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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 28, 2012 




The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 
containing the first twelve short stories 
about the famous detective by Sir Arthur 
Conan Doyle, will be honored during 
February at the Sierra Madre Public Library 
as the City of Sierra Madre’s One Book One 
City selection for 2012. All events are free 
and open to the public.

 One Book One City annually engages the 
community in reading the same notable 
book at the same time and encourages 
everyone to come together to explore the 
literature and join in public discourse. 
Doyle’s tales, along with stage, screen, radio 
and television adaptations, have made 
Sherlock Holmes a permanent part of our 
culture, appealing to readers and audiences 
of all ages. Copies of The Adventures of 
Sherlock Holmes are available in a variety 
of formats—print, CD audiobook, e-book, 
electronic book—from the Sierra Madre 
Public Library.

 A “Mystery Contest” drawing will kick off 
the month-long program on February 1. 
Everyone who reads the stories and is able 
to answer three questions will be entered 
in a drawing to be held at the Library on 
Wednesday, February 1. The winner will 
receive the elegant two-volume set of The 
New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The 
Complete Short Stories, the most lavishly 
illustrated edition of the Holmes tales ever 
produced, edited by Leslie S. Klinger. 

 On Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m., Leslie 
S. Klinger will present “An Evening with 
Sherlock Holmes, Hosted by Les Klinger.” 
Mr. Klinger, considered one of the world’s 
foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, 
is the editor of The New Annotated Sherlock 
Holmes, published by W. W. Norton in 
2004 and 2005, winner of the Edgar Award 
for Best Critical/Biographical Work and 
nominated for every other major award 
in the mystery genre. Mr. Klinger, along 
with author Laurie R. King, also edited the 
recently released book A Study In Sherlock: 
Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon, in 
which eighteen superstar modern mystery 
authors provide fascinating, thrilling, and 
original perspectives on Sherlock Holmes. 
This book will be available for purchase and 
autographing after the talk.

 On Thursday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m., 
Sisters in Crime will present a panel 
discussion on “Holmes’ Influence on 
Detective Fiction.” The panel will include 
Amnon Kabatchnik, known for his books 
on crime drama for stage and screen; 
Michael Mallory, Sherlock Holmes expert 
and author; and Naomi Hirahara, prize-
winning mystery writer. Tammy Kaehler, 
author of the Kate Reilly car racing 
mysteries, will moderate.

 On Thursday, February 16, from 11:00 
a.m. to 12 noon, the Sierra Madre Public 
Library will host a book discussion of 
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at 
the Library during the Library’s monthly 
“Third Thursday” book group.

 In the evening of Thursday, February 16, at 
7:30, Catherine Addé will present “Sherlock 
Holmes’ London: An Illustrated Talk,” an 
armchair tour of London in the footsteps 
of the world’s greatest detective. Ms. 
Addé is a travel industry veteran and was 
thrilled to live in London while working 
on her Master’s in Tourism Management. 
She is a long-time Sierra Madre resident, 
an active community volunteer, and an avid 
reader. She serves on the Board of Trustees 
for the Sierra Madre Public Library. 

 On Saturday, February 25, at 5:00 p.m., 
a special screening of a classic Sherlock 
Holmes movie will take place at the Library. 
This will be the final event in Sierra Madre’s 
One Book One City 2012 program. 

 One Book One City 2012 is sponsored by 
the Sierra Madre Civic Club, the Sierra 
Madre Historical Preservations Society, 
and the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public 

For more information, please contact Catriona 
Shafer or Sophia Duran at (626) 355-7186 or visit 
the Library’s website at www.cityofsierramadre.lib. . The Sierra Madre Public Library is located 
at 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., in Sierra Madre, 

William R. “Billy” Henderson, 
71, brother of 
Mountain Views News 
publisher, Susan Henderson 
passed away on January 
13th after a 15 year 
battle with cancer.

Born in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, where he 
lived for most of his life, 
he joined the United 
States Army in 1958 and 
became a member of the 
elite 82nd Airborne Paratrooper 

 After the waterfront as a member of Longshoreman’s Local 1291 
for more than 30 years. When he retired in the late 90’s, he decided 
to take on a second career as an Operator of the Girard 
Avenue Trolley for SEPTA. 

 He was also a member of Lincoln Post 89 of the American Legion 
and Sheba Lodge No.7 of the Prince Hall Masons.

 Known among friends and family as a man of strong will and 
determination, he never lost his sense of humor. 

 Billy was preceded in death by his parents, William Henderson 
and Grace Carpenter and brothers Henry Carpenter and Donald 
Lewis. He is also survived by his children, William Henderson, 
Keith Reginald (Caron) Franks, Jerrell and Benjamin Henderson, 
and Regina Henderson Mayden; 8 grandchildren; Stepmother 
Catherine Henderson; Sisters Doris Lewis Austin, Grace Henderson 
Sanders, Darlene Henderson, Vanessa Henderson Taylor; 
Brother Tyrone Henderson.

 He was laid to rest on Friday at Washington Crossing National 
Cemetary in Pennsylvania with full military honors.

Sierra Madre Police Blotter

During the week of Sunday, January 15th, to Saturday January 21st, 
the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 
219 calls for service. See for updated information. 

Sunday, January 15th:

5 Separate Reports of Use of Another’s Personal Identification 
to Obtain Credit/Etc. This incident involves the unauthorized 
fraudulent use of the victim’s credit/debit card number obtained 
from the Valero gas station.

Monday, January 16th:

12:20 PM- Theft of Mail, 300 blk. Olive Tree Ln. Unknown 
suspect(s) removed mail from outside the victim’s front door. 
The victim was notified about the package arrival by UPS delivery 

6:35 PM- Making Annoying Telephone Calls, 500 blk. W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd. This incident involves an ex-girlfriend making 
harassing phone calls to her ex-boyfriend after she was advised 
to stop contact. 

Thursday, January 19th:

10:19 AM- Vandalism/Graffiti, 100 blk. Mariposa Ave. Unknown 
suspect(s) used spray paint to graffiti the curb side.

11:35 PM- Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property, Orange Grove 
Ave and Orlando Dr. An officer stopped a 26-year old Los Angeles 
motorist for a Vehicle Code violation. Further investigation 
revealed that the driver had three outstanding no-bail warrants; 
also, the 26-year old passenger was a parole-at-large. After both 
individuals were arrested, an inventory of the car uncovered 
numerous items of property that had been stolen from the 
residents in Sierra Madre and other cities. The female driver was 
transported to the Pasadena Police Department jail for booking 
and the male passenger was transported to IRC for booking. 

Friday, January 20th:

7:31 AM- Petty Theft, 100 blk. E. Mira Monte Ave. Suspect 
entered an unlocked parked car and stole a 2011 DMV vehicle 
registration, 2011 Honda owner’s manual and a red and black 
blanket. Suspects were found in possession of the property. 

7:58 AM- Theft of Mail, 200 blk. Old Rancho Rd. This incident 
involves two suspects found in possession of the stolen property. 
Suspects were found in possession of the property. 

8:33 AM- Auto Burglary, 200 blk. Sturtevant Dr. Suspects entered 
a locked vehicle and stole a Garmin GPS, an IPod and an IPhone 
car charger.. Suspects were found in possession of the property. 

8:45 AM- Petty Theft, 10th blk. E. Mira Monte Ave. Suspects 
entered an unlocked car and stole a gray sleeping bag, a flannel 
jacket, a box of one dozen bibles, a knife with a blue handle and 
a flashlight. Suspects were found in possession of the property. 

1:10 PM-Disorderly Conduct/Drunk in Public, 31 N. Baldwin 
Ave. This incident involves an intoxicated male at Kersting Ct. 
arrested for public intoxication and transported to Pasadena 
Police Department jail for booking. 

2:49 PM- Theft of Mail, 200 blk. Old Rancho Rd. This incident 
involves two suspects found in possession of the stolen property. 
Suspects were found in possession of the property. 

11:15 PM- Disturbance, 200 blk. San Gabriel Ct. Officers 
responded to a disturbance call between a husband and wife. The 
victim was intoxicated and was uncooperative. 

Saturday, January 21st:

12:29 PM- Petty Theft, 400 blk. W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Unknown 
suspect(s) took a Southern California Edison Smart Connect 
Smart Meter from a storage room. 5:53 PM- Theft of Mail, 
300 Blk. Grove St. This incident involves two suspects found 
in possession of the stolen property. Suspects were found in 
possession of the property. 

City of Sierra Madre




WHEREAS, the proposed Stonegate neighborhood is located at the intersection of Carter and Baldwin Avenues; and

WHEREAS, in connection with the development of Stonegate, a developer will install and dedicate to public use certain drainage improvements that will provide flood 
and storm protection for the territory; and

WHEREAS, once accepted, the maintenance and operation of those improvements will be a public responsibility; and

WHEREAS, on January 10, 2012, by its Resolution No. 12-04, the City Council established City of Sierra Madre Community Facilities District No. 1 (Stonegate 
Drainage) (the “District”) pursuant to the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (Section 53311 et. seq. of the California Government Code) (the “Act”) to 
fund the maintenance and operation of the Stonegate drainage improvements; and

WHEREAS, on January 10, 2012, by its Resolution No. 12-05, the City Council determined that the electors of the District had approved the levy of a special tax in 
connection with the District.


1. The recitals stated above are true and correct.

2. A special tax (the “Special Tax”) is levied pursuant to Section 53340 of the Act against all non-exempt parcels of real property within the District. The rate, 
method of apportionment, and manner of collection of the Special Tax are described in Attachment “A” to this resolution, attached hereto and incorporated 
herein by reference.

4. Proceeds of the Special Tax may be used to fund the maintenance of drainage facilities, including but not limited to, catch basins, storm drain conduits, 
retention basins, debris basins, and clarifier units, including the future replacement of failed elements of the facilities. These services are authorized for 
funding by Section 53313(e) of the Act. Special Tax proceeds may also be used to fund actual or reasonably estimated necessary costs related to the administration 
of the District including, but not limited to, the following: the costs of computing the Special Taxes; the costs of collecting the Special Taxes including the costs of 
monitoring and tracking delinquent Special Taxes; the costs associated with responding to public inquiries regarding the District; costs of the City, the District, or 
designee related to an appeal of the Special Tax; and an allocable share of the salaries of the City staff relating to the foregoing.

5. The Special Tax will be secured by recordation of a continuing lien against all nonexempt real property in the District. The Special Tax will be levied 
annually for so long as the Services are required. The delinquency or default of any parcel with respect to the Special Tax shall not affect the amount of the Special 
Tax against any other parcel. 

6. The Special Tax will be subject to the following accountability measures:

(i) Proceeds of the Special Tax will be deposited in a special account and used only for the purpose of financing the Services and incidental expenses; and
(ii) An annual report will be filed by the Finance Department of the City at least once a year containing a description of the amount of funds and the status of 
any project included in the Services.

7. The Public Works Department, which is located at 232 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, California and can be telephoned at (626) 355-7135 will be 
responsible for annually preparing a current roll of special tax levy obligations by assessor’s parcel number and will be responsible for estimating future special tax 
levies pursuant to Section 53340.2 of the Act.

8. An appropriations limit, pursuant to Article XIIIB, Section 8(h) of the California Constitution, is hereby established for the District at an amount equal to 
$10,000. Such limit shall be adjusted for changes in the cost of living, or changes in population, pursuant to Section 53325.7 of the Act.

9. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this ordinance is for any reason held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional 
or invalid for any reason, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of the ordinance. The City Council hereby declares that it would have 
passed this ordinance and each section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more section(s), subsection (s), 
sentence(s), clause(s), phrase(s), or word(s) be declared invalid.

PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED this 24th day of January, 2012.


AYES: Buchanan, Moran, MacGillivray, Walsh NOES: None ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: None







I. Basis of Special Tax Levy

Commencing in Tax Year 2012-13, a Special Tax shall be levied on each parcel in CFD No. 1 as set forth in this Rate and Method of Apportionment. All of the real 
property in CFD No. 1, unless exempted by law or by the provisions hereof, shall be subject to the tax. 

II. Duration of the Special Tax

Parcels in CFD No. 1 shall remain subject to the Special Tax in perpetuity.

III. Maximum Special Tax

The maximum Special Tax against each parcel for Tax Year 2012-13 shall be $238.00.

The maximum Special Tax for each subsequent tax year shall be calculated by multiplying $238.00 by the CPI for the April preceding the start of the tax year, and 
dividing by the Base CPI. For purposes of this paragraph, “CPI” means the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange 
County, CA as published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (or the successor to such index) and “Base CPI” means the CPI for September of 2011. For reference, 
the CPI for September of 2011 is 233.022.

IV. Setting the Annual Special Tax Levy

The Special Tax shall be levied against each parcel at the maximum rate determined pursuant to Section III, unless the City Council of the City of Sierra Madre, by 
resolution, determines that (for one or more tax years specified by the City Council) a lesser rate will be sufficient. 

V. Appeals

Any taxpayer who feels that the amount of the Special Tax assigned to a parcel is in error may file a notice with the Finance Director of the City of Sierra Madre 
appealing the levy of the Special Tax. The Finance Director will then promptly review the appeal, and if necessary, meet with the applicant. If the Finance Director 
verifies that the tax should be modified or changed, a recommendation at that time will be made to the City Council and, as appropriate, the Special Tax levy shall be 
corrected and, if applicable in any case, a refund shall be granted.

Interpretations may be made by Resolution of the City Council for purposes of clarifying any vagueness or ambiguity as it relates to the Special Tax rate, the method of 
apportionment, or any definition applicable to CFD No. 1.

VI. Manner of Collection

The Special Tax will be collected in the same manner and at the same time as ad valorem property taxes; provided; however, the City may, at its discretion, directly bill 
the Special Tax.



The 2012 race will be here before you know it: Saturday, 
May 26.


Coach Eric LeClair and Team CrossFit Academy will be returning 
for their seventh year to provide free Saturday morning 
training runs for this challenging event for any interested trail 
runner. The training is a 16-week program designed with three 
different ability groups.: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. 
The first training session will begin Saturday morning, February 
4th at 7:00A in Kersting Court. It is recommended that all interested 
runners begin their training on this date; each Saturday 
morning will feature a different training run.


Coach LeClair has had hundreds of runners and racers within 
the ranks of the training team over the past six years. The training 
program has been so successful that it has resulted in over 20 
Top 3 finisher medals!


 From the beginning trail runner to the experienced veteran racer, 
all will be welcomed into this fun group and will be assisted 
in accomplishing his or her desired goal. To contact Coach Eric 
LeClair or Team CrossFit Academy directly, please call 626-437-
8739 or search for either on Facebook.



 Registration for the 2012 Mount Wilson Trail Race will begin on 
Monday, March 5 at 9:00am. Registration is available online at or in person at 
the Community Services Office located at 611 E. Sierra Madre 
Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Runners are encouraged to register 
as soon as possible as space is limited. 

 The MWTR sells out on an annual basis, be sure to reserve your 
spot for 2012! For more information please visit www.mountwilsontrailrace.
com or contact the Community Services Office at 

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