Off the Fence: State Sen. Ruben S. Ayala (D-Chino) wouldn't have been in political office for 35 years if he didn't know how to straddle a political fence, but his footing wasn't as sure when he climbed a five-foot-high back yard fence last weekend.
Ayala, 69, is recovering from a broken leg after losing his balance and falling off a fence while trying to trim a tree at his home in Chino. Ayala's wife called paramedics after the fall, and he was rushed to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
Al Irwin, the senator's administrative assistant, said Ayala suffered a compound fracture of his right leg, but that it didn't slow him down much. Irwin said he took a briefcase full of work to the hospital every day last week for Ayala, and the senator also kept the phone lines busy issuing instructions to his office in Sacramento.
Irwin said Ayala was expected to be released from the hospital this week.
Cole Roast: Pasadena City Director Rick Cole, reelected March 5 to a third term, has offered himself up for skewering at a Monday roast at 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena's Doubletree Hotel.