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Hahamongna News

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Gnomes sighted in Hahamogna

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Date:

2003-11-15

Author:

Steve Scauzillo

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Pasadena Star News

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Gnomes sighted in Hahamogna

THE red, green, and white gnome statues told the story of competing interests threatening restoration of the Arroyo Seco, that narrow strip of land running from the mountains through Pasadena's Rose Bowl, past South Pasadena and into northeast Los Angeles. The garden statues were part of an art installation by artist and Arroyo Seco neighbor January Nordman, entitled "Gnomeland Security' and was included in a unique exhibit of 21 art sites set within a one-mile hiking loop of Hahamongna Park in Pasadena.

"This combines two of your favorite things: art and hiking,' was how my wife, Karen E. Klein, described it as she dragged me out the door last Sunday.

Nordman's gnomes are a microcosm for almost every issue in California. In the Arroyo, the Pasadena Water Company, city of Pasadena, youth soccer, Frisbee golf clubs, hikers, mountain bikers and developers compete for influence. In the nearby Angeles, the U.S. Forest Service has to juggle such gnome-ish interests as: mining, logging, off- road vehicle riders, hikers, mountain bikers, hunters, fisher people, picnickers, Santaria practitioners and pot-growers. That last one is not legal but part of the picture, don't kid yourself. So what's a decision- maker to do? Move to Arizona where things are easy?

What's the score?

Having trouble getting the attention of your local politician? Tell him the score. No, I'm not talking about the Lakers game. More groups are using the scorecard approach to legislative lobbying. And politicians read them.

At a legislative luncheon in Baldwin Park last week where I was moderator, Assemblyman Ed Chavez, D-La Puente, mentioned the California Chamber of Commerce scorecard on business-friendly lawmakers ranked him as the sixth-highest ranking Assembly Democrat (after 32 Republicans). Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, said he was tied for second among Dems. Let me add that Assemblywoman Carol Liu was the third- highest Democrat, tied with Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello. When Calderon ran, he told me he would be business-friendly; seems like he's keeping that promise.

Another recent report card comes from the Los Angeles Conservancy, which gave the cities of Whittier and Pasadena "A' grades for preserving historic buildings. Monrovia and Glendora received a "B.' Most of our cities fell into the D and F range for not having preservation ordinances and/or not doing surveys of what resources they have that could be preserved.

Finally, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles released its Latino Scorecard 2003 on Oct. 30, which gave Los Angeles County a "C' in health, a "D' in education, a "C' in economic development, a "D' in housing and a "C' in public safety.

I'm hitting a restaurant tonight for dinner. I won't forget to check the grade in the window (unless I am in Pasadena, which doesn't post them).

Give me shelter

Some cities have homeless shelters (Pasadena's Door of Hope, for example) and others have to set up roving cold-weather sanctuaries for the homeless. In the east San Gabriel Valley I want to publicly acknowledge the following churches for agreeing to be a winter shelter (starting Dec. 1): Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rowland Heights; St. Matthews United Methodist in Hacienda Heights; Glenkirk Presbyterian in Glendora; St. Dorothy's Catholic Church in Glendora; St. Martha's Catholic Church in Valinda; St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Rowland Heights. Also, First Baptist Chinese Church of Walnut is an emergency backup site. The ESGV Coalition for the Homeless says they need more staff to handle the expected increase in numbers this winter.

Eggs and issues

It's back. Workers' compensation reform, that is. The lead point man on the perennial topic in the Legislature, Sen. Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno, will be here in the San Gabriel Valley on Friday as a guest of the San Gabriel Valley Lincoln Club, which meets at the Pacific Palms Conference Center in Industry beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Go and tell them Ahh-nuld sent you.

Going to waist

There may be a run on old packages of chips, soda and candy bars in Baldwin Park. That's because the city is stocking vending machines at its community centers with granola, nuts, fruit juice and water more healthy snack items. The low-fat choices were the result of a California Center for Public Health Advocacy report that found the 57th Assembly District among the highest in the entire state with 41 percent of the children unfit and 32 percent overweight.

That's my Valley view for this week. My desk is clear.

Steve Scauzillo is the editorial page editor of the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. Write him at 1210 Azusa Canyon Rd., West Covina, CA 91790, or by e- mail at steve.scauzillo@sgvn.com .