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  • Santa Ralph is waiting for you at Brea Mall

    2 years ago by

    From Brea Mall, Santa Ralph says hello!

    From Brea Mall, Santa Ralph says hello!


      Christmas is not complete without a visit to Santa--especially with Santa Ralph, a very familiar face, who has been bringing joy to all the girls and boys at the mall for 11 years now! Stop by to say hello:

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  • Curtis Theatre to present Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years

    2 years ago by

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      Come spend some time at our Curtis Theatre and experience The Last Five Years, a great musical diary about a young couple’s journey through love and heart break, written by Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown.

        Performed with an orchestra, follow the story of Jamie and Cathy whose hope that love will conquer all. It’s funny, honest and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, The Last Five Years will capture your heart.

          Southgate Productions guarantees that each performance is truly fresh and unique. With a bold approach, three different cast pairings are set over the six show runBrandon Sanchez and Ellie Wyman take the lead on November 6 and 14. Tyler McGraw and Elyse Montoya are up front for November 7 and 15. Ian James and Kelly Martin take over the roles on November 8 and 13.

            Order online at curtistheatre.com or call (714) 990-7722. Make in-person ticket purchases at the Curtis Theatre Box Office, located at Number 1 Civic Center Circle, from noon - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and performance Saturdays, as well as one hour prior to shows.

  • Only Time Will Tell the Future of Brea’s “Charlie the Clock!”

    2 years ago by

    Photo illustration of Brea's 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.

    Photo illustration of Brea's historic icon 'Charlie the Clock" (real and animated) by Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins and Greg Voisan Photography.


      For those of you who love the world of imagination....Tick Tock: The unveiling of our new timeline image

        For quite some time now, I have viewed Brea’s historic icon ‘Charlie the Clock’ as an animated character, so it’s with great excitement as we countdown to our centennial, that I present our photo illustration courtesy of fellow Brean residents: BOHS and CSUF grad, Illustrator Heather Ashley Collins who designed ‘Charlie the Clock’ and Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography.

          A special Shout Out to Heather Ashley Collins who recently published her first children’s book, "My Dog the Alien."

            As for ‘Charlie the Clock,’ caricature cutout, it’s photo op time! Next week the dapper gent will be at the annual Country Hills Jog-A-Thon. Thereafer, you can see Charlie in the lobby at Brea Edwards Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, followed by sister theater East 12, Thanksgiving week!

  • Money from landfill affects to help pay for parking structure

    2 years ago by

    Once the City Council finally determined Brea needed to build a third parking structure in the downtown, the next step was to find some $10 million to build it. They didn’t search much farther than the landfill mitigation money for a big chunk of it.


      In 2009, the county of Orange, which owns and operates the Olinda Alpha Landfill, made a deal with Brea to pay the city $10.5 million in mitigation fees for the privilege of extending the life and breadth of the landfill until 2021, when the landfill is estimated to reach capacity.

        Those fees, according to Brea City Manager Bill Gallardo, include $1.50 per ton of refuse deposited in the landfill and paid quarterly to the city. The current balance is approximately $5.2 million.

          The mitigation fees are to compensate for the daily assault of truck traffic, noise, odors, air quality and other environmental impacts. Many of us were led to believe preservation of open space was included.

            Gallardo said the landfill agreement gives the city discretion in use of the funds. He pointed out that the document states…”capital mitigation funds can be used for implementation of measures designed to mitigate impacts…. including, but not limited to traffic, noise, aesthetics and open space preservation.”

              It is that “not limited to” that opened the door to scooping into the pot for projects such as solar bond payments of $1.4 million. Gallardo said that during the Great Recession the landfill money was tapped to pay the solar bond payments as a means of avoiding additional staff layoffs and cuts to city services.

                “The General Fund has resumed paying its share of the Solar Bond payments,” said Gallardo via email, adding that “at this time there is no reimbursement planned” for the landfill money used.

                  In 2012, the state ended redevelopment agencies originally used to combat blight in cities, and eventually took Brea’s redevelopment bonds of about $5.6 million. Our city leaders scrambled to find more money for pending and future redevelopment projects, maybe like the goofy-looking sunshades on the corners at Birch Street and Brea Boulevard.

                    Come 2014, our city leaders got the big idea of separating that $1.50 tonnage fee from the rest of the mitigation fees and naming it the Community Benefit and Economic Development Fund. This was to help compensate for the loss of redevelopment funds and the continuation of so-called legacy community projects plus attracting and retaining business and economic development.

                      “It will have approximately $3.4 million in it by the end of this fiscal year, “ said David Crabtree, Brea’s community development deputy director. It is expected to increase by $1.3 million by next year.

                        The hefty balance and growth of the new fund seemed to give the council the push they needed to soon dip into it to the tune of $4.7 million to help pay for the new parking structure. And the balance? The state has released about $5.6 million in redevelopment bonds and they are also earmarked by council for the parking structure.

                          Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • Brea seeks community representatives to help plan its 100th year anniversary in 2017

    2 years ago by

    Oil fields of Brea early 1900's. (City of Brea Wikipedia)

    Oil fields of Brea early 1900's. (City of Brea Wikipedia)

    Known as the city of oil, oranges, and opportunity, Mayor Marty Simonoff officially announced  that a Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed and the about 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be chosen to help plan Brea's 100th year anniversary celebration. width=

    Known as the city of oil, oranges, and opportunity, Mayor Marty Simonoff officially announced that a Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed and about 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be chosen to help plan Brea’s 100th year anniversary celebration in 2017.

    “On Feb. 23, 1917, our founding families incorporated a small wildcatting oil town and put the city of Brea on the map,” a note from Mayor Marty Simonoff said. “Since then, Brea has grown into a vibrant business, recreation and cultural center boasting housing and services for a diverse community. Now it’s time to celebrate the 100-year journey that created one of Orange County’s premier cities!”

      A Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed, he said, to plan Brea’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2017. Some 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be brought together, he said.

        “The Brea Centennial Steering Committee will be a working group of Brea residents, with a can-do spirit with experience in promotion, fundraising, event planning or knowledge of Brea’s history,” he said.

          Those interested in participating should send an e-mail to: Centennial@CityofBrea.net by Oct. 15. Include daytime contact information and a 150-words-or-less describe of why you are interested in participating.

            Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • The Enchanted Pumpkin Patch celebrates 30 years of family-fun

    2 years ago by

    Lit up in all its glory, the Enchanted Pumpkin Patch in Brea celebrates 30 years.

    Lit up in all its glory, the Enchanted Pumpkin Patch in Brea celebrates 30 years.


      This year marks the 30th anniversary at the Enchanted Pumpkin Patch on the corner of Lambert Road and State College Boulevard at the United Methodist Church in Brea. At least two generations within a family have shared their special memories at the pumpkin patch along with Diana Duncan, a 30-year Brea resident, and her family who started the Enchanted Pumpkin Patch.
      Diana Duncan shown at the Enchanted Pumpkin Patch with a baby lamb the family raised in 1983.

      Diana Duncan shown at the Enchanted Pumpkin Patch in 1983 with a baby lamb the family raised.


        Diana’s father, Bill Duncan, was the first to implement a pumpkin patch in a suburban area. Diana recalls the concept entailed a lot of pumpkins and to the amusement of many, 50¢ pony rides. Later Diana and her brother David continued the tradition in Brea, opening a second location in San Dimas 13 years ago.

          Every year they feature a nativity scene with their farm animals. And for many years, the Crystal Cathedral, now named Christ Cathedral, would showcase their animals in the “Glory of Christmas” after they closed for the season.

            One of the family's animals - a farm house pig enjoying a nap.

            One of the family's animals - a farm house pig enjoying a nap.


              The Duncan family works hard every year to approve upon their pumpkin patch adding exciting family-friendly attractions.

                This year’s new fun activities include racing obstacle courses, carnival games, and surprise visits from Princess Elsa, from the movie “Frozen.” In addition, the kiddos will enjoy the saber tooth tiger slide, petting zoo, farm themed rides, picture stations, face painting and more!

                  Opening on Friday, October 2, from 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. seven days a week throughout October, check out enchantedpumpkins.com for additional information such as special offers, field trips, weekend deals and event parties. Also, the Duncan's are asking their longtime customers to submit photos of their children "growing up in the patch."

                    Pictured in Chloe, at different stages of growth at her visits to the Enchanted Pumpkin Patch.

                    Pictured is Chloe at different stages of growth at her visits to the Enchanted Pumpkin Patch!

  • Customer Satisfaction Survey – Brea Farmers Market

    2 years ago by

    Customer Satisfaction Survey for Brea Farmers Market on Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook. 11745897_873795316003028_7175719003524124730_n


      NOTE: We also created an 'Anonymous' survey on our Facebook page.

        Please participate in our Brea Farmers Market Survey. On behalf of Brea Chamber of Commerce, now running our farmers market, we are asking for your feedback.

          Many people in our community want to see our Brea Farmers Market thrive and as a team -- your input is very much appreciated. To prevent repetitive answers, moving it to downtown is not an option. Please comment on (BBON) Facebook. Thank you.

            1. From a scale of 1 to 5, how satisfied are you with our Brea Farmers Market, located on the corner of State College Blvd. and Birch St.?

              2. Do you have suggestions to improve upon the Brea Farmers Market? If so, please pitch your idea to help our farmers market prosper.

                3. What are the attractive features you like about our Brea Farmers Market and what would you like to see changed?

                  4. Does our Brea Farmers Market provide a family-friendly atmosphere showcasing something for all ages?

  • Brea’s Carbon Canyon Regional Park 40th Year Celebration

    2 years ago by

    Beautiful and serene: Carbon Canyon Park.

    Beautiful and serene: Carbon Canyon Regional Park.


      We’re having a celebration in town -- the 40-year anniversary of Carbon Canyon Regional Park! And you are invited to attend the anniversary and the planting of the Redwood Grove (SoCal’s largest grove of coastal redwoods) scheduled on Saturday, September 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

        It’s a free family fun event offering crafts for kids, a balloon artist, a face painter and a live animal presentation. There will also be ranger-led hikes to the 10 acre Redwood Grove at 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Prizes will be given to those who participate! Parking is free, too.
        Carbon Canyon's Redwood Grove - a rarity in SoCal.

        Carbon Canyon's Redwood Grove - a rarity in SoCal.


          And a historian will be onsite to give everyone a brief historic background of Carbon Canyon.

            Participants of the event include: California State Parks, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Olinda Museum, Hills for Everyone and Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks.

              To register, please call (714) 973-3160 or visit ocparks.com.

  • With lots of talk, council chooses parking structure plan

    2 years ago by

    After nearly three hours at the Aug. 18 council meeting, the Brea City Council finally made some decisions on the prospects of a parking structure behind the Tower building in Brea Downtown.


      While some past councils barely spoke to one another on and off the dais, these folks discuss every issue into oblivion. I thought it might be a short meeting. I was very wrong.

        The question was simply should they vote for building a parking structure for the eastside of Brea Boulevard, and should it be for parking only or include 40 affordable housing units and offices for Jamboree Housing, the developer of such housing?

          Simple? Nope. But all five council members did agree that the mixed-use plan was too costly at nearly $19 million and would yield only eight more public parking spaces than the parking-only plan that offers 307 new parking spaces at a cost of $12.7 million or less, bringing the total available parking to 486 spaces.

            Finally, Councilmember Cecilia Hupp made a motion to approve the parking-only design option and was seconded by Councilmember Steve Vargas. But that was voted on after Councilwoman Christine Marick made a substitute motion to eliminate the mixed-use plan but not address the parking-only plan. That passed 3-2 with Mayor Marty Simonoff and Hupp dissenting. After much more discussion Hupp’s motion was passed 4-1 with Councilman Glenn Parker dissenting.

              Parker and Marick favored the mixed-use plan, but not the price tag.

                Said Marick, “Brea has a longstanding commitment to affordable housing so I am certainly open to looking at other opportunities to build affordable housing in or near the downtown.”

                  At the Sept. 22 council meeting, the funding sources are suppose to be named, and the Big Five can use their great communication skills to debate such decisions as if money should come from the 560 Fund, originally intended for hillside preservation, or if the city’s unfunded pension liability will stall the project. That doesn’t seem to be the case, according to Simonoff.

                    “There is a plan already in place to reduce pension liability,” said Simonoff, “every city (including Brea) is required to pay additional funds to reduced the liability. Plus we are looking at other methods to utilize some of our funds to reduce our liability in a manner that will speed up the process for Brea.”

                      The parking structure’s Request for Proposals from qualified builders goes out in the fall.

                        In 1999, when the downtown was just emerging, then Councilman Roy Moore pushed in vain for a parking structure behind the Tower building. In his final Brea Net e-newsletter, No. 708 published July 15, 2015, he wrote that it could have been built then for $5 million with redevelopment money and Tower would not be empty for nine years.

                          Roy passed away Aug. 19. He served 16 years on the City Council and three terms as mayor. We’ll all miss him walking around the July 4 Country Fair in his Uncle Sam hat, and him stopping to chat with one and all at Brea Fest or John’s Place.

                            Rest in peace, my friend.

                              Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • Disneyland turns 60; Breans connected to The Happiest Place on Earth

    2 years ago by

    Disneyland celebrated its anniversary of 60 years on June 17, 2015. Many Breans have a connection to Disneyland including:


      DeAnn Spicer Todd as Disney's Cinderella.

      DeAnn Spicer Todd, 1979 BOHS grad played Disney princesses among other roles at Disneyland. (courtesy DeAnn Spicer Todd)


        • DeAnn Spicer Todd, a 1979 Brea Olinda High grad, who was also Snow White at Disneyland. The former Miss Brea was also in the Main Street Electrical Parade, cast as Alice in Wonderland and danced in the Golden Horseshoe Review. DeAnne went to Japan when Larry Billman of Brea, former director of entertainment, Walt Disney Attractions, Japan, worked at the park there. She was a dancer in one of the Japanese park’s shows.

          • Mike Davis was a Brea resident when he served as vice president of Disneyland Resorts Entertainment. He is now senior vice president/executive producer at Universal Studios, Japan.

            Sachiko White, BOHS grad and currently Disneyland Resort Ambassador, married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. He popped the question in Fantasy Faire. They both still work at Disneyland currently in Imagineering. (courtesy Anna Hogan)

            Sachiko White, BOHS grad and currently Disneyland Resort Ambassador, married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. He popped the question in Fantasy Faire. They both still work at Disneyland currently in Imagineering. (courtesy Anna Hogan)


              • Sachiko White, also a BOHS grad, was a 2013-14 Disneyland Resort ambassador. She also married fellow Disney employee Danny Handke last year. They both still work in Disneyland in the Imagineering department.

                • Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and works as a tour guide.

                  Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and working as a tour guide. (Courtesy cast member)

                  Andy Ronquillo is in public relations and working as a tour guide. (courtesy cast member)


                    • Stacia Martin has been working in Disneyland for 37 years. She is a Disneyland historian and artist. Stacy travels all over the world speaking about Disneyland and is great at drawing all the characters. When Stacy was in third grade at Mariposa Elementary School, at career day she put down “work at Disneyland.”

                      • Howard Bryden, former Mariposa principal, now deceased, was a train conductor for many summers He had said he couldn’t get over that Disneyland had a jar of live leeches used in a science demonstration.

                        • Bessie Eberhardt was cast as Pluto and Julie LeNeve is a former Minnie Mouse.

                          • Rex Gaede was in attendance at the opening day of Disneyland 60 years ago.

                            Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at (714) 529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com.

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