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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 8, 2012 

Media Gets Tours of New 
Rose Bowl Press Box

35 Years

By Dean Lee

In a twist of fate, members 
of the media on Friday were 
given tours of the newest 
press amenities the Rose 
Bowl has to offer including 
air-conditioning and 
internet access for working 
sports writers— the new 
pavilion completes Phase II 
of the $179 million stadium 
renovation plan.

“In the old days, the best you 
could do was crack open one 
of the windows and hope for 
a breeze,” Pasadena Public 
Information Officer William 
Boyer said about the new 
press area. 

Boyer also said the new 
emergency command post 
was a must see stressing 
that safety, which included 
widening the stadium 
exit tunnels, was the most 
important part of the 
renovation plan. 

“You got to at least see the 
command post you are 
normally never going to 
get in there,” he said. “The 
command post operates 
under federal and state 
emergency management 
guidelines, it’s a secured 
facility when it’s in operation 
and even people like me 
would have problems getting 
into it.”

Boyer said the working press 
facilities were some of the 
best he had ever seen.

“I’ve been a reporter for 
many years, I’ve been on 
my side as a PIO [public 
Information Officer] for 
many years, these are some 
of the best facilities I’ve seen 
for working press,” he said. 
“It’s really good.”

Joking, Boyer added that 
there was also a place for lazy 
press as well.

He said there are two 
identical press areas although 
only the west side would be 
operational for Saturday’s 
UCLA Bruins – Nebraska 

At one point Boyer showed 
off one of the premium suites 
which offered private seating 
on the 50-yard line.

“It doesn’t get any better than 
this,” he said.

When asked, by a CBS TV 
reporter, if he thought a NFL 
team would use the stadium 
as a temporary home he 
answered, “Not anytime 
this year. When asked what 
team that might be, he said 
he had heard rumor of the 
Minnesota Vikings.

 September 5, marked the 
35th anniversary of the launch 
of Voyager 1, which lifted off 
in 1977 on a Titan III–Centaur 
launch system just 16 days 
after its twin, Voyager 2. Now 
11 billion and 9 billion miles 
from the sun, respectively, the 
spacecraft are the farthest-
flung man-made objects, 
traveling every 100 days a 
distance equal to that between 
sun and Earth.

 “We thought we could do 
this, but it is, in a certain sense, 
amazing,” says Ed Stone, the 
mission’s project scientist and 
the David Morrisroe Professor 
of Physics at Caltech. “After 
all, when the Voyagers were 
launched, the space age itself 
was only 20 years old.”

 Originally commissioned to 
last just four years, the Voyager 
mission created two identical 
spacecraft—with the hope 
that at least one would reach 
Jupiter and Saturn. As we now 
know, both Voyager spacecraft 
survived launch and the harsh 
radiation environment around 
Jupiter to relay close-up images 
and scientific measurements of 
the outer solar system’s planets 
and their moons.

 “There was much more out 
there to be discovered than we 
could have possibly imagined,” 
says Andrew Ingersoll, an 
atmospheric scientist on the 
Voyager team and professor of 
planetary science at Caltech. 
“There were many heroes 
on the Voyager mission, but 
I like to say that the planets 
themselves were among those. 
The planets came through with 
amazing stuff.”

 The Voyager spacecraft made 
a long list of discoveries on 
their tour of the outer planets. 
Some of Voyager 1’s greatest 
hits include the finding that 
one of Jupiter’s moons, Io, is 
home to eight active volcanoes 
spewing sulfur and oxygen, 
and that Saturn’s largest 
moon, Titan, has a nitrogen 
atmosphere that lacks oxygen. 
For its part, Voyager 2 was 
the first spacecraft to visit and 
study Uranus and Neptune. 
At Uranus, it found that the 
planet’s magnetic pole lies 
closer to the equator than 
the poles. And at Neptune, 
Voyager 2 found the fastest 
winds in the solar system.

 “These are things we 
hadn’t really thought about 
or imagined,” Stone says. 
“With what I call our limited 
terracentric view, it was hard 
to realize how diverse nature 
really is. That’s what Voyager 

Dem Headquarters; Obama Wows Crowd 

 Over a Hundred local area 
Democrats came out Thursday 
night, packing the United 
Democratic Headquarters on 
Lake Ave, to hear President 
Obama’s acceptance speech —
focused on students, jobs and 
the environment.

“I’m a Democrat,” said RBOC 
board member Khatchik 
“Chris” Chahinian. “This is a 
very important day for us, this 
is the day our President accepts 
as a nominee for a second term.”

Chahinian said he feels Obama, 
in the last four years, has saved 
the country from collapse. As 
for the next four, “To support 
small businesses, to give credits 
for college students so they can 
have loans and jobs, jobs, jobs.”

Another Obama supporter, 
Anthony Pialan said he did not 
believe in what challenger Mitt 
Romney stands for.

“I don’t think that Mitt Romney 
is the right person to run the 
country the next four years.”

Pialan added that he came out to 
the headquarters to support the 
cause and donate money.

Volunteer coordinator Jamila 
Jabulani said they have started 
doing field activities, “mostly 
phone banking and voter 
registration. We are about to 
start out ‘get out the vote,’ effort 
doing a lot of door to Door 
Canvassing,” she said. 

Jabulani said about 125 people 
came out to hear the President.

for Small 

Local small business owners 
and entrepreneurs are 
encouraged to sign up today 
for free, two-hour seminars 
on “The Art of Small Business 
Survival” hosted by the City, 
the Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce and the Foothill 
Workforce Investment Board 
that are designed to help local 
businesses be more successful.

 All seminars for the 2012-13 
series are held from 8:00 a.m. 
to 10:00 a.m. on the second 
Tuesday of each month at 
the offices of Ability First, 
Lawrence L. Frank Center, 201 
S. Kinneloa Ave., at Del Mar, 
in Pasadena.

 The first seminar—“Small 
Business Resource Mixer”—is 
Tuesday, Sept. 11. Although 
the seminars are free, space 
is limited and advanced 
registration is required. 
Go online for topic details 
and registration to www. 
You can sign up for one 
or all of the seminars. For 
more information, call Ruth 
Martinez, (626) 744-7351.

 The popular Art of Small 
Business Survival series is 
a special training program 
offering practical, hands-
on advice to those who 
want to start or grow their 
small business. Seminars 
are designed to support 
the preparation needs of 
entrepreneurs, business 
owners and managers of small 
businesses with 10 employees 
or less. The monthly seminars 
run through June 2013.

 Other topics range from 
understanding the resources 
needed to start a business, 
marketing, and Social Media 
techniques to managing debt 
and cash flow and a “Boot 
Camp” for small businesses. A 
complete listing of all seminar 
topics and guest speakers is 
available online.

 For more information about 
the City of Pasadena, go online 

Wiggle Waggle Walk 
Woofs Up the Rose Bowl

Boyer (PIO) shows off new emergency command post

‘X’ Marks the Spot

 The Pasadena Humane Society 
& SPCA announced Thrusday 
that animal lovers, will again 
to put their best feet forward, 
September 30 during the 
shelter’s 14th annual Wiggle 
Waggle Walk – A Fundraiser 
for the Animals at Brookside 
Park adjacent to the Rose 
Bowl. Organizers say they 
hope to raise $300,000 through 
the event, which will provide 
food, shelter and medical care 
to homeless animals; nearly 
12,000 of which are taken in by 
the humane society every year.

 Some 2,000 people and their 
dogs are expected to take part 
in the walk, which begins at 9 
a.m. Walkers and their dogs 
can choose either a one-mile 
or three-mile route around 
the outside of the park before 
enjoying a free Fair & Pet Expo. 
Participants do not need a dog 
to join the fun—just a desire 
to help animals—and they 
can walk individually or form 

 “It’s great to see so many people 
in our community rally together 
and support our cause,” says 
Nicole Ring, Event Coordinator 
for the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA. “Each and 
every animal at the shelter is 
supported by their generosity. 
We’re looking forward to a great 
event this year.”

 Registration is free, but 
participants are encouraged to 
fundraise for the animals by 
creating personal web pages 
through the Wiggle Waggle 
Walk website and asking family, 
friends and co-workers for 
donations. Non-walkers, and 
those unable to attend the event, 
can also create fundraising 
web pages through this site. 
Entrants who raise $50 receive 
an official Wiggle Waggle Walk 

 Check-in starts at 8 a.m. at 
the entrance to Brookside Park 
in Parking Lot I. The walk will 
begin at 9:00am and the Fair 
& Pet Expo will take place 
immediately after the walk until 
1 p.m. The Fair will feature 
Muttley Crew’s dog agility 
show, K9 demonstrations by the 
Pasadena and Glendale Police 
Departments, a variety of pet 
product booths, paw-tapping 
music, and fun dog contests. 
This year’s sponsors include 
Wells Fargo, VCA Animals 
Hospitals, Community Bank, 
Stumbaugh & Associates, 
Guess, Eye Care for Animals, 
TLC Pet Medical Center and 
Three Dog Bakery. For more 
information call (626) 792-
7151 ext. 167 or visit www.

 Mark your calendars: The 
next TEDxCaltech will take 
place on Friday, January 
18, 2013. The daylong 
event, titled TEDxCaltech: 
The Brain, will be held 
at Beckman Auditorium. 
Speakers, performers, and 
special guests will share their 
research, discoveries, and 
ideas—all having to do with 
the brain.


 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 Sep. 11 
from 6: 30 p.m. to 8p.m. at 
the Pasadena Community 
Network - Studio G, 2057 N. 
Los Robles Ave.

 For more info call 

Pet of 
the Week

Letter Urges Funding for 
Planetary Exploration

A Noise Within Opens 
Season With Shakespeare 

 Dear Friend,

 The White House’s Office 
of Management and Budget 
(OMB) will release their draft of 
the 2014 budget when Congress 
returns to session next week. 
Will it contain devastating 
cuts to planetary exploration 
like those proposed last year? 
Or, thanks to your work right 
now, will it restore this crucial 

 We need you to take immediate 

 Write to the OMB and the 
White House. Ask them to 
restore funding to planetary 
exploration. Tell them to let 
NASA build off of the stunning 
success of Curiosity and 
continue the search for life in 
our solar system.

 The White House and the 
OMB need to know the 
magnitude of public support. 
They need to hear that you 
want exciting missions that 
drive our understanding of our 
place in space. They need to 
know that a modest investment 
in exploration generates huge 
returns in technology and 
science for this country.

 We have one week to make an 
impact before the new budget 
is released. According to our 
sources, there is still time to 
influence the outcome. But 
we need you and your friends 
to get the word out. The more 
letters they get, the more likely 
they’ll listen.

Getting the OMB to restore 
funding to planetary 
exploration would be a major 
accomplishment. Congress only 
approves budgets on an annual 
basis, but the OMB provides 
five-year budget forecasts. 
These give federal agencies like 
NASA a way to plan long-term 
projects. If we want the big 
missions to Europa, Titan, or 
Mars, we need the support of 
the OMB.

 Just think of what NASA could 
do with restored funding. This 
could be the decade in which we 
retrieve a sample of Martian soil 
and return it to Earth, or send a 
probe to explore the oceans of 
Europa, or the lakes of Titan. 
Restored funding also allows 
more Discovery class missions 
– smaller projects that test 
technology and pursue truly 
exciting science. The scientific 
returns are inestimable.

 We have the technology. We 
have the desire. Will the OMB 
give us the means?

 Act now and get your voice 


 The Planetary Society

 Connie’s adoption fee is 
$30, 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, as well 
as a goody bag filled with 
information on how to 
care for your pet. Ask an 
adoptions counselor for 
more information during 
your visit 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A311796, or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. 
Adoption hours are 11-4 
Sunday, 9-5 Tuesday –
Friday, 9-4 Saturday. Pets 
may not be available for 
adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
from phone calls or email. 
Directions and photos of all 
pets can be found at www.

PCC Sponsors 
Young African 

 A Noise Within (ANW), the 
acclaimed classical repertory 
theatre company, launches its 
2012-13 season – its second 
in its permanent, new, state-
of-the-art, Pasadena home 
– with William Shakespeare’s 
outrageously romantic fairy-
tale Cymbeline, opening 
Saturday, September 29 and 
closing Sunday, November 
18, 2012 (previews begin 
Saturday, September 22), with 
a “Pay What You Can” date 
on Thursday, September 27. 
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo 
in his ANW directorial debut, 
the play, with some of the 
most beautiful language in the 
Bard’s canon, weaves intrigue, 
violence, mystery and love into 
a story about devastating loss 
and exquisite reunion. 

 Written late in Shakespeare’s 
career, Cymbeline, says 
DeLorenzo, “borrows from 
his tragedies such as Othello, 
Romeo and Juliet, King Lear 
and Macbeth but has the most 
ridiculously happy ending.” 
As a result, DeLorenzo has 
set the play in Shakespeare’s 
imagination, which “looks 
like a theatre, but not just the 
theatre of his lifetime, rather 
all the theaters and productions 
that grew from the germ of his 
ideas,” he explains. Because the 
play focuses on transformation 
and the fine line between good 
and evil, DeLorenzo has cast the 
play with as many significant 
doublings as possible, with each 
actor playing a “good” and a 
“bad” character to underline 
Shakespeare’s idea that it is 
easy to move from one state 
to another. The cast features 
Helen Sadler (Imogen), Francia 
DiMase (Queen/Belarius), 
Joel Swetow (King Cymbeline/
Philario), Jarrett Sleeper 
Paul David Story (Arviragus/
Cornelius), Adam Hunter 
(Posthumus/Cloten), Time 
Winters (Pisanio/Gaoler) and 
Andrew Elvis Miller (Iachimo/
Caius Lucius). 

 A Noise Within’s production 
of Cymbeline is part of 
Shakespeare for a New 
Generation, a national program 
of the National Endowment for 
the Arts in partnership with 
Arts Midwest

 Pasadena City College is 
proud to sponsor the annual 
Young African American 
Male’s Conference on Sept. 
15 in Creveling Lounge. The 
conference, titled “Success 
by Choice: Focus on the 
Future,” is co-sponsored by 
the Metropolitan Community 
Action Services Corporation 

 The keynote speaker will be 
Dr. George McKenna, His 
presentation is titled “The 
Message of Empowerment.” 

 The conference is aimed at 
young men between the ages 
of 12 and 25. 

 Registration is free and 
includes continental breakfast 
and lunch. The conference 
starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs 
until 2:30 p.m.

 For more information, call 
(626) 389-0420 or register 
online at