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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 3, 2011 


Joanna Harrell

City of Sierra Madre


To: Citywide

From: The City of Sierra Madre

11-06 (CUP 11-06) 

Applicant: Bowden Development, Inc.

Project Location: Southwest corner of East Sierra Madre Blvd. and Sierra Place, in the City of Sierra Madre, 

 County of Los Angeles, State of California

The City of Sierra Madre gives notice, pursuant to State of California law, that the Planning Commission will conduct a public 
hearing to consider a request for a Tentative Tract Map, Conditional Use Permit and Density Bonus to allow construction of 
a 6 (six)-unit, 2(two)-story, 30-foot-high condominium project with 14 on-site parking spaces on the vacant property located 
at the southwest corner of East Sierra Madre Boulevard and Sierra Place. Pursuant to California Government Code 
Section 66426, a tract map shall be required for all subdivisions creating five or more condominiums. Pursuant to Sierra 
Madre Municipal Code Section 17.76.030, all R-3 developments require approval of a Conditional Use Permit. A Density 
Bonus to allow one additional unit (for a total of 6 units) may be permitted if the required criteria can be met pursuant to the 
Sierra Madre Municipal Code Section 17.28.060(B)(2).


City of Sierra Madre City of Sierra Madre

Planning Commission meeting City Council Chambers

Thursday, September 15, 2011 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.

(Hearing begins at 7:00 p.m.) Sierra Madre, CA 

All interested persons may attend this meeting and the Planning Commission will hear them with respect thereto.

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION: The project qualifies for Class 3 Categorical Exemption, pursuant to Section 
15303(b) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as the proposed project involves construction of 6 new 
condominium units in an urbanized area. 

APPEAL: The decision of the Planning Commission is subject to a 10-business-day appeal period to the City Council. If 
in the future anyone wishes to challenge the decision of the Planning Commission in court, one may be limited to raising 
the issues that were raised or presented in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or before, the 
scheduled public hearing. 

For further information on this subject, please contact the Development Services Department at (626) 355-7138.

Danny Castro,

Director of Development Services


Longtime Sierra Madre resident, 
Thomas “Tom” McGuire, 
89, passed away on 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 
after a long battle with his 
health. He is survived by 
his wife of 60 years, Pat and 
was father of seven children.

 Prior to his illness, he was 
very active in the community, 
especially volunteering 
countless hours at the Monastery 
in Sierra Madre.

 A Funeral Mass at 11:00 
AM on Tuesday, Sept. 6 will 
be held at St. Rita Catholic 
Church in Sierra Madre with 
interment at Sierra Madre 

August 15th marked the first 
day at Ascension Church 
for Joanna Harrell, aka Jobi, 
the church’s new Minister of 
Young People. Born and raised 
in Ypsilanti, Michigan; a small 
community, Sierra Madre feels 
like home to her. She earned a 
B.M. in oboe performance 
from the Hartt School, and 
in 2001 moved with her 
fiancé Lucas Marquardt to 

 It was here in California, 
as Director of Christian 
Education at St. Andrew’s 
Church where she served as 
co-directress and re-founder 
of the Julien-Juliet Chapter 
of the Junior Daughter’s of 
the King. During this time 
she was able to articulate her 
bi-vocational call as a music 
instructor and lay minister 
with a focus on the future of 
the Episcopal Church. 

 In 2008, she became the 
Children’s Minister for 
Kindergarten through Fifth 
Grade at All Saints Church, 
Pasadena. She comes to 
Ascension ready to work with 
the High School and College 
programs as Minister to Young 
Persons. Jobi is an appointed 
member to the Los Angeles 
Commission on Ministry, 
a member of NAECED 
(National Association for 
Episcopal Christian Education 
Directors) and the very proud 
mother of Anne Elizabeth who 
will turn 5 this October. Jobi 
looks forward to serving with 
the outstanding ministry team 
at the Church of Ascension. 

 If you are interested in becoming 
part of the Ascension community 
check out a wonderful community 
church at www.ascension- or for more 
information, please call (626) 


Joan Milazzo, 56, was 
struck and killed Tuesday 
morning, August 30, in 
the Del Sur area of North 
County San Diego. Milazzo, 
her husband and sister were 
hiking in an area near their 

 According to a Press 
Release from the San Diego 
County Medical Examiner’s 
office, “They were crossing 
Camino Del Sur Road when 
a vehicle traveling on the 
southbound lane at a high 
rate of speed lost control and 
skidded into the decedent as 
she stepped onto the curb. 
The decedent was struck 
and fell to the ground. 
Bystanders called 911 and 
assisted with CPR. Medics 
transported the decedent 
to Scripps La Jolla Hospital 
with blunt force trauma and 
she was pronounced dead 
when resuscitative efforts 
were to no avail. San Diego 
Police Traffic Division 
is handling the accident 
investigation and charges 
are pending.

 Milazzo and her husband 
had just moved there to join 
family only a few months 
prior, after retiring from a 
long career at AstraZeneca.

Milazzo grew up in the 
San Gabriel Valley, and 
graduated from Alverno 
High School in Sierra 
Madre. She was previously a 
member of St. Rita Catholic 
Parish in Sierra Madre. 

 All services will take place, 
beginning at 10 a.m. on 
Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 
followed by burial nearby. 
The funeral will be held at 
Church of the Nativity, 6309 
El Apajo Road, Rancho 
Santa Fe, CA 92067. Phone: 
858 756-1911

Sierra Madre Search & Rescue

Submitted by Chuck Stoughton

August was a busy month for 
the Sierra Madre Search and 
Rescue Team, with 17 calls 
for assistance. 

Stranded Hikers, Chantry 
Flat: SMSR was notified of 
three hikers stranded on 
a cliff near Chantry Flat. 
Responding Team members 
found the hikers in a 
precarious off-trail location 
and determined that one was 
injured. The uninjured hikers 
were lowered to the ground 
using the Team’s stranded-
hiker rescue procedure. The 
injured party was stabilized 
and placed in a litter, then 
lowered to the ground and 
wheeled out to the road. 
From there the patient 
was transported to an L.A. 
County Fire Department 
helicopter waiting at Chantry 
Flat and flown to the hospital.

Missing Hikers, Chilao Flats: 
SMSR’s help was requested by 
Montrose Search and Rescue 
on a search for missing hikers 
in the Chilao Flats area of 
the Angeles National Forest. 
Teams searched throughout 
the night, until the hikers 
were located by an SMSR 
crew after sunrise. SMSR 
team members walked the 
hikers several miles to safety. 

Injured Swimmer, Chantry 
Flat: The Team responded 
to a report of an injured 
cliff-diver at a waterfall near 
Chantry Flat. SMSR EMT’s, 
along with paramedics 
from the Sierra Madre Fire 
Department, L.A. County 
Fire Department, and U.S. 
Forest Service personnel, 
stabilized the injured party 
at the scene. Due to the 
nature of the injuries the 
subject was airlifted out of 
the canyon via helicopter 
and flown to the hospital.

Missing Hiker, Big Santa 
Anita Canyon: The Team 
was called out on a night 
search for a critical missing 
party in the local mountains. 
SMSR sent several crews 
into the field and the subject 
was located safely. Team 
members escorted the 
subject to Chantry Flat. 

In addition to responding 
to callouts, the Team 
participated in the multi-
agency Mass Casualty 
Incident drill with the Sierra 
Madre Fire and Sierra Madre 
Police departments. Dealing 
with over 30 victims, Team 
members exercised their 
triage and evacuation skills 
as part of the EMS branch of 
the simulated incident. The 
L.A. County Sheriff’s Air-5 
helicopter was incorporated 
as a treatment and transport 
element of the drill. Team 
members also practiced 
their incident management 
skills as part of the unified 
command structure that was 
established to manage the 
mock disaster. 

SMSR team members 
provided medical support for 
the 2011 Mt. Disappointment 
Endurance Run on August 
13, with crews staged along 
the 33.1-mile course and 
at the start/finish area on 
the summit of Mt. Wilson. 
High temperatures and 
6,195 feet of elevation 
gain and loss added to the 
challenge but no serious 
injuries were reported. 

The all-volunteer SMSR team 
has been serving the local 
community for 60 years. 
Funded entirely by private 
donations, SMSR provides a 
range of public programs on 
wilderness safety in addition 
to its search and rescue 
activities. The Team never 
charges for any of its services.

For more information, 
including how to arrange 
a wilderness safety 
demonstration for your 
school or group, visit www.

Sierra Madre Police Blotter

During the week of Sunday, August 21st, to Saturday August 27th, the Sierra Madre Police 
Department responded to approximately 239 calls for service. See for updated 

Sunday, August 21st:

3:57 AM- Disorderly Conduct/Drunk in Public, 100 blk. N. Hermosa Ave. Officers arrested 
a 26-year old man for public intoxication and took him to Pasadena Police Department for 

5:06 PM- Petty Theft, 300 blk. W. Sierra Madre Blvd. A suspect stole a locked blue/purple 
Trek Single Track 930 mountain bike from the sidewalk area between the morning of Saturday 
August 20th and the evening of Sunday August 21st. 

Tuesday, August 23rd:

8:28 AM- Petty Theft , 100 blk. E. Mira Monte Ave. Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked 
parked car between the evening of August 22nd and the morning of August 23rd and 
removed a Garmin GPS, 12 assorted gift cards, and $230.00 in cash. 

1:29 PM- Information Report No Crime, Rancho Rd and Orange Grove Ave. This incident 
involves a passenger pointing a handgun at another car. Officer stopped the car and later 
determined that no gun was involved but a video camera was used. 

1:54 PM- Use of Another’s Personal Identification to Obtain Credit/Etc. This incident involves 
an unknown suspect(s) making six fraudulent charges to the victim’s debit card. Total 
loss value is $1,418. 


Wednesday, August 24th: 

10:53 AM- Grand Theft Exceeding $950, 300 blk. Auburn Ave. Unknown suspect(s) entered 
an unlocked car between the evening of Monday August 21st and the morning of Tuesday 
August 22nd and removed a black gym bag that contained 100 music compact discs, an expired 
California Driver’s License and two yoga bands. 


Thursday, August 25th:

1:25 PM- Counterfeit/Forged Handwriting of Another, 100 blk. W. Sierra Madre Blvd. A 
50-60 year old black male subject attempted to withdraw money, without permission, from 
another person’s Chase Bank account using a fraudulent California Driver’s license. The 
driver’s license had the personal information of another person. The suspect left the bank 
prior to the officer’s arrival. 

3:22 PM- Use of Another’s Personal Identification to Obtain Credit/Etc, 400 blk. Mount 
Wilson TL. This incident involves an unknown suspect(s) trying to use a fraudulent check.

6:32 PM- Residential Burglary, 100 blk. Grove LN. Unknown subject(s) entered a locked 
residence from the west bedroom window and ransacked the house. The subject(s) entered 
the master bedroom and removed $11.00 from a Coach pouch. The suspect(s) left in an 
unknown direction. 

 Saturday, August 27th:

1:28 AM- DUI Alcohol/Drugs, Michillinda Ave and Sears Way. An officer stopped a 45-
year old South Pasadena motorist for a Vehicle Code violation and determined that the 
driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to Pasadena 
Police Department for booking.