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Ready, Set, Vote: Radical Changes to Voting Rules in 2020
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Ready, Set, Vote: Radical Changes to Voting Rules in 2020

Voting in the upcoming March 3rd election will be very different for Whittier and L.A. County voters. Many old polling places are gone. In their place are vote centers. Residents can vote at any Voting Center for up to 10 days before Election Day. The goal of this article is to clear up any questions and misconceptions about the new voting system.

Trimming Roses and Orange Trees with My Grandfather
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Trimming Roses and Orange Trees with My Grandfather

I rarely trimmed the tangerine tree and never trimmed the Meyer lemon except to remove all the suckers. My grandfather defined suckers as fast growing branches, usually green and smooth, which produced no fruit but “sucked” energy from the trees. The sucker usually had larger and darker leaves. They nearly always grew straight upward in the tree.

Opinion: Conservancy Helped Save Parks Department and Tree Ordinance
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Opinion: Conservancy Helped Save Parks Department and Tree Ordinance

To reduce expenses, the city announced plans to fire the entire Parks Department staff and contract park maintenance and tree trimming to outside sources. This proposal met with fierce resistance from the community, especially within the context of the homeless problems affecting our parks.

The Whittier Conservancy took an active role in opposing this decision. Most importantly, without a locally based, in-house staff, it would have been impossible to implement our Tree Ordinance.

Write Your Life Story
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Write Your Life Story

The group meets to share and appreciate stories. One person’s story may trigger memories that lead to more stories. Think how you would love to have stories written by your grandparents or other relatives who have gone before you; your heirs will one day treasure yours.

Every Leaf That Falls
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Every Leaf That Falls

The clock strikes midnight, and just like that, winter is officially here. There of course will be the last remnants of fall, as witnessed here (and elsewhere) at the always familiar Penn Park but with every fallen leaf, winter says it's my turn now.