Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church packs gifts for kids

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and School in Diamond Bar will hold an Operation Christmas Child Packing Party on Saturday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

They are filling 1,000 shoe boxes with items we have been collecting all year from our school.  Operation Christmas Child sends filled shoe boxes around the world for Christmas, so children less fortunate can get a gift on Christmas. 

To become a part of our packing party, call Ann Lovell at 909-730-9057 to sign up and learn more. The church is located at 23300 Golden Springs Drive in Diamond Bar.

Homestead Museum offers holiday tours

Looking for a way to immerse yourself in the holiday season? Check out the Homestead Museum’s Holiday Tour Weekends on Saturdays and Sundays, December 6, 7, 13, and 14, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Learn about how the celebration of Christmas changed from the 1840s through the 1920s as you tour the museum’s decorated historic houses and meet some colorful characters along the way.

On Dec. 6, visitors can help Elizabeth and Rose Townsend trim a 1920s Christmas tree and play a festive party game. Be on the lookout for Frank Romero, an exhausted chauffeur, as he returns from some last-minute errands on Dec. 7.

Filled with the holiday spirit, Walter and Sheila Nelson will be on hand on Dec.13, for a yuletide sing-along, and Charlotte Bullock, a Victorian-era immigrant from England, will do her best to determine whether or not visitors have the stamina to celebrate the season the way she and her friends did back home on Dec. 14.

Sweet treats will be served in the Gallery after each hour-long tour. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Space is limited and reservations are recommended.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance on Dec. 6, 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., so don’t forget your list! Call (626) 968-8493 or visit homesteadmuseum.org for more information.

When William Workman, whose Workman House is part of the Homestead Museum, first arrived in the Los Angeles area in the 1840s, Christmas was regarded as a religious event celebrated with plays such as Las Pastorelas (The Shepherd’s Play) and Las Posadas (the story of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging).

People attended the Misa del Gallo (Mass of the Rooster) at sunrise and would enjoy popular foods of the season including buñuelos and In 1870, Christmas became a national holiday and local celebrations reflected more traditions from around the world including Christmas trees, decorations, and Santa Claus.

By the time Workman’s grandson, Walter Temple Sr., came to build a home of his own next to the Workman House in the 1920s, Christmas was quite a commercial event.

Popular department stores like Broadway catered to every gift buying desire. Colorful lights adorned businesses and homes alike, and in Altadena one could drive through a forest of illuminated trees known as Christmas Tree Lane.

The holiday season is an amazing time of year to visit the Homestead Museum. Free tours of the decorated historic houses are offered Wednesday through Sunday at 1, 2,3 and 4 p.m., with the exception of the Holiday Tour Weekends.

The museum will be losed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, however the holiday exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 4, 2015.

The museum is located at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry, just one mile north of SR 60 (Pomona Freeway) at the Hacienda Boulevard exit. Call (626) 968-8493 or visit homesteadmuseum.org for more information.

Diamond Bar dedicates historic windmill today

Diamond Bar is holding a special dedication ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. today to officially recognize the Diamond Bar Windmill as a local historic landmark.

The windmill, located near the intersection of Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue, has been part of Diamond Bar since the area was ranchland grazed by livestock. Accounts by several longtime residents credit Don Ury, then vice president of the Transamerica Corporation (the first and major developer of Diamond Bar), with preserving the windmill.

The windmill belongs to Retail Opportunities Investment Corporation (ROIC), the owners of the Diamond Bar Towne Center. However, as of August 2014, the City has perpetual access to both the structure and the immediate property where it stands for purposes of carrying out routine maintenance work to keep it structurally sound.

For more information about the windmill dedication event, contact the City’s Public Information Division at 909.839.7055 or info@diamondbarca.gov.

Diamond Bar golfers win state championship

DBHS Girls Golf

The Diamond Bar High Girls Golf team claimed the 2014 CIF state championship on November 18 with a score of 381.  Longtime rival Torrey Pines finished 20 shots behind the Brahmas, ending their four-year state title streak.

The championship was held at the Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga. The Brahma team won their third consecutive CIF team title and clinched the spot at state with their 2nd Place finish at the state semifinals on November 13.

Congratulations to players Josephine Chang, Rachel Chung, Joan Park, Kaitleen Shee, Crystal Wang, and Bethany Wu and coach Tony McCabe.

Rep. Ed Royce to chair House Foreign Affairs Committee

Today, the House Republican Conference selected U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Rowland Heights) to continue serving as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Royce has served on the Committee since entering the House of Representatives in 1993, serving as Chairman since 2013.
 
Chairman Royce said:  “I am honored that my colleagues have selected me to continue serving as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 114th Congress.  Over the last two years, our nation has faced continuous, serious threats from across the globe, including ISIL, Russia and North Korea. 

“Unfortunately, many of these threats have been met with a confused and often passive Obama Administration foreign policy.  From combating the long-term threat posed by ISIL and other terrorists, to countering the influence of false news and destructive ideas, to conducting rigorous oversight of this Administration, the Committee has been working diligently to make our nation more secure and prosperous. 

“But much work remains.  The Committee will continue its efforts to stop Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons, which threatens to undermine fundamentally the security of us and our critical allies.  The Committee will also continue to promote U.S. economic engagement worldwide, particularly in Asia, where economies are continually growing. 

“I look forward to working with all members of the Committee to meet the many challenges and seize the many opportunities in front of our great nation.”

Hearing delayed in case of Diamond Bar crash that killed six

A preliminary hearing for a Fontana woman who has been accused of causing a wrong-way crash that resulted in the death of six people has been rescheduled to Jan. 20, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Superior Court system said Friday.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 22, was driving her Chevrolet Camaro at speeds approaching 100 mph on the 60 Freeway when she was involved in a wrong-way, head-on crash around 4:45 a.m. Feb. 9, the California Highway Parol said.

The car was traveling east in the westbound 60 lanes and crashed head-on into a Ford Explorer in Diamond Bar, the CHP said. After the initial crash, a Ford Freestyle crashed into the Explorer.

At a preliminary hearing, a judge will hear witness testimony – oftentimes from law enforcement officers – and review evidence to determine if sufficient probable cause exists to hold over the defendant for trial.

Two women who were passengers in Culbreath’s car died in the crash. One woman was Culbreath’s 24-year-old sister, Maya, and the other was Kristin Young, 21, of Chino.

Four people were thrown from the Explorer. The victims were Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, Leticia Ibarra, 42, Jessica Mejia, 20, and Ester Delgado, 80, all of Huntington Park.

Culbreath, who is being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on $6 million bail, faces a lifetime prison sentence if she is convicted of murder.

Pitfalls of turning Puente Hills Landfill into a park

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Building a park on top of 130 million tons of Los Angeles County’s trash can be tricky.

“There is a 3 percent settlement rate per year,” said Michael Hughes, a longtime Hacienda Heights resident and Puente Hills Landfill neighbor who has been waiting for this moment for more than 30 years. “So they can’t put much in terms of permanent infrastructure, which is unfortunate.”

Last week, the county Board of Supervisors made the first move toward turning the shuttered Puente Hills Landfill near the intersection of the 605 and 60 freeways into a regional park of about 600 acres by accepting $814,000 from the county Sanitation Districts, the former operators of the landfill.

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will use the money to hire a parks designer who will gather public input and sketch several designs as part of an overall master plan for the new Puente Hills County Regional Park, said Russ Guiney, director of county Parks and Recreation.

Most likely, the planner will take “a practical approach,” Guiney said, staying away from ball fields and buildings and instead, as Hughes puts it, focus on “trails and trees.”

That’s because for the next 25 years, the top of the landfill overlooking Whittier in the south and Hacienda Heights to the east, where as much as 13,000 tons of trash were deposited per day for 57 years, can be unstable as household garbage decomposes and the surface shifts.

“On the top-fill area of about 200 acres the landfill is sinking slowly as it compacts. It will take some time for everything to settle,” Guiney said.

Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story PARK.

Walnut Valley Women’s Club to light holiday tree

On Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., the Walnut Valley Women’s Club invites the community to attend the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony which will be held at Fire Station 61, on the corner of La Puente Road and Lemon Avenue.

As we celebrate our 50 years in federation this year, we named Jeanne Burgh the honored tree lighter. She is the Club’s longest Walnut resident who is currently a member of the Walnut Valley Women’s Club.

Enjoy the holiday music of our little ones and teens and meet Santa who will arrive at 7:00 p.m.

At this 23rd year anniversary celebration, the Club is grateful to the community for its sponsorship of the Scholarship Tree of Lights.

 

Walnut Council crashes Mt. SAC board meeting

By Steve Scauzillo, Staff Writer

For the first time in history, the City Council held part of its meeting Wednesday night in front of the Mount San Antonio College board as a kind of visual protest against the college’s plan to build a five-story parking structure adjacent to Walnut homes.

With city staff in tow, all five City Council members drove from Walnut City Hall, where their meeting began, to Founder’s Hall in the center of the Mt. SAC campus, filled out white comment cards and were called one by one to address the college board face-to-face over an issue that is dividing the two institutions.

All five, along with about 20 community members, urged the Board of Trustees to halt plans to build a five-story parking garage abutting dozens of Timberline homes along Mountaineer Road and instead relocate the structure elsewhere on the large campus.

The tense drama included numerous threats of litigation from some City Council members and attorneys with the neighborhood group, United Walnut Taxpayers, if the project was not relocated.

Councilman Eric Ching reminded the trustees the city a few years ago took on Ed Roski, who proposed an NFL stadium in nearby Industry, in court. “Is that what you want?” he said.

The odd arrangement came about after Mt. SAC’s Board of Trustees refused to meet with the City Council in joint session or with a board majority. Members of both groups met informally twice but with no resolution.

Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story GARAGE.

Ryan Seacrest visits Diamond Bar High tomorrow

Please join American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest, The Grammy Foundation, KIIS FM, and the Ford Motor Company to celebrate Diamond Bar High School’ Steve Acciani being named a national semifinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award on Tuesday, November 11.

Come and help support the Diamond Bar High School Music Program!

Diamond Bar High School will be participating in the Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School national test drive program to help raise money for the school’s outstanding music program.

GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Chair Ryan Seacrest will be on hand to join members of the Diamond Bar community who participate and support DBHS by test-driving a new Ford vehicle.

For every person over 18 who test-drives at this one-day event, Ford Motor Company and Fairway Ford will donate $20, up to $6,000, to Diamond Bar’s music education program.

The event will also feature all 700 DBHS instrumental music students performing, and be hosted by KIIS FM.

The event will take place on Tuesday, November 11, from 11:00am until 5:00pm, with Ryan Seacrest expected to join the celebration from 1pm until 3pm.

Food trucks will be on hand, so come spend some time enjoying an afternoon out with the community.

Diamond Bar High School is located at 21400 E. Pathfinder Road in Diamond Bar.