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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 29, 2012 

Governor Signs 

Portantino’s Open 
Carry-Long Gun Bill 
-AB 1527

 Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown today 
signed Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s 
groundbreaking legislation banning the open 
carry of rifles and shotguns in California’s cities. 

AB 1527, supported by California Police Chiefs 
and PORAC which represents rank-and-file police 
officers, will outlaw the practice of carrying 
unloaded long guns on the streets and malls of 
California cities.

 “I want to thank Governor Brown for recognizing 
the importance of this public safety measure 
that will help reduce the threat of gun violence for 
the public and for law enforcement,” stated Assemblymember 
Portantino. “Open Carry wastes 
law enforcement time and resources by taking 
attention away from criminal activity and solving 
crimes. It’s a bad situation for everyone – the 
police, the gun owner and innocent families 
who could be injured by this risky and unnecessary 
brandishing of weapons on Main Street, 

AB 1527 makes it a crime to openly carry an unloaded 
rifle or shotgun in public in incorporated 
cities. It is a follow-up to Portantino’s bill last year 
banning the open carry of handguns (AB 144). 
Violations are a misdemeanor punishable by up 
to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1000. 
Law enforcement personnel are exempt as are 
hunters and others carrying unloaded weapons 
under specified licensed circumstances and in 
most rural areas.

“I had hoped that the earlier measure banning 
open carry of handguns would solve this problem 
but when long gun advocates attended a 
police fundraiser it became clear that there was 
more work to do. When law enforcement asks 
the legislature for help because of a public safety 
risk, I’m going to try to do my best to help them,” 
commented Portantino 

Carrying loaded firearms in public is already 
against the law in California. The dispute came 
to a head when gun enthusiasts began showing 
up in coffee shops, restaurants and public beaches 
with unloaded guns strapped to their hips. This 
year, some of the same gun enthusiasts started 
carrying unloaded long guns in public places.

 The ban on “open carry” of rifles and shotguns 
will go into effect January 1, 2013.

Gov. Brown also signed Portantino’s AB 1559 that 
will allow California filmmakers to use certain 
weapons in their productions and reduce fees for 
multiple gun purchases by eliminating double or 
even triple fees for gun purchases on same date 
and time.


The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA) is calling all bingo 
players. This isn’t just any old bingo game, either -- this is Legendary 
Bingo! Are you new to town? Have you never had the chance to stop in 
a play for an evening? This is your chance for a night of bingo you won’t soon forget because wild or 
mild, this is not your grandmother’s bingo!

Legendary Bingo will be hosted by SMRFA on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at the Sierra Madre 
Recreation Center (611 East Sierra Madre Blvd.). Doors open at 6:30 where there is a $20 donation. 
Inside there will be pizza, wine, and beer available for purchase. Bingo starts at 7:30. All proceeds go 
to support SMRFA and the building of the City of Sierra Madre Rose Float.


The Sierra Madre Rose Float 
Association (SMRFA) is pleased 
to announce that it is looking 
for young men and women 
of Sierra Madre to serve as 

The Ambassadors chosen to 
represent SMRFA will then 
be featured as riders on the 
Sierra Madre Rose Float entry 
“The Sky’s the Limit” on New 
Year’s Day in the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses Parade.

The young women and men who 
are selected as Ambassadors, 
in addition to riding on the 
float in the parade, will also 
have the opportunity to speak 
to many civic organizations 
in Sierra Madre, including the 
Sierra Madre City Council and 
most local service clubs and 
organizations. Ambassadors 
help with float decorating and 
are key contributors at publicity 

To be an Ambassador, applicants 
must be 15 to 18 years old, 
have at least a 3.0 grade point 
average and be a resident of 
Sierra Madre. Applications can 
be found at City Hall, regional 
high schools or downloaded 
from the SMRFA website 
( To 
be considered, all applications 
must be received by SMRFA 
by Friday, October 12, 2012. 
Applicants must also be available 
for judging on Sunday, October 
14th between 2-4pm and the 
Announcement Ceremony will 
be held on Sunday, October 28th 
at 3:00pm at the Lodge, 33 E. 
Sierra Madre Blvd. (Tickets are 
free for applicants; family and 
friends may purchase tickets at 
the door for $5.)

For more information, please 
contact Donna Sutcliffe at 626-

Sierra Madre Police Blotter


On Wednesday, October 3, from noon until 6:30 p.m., there will be a blood drive on the north side of 
Sierra Madre Blvd. across from the Farmer’s Market.

Sierra Madre Congregational Church is hosting a blood drive, put on by Huntington Memorial 
Hospital’s Blood Donor Center that afternoon. It will be held in the white “Old North Church” in the 
parking lot. 

If you donate a pint of blood, you will get a coupon for a free pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream. What 
a great way to help the community!

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are appreciated, and will eliminate wait time. Please email: to make an appointment. 

Period September 17-23, 2012

Saturday September 15, 2012

At 9:15pm, a resident on Mountain Trail Avenue was inside his residence when he heard the sound 
of a traffic collision outside. He went outside to investigate and found his vehicle, which had been 
parked at the curb, had been sideswiped by another vehicle. The other party left the scene without 
leaving a note or any identifying information. 

Monday September 17, 2012 

An officer observed a traffic violation occur on Michillinda Avenue and subsequently stopped the 
vehicle. During the stop the officer discovered that an unloaded handgun was in the center console 
within reach of the driver and ammunition for the weapon was nearby. The driver, a 35 year old male, 
was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. 

At 3:30pm a vehicle versus bicycle collision took place on Monterey Lane just south of Sierra Madre 
Boulevard. A child riding his bicycle on his residence driveway entered the roadway and was struck by 
a vehicle travelling southbound. The child sustained a number of visible injuries and was transported 
to a hospital for treatment. 

Saturday September 22, 2012

At 7:45pm, officers observed a vehicle travelling southbound on Michillinda Avenue at a high rate of 
speed. After stopping the vehicle, the officer determined that the driver had been drinking and his 
driving impaired. The driver (male 58 years of age) was arrested for DUI. 

City of Sierra Madre 


City Attorney Services

The Sierra Madre City Council invites interested municipal law firms and attorneys to submit written 
proposals to provide City Attorney services. Sealed proposals will be received in the office of the 
City Manager up to 5:30 pm on December 10, 2012. For a copy of the RFP and proposal requirements 
email or call the City Manager’s office at (626) 355-7135.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center will host its annual Harvest on the Hill 
Auction & Dinner ~ Live… Laugh… Pray

Fr. Patrick Brennan, C.P. and the Passionist Community invite you to join us for an evening under the 
stars on the beautiful grounds of Mater Dolorosa in the Sierra Madre foothills. You will be engaged 
in lively conversation, friendly bidding wars, and a delicious meal. Your attendance and support 
will help us with yet another much needed renovation in the retreat center. With close to 10,000 
retreatants, friends, youth and hosted groups that visit Mater Dolorosa each year, there is always a 
special project waiting to be completed. 

Bring your friends to share in the fun and to shop for a worthy cause. Reservations are $80 per 
person and include a social, hosted bar and delicious dinner. You could also win 2 nights at The Ritz 
Carlton in Laguna Niguel or The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego by purchasing raffle tickets at $20 
each or $100 for six. Auction items, underwriting donations and business and family sponsorships 
are gratefully accepted. 

Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center is located at 700 N. Sunnyside Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 
91024. Weekend retreats are offered to those who seek an environment of peace and solitude for 
personal and spiritual growth.

Questions about Harvest on the Hill? Would you like to receive an invitation? Would you like to 
attend a retreat? Would you like to hold a group retreat at Mater Dolorosa?

Contact the Retreat Center at 626.355.7188 or visit our website at


Sierra Madre Garden Club’s new year begins with guest speaker Janet Raymond speaking on the 
requirements necessary to grow and care for roses in one’s garden throughout the year in Southern 
California. Janet is uniquely qualified to speak on the topic of roses due to her thirty-one years of experience 
working with them professionally and as home grower of several rose show winning entries. 
She is a member of the Pacific Rose Society and is the Society’s head rosarian for the rose gardens at 
the Tournament of Roses Wrigley House. She plans and executes the yearly planting and care of these 
beautiful rose gardens. Janet is also the recipient of the American Rose Association’s highest award for 
actively promoting and providing expertise to accomplishing goals and objectives of the Association.


Janet lives in Arcadia, California, where she runs her business, Plant Lady. Although she specializes 
in roses, Janet has extensive experience with all types of plants, including exotics such as orchids and 
plumerias, and growing styles including organic vegetable gardening.


Everyone is invited to join the Sierra Madre Garden Club at its first meeting of the new club year, 
October 8th, and welcome Janet Raymond as our speaker.


Dinner begins at 6:30pm followed by the program at 7:15pm. Catered dinner is $9 and reservations 
must be made by October 4, at 355-0606. There is no charge for attending only the program. Location: 
Hart Park House, Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.