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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 11, 2010 


The Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society (SMHPS) is selling their award winning 
book Southern California Story:-Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre during this holiday 
season. If you are interested in the history of Southern California or the compelling story of 
Sierra Madre’s beginnings and growth into “Our Town”, we invite you to purchase our book. 
The book tells a wonderful story about Sierra Madre accompanied by photographs from 
Sierra Madre’s historical archives capturing every facet of living in Sierra Madre as told by 
our award winning author Michele Zack.

Southern California Story:-Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre has won several 
prestigious national awards this year for content, layout and cover design. It has also 
received rave reviews. So if you have not purchased a book yet, please do! And if you have 
already bought a book, please recommend it or buy another as a gift for someone special. 

The book is available at Arnolds Hardware, Sierra Madre Library, Sierra Madre Books, 
Vroman’s and the Huntington Library bookstore. It may be also purchased from our web 
site at . The purchase price of the book is $49.39 (including tax) at any of 
the locations listed. Happy Holidays from Sierra Madre’s Historical Preservation Society!


December 14, 2010


6:30 p.m.

City Council 

Dec. 18 & 19th, 2010

Rose Float Deco Blitz

Rose Float Barn

January 8, 2011

Parks and Facilities 
Master Plan Committee

Special Joint Meeting 
with Community 

9:00 AM – Community 
Recreation Center

Sierra Madre Little 

On-line registration site 
is open

To register for the 2011 
Season go to http://

If you have any 
questions contact Steve 
Tanner at 626-355-1249 

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.


As the sun slowly disappears and the light surrenders us to winter, 
and the weather further dashes us toward that icy chill. The 
season of Christmas stands ready to remind us of that glorious 
place of enchantment. The Season of Cheer and The Festival of 
Lights join together on a very special night.

For as a trumpet readies from a heralded city on high, Sierra 
Madre, and they prepare to furnish the vacuum of night and the 
void of darkness with the ballads of Christmas and the heavenly 
stars of candlelight. Our friends, churches, children and a 
community will once again embrace the miracle of Christmas. 

We salute the heavenly thinking of Pastor Bob VanderZaag and 
Pastor Richard Anderson as the founders of this unique tradition. 
Each man held a lasting hope of bringing a community together 
and shepherding in a small town sensibility to the deeper 
meanings of the Christmas Season. For the last thirty-five years, 
The Candlelight Walk has faithfully strengthened the Christmas 
Spirit and loyally seeded the imagination of our dearest children. 

The Candlelight Walk is held each Christmas season to celebrate 
the journey Joseph and Mary made to Bethlehem where Jesus 
was born over 2000 years ago. The procession will begin at St. 
Rita’s Catholic Church in Sierra Madre, with “Mary and Joseph” 
leading the way and other participants holding candles and singing 
traditional Christmas carols. The procession will end at Kersting 
Court in the center of town where the Christmas Story will be read 
from Scripture.

Begins at St. Rita traveling down Baldwin to Kersting Court. It 
is recommended that you arrive at 6:45pm so that the walk can 
begin promptly at 7:00pm

Sierra Madre Proposed Water 
Rate Increase 

This is notice that the second reading of Ordinance No. 1312 
adjusting water rates in the City of Sierra Madre is scheduled for 
the Regular Council meeting of January 11, 2011. The meeting 
begins at 6:30 PM at Sierra Madre City Hall, 232 West Sierra 
Madre Boulevard. The public is invited to attend and provide 
comment at the meeting. 

Ordinance No. 1132 will implement a four-year rate increase 
program in which water rates will increase approximately 7.54% 
each fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011. The ordinance will also 
introduce tiered water rates, which will result in slightly higher 
water rates for those customers using higher amounts of water. 
Ordinance 1312 eliminates certain charges for multiple-unit 
residential customers, reduces the Utility Users Tax Rate on 
water, and provides for annual review of Sierra Madre Water 
Department maintenance, debt service, and other operational 
costs to ensure that rates are kept as low as possible.

For additional information regarding Sierra Madre water rates, 
please visit the City’s website at, or 
contact City Hall at (626) 355-7135. 

Sierra Madre Police Blotter

During the week of Sunday, November 28th, to Saturday December 
4th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 
352 calls for service. See for updated information.

Sunday, November 28th:

09:31 PM- DUI Alcohol/Drugs, 200 blk. Ramona Ave. 
An officer stopped a motorist for a Vehicle Code Violation. 
The officer determined that the Sierra Madre resident was 
under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and 
taken to Pasadena Police Jail for booking.

Tuesday, November 30th: 

05:15 AM- Possession of Marijuana in Vehicle, Baldwin 
and Orange Grove. An officer stopped a motorist for 
a Vehicle Code violation. The officer learned that the 
driver’s license was suspended and he was in possession 
of marijuana. The Sierra Madre resident was cited and 
released on scene. 

Wednesday, December 1st:

02:39 PM- Disorderly Conduct/Drunk in public, 100 
blk. W. Sierra Madre Bl. Officers were dispatched to a call 
regarding an unconscious woman. The woman, a Sierra 
Madre resident, was intoxicated. The Fire Department took 
her to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for treatment. 

Thursday, December 2nd:

04:38 PM- Petty Theft, 160 blk. N. Canon Ave. . Unknown 
suspect(s) stole an unattended backpack belonging to a 
Sierra Madre resident that he left next to his locker while 
he attended class at the Sierra Madre Middle school. No 
suspects known.

05:02 PM- Offensive Words to Produce Violent 
Reaction, 240 blk. W. Sierra Madre Bl. A Sierra Madre 
resident reported that a man was driving by his home yelling 
obscenities and taking pictures of his house. The suspect 
was identified as an Arcadia resident.

05:11 PM- Residential Burglary, 320 blk. Santa Anita Ct. 
Unknown suspect(s) entered a residential home through 
the rear unlocked door. Items stolen included a Sony Video 
camera worth $1000.00, a Rebel Canon digital camera worth 
$850.00, a Powershot S90 Canon digital camera worth 
$500.00, a HD video camera, a Flip Video worth $150.00, an 
Apple IPod Touch worth $250.00, costume jewelry worth 
$100.00, a Century fire safe worth $35.00, and an Apple 
IPad worth $700.00. 

Friday, December 3rd:

9:18AM- Disorderly Conduct/Drunk in Public, 10 blk. 
Kersting Ct. Officers were dispatched to Kersting court 
regarding a disorderly woman 
who they determined to be 
intoxicated. Officers arrested 
the woman, a Sierra Madre 

7:10 PM- Petty Theft, 540 
blk. W. Orange Grove Ave. 
Unknown suspect(s) stole a 
delivery package from a front 
porch. The victim was notified 
about her package arrival 
through the US Postal tracking 

Saturday, December 4th:

12:55 AM- Grand Theft 
Exceeding $400, Windwood 
Lane. The victims took a 
diamond ring for cleaning and 
repair. When they picked up 
the ring they noticed that the 
diamond had been replaced 
with a non-precious stone. The 
investigation is continuing. 

6:12 PM- Petty Theft, 350 blk. 
Acacia St. Unknown suspect(s) 
entered an unlocked truck and 
stole a Nuvi Garmin GPS worth 
$300.00, Prada cologne worth 
$100.00 and $3.00 worth in 

Christmas Eve Service 

Sierra Madre United Methodist Church 

Celebrate the birth of Jesus at Sierra Madre United Methodist 
Church , December 24, 7:30 p.m. The service will feature scripture 
lessons, familiar carols, a brief homily and the warm glow of 
candlelight as “Silent Night” is sung. 

 The Sierra Madre UMC is located at 695 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. , on 
the northeast corner of Michillinda and Sierra Madre Blvd. There 
is ample parking in the church’s parking lot, accessed off Michillinda. 
For more information or directions, please call (626) 355-0629.

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