A pleasant surprise

first_img Returning the letter to the hillside has been the talk of the town for quite some time, but it was just talk until a group of residents and business owners finally did something about it. “We wanted it to be a secret, we wanted to surprise the community so we didn’t let a lot of people know what we were doing,” said Peggy Martinez, an Azusa High alum. After going through the proper channels, a plot was hatched. They cleared the brush and rediscovered the original form. The group fitted together pieces of donated canvas in the flatlands before putting them on the hillside. Metal bars serve as stakes to keep the letter — with legs measuring 10 feet wide each –safe in the elements. “I think it’s great. I like it,” said organizer Art Ramirez, who didn’t attend Azusa High. Marianne Love can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108, or by e-mail at marianne.love@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It would remain in plain sight until the rain washed it away. Just before football season the following year, the A would reappear with the help of the school’s football team. “As a child I would see the A in the mountains. It was always up there,” said Ralph Rodriguez, 35, one of the two dozen people who worked for months organizing the secret effort to return the letter. “It’s a pride thing. Whenever I left Azusa and returned and saw the A, it reminded me that I was home.” The tradition was cut short in 1991 when a group of students, including a cheerleader, took a ride in a jeep up to the letter and veered of the road, tumbling down the hill. A part of the cheerleader’s ear was ripped off as Gahring remembers. “Adults went up there and some kids followed. They were driving along the fire road when the accident happened,” she recalled. Azusa is back in the game. Residents woke up recently to a white, 70-foot letter “A” in the foothills, something that hasn’t been there for 14 years. Most know about the tradition that started in November 1958 by the Key Club of Azusa High School. “I wondered who put it up there. I was hoping it wasn’t our football team,” said Sandy Gahring, athlete director at Azusa High School. In the past, people trekked about one-fifth of a mile up the hill to create the “A” with chalk used to line the foothill field.last_img read more

Kenney promises vote on equalization in 2021 if no pipeline progress

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The leader of Alberta’s United Conservatives is promising a referendum on equalization if there’s no major progress on market-opening pipelines.Jason Kenney says if he becomes premier the matter would be put to voters on Oct. 18, 2021 — the same date as the next municipal elections in Alberta.The federal equalization program is meant to even out fiscal disparities between so called “have” and “have-not” provinces.Despite its economic doldrums, Alberta remains a “have” province.Kenney says Albertans can no longer tolerate other governments benefiting from Alberta resources while doing everything they can to block development.He is also vowing to take Ottawa to court if a contentious federal bill on resource project reviews becomes law and to block energy shipments to any province that block pipelines.last_img read more