Rep. Ed Royce of Rowland Heights makes some interesting points:
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the United Nations this week is being analyzed in excruciating detail for signs that the long-stalled negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program can finally gain traction. What exactly did Rouhani mean when he talked about peace and moderation? The media blitz has been interesting, but what really matters is what Rouhani does with his first 100 days in office.
Although a new leader’s first 100 days is admittedly an arbitrary marker — the Iranian president’s U.N. speech punctuated the halfway mark — in Rouhani’s case, it will be a reasonable test of whether he can match his words with actions. Will Tehran show any willingness to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program?
For starters, Rouhani needs to make it crystal clear whether Iran is prepared to accept President Obama’s long-standing offer to establish direct, substantive and meaningful negotiations between the U.S. and Iran. Does he have the political courage to take this step? More important, does he have the abiding blessing of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader?
If we get to this point, Rouhani must bring something new and meaningful to the table. Until now, the Iranian negotiators have offered minimal nuclear concessions in exchange for maximum financial and oil sanctions relief. Since his election, the only nuclear-related action taken by Rouhani has been to announce that his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, a veteran Iranian diplomat known to many in the West, will represent the country in upcoming nuclear negotiations. It remains to be seen though how much authority Zarif will have.
And neither Zarif nor Rouhani has shown a willingness to commit to a freeze in Iran’s nuclear program, as called for in successive U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
Diamond Bar is planning a special exhibit for its Veterans Day Ceremony, and is seeking photographs of retired or discharged service members who live or have lived in Diamond Bar.
Photographs submitted for exhibit consideration should be of the veteran in uniform and/or during active service, and include identification information such as the veteran’s name, military branch and occupation specialty, dates of service, and awards earned. Copies are suggested as submissions will not be returned.
Submissions should include a contact name and phone number and be sent to Community Services Coordinator Andee Tarazon by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed/hand-delivered to Diamond Bar City Hall, 21810 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765. The deadline for photo contributions is Monday, October 14.
This year’s Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grand Avenue, on Thursday, November 7 starting at 9am. Service members who have not previously been recognized by the City Council and participants of the City’s Armed Forces Banner Program who are no longer actively deployed will be honored with an award and commemorative pin. For more information, call 909.839.7067.
Rowland KIDS First will be joining forces with Rowland Council Parent Teacher Association will hold a Candidate Forum tonight at 7 p.m. in Telesis Academy at 2800 E. Hollingworth Ave, West Covina.
This will give voters an opportunity to get to know the position of school board candidates on various topics in the Rowland Uniﬁed School District. The forum will be moderated by the East San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Questions to the candidates will be written by members of the audience before the event. The questions will then be submitted to League representatives, who will present the questions in a structured way that gives all candidates an opportunity to respond.
Rowland Recreation classes for children will begin next week. It’s not too late to sign up for fun classes like basketball, soccer, tennis, ballet, tap, cheer , piano, guitar, drums and art.
Register at the Recreation Office in the Rowland Adult and Community Education Building, 2100 Lerona Ave. Rowland Heights. Office Hours Mon.-Thurs 1pm-5pm, Friday 12:30pm-4:30pm (626) 965-5975 ext. 1567. Or check out our website: recreation.rowland.k12.ca.us.
Los Altos Elementary in Hacienda Heights will hold its fall blood drive for the American Red Cross on Sept. 19 from 1 to 7 p.m.in the cafeteria. Donors can show up on site or sign up prior to the event by calling the school at (626) 933-2301. For more information, see its website and Twitter feed @LosAltosEl
Los Altos will be recognized on Sept. 26 by the Southern California Red Cross at Castaways in Burbank for its drives last year. The local school had the third highest blood donation drive in the area for the 2013 Spring season.
The Rowland Heights Coordinating Council has a busy agenda planned for tonight’s meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pathfinder Park.
Kimo Morris will give a presentation on the Rowland KIDS First Alliance, a newly formed community group, that has been formed with a goal of providing a community forum for the purpose of increasing communications between the Rowland Unified School Board/Administration and residents, parents of students, teachers and other stakeholders of the District.
Following Kimo’s presentation, Connie Douglas from Schabarum Park will give a presentation on various facilities and programs available at the park.
Looking for fun activities for your children? Check out the fall classes at the Rowland Recreation Department. Then come out for special Saturday registration hours from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 14, 21.
Exciting new classes include Latin Percussion for ages 6 years to adults. Students will learn the congas, timbales, bongos and other hand percussions.
There’s also Math & Logic for grades K-6, a program to help students with their problem-solving and logical thinking skills. Why not try the one-day etiquette workshops, Youth Etiquette and Life skills for Teens.
The Rowland Adult & Community Education Recreation Department is located at 2100 Lerona Ave. in Rowland Heights, next door to Killian Elementary School.