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 MountainViews-News Saturday, July 10, 2010 

Sierra Madre


Crash kills One, Six Others Injured as Car Runs Red Light

 Six people were hurt and one killed in a three car traffic accident Monday that left vehicles scattered 
along Sierra Madre Boulevard as one of the drivers failed to stop for a red light. Police said the exact 
cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

 According to reports, 78-year-old Herbert Velasco was taken to a nearby hospital where he later 
died. The driver of a metallic blue SUV, the vehicle Velasco was riding in, was also seriously hurt. 
Fire Spokesperson Lisa Derderian said four other people were also transported to nearby hospitals. 

 Fire units were dispatched at 11:31 a.m. responding to the accident at Orange Grove and Sierra 
Madre Boulevard where three people were trapped inside the SUV she said. 

Sierra Madre’s 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade Entry: 

“Sueños de California”

The theme of the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade is “Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories.” 
Sierra Madre’s entry is titled “Sueños de California,” which translates to “Dreams of California.” The 
design highlights California’s Latino heritage by remembering the pioneers who built our Golden 

 At the front of the float a burro draws a cart laden with produce to market. Magnificent monarch 
butterflies flutter overhead, alighting on Mission San Carlos Borromeo. Señoritas gather by a 
glistening fountain in a courtyard blooming with bougainvillea, saguaro, prickly pear and citrus trees. 
Colorful folk dancers perform alongside. 

 The float is one of Sierra Madre’s largest, measuring 33 feet tall, 55 feet long and uniquely, 22 feet 
wide. Extensive animation brings the design to life. The burro nods his head, the wheels of the cart 
turn and the gigantic monarch butterflies flap their wings. The fountain features hundreds of gallons 
of re-circulating water. 

 “Sueños de California” showcases a stunning array of flowers. Jewel-tone roses carpet the base of 
the float while dendrobium, mokara and phalaenopsis orchids simulate the bougainvillea that grows 
over the mission. The gardens are landscaped with a blend of live succulents, orchids, leucadendron, 
sansevieria, ginger and protea.  

 The design also makes clever use of edible decoration materials, such as rolled oats, cinnamon 
and sesame seed which cover the facade of the mission. A wide variety of beans, lentils and peas will 
be applied one at a time to over 100 painstakingly detailed Mexican tiles. The float also incorporates 
oranges, lemons, limes, pink grapefruit, grapes and chili peppers.

 In 2011, Sierra Madre celebrates its 94th year of Rose Parade participation and its 79th float. 
The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization and is funded 
solely by private donations. The association strives to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for 
volunteers of all ages. In the last five years, Sierra Madre has received five consecutive awards. The 
association is steadily building a reputation for fine craftsmanship and outstanding floral design. This 
year’s entry is designed by Charles Meier, who designed four previous award-winning floats for Sierra 

Artist’s Rendering

Photo courtesy Brett Gibson, Battalion Chief, Pasadena Fire.

Ky-Mani Marley Honored at Rose Bowl Green Expo

PASADENA, Calif., July 7, 2010 – Come and 
celebrate at the Green Expo & Showcase at 
the Rose Bowl on Friday, July 23rd, 10:00 a.m. 
to 6:00 p.m. Free admission, thanks to our 
sponsors and exhibitors. Register early at www. 

 Congratulations to Ky-Mani Marley, our 
People of the Year Peace Award recipient, for 
his book “Dear Dad” in honor of his father Bob 
Marley. Congrats also to all our 2010 awardees. 
A reception, in their honor, will be held after the 
expo at 6:30 sharp, RSVP at 626-200-9994. Live 
performance by Jovonnie. Hosted by LA Talk 
Radio Host, Mother Love. 

 The Green Expo and showcase is co-sponsored 
by Lookin’ Green Magazine and Pasadena Design 
Center in partnership with Senator Carol Liu and 
the 21st District of California covering areas of 
Los Angeles County.

“We can all work together to help protect the 
environment, conserve our precious natural 
resources, and promote green initiatives in 
the 21st Senate District,” Senator Liu said. 
“This showcase aims to make these resources 
available to residents in a vibrant and fun-filled 

 Participants can expect a galaxy of fun and eco-
friendly products and services from our many 
exhibitors, spunky entertainment, clean car 
meetup for all clean vehicle drivers and riders. 
Giveaways galore to those who register at www. 

 Our 2010 awardees are Keith Moo-Young 
- Dean of Engineering - Cal State LA ; Steve 
Edberg - NASA, JPL Scientist; David Blekhman 
Associate Professor, Cal State Los Angeles; Larry 
Eisenberg Executive Director LACCD; Pasadena 
Councilmember Jacque Robinson; Steve Julian - 
Radio Host 89.3 FM KPCC; Dennis R. Buckley, 
D.C., Chiropractor and Clinician; Jerry Robin 
- Prosperity and Health; Ruth & Joe Hopkins - 
Owners Pasadena Journal – their bios are online 

 The Rose Bowl Green Expo features experts 
in green technology, policy, climate change 
and planetary impacts, and ways to save more 
money tips and ideas for a healthier community. 
Speakers include Senator Carol Liu; Dr. Darrick E. 
Sahara Applied Kinesiologist and Chiropractor; 
Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP; Linda 
Nicholes - Plug in America; Talin Shahnazaryan 
- Green Friendly Kids; A.J. Ali Award-winning 
Producer, Writer; Gerald Olesker Architectural 
Detail Group; Thomas Daly, Partner CPH; Robert 
Starr, Toro Irrigation; Carl Welty, CEDG Design; 
Steve Edberg - NASA, JPL Scientist. View photos 
and bios at 

Our valued Sponsors and Exhibitors include: 
CODA Automotive; The City of Pasadena; 
University of Phoenix; Pasadena Magazine; 
One World Vegetarian Cuisine; City of Hope; 
LA Talk; American Cancer Society; 
Minute Maid; New Century Cookware; Glendale 
Community College; Shay & Associates; 
Marathon of Miracles; Shiso Tea by Maria; 
Farm Fresh To You; LifeSource Water Systems; 
Green Rock; PureWater2Go; Hostmonster; Aliso 
Electric; EcoProcote; Plug In America; Green 
Truck; Sahara Clinic; Renewal by Andersen; 
Enviro Energies - Wind Turbines; Solar Universe; 
ADG Eco-Lighting; EcoTools; Mid Western Pet 
Foods; Christie, Parker, Hale; Vitamin Shoppe; 
Golden Path Alchemy; Hastings Ranch Dental 
Group; Green Irene; Southern California 
Inspectors; among others.

For complete details and to register, visit www. Or, contact Charlene 
Brown at (626) 200-9994, or email Charlene@ 

The 2011 Entry in its’ current state. The unfinished float made its’ way down Sierra 
Madre Blvd. in the 4th of July Parade. Photo by Chris Bertrand

Congressional Staff Assistance Available 
at Field Office Get Help with Bureaucratic 

Are you a constituent of the 26th Congressional District, and have issues you would like to discuss 
with a government representative, or a problem with the Federal bureaucracy that needs sorting out? 
Then come to the Sierra Madre Public Library on Wednesday, July 21, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., 
when a Staff Assistant from Congressman David Dreier’s office will be on hand to assist you. Please 
bring along all letters, documents and records pertinent to the matter you would like to discuss. 

For further information, Congressman Dreier’s San Dimas District Office may be reached by calling 
(909) 575-6226 or (888) 906-2626. The Sierra Madre Public Library is located at 440 West Sierra 
Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre, (626) 355-7186. 

Schiff Secures Funding to Begin Environmental 
Work on Phase 2B of the Metro Gold Line 
Foothill Extension

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that $650,000 is included 
in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill for 
the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority to secure NEPA environmental 
clearance to start phase 2B of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Authority has 
already secured environmental clearance for phase 2A, construction of which broke ground 
on June 26. 

“The 29th Congressional District encompasses some of the fastest-growing communities in 
Los Angeles County, and we need to build the infrastructure to accommodate the growth in 
our region,” Rep. Schiff said. “Best of all, this project will create jobs and spur much-needed 
economic activity in our communities.”

The Foothill Extension Light Rail Transit Project (LRT) Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) 
plan and design expands the Metro Gold Line LRT approximately 24 miles east of the City 
of Pasadena to the City of Montclair. The extension starts at Sierra Madre Villa station in 
Pasadena and connects the downtown areas of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and 
Azusa in phase 2A; and Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair 
in phase 2B.

“Congressman Schiff has been a visionary on this project for more than a decade, and we are 
grateful for his continued support,” said Habib Balian, CEO of the Construction Authority. 
“Communities all along the corridor have been waiting for this funding and are eagerly 
awaiting the commencement of construction on phase 2B of this project. This funding will 
allow the project to complete the last step in the process, and readies it for funding and then 

Phase 2B of the Foothill Extension will extend the LRT line nearly 12 miles, and include 
construction of 6 stations and associated parking facilities. In addition, the Foothill Extension 
will widen existing bridge structures to accommodate three tracks, construct about 30 at-
grade crossings with gate protection, as well as an extension of the existing Metro Gold Line 
Phase I power, signaling and communications systems.

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