim Convention Center March 12th-15th. For more information visit the Titan website at www.fullertontitans.cstv.com or www.bigwest.org Columnist, sports fan and photographer, Bryan Crowe is a Fullerton resident with wife and kids and a full time job as a heavy duty vehicle mechanic. You can see more of his work on his website at www.ocaction.net

Junior Guard Josh Akognon has made an instant impact in his first year on the floor as a Titan.

Senior Guard Ray Reed has flourished in his late season move to starter. Reed brings hard nosed defense and fearless atack on the basket.

Planning Commission Denies Development Request for Richman Knoll

by Louise Shamblen Commissioners voted to deny a proposal by investor Jeff Weiner to subdivide a rural lot located at 1423 N. Richman Knoll in order to build two "McMansions" opposed by the neighborhood. This was my first meeting of the Planning Commission and I was very impressed with the commissioner's allowing everyone to talk. After saying the Pledge of Allegiance, there was a presentation by Bruce Hostetter, Advocacy Chair, Orange County Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, regarding fundamental sustainability issues, policies and opportunities. It was interesting and set a nice tone for keeping our green spaces. Next Jay Eastman gave a very thorough review of the staff's report on the Richman Knoll subdivision proposal, listing the reasoning behind staff 's recommendation to deny the application. Those being: 1. The proposed subdivision is not consistent with the historic subdivision pattern of the North Richman Knoll neighborhood and would significantly alter the unique character of the area, which is contrary to General Plan Policy LU-2.5 2. The proposed subdivision would facilitate development of private land in a manner that removes a significant amount of private open space, which contributes to the provincial setting experienced from "Horse Alley, a General Plan designated backbone trail, which is contrary to General Plan Policy RM-2.1. 3. The proposed subdivision would facilitate development of private land in a manner that would alter the provincial rural characteristics of North Richman Knoll, a General Plan designated Rural Street, which is contrary to General Plan Policy RM-3.3 After Jeff Weiner's attorney spoke and took questions from the commissioners the public was asked to come forward to speak. In a very brief review: John Geiger spoke about the history of the house and the background of the problems with the new owner's plan for lot split and subdivision. Bob Jensen spoke about the history of the street and the importance of being good neighbors. Nancy Spencer spoke as the person living the longest on the street and the rural qualities of the street and how the neighbor's help each other. Our newest neighbor, Jim Czach spoke about how they had searched for years for such a wonderful rural setting and how this special place should be preserved. Dr. Borsari spoke as a neighbor on Greenacres. He stated that this flag lot and lot split was not for the "common good" and not good for the neighbor hood. Lee Snodgrass spoke about how sounds, smells, etc carried in the valley by the horse trail can be disturbing to neighbors. She noted that the developer was planning to build right next to a horse corral and that the new owner would make complaints. She mentioned that Mr. Weiner was not a neighbor, trying to be part of the neighborhood, but a developer looking for profit. Mr. Weiner's attorney spoke again the then the commissioners voted. Doug Chaffee, Dave B. Musante, Wade Richmond and Dexter Savage all voted in agreement with the staff's report to deny the application. David Bailey and Bruce Whitaker voted in favor of the lot split. Commissioner Sean Francis was absent. The application was denied by a 4-2 vote. ED: Due to a glitch the Feb. 27 Planning Commission Meeting was not available on the city streaming video site. The problems will be ironed out and the archive of the meeting will be available soon. If you haven't used the streaming video system yet you can by going to www.cityoffullerton.com and clicking on "Meetings Live!" in Shortcuts.

Recall on Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee 2008 Vehicles

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website Chrysler announced on February 5, 2008, it is recalling 1,338 MY 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander vehicles. The front control module may have been incorrectly manufactured. This could cause the engine to stall while driving or not to start and/or cause the windshield wipers to become inoperative. Engine stalling or inoperative wipers could cause a crash without warning. For more information on recalls of all sorts of products go to: www.recalls. gov/recent

CORRECTION

HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TERRACON CONTRACT

The Fullerton Joint Union High School District hired Terracon to investigate the environmental work done at two of the districts high schools after teachers concerned for their students health brought issues to the forefront. The Observer incorrectly reported that the company had won an additional $95,000 contract to extend the work. The original contract was for $68,000. The recent decision to grant an extension to the company brought the entire contract up to $95,000. The company asked for more time to complete the work due to there being a larger than expected number of people wanting to be interviewed and because additional data was found. Superintendent Giokaris said that an update on the on-going environmental investigation was delivered to the Board of Trustees on January 29th, and another is expected soon, though the date has not been set.

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Ladera Vista Junior High

packed with boys and three girls. In the Theater Arts classroom I found racks of costumes in progress of being completed for the school's production of "Cats." The students make most of the costumes and they are fabulous! I will most certainly be in the audience when the play has its run from March 19-22. (Tickets: (714) 447-7765) Anthony Martinez, one of the P.E. teachers has established the very popular Weight-Training Program. He has a room full of quality donated equipment and weights. Mrs. Price told me that he "asked around and equipment was donated to the school." The students in the program love their individually designed workouts. Along with working out, students use math and science as they chart their fitness program. Food I, II, & III are very popular electives for both 7th and 8th graders. Teacher Kristin Montoya has taken the class from ordinary to outstanding. She integrates geography, history, and culture into food preparation and culinary expertise. Boys and girls get totally into the fun and learning becomes meaningful and practical. Ladera Vista is as sharp as its blue and white colors; it's large, clean and well-tended. It's hard to say what makes the most difference on this culturally diverse campus...teachers, parents, and students all share feelings of pride and commitment. And, Margy Price's leadership and genuine love of the students sets the pace. Go Spartans! Columnist Ellen Ballard is a Fullerton resident, retired teacher and current Fullerton School District Board Trustee.

"Explore, Learn, Achieve"

Principal, Margy Price told me these words are the focus and goal of students attending Ladera Vista Junior High School. Mrs. Price makes sure that every student is treated with respect and has the same high standard of behavior she expects for all. And trust me, the bar is set high. Teachers, staff and students are dedicated to making the most out of two very short years. Of the 979 students attending this terrific school and contributing to its very diverse student population; approximately 47% are Latino, 38% Caucasian, 8% Asian, 3% Pacific Islander, 2% African American, and 2% other. As I talked to teachers and parents at the school, I came to understand that R-E-S-P-E-C-T is paramount in their actions. A couple of moms volunteering in the classrooms told me, "The rules are the same for everyone and Mrs. Price is absolutely consistent." Two teachers, on a quick break from the classroom, were discussing a student who seemed to be "in trouble." I was impressed with their care and concern for the student. Other teachers told me that these kinds of conversations happen frequently between teachers and staff regarding the welfare of "their" kids. In addition to the 3Rs, Ladera Vista students get an amazingly rich selection of electives to choose from in each grade level: 7th graders: Band; Jazz Band; Dance I or II; Word Processing; Art Advertising Design; Beginning Choir (Advanced Choir requires an audition); Theatre Arts I; French; Spanish for Spanish Speakers; Mechanical Drawing; LV Productions; Foods; Arts & Crafts; Weight Training or Computer Science. 8th graders: All the above plus Yearbook; Journalism; Forensics; or Student Aide. The demand for French class is so high that students must take a test to get into the class. I visited teacher Jeff Dodson's Mechanical Drawing Class which was Above: These LV students learn geography, history and culture while cooking! Center: Students focus on their projects in the very popular Mechanical Drawing class. At Right: Elise, Victoria, and Kailey show off costumes they made for the Theatre Arts Production of "Cats" which will run from March 19-22.

Above: Some of the talented singers in teacher Cathy Smith's popular Choir class.

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went on many "day trips." She has lots of friends now. Past President Dick Waltz (who Alma deeply respects and admires) invited her to come to a board meeting. He knew she'd be a good candidate to become a director on the board and that's exactly what happened. Not only is she a director, but she's the Membership Desk Coordinator too! Let's just say-- Alma ain't bored no more! Alma thrives on being busy and helpful and is always willing to do more than her share. When she substitutes at the membership desk, she is always sweet, friendly, patient, classy, and dressed to kill (a talent she got from working at Sears in ladies clothing and getting to model their new clothing lines at fashion shows). She especially loves talking to the older members--she has learned so much from them-- their life stories are fascinating-- and so is Alma! Meet new people, participate in interesting activities and classes or just come enjoy lunch and a movie at the Fullerton Senior Center, 340 W. Commonwealth Ave. across from City Hall. The phone number is 714-738-6305. Columnist Mo Kelly is a native Californian and long-time Fullerton resident. She is married, has a son and daughter and two grandkids (girl and boy). She's a retired secretary and helps in the Senior Club office. Since 9-11 she always wears red, white, and blue. She loves to go shopping and dancing.

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(Director on the Board and Membership Desk Coordinator)

Alma was born on October 24 in Detroit, Michigan. She has one sister, Betty, who still lives there. Alma went to Northwestern High School and Lewis Business College. She got an assembly line job at General Motors in nearby Flint. Since supervision considered her to be tall (5' 7") for a woman, she was once temporarily sent to work in the strongmen area (to replace men who were sick or on medical leave). She had to swing huge heavy guns over to a deep pit spot welding wheel housers as they quickly rolled by. Once her union steward found out, she was immediately sent back

Alma Davis

to her regular job, thank goodness. She has four sons (Douglas, Ronnie, Carlton, and Edward) and one daughter, April. She has seven grandkids and two greatgrandsons. Her son, Ronnie, joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego. He fell in love with the ocean and the great weather. He told his family he was going to live there permanently and was never going back to Flint and that awful weather. He also convinced two other brothers to move to Orange County (Buena Park). After Alma and her husband Roland (who she met at G.M.) retired in 2000, they decided to move to a nice sunny climate too and start a new adventure. They sold their house and moved to Fullerton and are we lucky they did! TIDBITS: ·Alma's grandpa was a Buffalo soldier--she is currently researching more of her family history; she used to be on a bowling league; she loves to cook, listen to R&B and jazz and go to Steamers in downtown Fullerton; her favorite TV programs are American Idol and Dancing With The Stars. ·By 2003 Alma was getting bored. She has always been a real people person and she missed being with people--she was soul searching for a new purpose to her life. Then she received a brochure in the mail regarding Fullerton activities that included info about the Senior Club--she and her husband became members. This wonderful club was the answer to her prayers. She first joined the walking group and then

The Truschel Family will compete on the Family Feud TV show on March 7th.

Fernandez's and Truschel's on TV!

The Fernandez family of Fullerton competed on Family Feud at 6pm on Channel 9 on Wednesday, February 27th. The Family Feud game pitches two families against each other in a contest where contestants must guess the most popular answers to survey questions posed to 100 people in order to win big money. The Fernandez Family includes Nathan, a marketing consultant; wife Micol, a benefits coordinator; cousin Taleah, a loan auditor; cousin Kelsey, a student; and brother-in-law Nate, a teacher. "Our family loves game shows and we grew up watching Family Feud," said Micol. "If we win, we all have student loans to pay off and of course we would celebrate with a nice dinner together." The Truschel Family of Fullerton will appear on the show beginning Friday, March 7th. The family team includes Jeff, a contractor; sister Cindy, a realtor; sisters Amy and Mary, both domestic goddesses; and sister Debbie in wine sales. "We had friends who were on the show and they said it was a blast," said Amy. "If we win, we would all like to go on a family cruise." If your family would like to audition for the show call the Family Feud hotline in Los Angeles at 323-762-8467 for an interview.

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Boys & Girls Club

The GPAC Report

by JA Kaluzny

Youth of the Year Award Winners

On Friday, February 22nd, 2008, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fullerton hosted its Annual Youth of the Year Banquet. Youth of the Year is a national program run though Boys & Girls Clubs of America and awards our young members for their accomplishments in service to Club and community, academic performance, and contributions to family life. This years recipients were honored at a ceremony sponsored by the Fullerton South Rotary Club; and out of the 4,000 youth that we serve year, only 4 were chosen as the best of the best. If you would like to know more about the programs and services provided by the Boys & Girls Club or make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Katherine Carter at the Fullerton Boys & Girls Club at (714) 871-1391 extension1004

Housing Element

As part of the general plan update, the City of Fullerton is developing a stand-alone housing element to meet state and Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) goals. "Decent housing and suitable living environment for every California family" is the statewide housing goal. Staff and consultants met with stakeholders and the public in two workshops February 20 to consider challenges, constraints and resources to meet housing goals. More specific RHNA goals were established by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and specify the number of housing units Fullerton needs to provide for each of five categories of income. For the period 2006 to 2014, Fullerton allocations total 1,910 units divided as follows: 199 extremely low income 398 very low income units 329 low income units, 376 moderate income units 806 above-moderate units A chart showing the actual income ranges is in the housing element section of GPAC on the city website www.cityoffullerton.com "The housing element is part of the general plan document," said planner Bob St. Paul. Once it is adopted, the city council is bound to it." "The council can change the general plan," said Kathy Dasney. "Can that change the housing element?" Yes, said St. Paul, "But it must be approved by the state and guidelines must be followed." "The state has some power of enforcement if the city does not follow through," said John Silber, an architect in Fullerton for 14 years, noting a stipulated judgment had been previously made against the city. "The city has to provide the regulatory tools to enable the market to produce the housing, " said St. Paul. "The state will look at the programs the city has in place." They both agreed that the "teeth" the state has to enforce housing requirements is that it can deny funding for local projects. Dave Johnson objected to the city

being told by an outside agency who they had to house. "Why in this rich area should we have to provide housing for the poor," he said. He also noted the lack of code enforcement in west Fullerton. "The places are dumps," he said. Low income housing is for people who work here, he was told, not for outsiders. Silber noted that the lack of housing is damaging the local economy. He had a valued employee who left because he could not afford housing here. "If the housing market is discouraging enough, then the employers will leave, too," he said. Dasney said there was a stigma to "affordable" housing. She suggested emphasis on "work force" and "next generation" housing. "School populations are shrinking because no young families can buy here," she said. "Therefore, there is less money for schools, resulting in poorer schools, and teachers leaving. "Quality of life, not only housing, but also the neighborhood including child care facilities should be considered," she said. Silber noted that San Diego now requires "income-mixed" neighborhoods. He said regional traffic is a very important component of housing discussions, and that green building policies should be established, along with affordability covenants and revised zoning standards. Nine people attended the public workshop for the housing element. St. Paul told them the state housing and community development in reviewing Fullerton's plan would look to see how their comments were woven into the final document. The general plan advisory committee will consider the housing element at their next meeting March 10; then it will be reviewed by the planning commission, then the city council, then HCD, then finally approved by the city council. Housing requirements for other cities in Orange County include 98 units for Placentia, 9,500 for Anaheim and 16,000 for Irvine, St Paul told the group. Journalist Judith A. Kaluzny is a Fullerton resident, a mother , a grandmother and a busy attorney who finds the time to keep readers informed on many issues around town.

Christian Aragon

Christian Aragon is 15 and was selected as this year's Club-wide Youth of the Year. Christian is 15, attends Fullerton Union High School and serves as the Vice President of the Club's Keystone Service Group.

Hannah Craaybeek

Hannah Craaybeek is 13 years old and attends Nicholas Junior High School. Hannah is an active member in the Jr. Staff program and Smart Girls, a program that teaches self confidence and empowerment to girls ages 10 to 13 years old.

Chase Mallard

Chase Mallard is 12 years old and was honored as the Commonwealth School Branch Youth of the Year. Chase attends Commonwealth Elementary and participates in many of our athletics programs including soccer, baseball and football.

Efrian Amezcua

Efrian Amezcua is 12 years old and has been a member of the Valencia Park branch for 6 years. Efrian attends Valencia Park Elementary and is an active member in the Club's Jr. Staff Program and Vice President for Torch Club.

Junior Ambassador Applicants Sought

Applications are now being accepted for the twenty Junior Ambassadors that will visit Morelia, Mexico for ten days during the last two weeks of July. Morelia is a historic colonial city located in the state of Michoacán and provides an unprecedented opportunity for the Ambassadors to learn the history and become familiar with Mexican culture. A limited number of Alex Buck scholarships are available to assist potential applicants who might not otherwise have sufficient funds. We have nine applicants so far. Application information is available at www. fullertonsistercity.org.

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Annual DAR American History Awards Ceremony

The Fullerton Chapter of the Daughters Of The American Revolution ("DAR") will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony on at 2pm on Saturday, March 15 at the Fullerton Main Library. The purpose of this ceremony is to honor the winners of the American History Essay Contest and to present the Good Citizen Awards. The American History Essay Contest is open to students, in grades 5 through 8, attending public, private or parochial school. One essay at each grade level is selected as the Mojave Chapter winner and forwarded DAR Orange County District competition. This selection process is repeated at the division level, state level and finally at the national level. The 2007­2008 topic for the American History Essay was "I Spy ---During the American Revolution." The students were to take on the persona of one of the spies involved in establishing the American Colonies. The essays were judged on the basis of historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. The National Society of the DAR established the Good Citizen Committee in 1934 to recognize a senior from each high school who demonstrating the qualities of dependability, leadership and patriotism. The senior student is selected on the basis of grade transcripts over four years, and records of showing an interest in others and an essay.

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The new location of the proposed Orange County Water District water extraction well that was to be located in the Union Pacific Park has been relocated to a triangular city owned parcel at the southwest corner of Harbor and Truslow Ave. The well is part of OCWD's North Basin Groundwater Protection Project which will track pollutants. Union Pacific Park on Truslow is part of a city lawsuit against SoCal Gas (Sempra). The city has sued the gas company in an effort to force it to honor its promise to clean-up toxic soil. Parts of the park deemed most polluted have been fenced off for a couple years after the same chemicals found at the gas company's former Gas Plant just north of the park were found on the playground. The relocation was passed by council on Feb 19, 2008.

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OK Corral at left and below two selections from the Big Sleep Series are among the works being shown by artist Lisa Marie Farnsworth in her exhibit opening March 8th at Cal State University Exit Gallery.

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·MARY ZARBANO RETROSPECTIVE

Zarbano exhibits in Muckenthaler Cultural Center main floor galleries thru March 30, 2008. Drawing upon influences like Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and other figabstractionists, Mary urative Zarbano's paintings are often deeply personal portraits of family members and friends. She will frequently employ bright hues against subdued backgrounds of greys and browns, where deceptively simple figures often interact in mysterious, dreamy tableau. The artist will show approximately thirty paintings from different stages of her career, along with a small number of prints and bronze works. Zarbano has shown nationally in group exhibitions as well as one woman shows since her first at the age

Keepin' it Real: Cal State Exit Gallery

Presents the Art of Lisa Marie Farnsworth

"Keepin' it Real" an exhibit of digital illustrations, oil paintings and graphite drawings by artist Lisa Marie Farnsworth opens on Saturday, March 8th with a reception from 7pm to 11pm. The public is invited. "The subject matter of the work on exhibit varies, but it keeps within a photorealism style, hence the title of the show," says Farnsworth. The artist will graduate this May from Cal State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, with an emphasis on Illustration. The exhibit runs through March 13th in the Exit Gallery of the Visual Arts Department on the CSUF campus on St. College Blvd. (just past the parking structure on Nutwood). See map below. The Exit Gallery is open from 10am to 10pm Monday through Friday for those unable to attend the opening.

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An Opening Reception on Tuesday, March 11 from 5pm to 7pm kicks off a series of free Artist in Residence workshop and demo events beginning March 31 through April 3, skipping April 2nd where Cornelius will present a lecture from 7-9pm. All the events are free. Demos and workshops will be held in the ceramics workshop in building 1000 on campus. The workshops are from 9-noon and from 1 to 4pm and are open to the public. Call Beth Solomon for more information at 992-7000 ext. 26108 Phil Cornelius (b. 1934) is an artist aware of his ability to, as he puts it, "do the wrong thing and have it come out right." His signature featherweight porcelain "thinware" and gutsy charcoal fired forms which he has been producing since the early 1970's are ultrathin and fired "right to the edge. Innovative techniques introduced by Philip Cornelius have changed the form and face of contemporary ceramics. Talented in the visual arts since an early age, Cornelius originally chose science as a major in college because he thought art would be too easy. He did his final year of undergrad work at San Jose State University where he took a ceramics class and found the medium to be both inspiring and demanding. After studying at the Claremont Colleges with Paul Soldner, he embarked on his career as a ceramist. Since 1965 he has been both an artist and a teacher, teaching at Pasadena City College and working in a local studio. His pieces can now be seen in major museum collections throughout the US and Europe, and he is recognized in the ceramics community for his distinctive contributions to the medium.

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of seventeen in her native Omaha, Nebraska. She earned Master of Fine Arts degree from CSU Long Beach. She has taught at Cal State Long Beach and Saddleback College and is represented by Sarah Bain Gallery in Anaheim.

·CAL STATE FULLERTON MAIN ART GALLERY Visual Arts Center, Cal State University 800 North State College Blvd., Fullerton 278-3262 Free http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/events A NEW COSMOPOLITANISM (PREEMINENCE OF PLACE IN CONTEMPORARY ART) through March 7, 2008. Curators: Rachel E. Chaney & Michel Oren bring an exhibit featuring the works of 12 contemporary artists.

·NED E. SCHULTZ

Sculptor Ned Schultz will exhibit in Muckenthaler's Library Gallery thru March 30, 2008 Over 50 examples of Schultz's carved wooden sculpture bearing such quirky titles as "Naturally Assisted Blonde," "Blue Pope," and Lone "The Rangel," will be on display. The comically surreal figures are brightly polychromed and mounted on standard black miniature pedestals. The distorted, sometimes contorted forms of people, horses, frogs, and downright imaginary animals are inspired by classic cubist paintings, his wife Mary Zarbano's paintings, or spring straight from the imagination of the retired engineer himself.

City of Brea Seeks Artists

The City of Brea is seeking artists to create original paintings for the City's bus sheleters. Each bus stop shelter is designed to display two 3x5 foot acrylic paintings on panels. A $700 commision will be paid to artists selected for each two panel work. All entries must be original work. Artists must be from Southern California. Application deadline is March 18, 2008. To obtain an application and requirements go to www.cityofbrea.net and click on "Art in Public Places" or call 714-990-7177 to request a mailed copy.

Artwork by Binh Danh at Cal State

·HUNT BRANCH LIBRARY 201 S.Basque Ave (off Valencia) Fullerton. 738-3122 http://fullertonlibrary.org ·"SENIOR IMAGES XV" Exhibit of artwork from Fullerton Senior Center Painting Class. March 5 -April 14. Reception April 1st, 5-8pm

·VINCENT SUEZ:

The work of ceramic artist Vincent Suez will exhibit in a Solo show presented in the Muckenthaler's downstairs C e r a m i c s Gallery thru March 30.

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TICKETS: 278-3371 or www.tickets.com CSUF PERFORMING ARTS, 800 N. STATE COLLEGE BLVD, FULLERTON http://www.arts.fullerton.edu · MARCH 6: 8PM - SK NEAR EAST ENSEMBLE at Meng Concert Hall $10 Arabic vocal and instrumental music, and dance, with percussionist Souhail Kaspar, singer Naser Musa and belly dancer Joulya. The evening includes a classical set with pieces by Farid al Atrash, Mohamed `Abd alWahhab among others, and a "Gulf Set" featuring music from that region. Performing on traditional instruments: the oud (lute), nay (reed flute), qanun (lap harp), darabuka (Egyptian tablah), dahola (Egyptian bass tablah), riqq (Egyptian tambourine) and frame drums, the ensemble also plays violins, viola, cello, and bass. Souhail Kaspar is the ensemble leader and musical director is Afif Taian. Kaspar was born in Lebanon and trained in Aleppo, Syria. He has performed internationally with artists as diverse as Sting and the Kronos Quartet, and Arabic superstars Fairuz, Cheb Mami and George Wassouf. Recently nominated for a Grammy, his 34-year career has included extensive travel, and a large body of recorded works, including the sountracks for The Prince of Egypt and Sinbad. Musa, Jordanian of Palestinian decent, is recognized by critics of Middle Eastern music as a talented singer, a gifted songwriter, an oud virtuoso, and versatile studio musician. He has composed, arranged and recorded numerous projects in the Middle East and

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across the country including a special engagement at the Capitol in Washington DC. The group is dedicated to preserving and passing on the traditional arts of the Micronesian Marianas Islands. ·MAY 11: SOUND & FURY, a lively Shakespeare-inspired acting trio. ·JUNE 8: CULTURE SHOCK HIP HOP DANCE TROUPE, a dynamic group of nearly 50 young adults who mix positive messages with gravity-defying feats of dance. The group was formed through DARE programs at local schools and is now a national network of dance ensembles. ·JULY 13: INTERNATIONAL PIANIST LINDA GENTILE, "The Piano Princess," so named by her mentor Liberace will be performing a tribute to America with her band in her only Orange County performance. ·AUGUST 10: KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER OF LA DAY OF MUSIC AND DANCE, complete with colorful traditional clothing and performance. ·SEPTEMBER 14: MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH THE AGUA LUNA DANCE COMPANY, regular performers at the Ford Theatre in Hollywood and throughout Southern California. Artistic Director Gustavo Gonzalez has taken his extensive knowledge of the traditional ballet folklorico and filtered it through contemporary dance. ·OCTOBER 12: JANET KLEIN AND HER PARLOR BOYS. Janet Klein has developed a huge following with her hotsytotsy delivery of syncopated scintillating songs of the ragtime era, as well as obscure jewels and well known classics of the 10's, 20's, and 30's.

Music at Cal State

Best of Broadway at the Muckenthaler

Tickets: 714-738-3134

United States. Musa has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Center, Kennedy Hollywood Bowl, the United Nations and Chicago's Symphony Hall, in addition to performances in South America and the Middle East. The new "2nds @ the Muck" Performing Arts Series takes place every second Sunday from March through October with stage performances at 3pm and 7pm at the beautiful Muckenthaler Cultural Center estate at 1201 W. Malvern in Fullerton (just west of Euclid). Tickets are $15/advance ($20/at the door) or $99 for the entire 8show series. Call 714-738-3134 to order tickets or purchase online at www.themuck.org. THE 2008 LINE UP INCLUDES: ·MARCH 9 - 3pm & 7pm: FCLO BEST OF BROADWAY will perform in the Muckenthaler's 250seat amphitheater. The company has produced more than 125 stage musicals in its thirty-five year history. This musical review by the Fullerton Civic Light Opera highlights many favorites from recent productions. Founded in 1971, Fullerton Civic Light Opera is now one of the 100 largest resident professional theaters in the United States. ·APRIL 13: THE KUTTURAN CHAMORU PERFORMERS of Guam consist of over 50 amazing musicians, dancers and singers of all ages from young children to seniors. They tour internationally and have performed at festivals

· MARCH 9: 4PM - JOHN ALEXANDER SINGERS at Meng Hall $30 Pacific Chorale's professional chamber choir repeates their OC Performing Art · MARCH 14: 8PM - KORINA VOUGIOUKA at Meng Concert Hall $20 Vougiouka will perform Operas and Songs on the Guitar works by Bellini, Giuliani, Schubert and Greek composer

Center performance of "Shenandoah" celebrating the rivers, railroads, mountains and streams of the American landscape in folk, blue grass and gospel music. Mikis Theodorakis Korina Vougiouka's solo performances and chamber music recitals have been heard in Greece, France, Austria, Great Britain, Turkey and Germany. She has recorded for the Greek National Radio and TV, and has appeared as a guest artist with orchestras in Greece (including the National Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki), Spain (National Orchestra of Malaga, conductor Phil. Entremont), Germany and Hungary. A former student of Oscar Ghiglia, she was a recipient of scholarships from the Greek Scholarship Foundation and the Onassis Scholarship Organization. She is now a PhD student at the University of Leiden. Ms. Vougiouka will give a master class, 7 pm Thursday, March 13. International Two Piano Competition. They'll perform Mozart's Sonata for pianos KV448, Arensky's Suite for two pianos, Op.23, Franz Waxman's Ride of the Cossacks (written for the duo), Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" and Ravel's La valse. · MARCH 20: 8PM - FULLERTON JAZZ TRIO at Meng Hall $15 Bill Cunliffe (piano), Luther Hughes (bass) and Paul Kreibich (drums) present jazz classics by Duke Ellington and Bill Strayhorn. · MARCH 20: 8PM -COMPOSER'S FORUM at Recital Hall Free Admission · MARCH 28: 8PM -LIAN ENSEMBLE at Recital Hall $10 Winner of the 2004 & 2005 LAWMA awards for Best World Music/Recombinant Artist fuses Persian musical heritage with contemporary postmodern jazz using traditional Persian instruments.

Compañeras

March 13 · 7:30pm-9:30pm

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles documentary where the 12 members of America's first all-female mariachi band shatter stereotypes & expand the popularity of mariachi music. $15

MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART 628 ALAMITOS AVE · LONG BEACH 562-437-1689 · www.molaa.org

· MARCH 14: 8PM - MAMAAD ENSEMBLE at Recital Hall $10 The rhythmic and melodic genius of this Persian classical quartet melds ornamented vocals with haunting string melodies and delicately driving percussion. Known for quiet demeanor and understated interaction, the Namaad Ensemble utilizes the setar (lute), kamanche (fiddle), an array of hand percussion, and the rarely heard ancient queychak (dual-box fiddle). This impressive quartet offers, in an intimate musical setting, the modern and classical poetry of Iran in the traditional dastgah (modal) system of the country. · MARCH 16: 4PM - TENGSTRANDSUN PIANO DUO at Meng Hall $20 "Two pianos, four hands but one heart" hails The New York Times. Per Tengstrand and Shan-shan Sun debuted together in 2003 as the Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo, and later that year won the Murray Dranoff

Ron Kobayashi Trio w/ Debi Ebert at Steamers · 871-8800 Tuesday March 4

www.myspace.com/ronkobayashi or www.carpetcat.com/kobayashi

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MARCH 3: WITNESS IN THE DOVER INTELLIGENT DESIGN TRIAL TITAN STUDENT UNION, CSUF, ST. COLLEGE BLVD, FULLERTON 7pm: Dr. Barbara Forrest provides a detailed look at her work in the Kitzmiller vs. Dover School Board intelligent design trial as well as an overview of the history of the intelligent design anti-evolution movement. Dr. Forrest is a professor of Philosophy in the Dept of History & Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University and a boardmember of the National Center for Science Education. Free. MARCH 7: FREE FILM FEST FULLERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, 353 W. COMMONWEALTH, FULLERTON INFO: 738-6326 www.fullertonlibrary.org 6:30pm: "The Violin" an independent film from Mexico with English subtitles plus a short feature will be screened in the Osborne Auditorium at the Main Library. Lite refreshments will be available, plus a door prize and discussion led by Tim Mountain after the film. Now there is no longer the need to fight the freeways to enjoy independent films. The films, provided through Independent Movement Films will be added to the library collection for rental later by those that can not attend MARCH 7: RELAY FOR LIFE INFO MEETING FULLERTON SENIOR CENTER, 340 W. COMMONWEALTH, FULLERTON INFO: [email protected] 7:30pm: Ice Cream Social and information meeting about how to participate in the upcoming Relay For Life event on June 21 at Fullerton High School Track Field. The annual overnight event supports cancer research. MARCH 7: EBELL CLUB ANTIQUES EXPERT LUNCHEON Ebell Club, 313 Laguna Rd, Fullerton Reservations: 714-993-9234 $10 11am: Nancy Pretty, an Antiques & Collectibles Expert will speak at the Ebell Club Luncheon. Guests are invited to bring small objects for appraisal. Luncheon begins at noon. MARCH 8 COMPOSTING WORKSHOP FULLERTON ARBORETUM, 1900 ASSOCIATED RD, ON THE CSUF CAMPUS www.arboretum.fullerton.edu 278-3407 10am-11:30am: Learn how to improve your garden soil at this workshop led by experts Patrick McNelly and Dr. Bill Roley. Free but reservations are required due to limited space. Reserve at 278-3407. MARCH 8: WESTERN HOEDOWN: FULLERTON ARBORETUM, 1900 ASSOCIATED RD, ON THE CSUF CAMPUS www.arboretum.fullerton.edu 278-3579 6pm: Western music, line-dancing, and BarBQ. Call for ticket price. MARCH 10: 2ND MONDAY FILMS MUCKENTHALER, 1201 W. MALVERN Tickets: 714-738-6595 $5 www.themuck.org 9pm: "Children of Heaven" Iranian film director Majid Majidi's Academy Award nominated film tells the story of two children's elaborate scheme to hide the loss of a pair of shoes from their parents. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own snacks (and blankets) and enjoy an evening of great movies under the stars in the Muckenthaler's outdoor amphitheater. Coming up "The Iron Giant" and "Breaking Away" MARCH 11: MAGIC MATH TRICKS & CHOCOLATE MATH FULLERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, 353 W. COMMONWEALTH, FULLERTON 738-6326 7pm: Free "Town & Gown" lecture by Dr. David Pagni MARCH 13: SIERRA CLUB MEETING BANCO POPULAR, (Rosecrans and Euclid near CVS). 7:30pm: "Greek Islands and the Aegean" a slideshow by Al and Sharon Johnson. Free. Part of the Rio Hondo Sierra Club monthly meeting. MARCH 15: HOW MANY MORE? HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER PLAZA (PACIFIC COAST HWY & MAIN), HUNTINGTON BEACH 714-637-8313 WWW.OCPEACE.ORG 12 Noon: A silent march, children's choir, resource fair, memorial on the sand, guest speakers including Iraq & Afghanistan War Veterans marking the 5th year of the occupation of Iraq. Endorsed by Military Families Speak Out, OC Veterans for Peace and more. MARCH 15: ARBOR DAY 2008 GILBERT PARK, 2120 W. ORANGETHORPE, FULLERTON For more info call City Landscape Supt. Dennis Quinlivan 714-738-6805 9am: Come join a treeplanting event to beautify the city. Bring shovels, gloves, and sturdy shoes. If it rains the event is rescheduled for March 22. Sponsored by Fullerton Beautiful & City of Fullerton. MARCH 16 MOLAA, 628 ALAMITOS AVE, LONG BEACH 562-437-1689 www.molaa.org 1pm-5pm: Women's Family Festival features exhibit tours, art workshops, music, dance and fashion show. Free with admission to the museum. MARCH 28: CRITTENTON BENEFIT ANGELO'S & VINCI'S RISTORANTE, 550 N. HARBOR, FULLERTON TICKETS: 714-680-8218 www.kidsmatter.org 6pm: "Dancing to the Decades" is a casual evening features cocktail/martini bar, dinner, live auction, drawing, and an exciting program of professional dancers plus optional dance instruction of dances from Lindy, Jitterbug, Tango to the Twist. $60 ticket proceeds go to support Crittenton Services programs for abused children. MARCH 30: FULLERTON COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE 2050 YOUTH WAY. #2, FULLERTON 92835 714-525-1251 2pm-3:30pm: Come visit and see for yourself if this program is right for your child. Founded in 1950, FCNS is a non-profit parent participation accredited preschool.

EARLY-MARCH 2008 Muckenthaler Cultural Center

1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton

HITS & MISSES

by Joyce Mason © 2008

Tickets: (714) 738-6595

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY: Two Hits

Having received best-director awards from the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globes, Julian Schnabel was last month nominated as best director for an Academy Award. Although he did not win the coveted Oscar, Schnabel, who is also an artist, last week opened a major exhibit of his massive and startling canvases at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. Both Schnabel's artistry and directorial vision join together to create "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," a movie that takes great chances and succeeds on all levels. In 1997 fashion editor Jean-Dominque Bauby dictated his memoir while lying completely paralyzed except for blinking his left eye. Having suffered a catastrophic stroke, 42-year-old Bauby was left with "locked-in syndrome," a condition that he likened to being encapsulated in a diving bell. Realizing that his memory and his imagination were still in tact, Bauby's only escape from his nonfunctioning body was his ability to remember and create. "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is based on Bauby's memoir, written during the last year of his life. The book, acquired by Miramax, lay on the studio's shelf for several years until screenwriter Ronald Harwood crafted a script from it and Schnabel had the script translated into French. Schnabel, an American, had to learn French in order to make the movie. Creator of Elle magazine, Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) specializes in beautiful women, fast cars, and the adulation of the fashion world. Separated from his wife and three children, Bauby spends time with his mistress, occasionally sees his children, but mostly works hard on the magazine. As he is driving his young son to the theater, Bauby suddenly pulls over to the side of the road engulfed in the paroxysm of a massive stroke. Twenty days later he emerges from a coma and finds himself in the naval hospital at Berck-sur-Mer in Normandy. A no-nonsense doctor informs him that through heroic efforts his life has been saved but that he will be forever paralyzed. Although Bauby cannot speak, we hear a voice from his active and alert mind saying, "This is life?" Two nurses and a speech therapist are assigned to his case. Fed interveinously, washed like a baby, dressed by attendants, Bauby is wheeled daily to a balcony, where he views the nearby sea. Occasionally, his ex-wife and three young children visit him, as do a few acquaintances. It is the speech therapist who devises his only method for communicating. She brings a chart of the alphabet and has him blink when she reaches letters that will eventually spell out words The two of them become so adept at this that Bauby is able to fulfill a contract he has with a publisher to write a book about his life. Flashback scenes create windows to his former life. A particularly memorable scene depicts the last visit Bauby had with his 92year-old father, played by Max Von Sydow. Monsieur Bauby complains of being confined to his fourth-floor apartment and the younger Bauby, wanting to be of use, slowly gives his father a shave as they maintain a loving but bantering conversation. The wonder of Schnabel's movie is that its message of mind and soul triumphing over an immobilized body never descends to sentimentality. Schnabel maintains the ironic and even comic tone of Bauby's memoir as he allows his own imagination to get inside the author's mind. Aiding him with his inventive visual strategies is cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.

Poet Brendan Constantine and singer/songwriter Vanessa Jourdan March 10

Constatine and Jourdan open the Free Poetry Series at the Muckenthaler from 8pm to 10pm on March 10th. In addition to the featured performances there is an Open Mic for local artists. The best will be chosen to perform a Second Stage concert show later in the year. Brendan Constantine was born and raised in LA. He is a three-time finalist for the National Poetry Series and a former nominee for Poet Laureate of California. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, most notably Ploughshares, RUNES, The Cortland Review, and ArtLife. New work can be seen in the anthologies "Carving In Bone" and "The Last American Valentine". His book length collection "Letters To Guns" is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School in LA. Vanessa Jourdan, creates folk-tinged pop with soaring vocals, and is praised most often for the depth of her lyrics and the strength of her voice. She borrows from many styles to create an experimental sound that is uniquely her own. Vanessa's songs cover a wide range of emotions and experiences but her most recent tracks explore confusion, loneliness, loss in love, and "the persistent, God-given hope that carries us through." Her debut CD of original songs "Give me a Stage" was released in 2002. Other albums include "Wanderlust" and 2007's "Eternal Things". The free Poetry Reading and Open Mic Night will take place every second Tuesday, March through October, 2008 from 8pm to 10pm. Sponsored by local publishers Moon Tide Press.

2nd Wed & Thurs Performing Artists

On the second Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month at 8pm the Muckenthaler Cultural Center will feature concerts with nationally known performing artists in the intimate gallery theatre. Tickets are $15 or $99 for the series. ·March 12 & 13: ANTONIO SACRE, Bilingual Stories from a Cuban-IrishAmerican. · April 9 & 10: KEN WALDMAN, Fiddling Poet. A poetry performance for National Poetry Month. ·May 8 & 14- SOUTH COAST STORY GUILD: Several of the best local storytellers from our local guild-- Some have national reputations and others should. ·June 11&12: MUCKENTHALER JAZZ FESTIVAL on stage. ·July 9 & 10: ZOOT VELASCO ·August 13 &14: Second Thoughts POETS & ARTISTS. The best of our poetry reading and open mic series of young upand-comers. ·September 10 &11: LAN TRAN. This international artist has been deemed "moving and provocative" by NY Arts Magazine. ·October 8 & 9: MICHAEL MCCARTY. Scary tales of the great beyond.

Author Lecture Series

March 30 at 2pm

Patrons of the Pollak Library CSUF Lecture Series 2008

D.J. WALDIE

Two Hits: Don't Miss It! A Hit & A Miss: You Might Like It Two Misses: Don't Bother

Waldie is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir," and more recently, "California Romantica" with Diane Keaton. Waldie has won the California Book Award for non-fiction. Books signed by the author will be available for purchase. All lectures held in Room 130, Pollak Library, Cal State Fullerton. Free parking.

TICKETS: (714) 870-7208 or 870-4349 $15 (Students: $7)

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THEATER

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REVIEWED w/The Rosenthals

"A DELICATE BALANCE" AT STAGES THEATRE

While traveling down the pathway of life we are likely to establish close relationships with at least some family members and also with other people who become our close friends. What, if anything do we owe these people? And if we do owe them, to paraphrase a well known question, "who do we owe and how much do we owe? This question might be considered the central theme behind Edward Albee's drama, "A Delicate Balance," now playing at STAGEStheatre. In this play about a family and their friends the distinction between who is owed and who owes changes and is never absolutely clear. Then there is the matter of "rights." Who has them and who does not. Clearly there is a delicate balance between all of these factors and it is up to the members of the audience to decide which of the play's characters, if any, they side with. The family members are Tobias and his wife Agnes who have not had an intimate or any other kind of relationship for a very long time, Agnes's alcoholic sister, Claire, who lives with them and Julia, their daughter who has just returned home after a fourth failed marriage. These people, who all seem to have different outlooks on life, might be able to survive one another's idiosyncrasies except for the intrusion into their lives by Harry and Edna. They are Tobias and Agnes's "best friends" and because of strange circumstances in their own lives want to exercise their "right" to move in with the family. Julia is understandably distraught at losing "her" room to Harry and Edna and she reacts in a potentially violent manner. Her father Tobias, is conflicted about the situation and his usual blasé approach to life's adversities is disturbed. Agnes continues to reason and behave in the cold calculating manner that has become her salvation. Perhaps the most rational individual in this absurd situation is Claire who, perhaps because of alcohol, is the least inhibited and sees things for the way they really are. So the delicate balance of behavior between family members and friends is tested and gradually their true feelings about one another other are revealed. There is a solution and conclusion to this unsettling situation and whether or not you approve of it will depend on your own life's experiences. The cast, Brian J. Page as Tobias, Penelope Van Horne as Agnes, Bonnie Werlinich as Claire, Shanelle Noss as Julia, Harlene Miller as Edna and Frank Rich as Harry are all newcomers to STAGEStheatre and they all play their parts with feeling and passion. Erin Saporito Strauss directed the play and was also responsible for the re-design of the set which is also used for the extended concurrent running of "Rumors." The bar held up admirably considering the amount of use it got. - ER STAGES THEATER 400 E. Commonwealth, Fullerton Tickets: 525-4484 www.stagesoc.org ·"A DELICATE BALANCE" by Edward Albee plays thru March 22.

FULLERTON ACADEMY OF ARTS: Plummer Auditorium, Chapman & Lemon, Tickets: (714) 525-0676 www.fullertonhigh.org ·"ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY" opens March 21 thru March 29. A flat-out funny and intelligent musical set on a luxurious passenger train traveling between Chicago and New York during the 1930's. It concerns the efforts of a grandiose theatrical impresario to persuade a glamorous film star - and his former lover - to appear in his new stage production. Her involvement will guarantee a hit and save him from his creditors. But many obstacles stand in the way of this reunion. Music by Cy Coleman, book by Comden & Green. Presented by: Fullerton Union High School Academy of the Arts. Production under the direction of Tim MacDougall and Genni Klein ·28th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL Fullerton College Campus Theatre, 321 E. Chapman , Fullerton March 7 & 8: The Festival is open to the public and admission is free. Alum Matthew Lillard will emcee and lead an acting workshop during the day's activities. Over 2000 competitors from over60 high schools camp out on campus for 2 days of acting, design competitions and other activities. Sisters Fanny, Hanna, Polly & Izzy played by Mia Ernst, Rebecca MasonWygal, Elizabeth Nguyen, and Marissa Massie.

PHOTO BY JIM VOLZ

"LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" AT THE MAVERICK

This show is a science-fiction, black comedy, musical extravaganza, featuring songs which echo various styles of the 60's including rock and roll, doo-wop and rhythm and blues. Book and Lyrics are by Howard Ashman and Music is by Alan Menken. Mushnik's, a seedy florist shop located on Skid Row, is dying on the vine (all puns intended). Business is bad and Mr. Mushnik may have to fire his employees, the nerdy Seymour and the beautiful Audrey. Seymour may have found a solution with the purchase of an exotic looking plant that kind-of, sort-of resembles a venus fly-trap. He names it Audrey II and convinces Mr. Mushnik to display it in the window and almost immediately, a customer appears. Problem solved? Unfortunately, no. Audrey II is doing poorly. Seymour accidentally pricks his finger on a rose thorn drawing blood which Audrey II eagerly laps up. Seymour has found Audrey II's secret--it thrives on human blood. A cycle starts; Seymour feeds Audrey II by pricking his fingers, the plant grows, people flock to the store to see it, and business booms. In a short time, Seymour goes from nerd to hero. Seymour loves Audrey and she has secret feelings for him. but her boyfriend Orin, is abusive, and she doesn't have the courage to leave him.. Orin is a sadistic dentist who loves to inflict pain on other people. He drives a motorcycle, wears a leather jacket and snorts Nitrous Oxide ("laughing gas") for fun. Audrey II continues to grow and now needs more blood than Seymour himself can supply. He stops feeding it only to learn that the plant can talk and sing. Audrey II convinces Seymour that all his (Seymour's) dreams can only come true if he continues to feed the plant. This starts a downward cycle with Seymour first feeding Orin and then Mr. Mushkin to Audrey II. Ultimately Audrey herself is tricked by the plant and is swallowed alive with Seymour following in an unsuccessful effort to rescue her. The entire cast is uniformly good with outstanding performances by the trio of urchins (Amber Snead, Erica Tirado, Stefany Mandap) whose singing and dancing is a sight to behold; David Chorley who is over the top in all four roles he plays (especially Orin); Ryan Coon as the voice of Audrey II and Jeff Kieviet who is the Plant. The Set and Plant Design provided by Maverick Rentals is awesome. Thanks to Director Darren Lewis who combined the work of the technicians and the actors into an enjoyable performance. - JR MAVERICK THEATER 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton Tickets: 714-526-7070 ·LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" plays thru April 12.

CAL STATE FULLERTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 800 N. St College Fullerton Tickets: (714) 278-3371 ·HALLBERG THEATRE: "AS IT IS IN HEAVEN" by Arlene Hutton opens March 7 thru March 22. · YOUNG THEATRE: "MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" opens March 7 thru March 22. Directed by Denise Shultz. LADERA VISTA JUNIOR HIGH : Tickets: (714) 447-7765 1700 E. Wilshire Ave, Fullerton CA 92831 www.fsd.k12.ca.us

·"CATS" performs from March 19 thru March 22 at 6:30pm. The public is invited. Tickets are $8/adults and $5/children.

CHANCE THEATRE : 5552 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim 92807 www.chancetheater.com Tickets: (714) 777-3033 ·"ASSASSINS" and "TALK ABOUT THE PASSION" Both productions play thru March 16. MUCKENTHALER CULTURAL CENTER: 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton Tickets: (714) 738-6595 www.themuck.org ·March 12 & 13: ANTONIO

"VAGINA MONOLOGUES" AT HUNGER ARTISTS THEATER

When I first entered the theater for the performance of Eve Hensler's Vagina Monologues, I didn't know what to expect because as one woman in the play said "In my day we didn't talk about such things." At the end of the play, I thought "Right on, Sister." Men talk about their "Crown Jewels" therefore we should feel free to talk about our "Jewel" and call it by name i.e. "Vagina." The setting is simple. One large chair center stage surrounded by others scattered around the room. Each one tells their one particular story from the center chair. At times they all line up across the front of the stage to impart information on a particular topic such as calling out the various slang names for the vagina. There is a screen across the back of the stage and topics to be discussed are displayed. At various intervals "Vagina Facts" appears and the lone male in the play comes on stage to the theme music for "Masterpiece Theater." At first, he looks and sounds like a college professor lecturing his students as he solemnly imparts his information (The eye and the vagina are the only self-cleaning parts of the body). By the end he looks more like a chastened high school senior (Nice going, Oscar Martinez). The ten member cast was uniformly good and each tells her story as if it truly was part of her life. Jessica Lynch gave an especially moving performance describing a gang rape at the hands of soldiers in her war-torn village Kimberly K. Mitchell's performance also seemed to come from the depths of her being as she described the torments she suffered until she was able to change her gender; she was born a boy but knew deep down she was a girl. Amber Scott's vagina was angry because each month it was stuffed with a hard cotton cylinder and for examinations, she always had to put her feet on cold stirrups and oh those icy steel instruments (do doctor's have a special refrigerator for these?) This is definitely a women's play because all of us have gone through the same trials and tribulations even if we didn't "talk about such things." This doesn't mean that men shouldn't attend. Maybe it's time for them to be educated too. Thanks to Eve Hensler for writing this play, Glendele Way-Agle for her outstanding direction and the entire cast for an eye-opening, mind-bending experience. It proves that you are never to old to learn. -JR · HUNGER ARTISTS 701 S. State College Blvd, Suite 699-A Fullerton Tickets: 714-6806803 or www.hungerartists.com "THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES" by Eve Ensler and "THE MARIJUANALOGUE" by Doug Benson, Tony Camin, and Arj Barker -thru March 16.

SACRE, BILINGUAL STORIES FROM A CUBAN-IRISHAMERICAN:

Award-winning storyteller Antonio Sacre has been delighting audiences with his touching and humorous bilingual stories, solo theatrical performances, and children's books and tapes. He inspires all ages to read, gather their own family stories, and become storytellers themselves. Since 1994, he has taught drama, storytelling, and writing to teachers and students nationwide, and worked as an artist-in-residence with four high schools in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. "2nd wednesdays & Thursdays Performing Arts Series" shows in the gallery feature nationally known performers. Shows begin at 8pm. Tickets are $20/door or $15 in advance. ($99 for the entire 7 concert series. See the fea-

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REST IN PEACE WE REMEMBER YOU

High School District Considers Tough Cuts

12 FTE teachers at school sites · ($150K) Mid-year staffing reductions STUDENT SERVICES/INSTRUCTION at comprehensive school sites ·($TBD) Reduce District provided professional development activities ·($TBD) Reduce bus routes and stops ·($TBD) Expand transportation disMAINTENANCE tance requirement from 2 to 3 miles · ($227K) Reduce Maintenance & ·($TBD) Consolidate Special Operations services Education bus stops · ($456,545) Reduce custodial services · ($225K) Shift allocations for ADMINISTRATION Instructional Materials to Prop 20 fund· ($560K) Consolidate support services ing including reduction of one Assistant · ($225K) Reduce textbook purchases Principal to amount of annual State allocation · ($200K) Defer filling position of ·($TBD) Limit number of basic text- Assistant Superintendent of Education & books to one per subject Assessment Services · ($150K) Reduce Health Education · ($175K) Eliminate indirect ASB requirement from 5 to 2.5 units Accounting services · ($100K) Provide Cypress College · ($60K) Reduce clerical services at courses with District teachers FUHS to identified ADA staffing levels · ($400K) Reduce Special Education · ($35K) Reduce services in HR providinstructional aide staffing according to ing health & welfare info guidelines ($162K) Reduce clerical services at · ($1.16 million) Eliminate all 197 20:1 school sites by 10% English I sections · ($25K) Reduce clerical services in · ($200K) Reduce 44 20:1 English I Superintendent's office sections (including Honors 20:1) · ($34K) Reduce campus supervision · ($70K to $210K) Reduce guidance services services 10% to 20% · ($70K) Reduce clerical support servic· ($528K) Remove Special Education es for Bond construction projects students from staffing formula where · ($100K) Reduce conference attenduplication of services occurs dance costs · ($44K) Reduce two 8th grade MISCELLANEOUS Geometry sections) · ($35K) Reduce associated profession· ($180K) ELL program at Sonora al development hospitality/food costs High · ($38K) Reduce costs associated with · ($133K) Second district nurse district writing exam · ($47.5K) School marketing programs TEACHERS/LIBRARY · ($TBD) Reduce energy costs at school · ($200K) Reduce Library Services 20% sites by eliminating personal use appli· ($115,491) Eliminate paid conference ances period for ROP Opportunity-partnership · ($TBD) Study more effective use of teachers. categorical funds · ($110K to 1.32 million) Reduce 1 to Continued from front page

Marjorie Nall

Marjorie Jane (Nichols) Nall beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away February 16, 2008 after a long battle with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). She lived at Morningside in Fullerton. Marjorie was born May 30th, 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri to Sidney Hargrove Nichols and Nellie Bly (Townsend) Clyde. She was married to Forrest Raymond Nall, on November 30, 1939, who preceded her in death in August 1991. Marjorie lived the majority of her wonderful 92 years in Illinois and California. She worked for such notable companies as I. Magnin in Seattle and San Francisco and Henri Fayette Cards, Chicago, IL but was always first a wife and Mother. She is survived by her two sons, Michael John Nall and Steven Forrest Nall. Her daughter Mary Ann (Nall) Guglielmelli passed away in 1987. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Gregory Nall, Jeffrey Nall, Diana (Nall) Fisher, Deborah Nall, David Nall, Kevin Guglielmelli, Nicholas Guglielmelli and Dustin Guglielmelli. She is also survived by six great grandchildren; Alexandra Jones, Kaitlyn Nall, Emily Nall, William Guglielmelli, Evelyn Nall and Samantha Nall. Marjorie lived a long life filled with happiness, the love of family and friends and many wonderful experiences. She had a passion for playing bridge, reading books and watching golf on television, all of which were curtailed in recent years by macular degeneration. She was also known for her gourmet cooking and enjoyed entertaining. Marjorie had a beautiful smile and warm heart that brightened every room she entered. Her loving warmth and patient guidance will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her kindness and compassionate friendship will be missed by many friends and neighbors. Private Memorial Celebrations of her life will be held by the family. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Orange County, 1940 E. Deere St., Santa Ana, CA 92705, (949) 261-9446 in the name of her precious daughter Mary Ann (Nall) Guglielmelli.

Guadalupe M. Maciel

Guadalupe M. Maciel, 86, passed away Feb. 24, 2008. Survived by sons Victor Herrara, Daniel Maciel, and Juan Casas; daughters Connie Vitolas and Terry Stewart; sisters Lorenza Sanchez and AnnaMaria Ruiz; brothers Jess Mendoza and Tommy Martinez; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 8 greatgreat-grandchildren. Rosary and Mass were held Feb. 28 at St. Jospeh's Catholic Church with burial at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.

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A Tribute to Lorena Macias

Lorena Macias was born on June 26th, 1976 in Anaheim. She grew up in Fullerton where she attended Valencia Park Elementary, Parks Jr. High and in 1994 graduated from Buena Park High. During her high school years, Lorena was a cheerleader, dancer and the Junior Homecoming Princess. She attended Cal State Fullerton where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1999. While completing her internship at the Youth Guidance Center she found her passion working with troubled teenagers. She then began her career at YGC as a deputy probation counselor where she made a difference in many lives. Lorena and Chad Wilson met on July 7th, 2002. Upon completion of his tour in the Marine Corps, they were married on December 26th, 2003. Lorena, the last born child of Teresa Reynoso, is survived by her husband, mother and father, four sisters, two brothers, a god-daughter, twelve nieces and nephews, family and many friends. She will always be remembered as a loving, caring and thoughtful person. Lori had courage and the will to live. Lorena and her family found out she was sick in October of 2006. When she felt that those around her were feeling down because of her illness, she went out of her way to try and make them feel better. Lori decided to shave her hair on

Valentines Day 2007. If she was going to lose her hair, she was determined to do it on her own terms. She wanted to make a party out of it and decided to have some people over to share the experience. The next day she called her family up to make sure everybody was doing ok. She always thought of others before herself. Her faith in GOD was so strong. She knew that GOD was giving her this heavy cross to carry. She carried it for as long as she could, never giving up on him. Lori told us all she was not afraid to die, what she feared was the pain that her family and friends would experience after her passing. Lorena Macias-Wilson passed away on March 12, 2007. My name is Samantha Kneeskern and I am telling the story about how one person changed my life. That one person is my Nina Lorena, who is my godmother. I was in the room when the doctor came in to tell us she had cancer, and right now I still remember that tear rolling down her face and I think that was when it happened, by "it" I mean realizing that from that moment on my whole life would be different because of her. I have realized how much she means to me. She is my role model because she went through so much but was still able to laugh and have fun. When I was little my Nina and I would do everything together. I have a video tape of me in her dress and her make-up dancing to the song "Candy Girl" and "Honey I'm Home" and pictures of us in my green fish blow up pool and us driving around in my Barbie Jeep. I have a lot of great memories with her. We used to do scrapbooking together. I have four scrapbooks that we did together. They contain pictures of me when I was a baby up to about 7 years old, even my first Christmas and Easter cards. My Nina has been my next door neighbor since I was born 12 years ago. I feel so honored that she was my Godmother, and even though I don't see her everyday like I used to, I know she will always be with me in my heart. I love and miss you Nina. Love always your one and only God-daughter Samantha Kneeskern. God saw that I was getting tired, And a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around me, And whispered "come with me" With tearful eyes they watched me Suffer and slowly fade away, Although they loved me dearly, They could not make me stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best!

Martha Jean Borleau

Martha "Marti" Jean Wallace, Amity, Borleau was born March 28, 1944 in Oakland, California to LaVaughn and Mildred Wallace and died February 6, in Port Angeles, Washington. The Wallace family moved to Buena Park in 1946. Marti started school in Buena Park and when the family moved to Fullerton in 1956 attended Golden Hill Elementary, Wilshire Jr. High, Sunny Hills High and graduated from Fullerton College. She had one year of college in Hawaii. Marti married Ronald Amity whom she met in Hawaii and they moved to Ohio where Anthony and Heather were born. The family moved to California where Nicolas and Frank were born. Marti was active in the LaLache League and was later active in politics in Idaho. She leaves behind her four children and husband Martin Borleau; sister, Claudia Conn; brothers, Allan and Richard (and his wife Nomie Wallace); mother, Mildred Conn, plus six grandchildren, a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, an uncle and friends. Marti will be missed. Her ashes will be scattered on Coeur d'Alene Lake, Idaho later this year.

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Marilyn Joann Smith

Marilyn Joann Smith was born in De Moines, IA on 12 October 1939, the daughter of Lloyd and Eleanor Gouka. A resident of Orange County since 1964, Marilyn was the wife of Wayne Smith and the loving mother of Laura Churchill of San Marcos, CA; Charles (Chuck) Lathrop of Kona HI and Wesley (Wes) Lathrop of Placentia, CA. Marilyn was the celebrated owner of the "Group Therapy" pub in Placentia where she developed and nurtured a group of close and lifelong friends and admirers whose love and support gave her peace and solace throughout her relatively brief illness. Marilyn's most recent joy was the birth of her first great-grandchild, Jacob Churchill. In addition to her children, Marilyn leaves eight grandchildren, Brian of Long Beach; Paul of San Diego, Carly of Azusa; Samantha and Kendall of Kona, HI and Ariel, Emily and Olivia of Irvine and her loving sister, Rosemary Northcutt of Fullerton. Roman Catholic services were held at St. Joseph's Church in Placentia and the dissemination of Marilyn's ashes is planned off the coast of the island of Hawaii in mid-April.

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BEEF RECALL: It's Not Just Hamburger or an Isolated Incident of Downer Cows

BACKGROUND The US Department of Agriculture announced a recall of over 143 million pounds of raw and frozen beef and ground pork processed at Hallmark/Westland Meat Plant in Chino California. The recall covers meat processed at the, now temporarily closed, plant over the past two years. The action was taken after a video tape, taken by a US Humane Society undercover investigator, showed cattle being led to slaughter by forklift, electric shock and other banned means. The investigator worked at the plant, which was chosen randomly, for six-weeks in the fall of 2007. Over 50 million pounds of the ground beef was sold to federal nutrition programs including the national school lunch program. An estimated 20 million pounds has already been consumed. The California Department of Education urged school districts to remove beef products from menus. The beef was also distributed to undisclosed restaurants and other bulk users in the form of ground beef, Tri-Tip, Sirloin, Rib Eye, Tenderloin, Skirt, Flank, Beef Loin, burrito filling; meatball filling; ground pork, and more under the labels Regal, Westland, Hallmark, or King. RISKS Due to the risk of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encepholopathy BSE for short) and other pathogens, "downer" cattle, those unable to walk on their own, are banned from human consumption. However, there are loopholes in the law, and such cattle can become part of the food chain with approval of a USDA inspector. Mad Cow Disease or BSE can be passed on to humans who eat the contaminated beef though symptoms, similar to Alzheimer's, can take up to 15 years to surface. The disease is fatal. Other dangers of processing downer cattle include one of the most virulent foodborne pathogens, E. coli 157:H7, which infects tens of thousands of Americans each year, causing dozens of deaths and is a leading cause of acute kidney failure in children according to a 2003 USDA study. Samonella, Anthrax, Listeria and other pathogens are also more common in downer cattle. Older cattle are thought to be at higher risk for all diseases. Beef involved in the current recall came from retired dairy cows. The majority of nonambulatory cattle are culled dairy cows and annually, 6 million are slaughtered and enter the food chain. An estimated 195,000 to 1.8 million cows per year are too sick or injured to rise but this does not necessarily remove them from the food chain. A Humane Society of the US report found that, according to USDA slaughter plant records between "Jan 1999 and June 2001, most were still ruled fit for human consumption." In contrast, downed cattle in Europe can not even be used in pet food. LAX INSPECTION About 35 million head of cattle are slaughtered annually in the US. The USDA which is responsible for inspecting the meat packing business has about 7,500 inspectors to cover about 6,200 meat processing plants (900 are slaughter houses). Over 700 citations were issued by inspectors at plants last year for minor violations such as not having water in the holding pens said the USDA. Dr. Peterson of the USDA said there was a "very, very remote probability of any adverse illness," for those who have already consumed the beef due to the FDA feed ban which began in 1997. That ban stopped the practice of feeding slaughter house waste back to cattle (a known path of mad cow). Also the brain, spinal cords and other parts, which are considered high risk materials, are removed. The USDA is developing a plan for stepped up oversight of slaughter houses including possible video taping. NOT ISOLATED Although this issue is coming to light because of the Humane Society's undercover tapes it is not new according to a USDA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report. In 2006, the OIG criticized the USDA for "inconsistent application of policies and regulations related to downed animals." In a review of 12 slaughter plants observed between June 2004, to April 2005, the OIG found "29 downed cattle were slaughtered for human food. They observed use of a forklift and a rail above the pens to transport nonambulatory cattle to the slaughter area." In 2006. a cow on an Alabama farm was confirmed with the third known case of mad cow disease in the US since 2003. At that time various public interest groups lobbied congress to ban "downer cattle" from the food supply. Although some action was taken, loopholes still allow downer cattle to enter the food chain if deemed OK by inspectors. The HSUS report "Food Safety Concerns with the Slaughter of Downed Cattle concludes, "An unequivocal ban on the slaughter of downed animals for human consumption would presumably remove the incentive for slaughter plant workers to torment or improperly transport nonambulatory animals rather than euthanize them, and may bolster the safety of the food supply."

Balance & Change

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ANOREXIA

Someone very special to me is struggling with a very difficult disease, Anorexia. It is insidious and deadly and it can strike any family. The typical anorexic is a teenage girl. Anorexia is when, for a variety of reasons, a girl thinks she is fat and begins different methods to lose the weight. Unfortunately, these teen girls have no reality to their body size. They continue to lose weight long past any reasonable, or even unreasonable, view of a thin body. My friend is 5'5" and weighs 86 pounds. I want to cry when I see her. Approximately, 5% of our teen girls are anorexic and the number is rising. In this culture, even more so living in Southern California, we have a false idea of beauty. But anorexia is only minimally about losing weight. It is about gaining control. Young women with this illness feel as though they have no control in their lives. So, they take ultimate control: they control what goes into their bodies. You cannot force food into someone's mouth. If your teen closes her mouth, no food is going in. Up to 20% of women, who do not receive treatment, die from this disease. In the public eye, Singer Karen Carpenter died from it, as well as many runway models. The disease can be treated. Often in-patient treatment is required. It is expensive and emotionally draining for the whole family. In fact, the whole family needs treatment in order for the anorexic to get better. If your daughter is losing weight, be watchful. Make sure that she is doing so in a healthy manner. Make sure that she is eating enough calories, that she is not obsessively exercising, that she is not vomiting or using laxatives. Get help from an expert in the field. Finally, I am sending my love to this very special girl. I believe in you and believe that you can beat this disease. Be well.

Food Recall Updates

PROCESSED FOOD RECALLS: Processed food products included in the beef recall so far include: · 35,000 cases of Progresso Italian Wedding Soup by General Mills. · 49,264 cases of Hot Pockets; Philly Steak & Chesse; and Croissant Crust Philly Steak & Cheese sandwiches that contain beef by Nestle Prepared Foods Co. · Farmer John's hot dogs & cotto salami. OTHER DEVELOPMENTS · As a result of the HSUS investigation over 150 school districts across the nation have pulled meat from cafeteria menus, and Jack-in-the-Box and In & Out restaurant ties with severed chains have Hallmark/Westland. · On February 15, two employees seen abusing cows on the video were charged on misdemeanor and felony counts by the San Bernardino County DA. Although the Humane Society of the US applauded the filing, it urged law enforcement to pursue leads that point to culpability by the company and its senior executives. The workers were paid about $9 per hour to presumably follow plant policy or be fired. ·Two USDA inspectors working for the agency at the Hallmark/Westland plant have been put on paid leave. ·No testing of the recalled meat, which will be destroyed, has been ordered by USDA.

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OC Sanitation District Fee Hike

The OCSD approved a sewer service rate increase which will raise the sewer fee from $182 per year to $294 per year in increments by year 2013. The first incremental increase will take place on September's property taxes. The money raised from the increase will go to fund the Groundwater Replenishment System where sewer water is captured, filtered, and allowed to seep into the underground aquifer where it is then pumped back up as drinking water. The OCSD and OC Water District partnership on this system was set in place in part due to the necessity to find a stable water supply because of drought and uncertainty of imported supplies, and laws restricting the amount of waste water released through the Ocean Outflow.

POLICE SHORTS

·RAPE/ATTEMPTED HIT & RUN: Police are searching for a rape suspect who allegedlly tried to run down an officer in the parking lot of the Heritage Inn, 333 E. Imperial Highway, at 1:30pm on February 28. Officers were called to the site by a woman who wanted police protection while exchanging property with her exboyfriend who, she said, had raped her earlier. The officer was interviewing the rape victim when the woman spotted the suspect parked in the lot. The officer fired one shot as the suspect fled in his vehicle. The man escaped. Anyone with information about the suspect may call the police dept. at 738-6716 ·METAL THEFTS: Thefts of $12,000 worth of copper wiring from the new Fullerton Sports Complex, a bronze plaque from the new Hillcrest Park reservoir and downspouts from the historical Fullerton Museum Center are being investigated by police. Anyone with information about the thefts may call the police dept. at 738-6716

Stop Aquatic Invasive Species Now!

by Dr. Phyllis Windle, Senior Scientist Union of Concerned Scientists Invasive Species Project Oceangoing ships carrying no cargo fill special tanks with water for balance, picking up and transporting plants, animals, and microbes with that water. When ships arrive from foreign ports and empty this ballast water, they are potentially introducing thousands of non-native species into our waters. These species spread throughout the nation's bays, rivers, and lakes, dramatically altering native ecosystems and causing serious economic harm to industries and communities. Please call and urge your representatives to make the bill as strong as possible. Rep. Ed Royce 714-992-8081 Rep. Loretta Sanchez 714-621-0102 For more information on this and other topics visit the Union of Concerned Scientists website at www.ucsusa

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CAREGIVER WANTED Mature, experienced caregiver for elderly couple. Must have references, California driver's license, social security card, and live in North Orange County. Will provide meal preparation, laundry, and personal assistance with activities of daily living for wife with limited mobility. 30-40 hours Mon-Fri. Call (714) 870-1982

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In-HOME CAREGIVERS Comfort Keepers is seeking kind, caring, personable individuals to provide non medical inhome care to the elderly. (Companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation to appointments, shopping, etc). Flexible schedules - full-time, part-time. We provide training. Must have valid driving license; car insurance, reliable transportation. We do background checks. Call 851-8895 WARMHEARTED CAREGIVERS Needed to provide in-home companion care for seniors in Fullerton and nearby areas. Hourly or live-in. Provide light housekeeping, cooking, personal assistance, transportation service, errand running, and friendship. Valid license, insured transportation, good driving record required. CNAs/HHAs welcome. Independent Living Partners, 714-257-1435. EXPERIENCED CAREGIVERS Visiting Angels is seeking experienced Caregivers for non-medical day or night live-in or out care. Servicing Fullerton and nearby communities. Flexible, full and part-time shifts. Must have reliable transportation and a background check is required. Call 714-6286225.

HELP BLUEBIRDS The California Bluebird Recovery Program needs volunteers to check on bird houses during nesting season to count nests, eggs, and chicks. It is very interesting and rewarding to observe the life cycle of bluebirds while getting exercise outdoors in beautiful locations at your own schedule. 714-525-2428 OC COMMISSION OPENINGS Fourth District residents are needed to serve on the Orange County Human Relations Commission and the OC Tourism Council. For details or to apply, call Kara at 714-834-3440. COMPANION HOSPICE Companion Hospice is recruiting volunteers to become friends with someone who needs caring at the end-of-life. Each applicant will receive 16 hours of orientation and training from our professional team. Training starts Saturday, March 8th from 9am to 1pm. Contact Ms. Jerry Peay, Regional Director of Volunteer Services at Companion Hospice at 714560-8177

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

MOSLEY'S PAINTING Interior & Exterior, Commercial & Residential. Small jobs & big jobs. Stucco patch repair, acoustic removal, texture, drywall repaired, replaced. Water damage & mold problems. Wallpaper removal, patio covers, decks. We do most major repairs. Senior Discount. State Lic.#750294. City Lic.#134494. Call for a free estimate 714270-3232

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CAREER HELP

CONCRETE REPAIR Do you have ugly cracked concrete? We can make your concrete beautiful. We use our expertise in concrete restoration to make your concrete better than new. Call me for your free estimate and I will show you samples of what we can do for your concrete. Lic.#368289. Call David 714-493-3664 GENERAL REPAIRS No job too small. 30 years experience. Complete kitchen and bath remodel, ceramic tile, floors, counters, drywall, brick work, patio, windows, appliances, cabinets, carpet, fences, plumbing, painting and more! We have a brochure of all work provided and we do free estimates. Call Leo 738-6924. City Lic.#131371 GOT REPAIRS? We do it all - Handyman services, kitchen/bath remodel, carpentry, interior & exterior jobs, drywall, painting, plumbing, vinyl, ceramic & wood laminate flooring, formica installation, wallpaper removal, windows, fencing and more. Very dependable! 20 years experience! "Werner General Repairs & Remodeling" Thomas Werner 812-6603. 1519 E. Chapman Ave #175, Fullerton 92831. City License #127977 Now Accepting All Major Credit Cards.

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EARLY-MARCH 2008

FRIENDSHIP, FRIENDSHIP by Diane Nielen © 2008

They are pictures you can't get out of your ences in lineage. If zoos need to enlist the mind. Warm fuzzy interactions between aid of surrogate mothers, they may resort to creatures you would have expected to at best spraying the urine of the wet-nurse's species merely tolerate each other. At the worst, on the baby to facilitate acceptance. But in the outside world this has proved maybe devour. But here they are unnecessary. Case in point is the cuddled up together as buddies. Periodically my email includes The more you story of "Finnegan, the Squirrel." someone sharing an upbeat tale search, the When Debby Cantlon in Seattle took in the injured orphaned aniof animals that have come mal and began bottle-feeding it, together in improbable pairings. more diverse Now it's my turn to brighten relationships her pregnant dog, Mademoiselle Giselle, insisted on getting your day. you will involved. Repeatedly she dragged The hardest to believe story uncover. Finnegan's kennel through the comes from Churchill in the far Owen, an orphaned baby hippo, and Mzee, a 130-year-old tortoise, are inseparable pals. house to her bedside. Finally north on the edge of Canada's Debby decided to risk allowing and stares down at his finned friend. Hudson Bay. There the fine phoslow approachments before a rapport was tographer Norbert Rosing witnessed and the squirrel out of its confines and Giselle Another case of food becoming fellowship established. But eventually the two were documented interplay between a polar bear took over nurturing and even nursing the instead is that of Aochan and Gohan, or The inseparable and Owen began to rally. and some sled dogs. The huskies were tiny one. After the dog delivered her pup- Snake and The Snack Hamster. In a Tokyo Already there have been two books pubchained up so were virtually defenseless pies Finnegan became just one of the brood. zoo Gohan (which translates as "meal") was lished on this duo plus innumerable articles We're all aware of exceptions to the nor- presented as a diet item to a rat snake named and a television documentary. before this meat-eating predator. Granted, the bear's tastebuds salivate for seal flesh but, mal antipathy that dogs and cats feel for Aochan but he decided to keep it as a buddy. So many pairings: a bulldog and a parrot, hey, meat is meat, and here was dinner virtu- each other, friendships that have been forged Now together they snooze and schmooze a raccoon and a cat, a little dog in Florida ally served up. But instead the bear wanted because the animals were raised together. (non-verbal communication). raising four baby squirrels it found on a to play and came back to visit every night for But here's a devotion that went beyond "till I'm charmed by the story of Jasmine the downed tree limb, a young antelope frolicka week. On YouTube, search for "Wild Polar death do us part." Are you ready for this? cat who baby-sits a family's little pet turtle. ing with a dog in Colorado, an abandoned Bear Meets Husky" to view Rosing's terrific From England comes the tale of Oscar, a The kids in the household tie a string monkey bonded with a snowy pigeon, a small dog, and his soulmate, Arthur, the cat. around the turtle's shell. The two animals bunny hanging out with ducks, a chihuahua still pictures. If your heart needs warming, there's an Arthur died at the age of 17 and Oscar was sleep in the same box. If the turtle starts to deciding it should mother a little chick (a When night overabundance of friendly fuel on the web devastated. wander off, Jasmine pulls the mouthful to cart around). Since there wasfree for your viewing delight. Fair warning: descended Oscar went out to n't room to include all the pictures I would string to reel in his charge. ... all it takes YouTube has been proven to be addicting. the garden and dug up his dear Surely the most widely pub- have liked to share, if you email me, dianeBut there's no better source than this site. departed friend, carried the for a relationship licized inter-species friendship [email protected], I'll be happy to forward remains inside, laid him in the It's where the action is. is that between the orphaned a handful more. to work is for Next check out "Cat and Hamster," two basket bed which they had As I've worked on this article I haven't baby hippo, Owen, and the minutes pulled from a TV show. The lyrical shared for years, and proceeded huge 130-year-old Aldabra tor- been able to get out of my mind the lyrics of two people to narration in Japanese and background music to clean him up. Honest. In need each other. toise, Mzee. Owen was an a song, "Friendship, Friendship," from the enhance the whimsical video of these two the morning the owners found anguished survivor of the hor- vintage Cole Porter musical "Anything pals. Even though he climbs into the cat's the duo curled up together. So They are corny but catchy. rific tsunami in the Indian Goes." food dish, the hamster doesn't get mistaken Arthur now has a more secure Ocean that affected the east Examples: "If you're ever in a jam, here I am final resting place and Oscar was presented coast of Kenya, 4000 miles away, in . . . If you're ever up a tree, just phone me . . for dinner. Now move on to a longer tale in which with a new kitten to fill the void in his life. December of 2004. He was sighted alone when other friendships have ceased to jell, The more you search, the more diverse stranded on a reef offshore. It took heroic ours will still be swell." And I'm reminded the feline is the protected rather than the protector. "Crow and Kitten" is a 7? minute relationships you will uncover. Google efforts by the local people to accomplish his of the truism that all it takes for a relationsegment taken from television relating an "Some Really Strange Animal Friends rescue. No small feat when you learn that ship to work is for two people to need each eight-month relationship that commenced Photos" for a sampling that includes tigers although a baby, Owen already weighed 600 other. Well, the same can be said of animals. when an abandoned kitten was found by a with rabbits, a parrot and a hamster, a pounds. Plus he wasn't cooperative. He was We manage to get by, but only with more crow, surely its natural enemy. The crow hedgehog with a squirrel, and a frog and moved to an animal rescue facility some fifty than a little help from our friends. Thank tended and offered food to the little one. mouse. Or you can go to www.animalliber- miles away where he languished and one today. Better yet, if you can, make that The folks who lived in a house on the prop- ationfront and select "Animal Photos" to be remained hostile to his saviors. That was a hug. To quote a message I recently erty in Massachusetts where this occurred overwhelmed with pictures, many with until he met up with Mzee whose name received, "Sometimes friends come from started recording the saga on videos because mini-stories as captions. You'll come to means "wise old man." Theirs was not an unexpected places, but they are life's most believe that almost any combination is pos- instant bonding. Rather it took a series of special gifts." others didn't believe their stories. Choosing "Badger and Otter" will intro- sible. Far Left: Aochan & Gohan presents an example of Among the more bizarre cases is the duce you to two wildlife orphans saved by food becoming fellowship Secret World, a rescue center in the south- attraction between Chino and Falstaff. Left: Chino the Golden Retriever & Falstaff the Koi west of England. Then asking for "Billy and Chino is a golden retriever and Falstaff is a make unusual pals. Kiko - Dog and Monkey" will take you to 15-inch-long koi who enjoys nibbling on Below: Jasmine the cat babysits the family turtle. an unnarrated minute spent with this pair in Chino's fluffy paws. For over three years northern Mozambique. Following a severe these two have been pals in Medford, flood in 2002 the canine emerged from the Oregon, although one is confined to a bush with the tiny monkey riding bareback. watery world. Chino plops next to the pond They have been together since then. Have you ever seen a cat wrestle with a chicken? Here's your opportunity: "Cat and Hen (Kokko y Kome)" brings you over 3 minutes of antics underscored with a Japanese explanation. So far my stories have been about pals. Even stronger bonds are developed when parenting instincts kick in, overruling differ-

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