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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 21, 2012 

Festival Set 
to Debut

City Sends Out Direct 
Threat, Urges Parking 
Scofflaws to Pay Up

 The Pasadena area’s first 
community-wide book 
festival-LitFest Pasadena-
will be held Mother’s Day 
weekend, Saturday, May 
12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 
p.m. in Central Park (275 
S. Raymond Avenue). 
Admission is free.

 Although rain forced 
the postponement of the 
event, originally scheduled 
for March, all that was 
previously in store-and 
more-will be offered: a 
celebratory day of readings 
and panel discussions 
featuring well-known local 
and California authors, 
hands-on activities for 
young people, good food, 
better books, and great fun, 
all aimed at promoting the 
literary arts.

 Attendees can look 
forward to an irreverent 
and informative festival that 
incorporates theater, music, 
poetry, and more. Some of 
L.A.’s hottest gourmet food 
trucks, courtesy of Chefs 
Center, will be located 
along Raymond Avenue, 
and public parking is under 
the Gold Line Del Mar 
Station directly across the 
street from Central Park, 
a comfortable green space 
between Raymond and Fair 
Oaks Avenues just south of 
the historic Castle Green.

 Panel discussions will 
explore topics such as 21st 
Century Noir; The Rise of 
the Graphic Novel; Local 
L. A. Publishers: Where 
New York Dominates, L.A. 
Innovates; The L.A. Canvas; 
and History, Fiction...

 Confirmed authors 
include Pulitzer Prize-
winners Jonathan Gold 
and Daniel Howe; novelists 
Mona Simpson, Michelle 
Huneven, David Ebershoff, 
and Lian Dolan; poet and 
Young Adult author Ron 
Koertge scholar and Libros 
Schmibros founder David 
Kipen; and L.A. mystery 
writer Denise Hamilton.

 More than 40 publishers 
and vendors will have 
books by these and other 
authors available for sale at 
the event.

 A children’s area 
will feature Vroman’s 
storyteller Mr. Steve, Brit-
Lit Steampunk performed 
by actors from Foshay 
Learning Center, and a 
Quidditch demonstration!

By Dean Lee 

 The tone of a media advisory 
message sent by city officials 
last week was a little less than 
courteous as the document 
threatens residents 
that the Department of 
Transportation will be out 
looking to take any vehicle 
with five or more unpaid 
parking tickets off the street. 

 “You know who you are,” the 
advisory starts. “The tension 
must be really weighing on 
you by now. After all, every 
time you park in Pasadena 
you worry that your car won’t 
be there when you return.” 

 It goes on to threaten 
that the city’s parking 
enforcement are, “looking 
for you, ready to haul your 
car off to an impound lot 
until you pay up.”

 The advisory was bolstered 
by suggesting that the city’s 
budget, not only benefits, 
but “worth the extra effort,” 
impounding vehicles, 
saying that since July 2011, 
the department found and 
impounded 394 vehicles. 
The city recovered more than 
$190,000 in delinquent fees.

 In a halfhearted way, 
the threat states that the 
department does not want 
to take the vehicles urging 
those with unpaid parking 
fines, to come to city hall, 
Room N106, during regular 
business hours and pay the 

 According to the document, 
which is also on the front of 
the city’s website, officials 
have a list of more than 
650 license plates, where 
the vehicle’s owners owe 
a minimum of $362 in 
back parking fines. It again 
threatens, “enforcement has 
been stepped up.” 

 City staff estimates getting 
a vehicle back from impound 
could cost upwards of 
$350; a $150 tow fee plus a 
vehicle storage fees, of $35 
- $55 per day. There is also 
a $134 release fee by the 
Pasadena Police plus all the 
outstanding parking fines. 

The Los Angeles Derby Dolls: the Sirens and the Fight Crew faced off on Saturday April 14, 2012 in 
Filipinotown. The Derby Dolls will again take part in this years Doo Dah parade on April 28th in Pasadena. 
Photo by Daniel Belis/Mountain View News

Derby Dolls to Take on Doo Dah

By Dean Lee

 They may be good on a banked-
track but this year the L.A. 
Derby Dolls, roller derby league, 
are poised to take on the proud 
freaks, geeks and weirdoes 
that make up the city’s most 
outrageous parade as they skate 
down East Colorado Boulevard 
next Saturday— the route of the 
35th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.

 Pasadena Resident and Derby 
Doll Referee Lidia Carlton said 
the Derby Dolls are a perfect 
match for the crazy parade, not 
having to do anything except 
show up as themselves, all 
dolled up. 

 “We usually show up as the 
Derby Dolls and that’s enough 
for people,” she said. “We’re 
good targets for marshmallows 
and tortillas, they like to throw 
them at us.” 

 Each member of the Derby 
Dolls has a unique name 
identifying them in the game. 
Carlton is known as Syphilis 

 She said, new to this year’s 
parade, they will be bringing the 
Jr. Derby Dolls. 

“Which are the girls ages 8 to 
18,” she said “So those younger 
girls are going to be there with 
their parents.”

 Carlton said personally this 
marks her third year in the 
parade as part of the Ref team, 
“the Enforcers.”

 “We’ve always gone because it’s 
a lot of fun,” she said. 

 Doo Dah event organizer Patty 
Hurly said the L.A. Derby Dolls 
have been in the parade five 

 “They really love the Doo Dah 
Parade,” she said. 

 Carlton said there are four 
teams that compete in the 
league, Fight Crew, the Sirens, 
Tuff Cookies and Varsity 

 “Each of team has a theme, so 
like, Flight Crew are the flight 
attendants, Tuff Cookies are the 
Girl Scoots gone bad,” she said. 
“That kind of thing. In terms of 
players and their skill levels, they 
are all sort of evenly matched.”

 Carlton also said they have an 
all-star team, The Riots, made 
up from the best players from 
each of the four teams. She said 
they play other roller derby 
leagues throughout the country. 

 During the season opener 
April 14, the Sirens beat Flight 
Crew 210 to 67. Carlton said the 
next game; Tuff Cookies vs. the 
Varsity Brawlers is set for April 
28 the same day as Doo Dah.

 Hurly also announced 
Thursday that All Saints Church 
Rector Ed Bacon had been 
named the parade’s Thorny 
Rose. Hurly said Bacon was 
picked before Monday night’s 
city council vote unanimous in 
favor of a $45-million expansion 
at All Saints Church, the reason 
Bacon was in the running for 
the award.

 The Thorny Rose Award 
is presented annually at the 
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade to an 
individual or organization that 
has created the strongest dose of 
discomfort and controversy in 
the community. 

 Hurly said the award is selected 
through a super-secret 13 
member panel, “they don’t even 
know who each other are,” she 

 Doo Dah is free and takes 
place on Saturday, April 28th, 
stepping off at 11:00 a.m. in 
East Pasadena along Colorado 
Boulevard between Altadena 
Dr. and San Gabriel Blvd.

 Video of the parade will also 
stream live online at doodahlive.

 All Saints Church Rector Ed 
Bacon named parade’s Thorny 

Bike Week Pasadena

Got a bike?! Then, you’re 
ready for an action-packed 
week of events – the 
6th Annual Bike Week 
Pasadena, May 14th-19th, 
2012. C.I.C.L.E., the L.A. 
based bike advocacy non-
profit, and the City of 
Pasadena present a week-
long showcase for most skill 
levels and age groups to 
promote bicycling as a safe 
and sustainable mode of 

All Bike Week Pasadena 
activities are free and open to 
the public including, A Taste 
of Pasadena Restaurant Ride, 
Ladies Night, Mayor’s Ride 
and Family Night, Bike To 
Work Pit Stop, Bike Home 
From Work Shift Party, 
Bike-In Movie Night, All 
City Ride and the C.I.C.L.E.’s 
Pedal Party. 



Supervisor Michael 
Antonovich issued the 
following statement on the 
passing of Dick Clark:

“ Dick Clark was an 
American icon – in music, 
broadcasting and business,” 
said Antonovich. “With hard 
work, persistence and vision, 
he was a pioneer in music 
television who brought rock 
‘n’ roll to the mainstream. As 
a fixture on TV’s American 
Bandstand and New Year’s 
Rockin’ Eve, he was a positive 
role model for a generation of 
young people. He leaves an 
important legacy for future 
generations -- not only in 
music, but in the way he 
lived, worked and succeeded 
even with serious health 
issues in his later years.”


Referee Lidia Carlton

 Learn not just how to 
blog but how to report 
the news

 The Pasadena Community 
Network and this newspaper 
are holding a workshop on 
Citizen Journalism. 

 This group is the place where 
aspiring journalists can learn 
from trained professionals 
and support their local 
community by covering 
what’s really happening in 
their neighborhoods.

 We will put the news in your 
hands. Learn how to find 
the story, the tools needed 
to capture the story and the 
means to tell the story using 
the power of video, audio and 
print along with online social 
media The next meeting is 
April 24 from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. 
at the Pasadena Community 
Network - Studio G, 2057 N. 
Los Robles Ave.

 For more info call 
626.794.8585 or visit

Statement from 
Adam Schiff on 
the McDade 

Antonovich Recognizes 
Day of Remembrance for 
the Armenian Genocide

Pet of 
the Week

Local Organizations 
to Host 41st Assembly 
District Candidate Forum

Adam Schiff issued the 
following written statement 
Friday regarding the 
March 24 officer involved 
shooting that left 19-year-
old Kendrec McDade dead.

“I want to join Mayor 
Bogaard, Councilman 
Holden and other members 
of the community in 
expressing my condolences 
to the family of Kendrec 
McDade after the loss of 
their son. There have been 
many serious questions 
raised by the shooting, 
and four investigations 
have been launched to 
determine precisely what 
took place and to provide 
answers to the family and 
the community. I join 
my colleagues in urging 
these investigations to be 
thorough and impartial, 
and to proceed with the 
greatest sense of urgency.

“I know the community 
hungers for answers, and as 
a parent, I cannot imagine 
the grief of the McDade 
family. They will be in our 
thoughts and prayers as the 
investigations go forward, 
and as we learn how this 
tragedy took place and what 
steps can be taken to avoid 
another terrible loss like it 
in the future.”

Chambers of Commerce 
of Pasadena and South 
Pasadena and the Pasadena-
Foothills Association of 
Realtors will host a candidate 
forum for all those who 
have qualified for the ballot 
in the election for the 41st 
State Assembly District 
on Thursday, from 6pm to 
7:30pm. The forum, held at 
the Pasadena Senior Center 
at 85 East Holly Street in 
Pasadena, will focus on 
economic and business 

George Falardeau, chair of 
the Board of Directors of 
the Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce will moderate 
the forum and candidate 
discussion. After a brief 
welcome, each candidate 
will be given three minutes 
for an opening statement. 
Questions will then be 
posed by the moderator. 
Each candidate will have 
90 seconds to answer each 
question in sequence. A 
different candidate will begin 
answering each question.

 The public is invited to 
attend the forum and will be 
able to pose questions to the 
candidates, as well. Audience 
members will be given note 
cards on which to write their 
questions. Those will be 
given to the moderator who 
will then pose the questions. 
At the end of the event, each 
candidate will be given two 
minutes to make a closing 

 The 41st Assembly District 
covers Altadena, Pasadena, 
South Pasadena, Sierra 
Madre, La Verne and San 
Dimas and parts of Monrovia 
and Upland. None of the 
sponsoring organizations 
will endorse candidates in 
the 41st Assembly District 

 Validated parking will be 
available on a first-come, 
first served basis in the Holly 
Street parking structure just 
east of Arroyo Parkway. 
Metered parking is available 
on the street in Old Pasadena.

All five candidates will appear 
at forum focused on economic, 
business issues

 Bella is a beautiful two-
year-old lynx point Siamese 
cat. She has gorgeous blue 
eyes and loves to cuddle in 
your lap.

 Bella’s adoption fee is $70, 
which includes her spay 
surgery, a microchip, the first 
set of vaccinations, as well 
as a free follow-up health 
check at a participating vet. 
New adopters will receive 
complimentary health and 
wellness exam from VCA 
Animal Hospitals. Ask an 
adoptions counselor for 
more information during 
your visit.

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A304200 or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. 
Adoption hours are 11-4 
Sunday, 9-5 Tuesday –
Friday, 9-4 Saturday. 
Directions and photos of all 
pets can be found at www.

Pictured: His Grace Archbishop Hovsepian, His Grace Archbishop 
Mardirossian, Consulate Grigor Hovhannissian, Archpriest 
Father Vassilian, Archpriest Father Pehlivanian, Reverend 
Father Kirazian, Robert Barsam, Lily Balian, Peter Darakjian, 
Mike Khatchadorian, Christine Aghakhani, Chris Chahinian, Ani 
Adaimy, and Zaven Kazazian.

Along with members of the 
Armenian clergy, diplomatic 
corps and business 
community, Supervisor 
Michael D. Antonovich 
proclaimed April 24, 2012 
as “Day of Remembrance for 
the Armenian Genocide of 
1915-1923” throughout Los 
Angeles County.

 On April 24, 1915, the 
Turkish government began 
the systematic extermination 
of the Armenian community. 
Religious, political and 
intellectual Armenian 
leaders were among the 1.5 
million victims who were 
arrested and murdered. 

 “Due to this horrible 
tragedy, the Armenian 
community is committed to 
ensuring that those who were 
tortured, enslaved, forcibly 
tattooed as property and 
killed during this massacre 
are never forgotten,” 
said Antonovich. “By 
consistently remembering 
and openly condemning the 
atrocities committed against 
the Armenians, Los Angeles 
County demonstrates its 
sensitivity to the need for 
constant vigilance to prevent 
similar events in the future.”

 “Los Angeles County 
is home to the largest 
population of Armenians in 
the United States, and they 
have enriched our County 
through their leadership 
in the fields of business, 
agriculture, academia, 
medicine, government and 
the arts,” he added.