The Board of Directors was back on the road for its monthly meeting at the U.S. Forest Service’s Angeles National Forest headquarters here in Arcadia at 701 N. Santa Anita Ave. All were welcomed by Public Affairs Officer Sherry Rollman and her team. The Board was given an overview of the Department and their role in meeting the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests.
The Board’s regular business meeting followed and included some of the following highlights:
- Four new Board members welcomed by new President Arlynn Robinson of Century 21 Earll in her first meeting – Wayne Williams, Professional Advisory Services, Bruce Lazenby, Rose Hill Memorial Park & Mortuarie, Andrew Cooper, Arcadia Association of Realtors, and returning board member Dr. Nina Getz, Phillips Eye Center. Arlynn also asked new board member Andrew Gregson, executive director of the Arcadia Association of Realtors, to make a monthly report on the local real estate market.
- Dominic Lazzaretto, City of Arcadia Manager, gave updates about the City’s current budgeting process and the recent dedication of the Lucky Baldwin statue
- School Board President Joann Steinmeier reminded everyone about the upcoming “My Lucky Strike” performances of the Orchesis dance company at the new Performing Arts Center, and the annual Arcadia High School pops concert, this year at the Arboretum
- Steve Jaffe, marketing exec at Westfield Santa Anita, announced that a new general manager has been hired and began work this week. He also noted that the official grand opening of Gold’s Gym will be on May 18, that Asian Pacific Heritage Month will be celebrated at the mall in may; the mall will be experimenting with new Chinese tour groups; Chipotle is coming to the mall; and a new shave ice and asian buffet (to replace the former Todai space), and many additional retailers, restaurants, and remodeling on the way.
- Arboretum CEO Richard Schulhof reminded everyone of Wild West Days May 4 & 5.
- Immediate Past President and Santa Anita Park exec Pete Siberell said that even though the main racing season at the track saw on-track wagering decline 8%, online wagering was up 40%, bringing total betting revenue up to a net 4% gain.
At the conclusion of the meeting a tour of the buildings and premises was led by Sonja Bergdahl, Forest Engineer. Enjoy the tour via the photo gallery below and plan a visit to this marvelous facility. Smokey is waiting to see you!
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