• The Saga of The Mission College

    by David DeMullé For the past decade, beginning with L.A. Mission College president Dr. Judith Valles and ending with Dr. Monte Perez, the question has been “Where are the $25 million Prop J

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  • Hansen Dam Area Blaze Grazes Rockin’ B Stable

    by David DeMullé More than 100 firefighters fought a 21-acre brush fire in the Hansen Dam area Monday night and again on Tuesday morning. The fire was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday in the

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  • Godspell Play Wows Crowds

    by Amelia Anderson Reach for the sky! A magic spell was cast upon our town of Sunland-Tujunga and burst forth in a hometown rendition of GODSPELL. The celebrated Broadway musical — replete with a

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  • Toastmasters Honor Community Leaders

    The Foothills Community Toastmasters Club will be giving “Recognition for Public Speaking and Leadership in service to our community” with an award that they are calling “Toast of the Town.” One

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Local News


Homeless Advocate Rep To Serve on Committee

Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (NC) Member Amelia Anderson has been voted in by the NC board to serve on Mayor Garcetti’s newly created Homeless Committee comprised of one member from each

Jim Laris

Not Just Another Shaggy Dog Story

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

by Jim Laris Well, I knew it was going to happen. Yes, I shot a few Democrats just to watch ’em die. No, that was Johnny Cash in “Folsom Prison Blues.” I always liked Johnny. No, no, I didn’t shoot anybody. What I did was get another dog. Yup, my life was just getting too

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Trivial Pursuits

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

A wacky Wednesday with Ken and Alex by Jim Laris While you guys were working on a Wednesday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I was, well, not working, so I went to see the “Jeopardy” king Ken Jennings at the Altadena Library. It was kind of cool. There were 79 other nonworking lowlifes like

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The No-Sip List

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

All I want is a cup of coffee without your poorly parked car in the way by Jim Laris Being retired has enabled me to get into a number of things I didn’t have time for when I was a real person. I’ve been able to sit on the couch for very long periods of

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Enter The Dragon

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

There are some smells that even a dog that sniffs just about anything can’t stand by Jim Laris I got up the other morning the way I get up every morning. I’m lying on my right side and I have somehow dislodged my attractive CPap machine mask and matching designer tubing, and my head is

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The Handyman Can

Jim Laris is Jim Laris.

By Jim Laris Even with a bit of a hangover, you just couldn’t beat this guy’s price Is it just me or do things like this happen to you, and I don’t know if things like this don’t happen to you because you don’t have a column, or is it that these things may happen

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Crime Sats


Crime Stats

Theft 09/30/16 11:40 AM 6500 BLOCK OF FOOTHILL BL Theft 09/28/16 05:30 PM 00 BLOCK OF OLINDA ST AND SUNLAND BL Theft 09/28/16 09:00 AM 7400 BLOCK OF FOOTHILL BL Burglary 09/27/16 09:50 AM 6900

News From Your Clinic

Dr. Sam

Itchy Insulation

by Sam Samalin, PA-C Today we have a letter from a concerned reader and possible patient, and owing to patient-doctor confidentiality, I have left out the person’s name. Dear Doctor Sam, I’m

View From The Rock

View From The Rock, October 21

Sometimes, things from the past just flow into my head regardless whether I want them there. It brought to mind one of Bob Dylan’s well-known song from the 1960s that continues to foretell the

Movie Reviews


Movie Review: The Girl on The Train

“The Girl on the Train” is a mystery about a missing woman, based on a novel by Paula Hawkins. It was destined from day one to be compared to similar adaptations like “Gone Girl” and “The Girl


Reaching Higher

I’ve written about artists being on a world stage in previous columns and now that we approach the end of another year, I would like to expand a bit on this. The idea of creating world art needs to be let out of the closet and exposed for all to understand. Too many of us

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Freedom of Press or Character Assassination?

As a grateful recipient of the many people that the Sunland-Tujunga philanthropist Dr. David De Mullé has helped over the years, I would like to take this opportunity to voice how appalled I was by the character assassination by a Mexican-American columnist, Eddie Rivera, who clearly has a huge chip on his shoulder! The character

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Record Goes Off The Rails

Dear Editor, That’s a damn flattering photo of you on the cover of that rag. Never have I read a more confusing and inaccurate piece of writing. (I know that you set up an encampment for the homeless, and are friends w/ Arnie.) These people are so ignorant, they have no idea of how powerful

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Too Broke To Be A Driver

by Michelle F. Sullermin I’ve only been a pedestrian four of my 40-plus years as a commuter. I now understand why I always drove my car instead of waiting at bus stops. It’s hard when you have to go to the bathroom and you’re afraid to miss the bus; or there’s no bus bench and

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Fuentes’ Final Farewell To The People of Sunland-Tujunga!


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Memorial for Brad Elze


Another tragic traffic accident on Foothill Blvd. RIP Brad Elze.   DISCLAIMER: Some people misread my comments about past Rotary presidents Ellis Roberts and Michael Lucas. Ellis did not lie about the comments; Ellis doesn’t lie!

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Timothy Rakisits

July 24, 1954 – June 11, 2016 Timothy Rakisits passed away at Verdugo Hills Hospital on June 11, 2016 after a short illness. Tim was born in Glendale on July 24, 1954 to Julius and Irene Rakisits. Tim grew up in the Montrose-La Crescenta area and attended local schools. After high school, he learned the

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Jeanette “Jan” McLish


Sweetheart Jan was born June 6, 1933 and the angels took her home on the morning of Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Shortly after waking up, she collapsed in her husband’s arms and was rushed to Holy Cross Cardiac Trauma Center where she passed after a few minutes with cardiac arrest. Jan had a long time

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Claudia Holloway


Nana to all, Mom to me. Claudia Holloway passed away Sunday April 24, 2016. “I know she’s going to heaven because she already did her time in Tujunga!

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Louis Lata


Aug. 2, 1918–Feb. 15, 2016 Born in Ludlow, MA, he was the oldest of six children. His parents, John and Josephine Lata moved the family to Erie, PA where he grew up. He worked at many jobs while a youth. At one of those jobs, he met his future wife, Rose Rawa. They married on

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Chayote Slaw


Chayote is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, along with melons, cucumbers and squash. It is defined by its unique pear-like shape, its pale lime green coloring and the deep indentations that run vertically along the fruit’s skin. Chayote is lacking in flavor but that’s OK. It soaks up whatever herbs and/or

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Quinoa and Poblano Peppers


This is an easy and relatively quick dish to make. If the photo looks at all good to you, you’re going to love this combination of slightly-hot Poblano peppers, zesty tomato sauce and the quinoa filling. Very fresh taste. In addition to taste, this gluten-free dish looks amazing when plated and/or brought to the table

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Grilled Avocados on Crusty Rosemary-Olive Bread


On one of our son’s visits home, he turned us on to this wonderfully easy and tasty side dish. Grilling softens the avocados. It also brings out the natural oils that make this fruit tasty and satisfying. When you spread the softened avocado on thick slices of grilled rosemary-olive bread, and add a couple of

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Sausage-Stuffed Poblano Peppers


This is a tasty and colorful appetizer that doubles as a complementary side dish for almost any entrée. It’s that good. Nuff said. Ingredients: 5 Poblano peppers 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ½ white onion (chopped fine) 1 small jalapeño pepper (seeded and chopped fine) 2 Lightlife Meatless Chorizo sausages (chopped into ¼-inch pieces)

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Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Apple Chutney


by Chef Randy You are tired of cooking and want a break from the kitchen but your family and/ or holiday guests expect even more from you in the kitchen. What do you do? Do what I do. Tell them that they are getting cold cereal for breakfast and that you are making reservations for

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